Congratulations to our 2020 Spec Faith Fall Writing Challenge winner:
For details about your prize, Ann, please contact me via Facebook messaging, at my personal site, or through the Spec Faith page. I also have a public Yahoo account that you can find at my personal site.
The contest really tightened and it could have gone any way, which is exciting. So congratulations to the other finalists in the writing challenge for their excellent entries: Darlene N. Bocek, Shari Branning, and John Sweeting.
Special thanks for your participation in the writing challenge, in all phases: the entries, readers in the first round who gave their thumbs up, and voters who chose the winner from our finalists.
Contests like this writing challenge are fun. The thing that continues to amaze me is how varied the stories are even though they all begin with the same first sentence. We had such a wide range again this year. That shows a lot of creativity.
For those who may have missed Ann’s winning entry, here it is again:
- Ann Milo
Stuffing the last item of clothing into her travel bag, Octavia glanced out the window once more to be sure that no one was on the road in front of her house.
Poof! Angel appeared on her shoulder.
“Don’t go,” he whispered. “Don’t do it.”
Poof! Devil appeared next to him.
“Hey! What’re ya whispering for? She can’t hear ya!” Devil pulled out a megaphone. “GO! You should go!”
Angel covered his ears. “Pipe down!”
“WHAT?” Devil whipped around, bonking Angel with the megaphone and knocking him off Octavia’s shoulder.
Angel flapped along by the hem of Octavia’s pants.
“Ha!” cried Devil, prancing around.
Angel fluttered back up and landed on Octavia’s other shoulder. “Oh, dear! Where were we? Oh. Don’t go!”
Devil put his megaphone in Octavia’s ear. “WHY WOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM? He’s wearing a skirt!”
“It’s called a robe,” cried Angel. “Don’t listen to him! He’s holding a fork!”
“Yes! Listen to goody two-shoes!” laughed Devil.
“Hey, where’re we going?”
Angel and Devil looked down as Octavia darted out the driveway.
“Hah! She’s getting away!” Devil hopped around, waving arms and legs as though on fire. “If you’d talked about something other than a fork, she might’ve listened to you.”
Angel leaned over. “Don’t do it.”
Octavia crossed the street.
“She did it.”
“Why’re you so evil?” Angel cried.
“Well, when I was a little devil, I fell from Heaven.”
“That’s too bad,” sighed Angel.
“Anh, shut up!”
Devil and Angel went airborne and landed on their faces. Above Octavia’s shoulders, a scarlet banner fluttered over a covered tent reading “Charity Drive”.
“Hello!” Octavia pushed her travel bag across the counter. “Here’s my donation.”
Angel’s and Devil’s mouths dropped open like two hinges.
“Aha!” exclaimed Angel. “’When you give to the needy, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.’”
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Again, thank you all for participating, and watch for the next Spec Faith Writing Challenge.