Hi, fellow Croutons,
Thanks to all who entered my contest, a most enjoyable read.
Sadly, a few never made it through since they didn't read the brief fully, and one lost out due to a typo at a critical point. Always read the rules, query them if need be, and check your spelling.
Anyway, congrats to the finalists-
First place holders-
Love letter, Afzal Nusker-
Beautifully written, hugely colourful and descriptive, gentle and thoughtful.
Love letter, Brian Davey-
I liked the form, jinking like the flight of a butterfly, lilting and gentle piece.
Love letter , nette Onclaud- (apologies for that blue bit on the next line, I can't delete it though I've tried. Viv )
This is lovely, as elegant as the subject matter, sensuous and smooth.
Love letter, Gray Wolf silently waits for the Raven,Eve Roper-
It was difficult to place just one first, second,third and so on due to the
high quality of entries, but this was a standout in my eyes- a bleak piece,
full of longing, tinged with hope. I found it very moving. Well done, Eve x
Love letter, Mike Gentile-
This took me by the throat at the start, carnal and visceral, gotta be lions
or Tigers, but no. Lovely ending . Stylish.
Second place holders-
Love letter, Anisha Dutta
This is utterly charming. A lovely subject, beautifully written. Your garden
must be amazing to inspire you so, Anisha. Loved it.
Love letter, Jean Murray-
I sometimes try and guess who wrote what when I've finalized a contest,
but I hadn't pegged on this coming from that lovely lass on the emerald isle.
But is has jean's humour written through it like the letters on a stick of
Blackpool rock. Love the last lines, too. Talk about sacrificing for love.....Great fun.
Love letter, Maureen McGreavey-
Short on lineage, big on impact. I do love a good Haiku. Nicely done, Maureen.
Love letter, Suzanne Delaney-
Another short one, but made me chuckle- Ogden Nash would have been proud of the ending. A Suzy D special.
Love letter, Jan Allison
I had an inkling that this would be a 'Jan special', since few people outside of the UK would be familiar with the Goodies' song 'Funky Gibbon'. If you're not, look it up on Youtube, learn it and teach your kids. Great fun, made me smile, and there had to be a bottom in it, didn't there, Jan? Good chuckle.
Love letter, Andrea Dietrich-
What a great choice, some thought went into that pairing, Andrea. Loved it, well done.
Third place holders-
Love letter (April and Oliver), Sandra Haight-
This took me back; Twycross Zoo when my daughter was five.
A fine love letter, but I'm not sure she'd be in the mood for rumpy pumpy so soon, Sandra!
Love letter, George Seal-
Getting a laugh out of me by the second line is no mean feat, George. This is great.
Love letter, Subimal Sinha-Roy-
Now this is sad. Unrequited love through lack of communication. A metaphor for our
ills in the world. Well writ, Subimal.
Love letter, James Inman-
Another unrequited piece, gentle and hopeful.
Love letter, Susan Ellis-
Yes, big ol' Lions need love too, and here's a piece to chew on. Or should that be gnaw?
Enjoyed reading it, Susan.
Fourth place holders-
Love letter, Julie Leigh Rodeheaver
I'm a cat fan, so you had me on line one. I said I like to guess who wrote what
(and usually get it wrong) but 'Bandit' gave the game away.
Love letter, Cheryl Hoffman-
A fun, interesting choice of subject matter, made me smile.
Love letter, Broken Wings-
A lovely piece, gentle and sensual, good choice for a stylish write, Constance x
Love letter, Curtis Moorman-
Yessssss, a good choice of ssssssubject, and a fun piece.
Love letter, James Edward Lee Snr. -
A complete departure from the rest but a good one; a two hander, a duet,
Love letter, Line Gauthier-
Doves and love, how could you possibly go wrong? Lovely little piece.
Love letter, Laura Loo-
The only entry to go transgalactic, which released a lot of the shackles of using eartbound
subjects and allowed imagination to run riot. Just goes to show love travels anywhere.
Well done, Laura x
Thanks again ,everyone!