The word for this month ( May 2015 ) is LIBRARY.
Please write a short story of not more than 200 words &/or a poem of not more than 40 lines inspired by the above word. Stories must state the word count; poems must state the number of lines.
Only one entry per person to the story category. Only one entry per person to the poem category. You may enter both categories, however.
The challenge will run until midnight GMT on the last day of the current month i.e. until 31st May.
N.B. Be aware if reusing your entries, even when rewritten, some organisers may regard them as having been ‘previously published’. Writing Magazine does regard OWC items as ‘previously published’. If you are considering entering a former OWC piece, even if used as the basis of a longer story, it is suggested you clarify with the competition organisers if you are in any doubt about qualifying.
The winners of the story and of the poem categories will jointly decide the following month’s word AND be the judges of the entries (story winner to judge stories; poem winner to judge poems).
Comments by Talkbackers about individual entries should be constructive and by ‘private message’ only until the judges have made their decisions. Please don't clog up the challenge entries with off-topic comments, either.
Note from Webbo:
“I wouldn't want any writer to feel restricted about sharing their work, but we can all exercise some discretion: perhaps brief warnings from the edgier writers would not go amiss?” (Note from Jay: If this issue poses a problem for either of the judges, please let Carol know.)
There is an ongoing list of monthly words and winners here: http://www.writers-online.co.uk/talkback/#/discussion/73232/one-word-challenge-words-and-winners/p1
**Your judges for this month are Seaview for poetry and Neil for prose.**