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September 2022 winners – adult

In September we asked for stories featuring a clock.

A rustic alarm clock on a table

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

Adult winner

Judith Doherty

We froze. I looked at the clock, he'd got off early. His steps got louder coming through the house.

"Quick," I say, throwing my lover's clothes at him. "Ye'll hae ti lowp oot the windae."


"Aye! Dad disnae ken an this is nae gonna be ma coming oot story."

Gaelic winner

Ann Bowes

Gach Là na Bliadhna Ùire

aig deich mionaidean roimh dhà air an uaireadair

bidh mi a’ fosgladh ceas    

bidh mi a’ togail na plaide tungaidh   

tuitidh gainmheach orm

cuimhnichidh mi do bhilean saillte

ach spealg do bhàta air Biastan Thuilm

glacaidh mi a’ phlaideag 

caithidh mi i

mar marbhphaisg

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Every New Year’s Day

at ten to two on the clock

I open a case

I lift the damp blanket

sand falls on me

I remember your salty lips

but your boat splintered on the Beasts of Holm

I take up the little blanket

and wear it

like a shroud.