January 2019 winners

Our prompt for January 2019 was to write a story featuring fireworks

Fireworks in the night sky

Congratulations to the winners of our January 2019 competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt(this will open in a new window).

Adult winner

Mary Sheehan

Great Aunt Julia craved attention. Her voice was the loudest in the room, her clothes eye-catchingly bright. She dreamed of being a Hollywood star. When L.A.’s New Year’s Eve fireworks exploded into a million stars, so too did her ashes which had been entombed within. Making her dream come true.

Gaelic winner

Robbie MacLeòid

Dragh a’ Choin Dorch. Oidhche. Cadalan. Sàmhach. Sàbhailte.Boillsg. Brag.Cuideigin. Rudeigin. Tachairt. Cunnart.Boillsg, boillsg. Brag. Brag, Brag.Cho mòr. Cho àrd. Cha tèidBoillsgBRAGa stad. Dè nì? Cà bheil? CuidiBoillsgBRAGChmicuidigindèthatachairtBOILLSG! BRAG BRAG BRAG. Toradh na Bliadhn’ Ùire: Cac agus mùn agus deòir.

Translation by the Gaelic Book Council

The Dog’s Distress Dark. Night. Snooze. Quiet. Safe.Flash. Bang.Someone. Something. Happening. Danger.Flash, flash. Bang. Bang, bang.So big. So high. It won’tFlashBANGstop. What? Where? HelFlashBANGpmesomeonewhatishappeningFLASH! BANG BANG BANG. The New Year’s result: shit and pee and tears.

Young writers (12-18) category winner

Rosie Wood, age 14

The show was intoxicating. The way the dancers moved, as if they were fireworks, whizzing and darting across the stage till they exploded in bursts of colour and light. Their energy heated up the entire audience, until it died away as quickly as a spark, and the stage went black.

Young writers (5-11) category winner

Esme Jack, age 11

I was watching the fireworks on the Lyle hill. The fireworks were going up as fast as lightning. Then an alien came down from it's U.F.O.! It turns out the fireworks were coming from the U.F.O.as a distraction! The aliens took over Greenock as their new galactic headquarters!