Julie Marie Hutchinson with
‘Man shot dead in suspected gangland murder,’ the story on the front of the local paper reads. Running a shaky finger down the page, I read on for the umpteenth time today. ‘Police have made an urgent appeal for a potential eyewitness, a twenty-something brunette, to come forward and speak to them.’
I fold the paper, and as I stare into the mirror on the salon wall my stylist appears behind me. She looks at my reflection and, seemingly noticing the fraught expression on my face, smiles. ‘Relax,’ she says, dipping a brush into a small bowl on the trolley beside her, ‘blondes have more fun.’
We had a great response to this competition. Many thanks to everyone who entered. There were some terrfic stories making the decision really hard for our judges. But, in the end, Julie's entry had the edge. Well done to Julie.
Comments from the Judges
"This one stood out for me because it tells a complete story and it's written very well." Diana Nadin
"The writing in this is really tight. And I like the first person, present tense viewpoint - makes it a bit unusual." Phil Busby.
1. Entry is free and is open to everyone.
2. Type your story into the body of the email.
3. Your story must be six sentences long.
4. There is no limit on the number of entries you can send, but please include only one entry per email.
5. The winner must agree that The Writers Bureau can use the winning entry and their name in promotional activities (including social media such as Twitter, Facebook etc) and on their website for a period of up to two years.
6. Entries that do not comply with these rules will be automatically disqualified.
7. Judges: Diana Nadin – Director of Studies and Phil Busby - WB Blogger.
8. The Judges’ decision is final.
9. No correspondence will be entered in to.
10. The prize offered is non-negotiable.
The winner will be announced before 31st July 2015
Entries must be received by 22nd July 2015
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