Challenges

Each month a regular challenge is set to give Alpha Writers a chance to flex their writing muscles and engage in some friendly competition. Read on for details of present and previous challenges, entries and results!

Season XVI

Challenge 3

Please write 300 words of dialogue. This means purely a conversation between 2 or more people with no extraneous words such as ‘he said / she shouted / he retorted’… etc. But you are all to begin with the first line:

‘There is a surprise waiting for you in the garage’.

The piece can be serious or funny, however you like!

Open Page One

Most of you are familiar with this by now so I’ll just outline the idea.

It’s called Open Page because there is no brief, no restrictions on genre, theme or word count. The only requirement is that it should aim to hold the readers’ attention and impress them favourably (the ‘wow’ factor). Novel extracts, short stories, flash/micro/macro/nano fiction, fragments, recipes, drama, poetry, non-fiction, biography, memoirs, reviews, experimental pieces, rants; articles about writing, words, grammar, politics, ethics, other arts etc. Think of something I haven’t mentioned and submit it to the Open Page!

The Open Page entry should be preceded by a brief introduction stating the nature of the piece and the word count. Add any other useful information: why and when you wrote it; any problems you’d like comments on etc.

Send your entry to me before the deadline, ie midnight BST on 05/11/2019. Write a new piece, polish up one that should have won that comp or flesh out the idea you jotted down somewhere etc.

As for the word count just bear in mind that the average attention span of Alphas has its limits. We prefer to avoid full-length novels and are happy with a simple haiku. On the whole it’s better not to exceed 2,000 words.

Challenge Two

You have been commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to write an updated set of words for Great Britain’s national anthem. She’s bored with being sent victorious and wants to hear something a little more relevant, although still serious in tone. Whatever Philip might think, this is not the time for humour. Modernising the monarchy is one thing, but she does not want to be a laughing stock.

The tune will remain the same but please can you submit three verses relevant to a modern day country. A link to the existing lyrics (for meter only) and tune is here. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/british-national-anthem-lyrics/

First place Ros – 23points, 2nd place Morgen – 21 points, 3rd place Linda 13 points.

The Alpha Leaderboard after Challenge2:

Ros:                 7 points
Jackie:             5
Morgen:          4
Linda:              3
Maria:             2*
Rick:                2*

Challenge One

The Story Challenge.

Write a 300 word story about a moral dilemma centered around either: Joy. Scorn. Or Relief.
This is a story challenge i.e prose with a beginning, middle and end. (No poetry or non-fiction.) Your story can be in any genre you like (e.g. romance, horror, science fiction etc.)
Simple as that!
1st place Jackie – 14 points, 2nd place Ros – 13 points, 3rd place Suzanne – 10 points

The Alpha Leaderboard after Challenge 1:
Jackie:             4 points
Ros:                 3 points
Suzanne:         2 points
(The rest:        1 point)

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