CAROLINE SMAILES

The post where the results of my 100 word challenge are announced

So, a week ago I blogged a writing challenge to celebrate the launch of Xbox Live TV, and its integration with YouTube. I’d decided that it’d be a good idea to put together a collection of flash fiction stories, all inspired by songs on YouTube. And I’d decided that the collection would be published as an eBook on Amazon with ALL money collected going to the charity One in Four (a registered charity which provides support and resources to people who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence).

My personal aim was for a collection of 33 stories (think RPM), so I hoped for about 50 entries and set the deadline leaving the judges a single day to read them all. But, as is often the case with me, things didn’t quite turn out that way.

So – one week on:

  • Over 350 entries.
  • An overwhelming amount of RTs and shares and emails offering help (you lot are ace!).
  • Judges volunteered (they have been amazing).
  • Judges read all of the stories and decided on the 100 stories that would go in the collection.
  • I read all of the chosen entries and listened to every song that inspired and emailed each author.
  • Becky Adams (she designed/hand-stitched both the covers for my novel ‘Like Bees to Honey’ and novella ’99 Reasons Why’) agreed to design the front cover.
  • There is talk of a singer-songwriter, mid-1980s pop-teen-idol-star writing the foreword.
  • And the title has been narrowed down to ’100 RPM’, ’100 WPM’, or ‘Juke Box Stories’ or ‘Juke Box Stories: 100 WPM’ or something else. I am taking advice from a publisher.

It’s been quite a week (who needs sleep?).

Next it’ll all be about the title, about editing, arranging an order and proofing.

But. And this is the bit that I both love and hate. Today I announce the writers who will have stories in the collection. Some have more than one.  I know that this means that some people I really like and think are very amazing will not be in the collection. I’m sorry. This was not my decision.

But it also means that lots of VERY fabulous authors will be in the collection and there’s such a range of amazing stories in there. I’m stupidly excited.

And so I offer my congratulations and thanks to the following authors (in no particular order). They will all have stories in the collection:

Rowan Coleman, Angi Holden, Matthew Borgard, Stephen Shieber, Matt Hill,  Pat O’Connor.

Nasim Marie Jafry, Sylvia Petter, Cally Taylor, Angela Readman, Ray Robinson.

Katie Gunn, Angela Powers, Nick Cernis, Sophie Mackintosh, Peter Lewis, Laura Crosby.

Dan Purdue, Stephanie Ressort, Jessica Patient, Ryan Millar, Máire Carr, Dave Cornmell.

Ruth Aird, Nicola De Gouveia, D. J. Kirkby, Elizabeth Player, Dan Powell, Michelle Flatley.

Isabel Serval, Sara Crowley, Lynsey May, Simon Kewin, Fat Roland, Cathy White.

Karl McIntyre, David Kendrick, Vikki Ross, Alison Woodhouse, Scott Pack, Sal Page.

Helen Ladderbird, Hannah Harman, Catherine Walter,  Suzy Floyd, Sonya Oldwin.

Sam Wyld, Rachel N Joy, Emma J. Lannie, Annie Evett,  Jennifer M Schmidt, Anna Cardus.

Jodie Ansted, Red Morgan, D.E. Oprava, Donna Henderson, Xenia Smith, Louise Pearson.

Cassie Morrison, Cassandra Parkin, Sam Thewlis, Polly Burns, Pete Domican, Hannah Simpson.

Crystal Schwanke, Jennifer Domingo, Katherine Lewis, L J Hart-Collins, Lorna Louise Hutchinson.

Rebecca Emin, Caroline Luxford-Noyes, Edward Price, Carole McDonnell, Sarah Dunnakey.

Teresa Nusbaum, Simon Kearns, Mike Bursell, Lisa Richardson, Cath Bore, Edie Best, Alex Brown.

Tracy Tidswell, Sylvia Kelso, Kim Smith, J Bateman-Irish, Sarah Hutchinson, PC Wheeler.

Jamieson Wolf, Theresa Milstein, Jacqueline Christodoulou.

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39 Comments

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Whoop! That is all… x

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Massive well-dones to everyone!!! Particularly to the Organ Grinder herself – what a well-oiled organ you are xxx

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Brill!
    Congratulations to everyone chosen!

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic achievement. I know I’m not your mum but I’m very proud of you! xx

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Gulp! I’m really chuffed to be in the company of some seriously amazing writers. Thanks Caroline for organising the comp, can’t wait to see the final thing x

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to everyone chosen. I’m happy to be part of a book for a good cause. And I’m really happy to be included with Jennifer Domingo. She’s the one who told me about the project in the first place!

