February Writing Contest Cash Prizes Awarded: $100, $50, $50
In response to the pictures or the written quotes below, send in your poem, story or opinion piece and we will publish your submissions.
- Email your entries to email@example.com
- The contest is for members only. Become a member
- all entries, max 500 words (poems max 20 lines)
- Max 2 submissions
- Email subject header: February Writing Contest
- Closes 28th February. Awards announced mid-March
- Read the wonderful submissions to the May, June, September, and November contests
A hospital bed parked in your lounge, subtle as a semi-trailer. Your trademark lip curl, still up for a protest. No, it wasn’t too much to ask, to check out from your own bed, but these nurses have a bad case of occ health and safety, sorry Dad. You are splintering, breaking. By Thursday, whipper-snapper strangers who only know you as a bent frame, come, go, witness your unravelling. Jesus, the indignity of nappies for grown-ups; not a murmur from you. (I recall your contempt for anything medical, your scathing rendition of that “How are we today?” bullshit in hospitals. ―Fiona Lynch, Our Father.
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. - Katharine Mansfield
Bravery never goes out of fashion. ― Thackerary
My sons have been leaving me my whole life. In pieces, like fragments of ice or retina – they have been slipping from my vision, like words I can no longer read. They walk before me into the long days of adulthood; they do not turn. ―
Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.