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February 2020 winners

Our prompt for February 2020 was to write a story about a short film

Congratulations to the winners of our February 2020 competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt.

Adult winner

Ann Gilbey

Flicker, Flicker.

It's dark as I watch my life story pass before my tear filled eyes.

A seventieth birthday present, my life in five minutes.

Seeing myself a young stranger, waving and laughing, touches my soul.

I won't keep it. Too many memories of what went on behind the smiles.

Gaelic winner

Robbie MacLeod

Anns gach seachdamh diog, tillidh thu.

Chì mi an-sin thu, ri fealla-dhà, sealltainn a-steach dhan chamara. Tuilleadh air aodach, air corp ann an ciste, seo na tha air fhàgail dhìot. Gàire, cleasachd...ma chumas mi a' cluiche thu, am mair thu gu bràth?

Anns gach seachdamh diog, caillidh mi a-rithist thu.

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Every seven seconds, you return.

I see you there, joking around, looking into the camera. Apart from clothes, a body in a coffin, this is all that’s left of you. A laugh, fooling about … If I keep replaying you, will you endure forever?

Every seven seconds, I lose you again.

Young writers (12-18) winner

Emily Betts, age 15

After the funeral, I come across it whilst sorting through the house. Our old student film, unfinished, unseen. 16mm reels. Where's that projector?

In a click of a clapperboard, you're there. Twenty again, bright-eyed and fresh-faced, laughing and dancing. You are not gone. In our fizzy celluloid past you live.

Young writers (5-11) winner

Ava Richmond, age 11

She smelt of metallic-tinged lilacs, laced with poison, edged with love. Her hair was like a raven’s wing; a black stream crystallised with fractures of moonlight. She had a voice of stars, and eyes full of rainbows, and--

We’ll never find an actress to play her, will we?

*sighs theatrically*