#GhostsOfBelfast Contest: The Shortlist!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 9:53 PM

Finally, more than two weeks late, here are the ten finalists for the #GhostsOfBelfast twitfic contest. For those who missed it, the idea was to write a scary story in a single tweet, including the hash tag #GhostsOfBelfast so I could find it. There were hundreds of entries, but due to a glitch with Twitter some of them were lost. Apologies to those whose tweets fell through the cracks, and thanks to those with the patience to tweet again so I could find you.

So, without further ado, here in alphabetical order are the ten tweets that most shivered my scary-bone:

@current_self: The long fingers pressed inexpertly at my throat. I gasped awake. "Just a dream, child," mother shushed me. "Just a dream."

@current_self: /Dress to Impress/, said the invite. Val began her cutting and stitching at her legs, adding the ribbons of her dreams.

@danielkjarrell: The Hunters Moon sets. Life ebbs as my clothes refill with straw and I sag against the post. Yearly cursed to a night alive.

@djpyle: My dog's spirit howled nightly until I tossed a yowling sack in the river and made him a litter of ghost kittens to chase.

@OHNOITSKEN: Fifty people pressed against each other for protection, scared. The lights flickered off and on. Only forty people now.

@portiaalex: Saw on the floor. Blood in the sink. Hair in the drain. Pie in the oven. Lunchtime.

@portiaalex: Dark alley. Man pets his cat. 'Sorry old friend,' he says. He clutches chest and dies. Cat nuzzles close and starts to eat.

@stacy_chambers: In his virtual world, he was God, and everyone did his bidding. In real life, he was a nobody. A nobody with a gun.

@stephy442: In life, I jilted my lover from afar. In death, she kept my best bits in a jar.

@twitbork: Half asleep, she felt his familiar form press against her body bringing waves of ecstasy. Even in death he knew her so well.

And there you have it. I'll blog about this at another time, but I've got to say how impressed I was by the entries. Painting such vivid pictures in so few words is no easy task, and my hat's off not only to the finalists, but to all those who almost made the cut.

Now for the voting...

Simplicity itself. To vote for your favourite finalist, simply tweet their screen name along with #GhostsOfBelfast. For example, if you wanted to waste a vote on me, you'd tweet "@stuartneville #GhostsOfBelfast". You can add other comments if you like, but it's those two key ingredients that will count. So, finalists and anyone else following this, get tweeting!

NOTE: Most unique votes wins - Each voter may only vote for one finalist - No multiple votes allowed - Voting closes at midnight on Saturday 21st November.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 2 people with 2 entries... should probably make people that are voting for them say which tweet they're voting for. Yes?

2:04 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Fantastic entries! Congratulations to all the finalists!

3:14 AM  
Blogger maybegenius said...

Thank you so much for running this contest. It was a blast! I am incredibly giddy at the moment (I am @stephy442).

Congrats to all!

3:20 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These are great! So difficult to pick just one...

7:52 PM  
Blogger Lewis said...

Enjoyed reading the finalists - very difficult to make a choice.

I am interested in how you perceived running the competition might have benefitted you. What are your views on the use of the net by writers? More here - http://lewisjpeters.blogspot.com/2009/11/three-camps.html.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ah, Christ on a bike, I thought you wanted me to write a story with 140 characters.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

8:21 AM  

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