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Microfiction competition: day 4

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Monday 15 August is the penultimate 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.

After reading all the entries for our fourth 'inspiration image' (above), we are pleased to reveal that the winning piece came from Lucy Oliver, whose 100 word story Six Pivotal Journeys impressed us with its verve and originality. Lucy's entry will now go into the final five, from which one overall winner will be awarded the creative writing course. Read Lucy's winning entry below...

Six Pivotal Journeys by Lucy Oliver

8:00 from Penzance. Two adult singles. Eyes meet, hands touch, warm. Sweet scent of kiosk coffee. 11.00 to Heathrow. Two adult singles. Hot yellow sun, fruit sangria. Love in narrow hotel beds. 1.00 to Oxford. Two adult returns. Smart suits, hands clasped. Pink confetti in brown hair. 3.00 to Kings Cross. One single, one return. Flat shoes, hands gripped, excitement. Broderie Anglaise dress over swollen stomach. 9.00 from Victoria. One return, one platform ticket. Howling child, hands in pockets. Musk of unfamiliar perfume, scowl of guilt. 11.30 to Penzance. One adult single, one child single. Hands clutched, suitcase dragged. Tears.

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.

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