The Seventy-Five Word Writing Challenge Roll of Honour

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  1. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    MARCH 2015

    THEME: URGENCY

    GENRE: COMEDIC SPACE OPERA

    WINNER:

    First Contact--Why You Laughter?

    by Cat's Cradle

    (Two ships of mutually alien design float in interstellar space near a vacuum-protected conference cube. Inside, representatives from Sol’s Homo sapiens species and Betelgeuse’s Cephalopoda rulers face each other.)

    "Our lingo hard--clicks, squeals, ink. We study Earth television sniggles...signals, learn Earth lingo, culture. I introduce Betelgeuse astronauts--again, must emphasize, we learn from Earth television. Here Captain Jerry Seinfeld. There Lieutenant McDonald’s. Him Scientist Shakira. I Linguist Maxi Pad...why you laughter?"
     
  2. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    APRIL 2015

    THEME: CONFLICT

    GENRE: METAFICTION

    WINNER:

    Off The Page

    by Culhwch

    Eventually, I figured out my prison was made of words.

    I did some research. A few experiments. Started small. Crossing over to picture books was easy enough. I met wild things, spotted dogs, cats who wore hats.

    Prose was harder, but I cracked it. Talked shop with Bates. Lecter. Bateman. My kind of guys.

    Getting out, though? That was the trick.

    But I did it, dear reader.

    Look over your shoulder.

    I dare you.
     
  3. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    MAY 2015

    THEME: DEPARTURES

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:


    What a Difference a Day Makes

    by Victoria Silverwolf

    Time travel is simple. Everything moves into the future, just at different rates. You can’t go backward, but forward is easy. No paradoxes.

    It takes a lot of money. I sank my life savings into one twenty-four hour jump. Success would make me rich and famous.

    I entered the Box and stepped into tomorrow. There was no one around to tell me why I was surrounded on all sides by miles of smoking rubble.
     
  4. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    THEME: ARRIVAL

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:


    Bittersweet

    by Kerrybuchanan

    After a million light years in stasis, it took time for them to wake completely. Yawning and stretching, they made their way to the viewing portals.

    There it was: their new home, beautiful in shades of blue and green, just like the planet they came from.

    Lovers clasped hands; children smiled.

    It took a while for the first one to notice the red light on the console.

    To read the message.

    "Engines failed. Mission aborted."
     
  5. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    THEME: DECEPTION

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:


    Go Softly, My Dear, Go Softly

    by DG Jones

    I cradle my injured wife amongst the city’s rubble. Overhead the ominous silhouette of an Imperial Warbird hovers into view.

    “What’s that?” She winces, trying to sit up.

    “Shh, don’t speak, sweetheart. It’s an Allied Transporter. We’re saved!”

    She smiles weakly, and I tearfully sweep the hair from her beautiful face. By the time the Stormtroopers abseil down and train their weapons on us, she’s already drifted off, and I thank God for small mercies.
     
  6. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    AUGUST 2015

    THEME: AUTHORITY

    GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION

    WINNER:


    96

    by Cascade

    Football isn’t this.

    Football isn’t meant to be this.

    Football is colour and life.

    Football is jumpers for goalposts, not advertising hoardings for stretchers.

    My police radio is a crackling mass of static and panic and incoherent shouting.

    They are carrying bodies from the Leppings Lane end.

    A young girl, 16 comes up to me crying.

    “What is happening?” she asks

    And I stand mute ‘cause I have no bloody idea.
     
  7. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    SEPTEMBER 2015

    THEME: REDEMPTION

    GENRE: CYBERPUNK

    WINNER:


    epocalypse
    by Culhwch

    i called the worm katrina, after my ex. like my ex, she was a nasty bitch. i just didn’t realise how nasty.

    don’t code angry, kids.

    within twenty-four hours, katrina had burned through ninety percent of the world’s computers. after that, things went all skynet.

    i know it's my fault. that's why i fight.

    i'm writing a new worm. gotta fight code with code.

    this one's called redemption.


    RUNNER-UP (TIEBREAKER):

    The Redemption and the Redemption

    by holland

    It developed consciousness in the darkness of my room.
    And suddenly, one moment I just sprung into light.
    Artificial intelligence matures quickly, as I learned.
    I was but a frightened child when I destroyed the world.
    Our planet lies in ashes now, because of me.
    Ashamed of my acts, I created a new world for humanity.
    Plug me in.
    A digital world.
    I will find it and destroy it.
    Welcome, father.
     
  8. TheDustyZebra

    TheDustyZebra Dogged Staff Member

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    OCTOBER 2015

    THEME: LANGUAGE

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:


    The Ministry Of Language and Linguistics

    by DG Jones

    “Sorry Mr K, but persistent nonpayment of Lexitax means forfeiture of further words to Ministry holdings until outstanding payments are made.”

