It occurred to me that The Prediction has much in common with a weekly magazine – one with a central core of regular contributors plus guest writers whose contributions appear when time and inspiration permit. On second thoughts, so vivid is the writing that it is more a comic, each piece accompanied by a strip of illustrations, drawn by an equally varied core of artists.
In some ways the requirement to declare a weekly ‘winner’, as well being near impossible because each chimes with a different sort of pleasure, seems superfluous, but since it is expected I assign top place on the podium this week to Chris for his Ellis Island. As ever, the rest of you are jostling just half a step down. Antonia and Patricia were kind enough to nominate my watercolour inspired piece as a worthy winner which I much appreciate. As I’ve said before, we all write for the pleasure and approval of our peers, and the giving and receiving of comments is what gives this site its especial strengths.
Words for the coming week are: dock, register, settlement
Entries by midnight Thursday 28th April , new words and winners posted on Friday 29th
Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.