100 Word Story Winners 2015
The challenge was mighty: tell us a tale using exactly 100 well-chosen words. In this fast fiction contest there’s not a syllable to waste. Every detail needs to move the story along so, by the end, the reader is left chuckling or teased or – as we found with this year’s brilliant winner – simply amazed. Read on!
Winner: Sowmya Ramkumar, Singapore
The blue dress fluttered tastefully. Pride decorated the village head’s face. A hundred pairs of bedazzled eyes watched. Someone opined it was black magic; another queried who is holding it? The women of the household received special attention. Kids imitated the object’s motion. Word went out to the neighbouring villages. Lemonade and candy floss vendors cashed in on the crowd that came to witness the spectacle. The priest was called to perform special rituals. Staring at the portrait of my grandfather dating back to circa 1900, I can hardly imagine the pride of owning a ceiling fan in then India.
Sowmya is a married 30-year-old chartered accountant and mother of one. “I am inspired by basic things that I can observe around me and I aspire to project them in an interesting manner.” She wins $1000.
The Judges said: A beautifully poetic piece that conjures up memories of another time and place.