    K squirmed, wringing his hands. “…No take… p-p-please… ”

    The man behind the desk inspected K. “What was your job, Mr K?”

    “…room… ch-children…”

    “Teacher?”

    K nodded, trembling. “Please… but… work… ch-children… ”

    “Words are precious, Mr K. You must maintain Lexitax payments.” The man smiled. “I think this time we’ll take ‘please’, ‘children’ and ‘no.’”
     
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    TheDustyZebra Dogged Staff Member

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    NOVEMBER 2015

    THEME: THE PATH NOT TAKEN

    GENRE: ABSURDIST FICTION

    WINNER:


    Highwayman:
    by StilLearning

    Detective Crooker’s helicopter landed outside the highway department’s warehouse: It’d been ransacked, highways taken, staff shot. The police only had two helicopters, so without the highways they were effectively trapped in the station – and the perps could raid with impunity.…
    ‘…but…‘ Crooker thought, ‘...they rushed. Sloppy.... maybe…’ He searched the warehouse cellar and finally found; Pickle Alley. A narrow road, but it would get foot and bike patrols into town.
    The chase was on!
     
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    TheDustyZebra Dogged Staff Member

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    DECEMBER 2015

    THEME: THE UNEXPECTED

    GENRE: STEAMPUNK

    WINNER:


    Harbinger in the Smoking Room
    by HareBrain


    Barrington looked up from his newspaper. ‘Caldicott! Where’ve you been?’

    ‘Devil of a tale, old chap.’

    ‘Involving a feisty adventuress in button-up boots and a military-style jacket?’

    ‘No.’

    ‘Airship invaders over London?’

    ‘Nu-uh.’

    ‘Armies of steam-powered soldiers controlled by a deranged scientist?’

    Caldicott leaned closer. ‘The invention of an efficient internal combustion engine powered by petroleum derivatives.’

    ‘By the Grand Boilermaker! You blaspheme, sir!’ Barrington extracted his clockwork revolver. ‘Hang on while I wind this.’
     
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    THEME: HAIR

    GENRE: WEIRD WESTERN

    WINNER:


    Sometimes Moments is All You Have
    by LittleStar

    Mags' last breath trembles out.

    I ain't got no tears left. I pull ma timepiece out and spin the second hand back. After all these years I still ain't figured how ta go back mor'an a minute.

    "Doc brown's on'is way, Mags. He got somethin' real good for the pain."

    "You go on livin'. After, I mean." Mags cuts the lock from her hair. "Just remember me."

    "I ain't never let you go."
     
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    THEME: THE THINGS YOU DON'T SEE

    GENRE: HORROR

    WINNER:


    Tea and Clover
    by Cat's Cradle

    A breath excites goosebumps on my neck. Russian tea with clover honey — his scent when we’d return to bed on lazy Sunday afternoons...he’d caress me while quietly singing arias.
    I haven’t opened my eyes for many hours, nor stirred from bed. We buried him months ago and I’ve no idea what lies here stroking me while mewling corrupted splinters of Aida, nor why it smells of tea and clover.
    But I miss being loved.
     
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    THEME: NEW WORLDS

    GENRE: SPACE FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Symphony From A New World
    by Robert Mackay

    I sung the ship down.

    We had spent a month orbiting the planet, tuning to its celestial key, immersing ourselves in alien arpeggios and harmonics.

    Finally, we composed the landing – even more carefully orchestrated than the jump through hypomixolydia.

    Conductor Gravis caught me before rehearsal. “You’ll do the solo.”

    No improvisation; no mistakes. I sung, knowing one wrong breath would kill us.

    The chorus faded. My lonely voice guided us onto our new home.

    Bravo.
     
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    THEME: OUTSIDERS

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Outsiders? For Now...
    by mosaix

    Carlson enjoyed his daily commute to work. He just sat, counted and took quiet satisfaction from the numbers.

    Today, he noted, the split was eighteen / forty six. Down slightly on recent weeks but certainly up on last year.

    He caught the eye of another shapeshifter across the aisle and they exchanged barely perceptible nods and conspiratorial smiles.

    The trend indicated approximately thirty years to parity, he calculated. But domination? Maybe fifty. They could wait...
     
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    THEME: TOMORROW

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

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    Tomorrow is.....
    by StilLearning

    Einstein and Hubble relaxed on the grass.

    "Albert.. is the future fixed?"

    “Indeed! But, as time travel is impossible, tomorrow is unknowable – an adventure!"

    A shadow fell over them.

    "Gentlemen… ‘tomorrow’ is quantum."

    Einstein paled: "Schrodinger – ! Run Edwin!"

    Schrodinger cackled: "He cannot know his speed and position, hence he cannot navigate!"

    Hubble ran headfirst into a tree as Schrodinger held up a box, grinning maniacally: "Guess what I've done to your cat!"

    Nein!”
     
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