Thursday, 3 March 2011

Prediction Winner

A basketcase of earthy bounty this week, my skin crawled with pleasure at your poetry and fiction you glorious writers, you.

Let's have a lookie-see to sum up:

  • Michael thrust his way in with The Perfect Successor. Satan takes charge, flashing his serpent as he goes.
  • Rebecca's Seed is all wistful, worrying wonder. Children and inheritance of manner and blood.
  • Mimi's sacrificial lamb questions the people and faith as dubious rain begins to fall in Small Consolation.
  • Aidan's playing an explosive game. Who is the winner, in Mr. Miners Lettuce in the Greenhouse with a Squib?
  • The Horned One returns to slake his thirst of Melenka's fecund Pillar of the Community.
  • Antonia's Dangerous Dabbling reveals far more than her character expected.
  • The world has a sparkling parallel? A fantasy from the waste we make, in Asuqi's Magpies Lost.
  • Revenge lies waiting in the arms of the Earth in my Dressing The Well.
  • Ellie's pseudo-Messiah makes her mark whilst rejecting the masses in Second Coming.
  • ravenways delivers finger food to the drooling Loup Garous in Last One Chosen, followed by her untitled poetry that sings of eternal spectral wanderings.
  • Ally's Viet Cong girl submits unwillingly to a cruel platoon; twisted and tragic vengeance in A Songless Bird.
  • Chris's Lawrence is asylum-bound when he meets the nubile Helena in the throbbing Waiting on Onuava.
  • John's Acolyte obeys demands, utters spurious commandments and eats familial flesh.
  • William's character is reeling with grief and regret, honouring the memory of the deceased in Squandered.
  • Kim's Oasis leaves us gasping for resolution as his protagonist awaits the sword.
  • Anthony is battle-weary but goes the final mile to survive in In Dark Trenches.

That this is hard to judge goes without saying, as always. And just to tell you know now - *next week's winner gets to do the judging!!!

The winner this week is Michael Solender with his gorgeously dark The Perfect Successor; one of the best last liners I've read for ages.

I could choose so many runners-up but it's down to two - ravenways Loup Garous on the make in Last One Chosen and Chris Allinotte's Waiting on Onuava. Both dangerous, both a wicked delight. Well done.

Back tomorrow for the next Prediction - and just a little extra pressure*. Bonne nuit.


  1. OHHHH!!!

    I'm thrilled to have my nasty little tale plucked from the depths of such fine company. Thanks to Lily and all other scribes here at our little (not so little anymore) fete!

  2. Congrats, Michael! Banner day for you, mate. :)

  3. Well done Michael! The serpent will not be denied!

    And thanks Lily! This is the second time you've compared one of my characters to something by Clive Barker - which is amazing, but I'm going to have to watch that... ;)

  4. I'm honored! Thank you. Gotta say, I love the casual, friendly nature of the place, but the writing is amazing! I'm really proud to be able to be among you all.

  5. Congratulations, Michel, ravenways, and Chris!

  6. Congratulations, Michael! And well done to Ravenways and Chris! Those were all great pieces.

  7. Congratulations, Michael. Ravenways and Chris, too. =)

  8. congratulations, Michael, Ravenways and Chris! Deserved accolades to you all!
    Loved the offerings last week.
    Onward... looking forward to what you/we all find for these new words.


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