Hallowe’en has passed, and the Northern Hemisphere nights are growing darker. I recently announced the results of a competition, “Ghosts and the Machine,” with the help of my co-judge Ambrose Hall, and with sponsorship from the Scribophile Writing Contest Prize Fund.
Do look out for these stories in the future!
- First prize: Dead Confederate Soldiers, by D.Aaron This was an immediate stand-out entry, and we’re very pleased to give it first prize. The voice is distinctive and colourful, and we were fascinated by how technology (not only the photography which is the main focus, but also “that cursed message wire,” the telegraph) creates and confirms irrational belief. This superstitious world-view pervades the tale, bringing out sinister metaphors that even modern folk can feel, like the doomsday flash and clap of a photograph being taken.
- Second prize: Buttons, by Ryan Bell This story is atmospheric and extremely polished, with…
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