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September 2023 winners – adults

In our September competition, we asked for stories featuring a butterfly.

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 writers winner

KM Dunn

The nurse is using a butterfly needle today –

perched almost weightless atop a hand furled into a fist,

its green wings iridescent in the fluorescent lighting

of the health centre hothouse,

metallic tongue gliding into the rare ruby nectar

that flows beneath my skin.

Gaelic writers winner

Sophie Croxall

Bha innliche ann a rinn rudan neònach, bòidheach agus seunta. Rinn e creutair le sgiathan fìnealta, agus pheant e dubh e, le stràcan dearga agus spotan geala. Bha e mìorbhaileach, mar shìthiche, ach cha b' urrainn dha itealaich air falbh. Aon latha, bhuail an dealanach e, agus thàinig e beò.

Translated by Gaelic Books Council

There was an inventor who made strange, beautiful, and magical things. He made a creature with elegant wings, and he painted it black, with red stripes and white spots. It was amazing, like a fairy, but it couldn’t fly away. One day, it was struck by lightning and came to life.