While there weren’t many participants in #SSC 4, there were quite a few votes. And the final tally has left us with a TIE! It’s the first tie ever for our Sunday Scribble Challenge, and I am proud to extend an invitations for a guest post or reblog to both of the established authors who won.
The prompt that week?
In a single paragraph, describe the turning point where your character must rise to a challenge instilling an emotional investment in the outcome within your reader.
Here’s a quick glimpse at our winners AND there great submissions!
—Julianne Hildebrand Winter (J.H. Winter). Julianne is a fantasy writer geared toward Middle Grade and Young Adult readers, and the author of Ink and Stitches: The Writerly and Creative Life of J.H. Winter. She’s also a TWO TIME winner! Check out her guest blog, here, where she talks about finding the time to write in spite of every day life.
“I sat in the cool grass, beneath the cloaking shade of a willow tree. No doubt, they would all be searching for me by now. Expectations were high and I wasn’t sure I was the girl to bring about the change they were speaking of. I mean, who was I really? The daughter of a metalsmith? The one who preferred the company of a forge to the words of men? I wasn’t cut out for the business of marriage, let alone to someone I didn’t even know. When the prince had set eyes on me that day, though, his mind was set, and my future was set with it. I could run, but knew running would get me nowhere but alone. No. I stood up and felt the breeze of change tingle across my arms and through my elven, auburn hair. I would stand with him. I would see this land brought into a better age, for any good man is only as good as the woman who whispers into his ear at night.”
Our SECOND winner is none other than: Elizabeth Burgess. Elizabeth is a fellow blogger, and the mastermind behind The Waiting Series AND the upcoming novel, Witch Dance, Book 1 of the Hopewell Coven. She lives in Northeast Louisiana’s farming country with her partner Terri, two Catahoula Curs, Bowie and Pike, and host of spoiled cats. Here’s Elizabeth’s winning entry:
“’Are you the same woman who confronted me in the middle of River City Medical Center? Are you that woman? Look deep inside, Ari,’ Millie interrupted. ‘When you opposed me about Sydney, you weren’t thinking about how you couldn’t do it… you were fighting for what you knew what right. That didn’t disappear. You’re a riser, Ari. You will not only survive, you will thrive. Believe in yourself.’
Arianne considered the words. How could Millie be so sure? How could she know? Looking down, she caught a glimpse of the crucifix resting next to her heart and found the answer herself. Faith.”–
Thank you to both these outstanding writers for your great contributions to the prompt! You will be contacted shortly about a feature on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins.
And now for THIS week’s prompt!!
The Rules for this challenge? You have six days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below this post. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSIONS OR THEY WON’T BE COUNTED.
The deadline? Saturday, May 7th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.
◾Encourage other Scribblers. Try to comment (reply) to at least three other submissions during the week.
◾After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.
These flash fiction challenges fuel creativity! They’re also a relatively painless pool for writers who’ve never posted their work to wet those feet, OR for established authors/bloggers to pick up a few new readers.
What are YOU waiting for? This week’s challenge wraps up Saturday. Unleash your writerly self.
Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge along with a flaming stick of dynamite.