1st: Grey Matter by Gary Kuyper
2nd (tie): Beyond Area 51 by Bettina Calder
2nd (tie): Terminal by Jenny Young
Fantasy – End of the World Story
Firstly, I would like to congratulate every single writer who entered the May competition and took their time to submit an end-of-the-world story. From the onset, I was blown away! The quality of the stories was incredible and the imaginative manner in which they were executed really made this is the hardest round of judging I have ever gone through. I read each story three times and still struggled to pick a winner.
In the end, there were three stories which stood out from the rest. The writers of these stories told how the world would end in unique ways. The Winner, Grey Matter by Gary Kuyper, was an easy-to-read and follow piece which I could not put down. I could hear the conversations in my head and I was left thinking about the grey matter covering the earth for days afterward. The manner in which the winning writer delivered an astonishing dialog is what ultimately secured them the first place.
Second place, I would like to tie between Beyond Area 51 by Bettina Calder, and Terminal by Jenny Young. Both these stories shared the end of the world from a completely different perspective and that stood out for me. I enjoyed that the writers jumped out of the box, threw the box away and started building engaging and captivating storylines which were nothing less than simply extraordinary.
An apocalyptic/end of the world story is a great way to get those creative juices flowing. There are a million ways to die and therefore there are a million end-of-the-world scenarios. I also enjoyed the way that real-life scenarios were worked into plots, how the interpretation of the end of the world was taken to such incredible lengths.
I’m sure that every writer would agree that with all the happenings in recent history, post-apocalyptic and end-of-the-world stories have generated much interest. This genre of fantasy writing has the unique ability to play on the deepest of fears, the destruction of the world as we know it. Adding to this, an end of the world story also has the ability to play on the most human of emotions, giving the writer the freedom to create and destroy a world.
Every single writer really went all out to produce amazing stories. Well done, everyone.
Your story was absolutely everything I was hoping for in an end of the world tale. You delivered an astounding story that left me actually thinking that the world could really end this way. You have an incredible knack for creating and following through on an easy to read dialog. I found it incredibly difficult to find anything wrong with your piece and believe me I looked.
So in saying that my honest only criticism of the piece is that there wasn’t more of it. I could see this turned into a full-length novel or screenplay and I would sit there and read and read until I’m done. Your writing is easy to read and the storyline was very well thought out. Well done you are a deserving winner!