Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Microfiction competition: day 2


Thursday 11 August is the second day of our microfiction competition, in which we're inviting readers to tell us a story in 100 words or less for the chance to win a creative writing course at the London School of Journalism.

Today’s winning piece of microfiction is by Hiu-Chun, whose 96 word A Strange Return captured a moment vividly and particularly impressed the judges for its beautifully evocative language. Hiu-Chun's entry will now go into our final five, from which one overall winner will be awarded the creative writing course. Read Hiu-Chun's winning entry below...

A Strange Return by Hiu-Chun

We had never met, but there was something strangely familiar about her. I ran to take a closer look. She had a southern flair and a contagious scent - like wild strawberry jam. But most memorably, she had the same curiously crooked smile as me. It was the first time I set eyes on her, but I will never forget those droll three minutes. I didn’t know it then, but there she was, all five feet and two inches of her – the woman I had only heard about in hushed whispers and church gossip, my mother.

Many thanks to all who entered our daily microfiction competitions! All five winning submissions will now be read by author Helen Walsh. It will then be up to Helen to select an overall winner who will win a distance learning creative writing course at the London School of Journalism. Revisit each of our competitions and read the winning entries here.



Stylist's microfiction competition


Celebrity special: opening lines from books

book image 1.jpg

How to get published



First Dates’ Raymond taught us an important lesson about loneliness

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Apr 2017

These cheesy, cheesy recipes will give you life

Get a load of this fromagerie

by Jasmine Andersson
27 Apr 2017

This Commuter Barbie video is the most relatable thing we’ve ever seen

“Commuter Barbie has a seat at the table – and on the train!”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
27 Apr 2017

Woman thrown out of her gym for wearing a sports bra

Her workout clothes were deemed inappropriate by staff

by Hayley Spencer
27 Apr 2017

Black goth ice cream is here to save 2017

Wednesday Addams, eat your heart out

by Sarah Biddlecombe
27 Apr 2017

This is why we won't be getting a Bridesmaids sequel

Some movies really are best left alone.

27 Apr 2017

These are the 15 best-paying careers if you want to travel the world

Time for a change?

by Moya Crockett
27 Apr 2017

Scientists create artificial womb that could save premature babies

The new research is groundbreaking

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Apr 2017

First Dates viewers in tears over cancer survivor’s “perfect ending”

Sarah, who had her leg amputated at 16, just wanted someone to carry her into the sea

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Apr 2017

11 craft beers to make you feel summery whatever the weather

Bottles and cans to lift your spirits (beers)

by Amy Swales
26 Apr 2017