The 12th mini-contest was held in August 2010. This mini-contest asked contestants to tell a complete story in 10 to 30 words… using only two-word sentences.
That’s right! Two words. Too hard? Not really. Takes time. Takes thinking. But possible! And fun.
By the way, even though many entrants made each two-word sentence its own paragraph, there was no requirement to do so. In case you were wondering.
Here are our winners, then our honorable mentions, then a judge’s entry.
Third Place ($5) by KW Hillis
Second Place ($10) by Erin Russell
First Place ($15) by Sue Ann Connaughton
“No alcohol. No drugs.”
“Bye Mom. Bye Dad. Have fun!”
Honorable Mentions (no money, just fame)
Four other entries scored highly enough to earn honorable mentions.
“Dalai Lama. Groucho Marx. Three Stooges. Skinny dipping. And you.”
(by Dennis McDougle)
He gasped. She knew. But how? Ah, yes. His hands. Telltale signs. His face. Chocolate covered. Dead giveaway. “Sorry, Mommy.”
(by Jack Horne)
Child’s bicycle. Confident father.
(by JoAnn Bennett)
They land. At night. Dark things. Out there. Wings flap. She wakes. “Who’s there?” Glass shatters. “Help me!” Claws scratch. “Anyone, please!” Door creaks. Too late.
(by Tim Lewis)
Now It’s Our Turn
Although some of our judges made comments about entries using two-word sentences, only one of them attempted a real entry. And that’s because this contest was his idea.
Broke up. Some regrets. Sometimes wonder.
Phone buzzes. Check ID. It’s her.
Keeps buzzing. Warm buzz? Gentle nudge? No, no. Angry bees.
Keeps buzzing. Again, again. Then stillness.
(by Tarl Kudrick)
Congratulations to the winners and our sincere thanks to everyone who entered the mini-contest.