Great stories, beautifully told
|‘Kiss’ – 15 September 2017|
Thank you to everyone who puckered up for our kiss-themed challenge. The judges really enjoyed the sheer variety of responses to the theme. We read about kisses full of passion, hope and betrayal. From first kisses to final farewells, and maternal kisses to imagined embraces, your tales covered a huge range of emotions. We even had a story narrated by a chocolate bar!
The judges particularly enjoyed Sarah Edghill’s disorientating snapshot of a night out ending with a ‘Glasgow Kiss’, and Jenny Roman’s surprising portrayal of a beauty therapist and her abused client. Gillian Gammon’s ‘Do Penguins Kiss?’ was also a highlight, dealing with the emotional fallout at the end of a complex relationship.
Two first kiss stories stood out from the crowd – Nichole Celauro’s ‘Lemon’ featured a strong central character in accident-prone Amy, trying desperately to hide her feelings for her colleague. And we admired the inventiveness of Cheryl Ann Eggleston’s story, where Mrs Angelina Wetherbee gives the memory of her first kiss to a public archive.
We’ve published three fantastic stories this time, and given one commendation prize. We found it incredibly difficult to choose between these very different stories, so we’ve taken the unusual decision to award one first prize and two second prizes. We hope you’ll enjoy reading our winners as much as we did.
We’ve also awarded a £10 commendation prize to Jessica Bonnem for ‘One Night, at Eddy’s’, a tale set in an All-American bar with a richly-drawn group of patrons.
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks again to everyone who took up the challenge.
© 1000 word challenge 2017