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May 2019 winners

Our prompt for May 2019 was to write a story featuring a subway

People sitting on a busy tube train

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

Adult winner

Ed Hassall

His right leg crossed. Her left leg crossed. Their facing trainers almost touch. They look at photos on their phones: mountains and lochs as lonely as them. Between Hillhead and Kelvinhall their trainers briefly kiss, sole to sole. Brief, mutual apologies; no eye contact. She gets off at Kelvinhall, alone.

Gaelic winner

Manus McLeod

A’ dol dhachaigh air an t-subway. Mar a rinn mi fad fichead bliadhna.

Carson a thug iad a’ bhròg dhomh an dèidh na rinn mi dhaibh? Dè chanas mi rithe?

Sin mo stad air a dhol seachad. Ach cumaidh mi orm. Mu thimcheall cearcall Ghlaschu gus an tig freagairt.

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Going home on the subway. As I have done for twenty years.

Why did they get rid of me after all I’ve done for them? What will I tell her?

There’s my stop going by. But I’ll continue. Around the Glasgow circular until I come up with an answer.

Young writers (12-18) category winner

Isobel Morrow, age 13


+50 points: crossing the gap between the train and the platform without falling -50 points: falling over when the train starts moving -50 points: making eye contact with anyone +100 points: wearing headphones Game Over: attempting any social interaction. At all.

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Young writers (5-11) category winner

Jamie Low, age 11

He walked onto the subway wearing all black carrying a bag with something round in it. As he slowly unzipped his bag he put his hand in and pressed something, it started beeping. There was a countdown. 3, 2,1 BANG!!! The carriage was filled with confetti!