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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
The Western Gazette is once again pleased to collaborate with the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) for our ninth Christmas Mini-Saga writing competition.
This year’s theme is:- MATCHES
This will give you plenty of scope for your imagination to weave a story. There are a full range of sports matches that could feature in this Mini-Saga. You could be playing in a match, you could be watching your children or your school playing. You might be a novice up against a match-winning champion. You may be a spectator at Wembley or Wimbledon, or were you lucky enough to see any Olympic matches? Have you witnessed a winning try at Twickenham? How about test match rivalry in cricket? A winning putt in a golfing tournament? There are endless sporting possibilities.
Then there are matches necessary to light fires. Older Girl Guides and Scouts may remember having to light fires and cook sausages for a hiking badge.
Marriage and relationship matches are always in the news. Some cultures leave match-making for the mothers to arrange between their daughters and sons. Modern day matches are made using the internet; there are many sites available including Match.com. A study of your horoscope may lead you to a matching sign. These suggestions will get the ideas stirring, surely!
A Mini-Saga is a short story of 50 words (exactly). In addition to the 50 words, the title can be up to 17 words.
For example: (The title) The politician’s advice to get on their bikes echoed loudly around the empty factories. Tom listened. (16 words).
He rode away, bumping over cobbles, remembering as a child his father running alongside, telling him balance was everything. In London, Tom struck gold, married ‘up’, sent his children to boarding school. They never learned to ride bikes because their father forgot about balance, and the need to run alongside. (50 words).
All entries must be received by Wednesday 18 December accompanied by an entry form. For three weeks prior to the deadline, the form will be printed in the Western Gazette. Five winners will be selected by the YCAA and will each receive a £25 book token. Their winning Mini-Sagas will be published in the Western Gazette on Thursday 9 January 2014, together with the entries of the five runners up.
To find out more about our local writing competition, The Yeovil Literary Prize, and the arts in Yeovil, log onto www.yeovilprize.co.uk or www.yeovilarts.com.
Entry Form can be found in the Western Gazette