  • Wynne Mitc
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Well Done to Angela Powers very
    proud to know you xx

  • Angi
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Brilliant. And great news that Becky Adams has agreed to design the cover. Her work is brilliant – and she’s lovely too! Whoop-whoop! (That’s a bit like a Smailes Squeal!)

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    You have had a busy week! Please thank the judges from me…I am so delighted to be a part of something that is going to raise money for such a worthy charity, and to have my story included amongst ones by all those fabulous writers. *happy dancing* I didn’t notice your name amongst those listed but I do hope you are going to add a story to the collection.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Well done to everyone listed, and to the rest of the entrants! Caroline, you’ve played a blinder :-)

  • Cassie
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh, whoop indeed! I still keep checking the list to make sure I’m reading it right!
    Congratulations to everyone who took part – 350 entries is fantastic! And all for such a good cause. Extra thanks, of course, to Caroline for arranging all this! :D

    (And I realise the sheer number of exclamaition points I have used in this comment, but the mood requires them. So there :P)

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo! Really excited to be involved. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Like the Jukebox Stories title idea. Congrats to all and well done Caroline for organising a fun creative way to raise money for charity.

  • Cath Barton
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to all included – but hey, it was fun just to take part.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    So ridiculously pleased to be included. Thanks and HUGE well done to you for all your efforts.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Well done you! I’m thrilled to be a small part of this. x

  • Cally
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Delighted to part of such a great project. Can’t wait to read the other stories and, hopefully, discover some new tunes.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    eek! so excited and just feel wow!! :)

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Whoop whoop, I’m so excited. Well done Caroline for such a brilliant idea and for turning it round so quickly!

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Im super excited to be amongst so many fabulous authors and for such a great cause !!!! eek eek eek

  • alison woodhouse
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m so pleased to be included and can’t wait to read the rest of the pieces – well done to Caroline – amazing! and many thanks to Sara for putting me onto this.

  • angela readman
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    thank you so much for creating this opportunity, shocked and honoured to be included in an amazing thing. excited to read the stories and do some good.

  • Donna Henderson
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to all of the writers listed! I am so happy to have my story included in the collection and to be a part of this amazing project. A huge thanks to Caroline for conjuring up such a wonderful idea! Loving the sound of the designed/handstitched front cover…this is going to be one gorgeous book! x

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Congrats to everyone! I’m excited to be included, and it looks like I’m in good company.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous! Congratulations to all of you!

  • Sal Page
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Well done to everyone involved. Really enjoyed the challenge of writing my entries for this and very pleased to be included.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Amazing Caroline – and amazing to everyone who submitted – all the very best to you and your groundbreaking anthology! x

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Caroline :) and congratulations to everyone :) I have just blogged about this.

  • Old Kitty
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Oh I am just so excited for everyone and for this project! I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories soon! Thank you Caroline for the opportunity and for highlighting such a wonderful charity too.

    Take care
    x

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to everyone, so excited to be included in such a worthwhile project for such a good cause. Can’t wait to see the final book. Well done to everyone involved.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Well done to everyone. Am looking forward to reading all your stories.

  • Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Congrats to everyone. I’m excited beyond words to be included.

    Thanks Caroline. It will be a great book for a great cause.

    xox

  • Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Congrats to everyone! x

  • Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    So thrilled to have a story in this. I can’t wait to read it, there are some great names up there. Caroline, you have done an impressive job doing this in such a short space of time.

  • Jennifer M Schmidt
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Caroline, thank you so much for putting this together – it’s for such an important cause! I am ecstatic to have gotten the chance to take part in it and I’d like to give everyone involved a big round of applause! Well done!

  • Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Well done everyone and well done lovely Caroline! That couldn’t have been an easy task!

    C x

  • Posted January 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m a bit stunned. And have no speach prepared. Some might think it small, but for me…..

  • Posted January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Caroline,
    Sorry I missed the competition – would have liked to have entered.
    Congratulations to the winners – Flash fiction is a real skill.

    Publication day dawns – and still no advance copies!
    Have started a little blog at publishers request.
    Best wishes,
    Paul

  • Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Excellent stuff, there are a few names I recognise on the list and plenty of new ones. I’m looking forward to seeing the book and listening to the songs that inspired the stories.

    Thanks to Caroline for co-ordinating it all, it sounds like a mammoth task!

    Dan.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! Loving the ethusiasm x

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