Wow, I’m getting quite a lot of interest in my monthly competition now, with the result that I’ve had a few more entries – 16 this month!  Do take some time to read all the wonderful stories I’ve been sent.  As usual it’s been hard to pick out a winner and runner up.

This month I’m picking out Phil Huston’s story ‘La Soiree Dansante’ as the winner:

Phil Huston:

It reminds me of a scene in one of my favourite films, ‘The Full Monty’.  Here’s your laurel to add to your story, Phil.  Let me know if you’d like it added to the free anthology I’ll publish later this year:


And the runner-up is Tallis Steelyard’s ‘Snail Wrestling‘ – a most original story!

Tallis Steelyard:

Here’s your laurel, Jim:

Short Story runner up March

Here are links to all the other lovely stories that were submitted.  I’ve had to print Colin Guest’s (Tigerman) story in its entirety, as he was not able to send me a link to the story on his blog:

Ann Marie Bryant:

Bann, Books & Boredom:  (over the 2000 word limit, but will still share).

Darlene Foster:

Die Reis:

Sana Mahin:

Tonya R. Moore:

James Osborne:

Frank Parker:

Purple Haze:

Alice Sealand:

Vaishnavi Srivastava

Swerve Strikes Again:

Deb Whittam: 

 What is Life, by Colin Guest  ( Tigerman’s Blog )

What is life but a fleeting moment in passing time.
We are born one day in the knowledge we will die.
But it’s what we do in between the two that counts.
For some, only getting wealthy is their single aim.
While others just want to find a right partner in life.
Some want nothing for themselves, only for others.
Many love animals far more than they do children.
We are all different in our ideas and goals to pursue.
In this life, there are incredibly good people and bad.
One should always try and achieve what you desire.
But don’t feel bad or sad when if it never happens.
There are people in life who never seem to win.
While others are never seen to do anything wrong.
Life is a chance or a gamble you could possibly say.
It is something no matter what cannot be changed.
Never feel jealous of others having more than you.
It won’t change things and can make things worse.
Shrug your shoulders, they might have problems too.
Despite what you think money cannot buy you, love.
It can but only give one the impression of doing so.
Love is something you will either have or never find.