Thursday, 21 July 2011

Prediction Winner

So who's it going to be?

I do have a winner, but believe me my final choice has shifted and changed, the entries twisting and confusing my ever-hungry brain. So here we go with a quick summary before I announce who will be next week's Prediction Challenge judge.

  • Chris's new playmates are willing but volatile. They need teaching a Lesson(s).
  • St Force's tourist does more than sightseeing as she studies someone about to take a dive off York Catherdral.
  • AJ's Lucy loses and leaves the most precious of gifts Beneath the Oak.
  • MuckieDuckie discovers another Jane Doe with Doctor Tiboy as her failing saviour in JD's Realm.
  • Veronica's victim can think only of Nana as her own ear is chewed off in Zombie Sunday.
  • My Resurrection sees a village destroyed by plague and religion revived by the manifested voice of Mother Earth.
  • Antonia questions the validity of newspaper reporting as a typo turns out to be true in Local News...
  • William delivers twice; Case Closed apparently sees the demise of Tench beneath the Devil's milk-bottle whilst M is for Inspiration is a poignant message from the heart.
  • Aidan travels up and down heavenly escalators with Vaughn - who is not ready to go anywhere, despite the ratty angel's pleas in Stairway Guides.
  • Reba takes us into the towering heights of deception before dropping Lorelei to the ground in Objective.
  • Anthony paints the walls a sucking gloss that shimmers and moves, its shine a place of wandering thieves in Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry.
  • Kim's executioner looks out for himself, regardless of the prize beneath his axe in 'Off!'
  • Phil travels through coloured thoughts as his narrator 'ups and downs' in daily doses; Fluctuation.
  • John reveals the truth of what man has done in the name of religion in our corrupted Gardens of Eden
  • Joleen finds Inspiration as Ellen works her madness from the street onto the canvas, with a promise of more to come.
  • ttofee tricks us into believing we are walking with a villain, only for The Watcher's vigilante morals to shine through.

The story that tickled my darkest corners, its writing a joy to read - and is therefore the winning entry is Lessons. Monsieur Allinotte, congratulations. You are the judge of next week's Prediction Challenge!

My runner-up, for its terrifying and daring Stephen King strangeness - Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry by Anthony Cowin. A film in the making. Well done.

Outstanding writing, everyone. Such a pleasure. Chris - I'll be in touch over the next few days.

In the meantime, there'll be a new challenge as usual in the morning. Au revoir. Bonne nuit. Dormez bien...


  1. Congratulations to the winner and runner-up. Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see what everyone else can churn out next week.

  2. Wow - thanks Lily! A little speechless... and totally stoked to see what next week's words bring!

  3. Congratulations, Chris and Anthony!

    Well done... both of you!

  4. Congrats both! Well deserved winner and r/up!

  5. Congrats Chris and Anthony Well Deserved Both.

  6. Congrats Chris well a deserving winner. Thank you Lily for giving me the runner up I was pleasantly shocked when I read that.

    Also I'm definitely going to use you comment about my story as the tag line, it reads better than the story itself.

  7. wonderful winning entries, great entries all week, I say it every week and you all just get better! Congratulations everyone!

  8. Congratulations Chris & Anthony. These were marvelous stories.


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