Field of Words is a website dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. We now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction twice a year. There are no restrictions in terms of genre or theme, but all entries must be written in English. Each category offers cash prizes (aud). Visit our writing competitions page for details. We publish chosen entries, and offer critiquing and editing services. On this site you will find the Field of Words blog, where we post detailed information about a wide range of creative writing techniques and approaches.
Announcing our winners and runners-up for Round One of our 2016 competition…
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.