For the next writing competition, I have a challenge for you: write a drabble or a mini-saga. If you've never heard of those... a drabble is a story of exactly one hundred words, while a mini-saga is a story of exactly fifty words (that can include or exclude the title, whichever works for you). I've always found trying to tell a complete story in such a short space incredibly challenging and fun, so hopefully others will too.
Here are a couple of examples from my own meandering writing:1/ Drabble
The alien looked at the ship's controls. This time it would work! There would be no mistake, not like the last time. Last time his ancestors had tried to contact the people of the planet earth, his father had gone down to the surface, and received a most unfriendly welcome. It was later discovered that his name translated into English ("Ivcumtodestroilahuminrase") was somewhat offensive to humans. But now, with his son bearing a different name (despite similar looks), the message of peaceful benevolence would come across.
This alien, the ambassador for his (its?) people, was called, translated into English:
"Dyeurflingskum".2/ Mini-SagaSo, over to you. Competition closes on 12th August.
And now, finally, I bring you the trophies!