Bloody Scotland Flash Fiction Competition: And the winner is...
The Bloody Scotland Flash Fiction Competition offered aspiring crime writers the chance to win a place on a Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass with bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre.
Bloody Scotland is Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, running from 19 to 21 September 2014 in Stirling.
We asked you to submit a 100-word story featuring the words 'bloody' and 'Scotland'. We are delighted to reveal the winning story below. Ian will enjoy a full day of workshops, talks and a key-note masterclass, worth £95.
Winning story by Ian Dunn:
Tam says the Beast MacLeod has been sniffing around. That lunatic would burn down every church in Scotland to get his hands on you.
Answer your bloody phone. You can’t just reappear, dump this on me and vanish. The cops were up this morning, asking about you. Worse, Tam says the Beast MacLeod has been sniffing around. That lunatic would burn down every church in Scotland to get his hands on you.
I know I said anything, but this is stretching it. I know I owe you, but I’ve got too much to lose. You know I don't judge, but it’s not like it was. I don’t care what’s on that laptop but you need to come and get it.
The panel were also very impressed by another story which has been awarded a runner-up prize.
Runner up story by Shona Cook:
Weeks vowing to call stair lighting. On the list longer; door closer repair. Graffiti marks intrusion: initials, hearts, flowing script teenage, European, feminine. Bloody school trip to Scotland wound up somehow in Leith. Another evening, hallway slaps a pungent urine salute. Lucky, I guess, the need not more pressing. Tonight, keys redundant. Tenement door swings. Fleeing horizontal monsoon, feel only gratitude. Good tenant, twist the heavy lock behind me. Last dying bulb flickers two flights above. My rain-rent breath echoes back, deafening. A darker shade moves among shadows ahead. Sixty steps to my front door. Keys between knuckles. Go.
We'll shortly be announcing the winners for our regular 50 Word Fiction Competition. The next round of the 50 Word Fiction Competition will open on Monday 1 September.