Contest on Bungalow

Well, well… A hearty six entries were built from scratch and laid down right here, just below. What quality was rendered! What pleasures were bestowed! From such a humble title came such lofty words. And this is the painful bit—the announcement—because, really, how could we choose? Really. Sincerely. We couldn’t.  So, since it was impossible for us, we went with democratic flow, and followed the votes of the people. And so it was that we selected the beautiful, perfectly-crafted prose of Kathryn Aldridge-Morris. Congratulations Kathryn! You are officially the winner of the Contest on Bungalow. And here, for all the world to see, is your prize…

It’s been a while, for sure. Contests came, they flurried, and they left. And now they are back. We’ll roll each one out for a little longer this time. Keeping it steady. For this next one, let’s say four weeks. That means the winner will be announced on Sunday September 19, 2010.

If you’re new to our Online Contests, let us do a little explaining.

  1. We select a word or phrase or some theme. This time around it is Bungalow. Why? Mostly because it sounds so good. It makes us want to roll it around in our mouths like a humbug.
  2. You, the readers and authors, take that word and build a fifty-word story around it.
  3. You double check your story is precisely fifty-words long (the title, Bungalow, doesn’t count), and make sure it complies with our other rules too.
  4. You then upload it as a Comment below this post.
  5. You—and others—have a look through the stories and rate them as they appear. You tell your buddies to come and rate your story. This is optional. But it is a fun option. Like a sunroof?
  6. We decide on a winner, come up with some reasons why we think they should win, make a little certificate, and announce it right here on this same post.
  7. Everyone is happy.
  8. The sun shines.
  9. The birds sing.
  10. We start all over again.

Any questions, email us. If you want to look past on the glory days of old, then go right ahead. Otherwise, happy Bungalowing…

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Tweet tweet

It’s been misty and dank all day. Even the seagulls’ sunrise squawks were dampened. We’ve been teleported straight into November. So to keep our spirits up, we’ve been busy. And we are now on Twitter. Wahoo. Follow us. We’ll follow you. http://twitter.com/fiftyfiction

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Birdcage

Not again. Not after the chinchilla disaster of 2005.  I fast forward to cleaning and screeching and guilt. But as he walks up the stairs the feathered creatures do not move, do not shake the rusty bars with their tiny claws.  These birds are fake. Finally, pets I won’t kill.

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Toothpick

We only ever used to kiss after an argument; but we never rowed anymore. We’d eat in terminal silence, tolerating each other through indifference.  Then one day he used a toothpick and it was nauseating to watch. That was the end. I preferred him with the bit between his teeth.

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Bespoke Framing Service Available to boot…

Cripes. Life just keeps getting better. Thanks to our good friends at the Fairtrade Gallery in Brighton, we can now offer a bespoke framing service for every print that’s for sale. How great is that? Pretty great. For £20 you can have a customised frame built just for you. And you can choose from  five different options. Yes, five:

  • a one-piece rounded MDF frame with an oversized hole for a big ole nail
  • painted Obeche wood (either black or white)
  • raw, handsome Ash or Oak

You can even choose if you want the mount to be black or white.

I mean—these days we are borderline grand.

So, go on. Get shopping.

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Online shop now open for business!

FiftyFiction has had a twisty-and-turny first few months. There’ve been numerous contests, one adorable little exhibition, and now we are thrilled to announce that we have our very own online shop. In it we have stories written by people who’ve submitted through this website, as well as stories written by very well-known authors (including Michael Morpurgo—wowza). And the contents of the shop is going to rotate from month to month, with new stories being included. So, if you want to get yours in there, find out how you can submit your story, then get writing, and email it on over to us. And what’s even better…proceeds go to charity.

Happy writing, happy shopping, and thanks for coming by.


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Shirt

Montevideo, the idlest of South American cities, was witness to its first serial killer in the dying decades of the last century. The police, more used to pursuing the innocent than the guilty, sent the only piece of evidence to Amsterdam. The psychometrist said the shirt belonged to my cousin.

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