And The Winner Is…

I don’t do many competitions. It’s something to do with confidence and chutzpah and ego (a lack of the former and an instinct that tells me not to pander to the two latter imposters) but Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest tickled something that an idea led to an entry led to a critique by Dan led to a re-submission led to…

Well, see for yourself. This is an unusual length for me – 3000 words – and a subject matter – scary, horror, thriller – that doesn’t normally trigger those grey cells.

And blimey, blow me over with a feather, clever trevor, I went and blew the bloody doors off…

I won. How good are those four letters? My new favourite ‘four letters in a  blog post’ category for an Oscar or Frederick or whatever.

I get prizes, too, which tickles my inner geek. I can boast and brag. Quite a few people entered and this wasn’t judged by Dog, so ‘award winning’ has some cachet.

I’m chuffed. If you do have time to read it, then let me know what you think (praise is good, natch).

ok, so I’m at a wedding and the packets of crisps are an in-joke but, hey, the textiliste and I know how to party, believe me and that smile could easily be for this little win….

via The FIRST PLACE WINNER in the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Geoff Le Pard, “What If?”

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to And The Winner Is…

  1. Congratulations Geoff, on winning, though I can’t imagine you as a writer of horror! Please stick to your “normal” stuff. I don’t enjoy horror!! Lovely photo of you and your wife. Have you written about the bag of chips? 🙂


  2. Mary Smith says:

    Congratulations, Geoff.


  3. Thoroughly enjoyed this Geoff, and well worthy of top place. Congratulations!

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  4. This is a well deserved award! That story is so well told and so creepy it could be one of those ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes… remember them? Congratulations, well done and so forth. I hope you enjoy more than a bag of crisps at a wedding as a result of this. There doesn’t seem to be a genre you can’t execute with aplomb…….. Next stop world domination?

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  5. Darlene says:

    Congratulations!! You deserve that bag of chips!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ritu says:

    Congrats His Geoffleship!!@@

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  7. Thrilled beyond compare for you! ❤

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  8. Well-deserved win. Read the story yesterday and it’s brilliant. (I still think it’s humorous–okay, erm, dark and very subtle humor.) Anyway…

    Congratulations! 🎉

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  9. willowdot21 says:

    Brilliant story Geoff I loved it 💜😱🤗🌹

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  10. Congratulations, Geoff! 🙂

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  11. Congratulations, Geoff. I have to confess it’s a bit long for me at the moment – so thanks for the warning

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  12. Brilliant, I think you should read it at the Bloggers Bash.
    Congratulations on the win, Geoff. 🏆

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  13. LucciaGray says:



  14. Fabulous, Geoff. Going over to read.

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  15. Just got around to reading this. I really enjoyed it! Fantastic premise – which of us writers haven’t, some time or another – felt the blurring of the line between fiction and reality? – and so well executed, especially the way the tension rachets up in the second half.

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