Posted in Short Stories

KidLit Fall Writing Frenzy 2019

THE CHALLENGE:

To write a max 200-word short story inspired by one of the given images. Here is the one I chose:

MY ENTRY: ‘AUCTION MOUSE’

“Roll up, roll up!” A dapper sootish mouse with a permanently puffed-up chest and glint in his eye, tapped the edge of the Baked Beans can that he stood on, and cleared his throat. “It is the day after Halloween… And you know what that means? That’s right, Gentlemice! HOUSES FOR SALE!”

The town-mice edged closer; casting longing looks at the higgledy-piggledy pile of carved pumpkins lolling next to the wheelie-bin. They all wanted one.

“We’ve got big ones, small ones, ones with windows, ones with TWO windows…” the auctioneer rattled on, watching the eyes of his patrons grow wider.

“Five nuggets of cheese for the one with the crooked smile!” a portly mouse with a missing front tooth shouted from the back.

“TEN!” The old church-mouse narrowed her eyes.

“FIFTEEN NUGGETS OF CHEESE AND A BUNDLE OF FLUFF!” The tailor-mouse waved his paw, tripping over his mouselings who were hopped up with glee.

The auctioneer glanced at the pumpkins with their rictus grins. ‘Keep smiling’, he thought deliciously. ‘Halloween’s not over yet.’

“SOLD!”

THE RESULT

This was the first writing competition I’d ever entered, so I was absolutely DELIGHTED to have been awarded an HONOURABLE MENTION for “Fantastic Characterization”. Thank you to all those hard-working busy bees who organised and contributed to the contest. I’ll be sure to try again next year!

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