Field of Words is an organisation dedicated to helping writers grow. As of February 2017, we’ll be running international writing competitions all year round. Successful entrants are published on our website. Each competition category also offers cash prizes.Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and all entries must be written in English. Visit our writing competitions page for more details.
NEWSFLASH: In April 2017, we’ll be launching a self-paced, online writing course (Emerging Writers’ Course: Short Fiction). All course participants will be in with a chance of being published in the upcoming, end of year Field of Words anthology, ‘Offshoots’. Stay tuned for more details.
aNNOUNCING OUR WINNERS AND rUNNERS-UP FOR ROUND TWO, 2016…
Congratulations to our short story winner, Matt Hayes, for his piece Wainui.
Our runner-up for the short story category is John Scholz, for Fingerprints.
Congrat’s to our flash fiction winner, Tim Riley, for Ghost in the Leaves.
Well done to our runner-up for the flash fiction category, Irene Buckler, for Nightfall.
We were once again delighted with the quality of narratives encountered across Round Two of this year’s competition. Below we share a few thoughts on each of the successful entries:
Our winner of the short story category, Matt Hayes, demonstrates significant skill as a storyteller. Tackling themes of friendship, retrospection, and loss, Wainui is an exemplary piece of prose written from the heart. Character contrast is expertly executed throughout, sustaining tension as the narrative progresses towards its climactic and emotive resolution.
Our short story runner-up, John Scholz, delivers an entertaining and well-constructed narrative titled Fingerprints. Revolving largely around the dynamics of familial tension, this story is one that many readers will relate to. Above all, this piece delivers a true sense of story – there’s a clear narrative arc that serves to evoke a significant change of mood by the story’s end.
Our winner of the flash fiction category, Tim Riley, demonstrates an enviable ability to imbue the written word with a rich poetic complexion. With its exploration of the strange, liminal space between the worlds of the living and the dead, this lyrical piece is captivating. Above all, Ghost in the Leaves is the sort of story that is sure to linger in the minds of readers.
Our flash runner-up, Irene Buckler, successfully captures the fragility of the human psyche with her evocative piece Nightfall. Buckler’s use of powerful description paints a vivid picture for readers, while also effectively portraying the journey of existence as a series of passing seasons.
Announcing our winners and runners-up for Round One, 2016…
Congratulations to our short story winner, Ray Falco, for his piece Shaping Days.
Well done to our short story runner-up, Emily Katherine Stoikovich, for The Desert.
Our winner of the flash fiction category is Fiona Skepper for Happy Hours – congratulations!
The flash fiction runner-up is Jane Ireland for A Most Literal Girl.
We thoroughly enjoyed these works and are proud to share them on our site. We share more of our thoughts on these stories below:
Our winner for the short story category, Ray Falco, has crafted a compelling piece that lingers with readers long after they’ve finished it. The linear plot in Shaping Days disguises deeper, more visceral emotions that are gradually revealed as the narrative progresses. His use of setting, which captures the bleakness and simmering threat of men waiting for work, is outstanding. The dialogue is near perfect throughout and effectively drives the story towards its climactic peak of tension. The final lines echo theme and meaning with superb simplicity. We loved it!
Our runner-up for the short story category, Emily Katherine Stoikovich, invites readers to fall into the vivid fictional world portrayed in The Desert. Characterisation is effectively ‘shown’ through the expert use of dialogue, action, and description. The setting works as a powerful metaphor to underscore the protagonist’s emotional desolation. This exceptionally well-written piece is one that many readers will be able to relate to.
Our winner for the flash fiction category, Fiona Skepper, has written a deliciously dark piece of apocalyptic fiction that will capture the imagination of readers. It’s surreal, dream-like prose effectively depicts the disintegration of the main character’s psyche, along with the world around her. Happy Hours exhibits powerful, yet economical expression that lures readers towards its intriguing resolution.
Our runner-up for the flash fiction category, Jane Ireland, has produced a quirky story that demonstrates clever manipulation of language. Her deceptively innocent female protagonist will surprise readers with her devilish ways. A Most Literal Girl is a highly entertaining read.