Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Week Two

Any writing competition with a lower word limit of 33 and an upper limit of 333 is bound to elicit an eclectic mix of responses. And so it proved in Trifecta: Week One. We had poetry. We had stand-alone stories. We had episodes from much longer stories. We had sweat, tears,  heartbreak, sibling rivalry, lost engagement rings and awe-struck musicians. And we enjoyed reading them all.

But of course, we had to choose a winner and this week it was Joules from LucidLotusLife. Joules gave us only 38 words, but she needed no more. It was succinct, heart-breaking, and beautiful.
Charts and optimal dates and preferential temperatures. One line or two. As if she could summon whatever it is that makes up the human soul as easily as she could a cab on a busy New York avenue.
Joining Joules on the podium as runners up this week are Tara from Thin Spiral Notebook for her story Golden Child, a take on the all-too-familiar story of sibling rivalry and I,Rodius a stay-at-home dad who laudably still finds the time to run.  They were both excellent responses. 

Unfortunately, several of your submissions were disqualified.  Harsh though it may sound, our instructions made it clear that no derivative of the given word could be used. We needed it to be summon. It was a shame, as we had some outstanding pieces that we absolutely loved, but which reluctantly, we had to rule out of the competition along with two excellent pieces that we received after the deadline. But from the 17 entries we read -- the summons, the summoned and the summonings -- we saw enough to tell us that this is certainly going to be a tough competition to judge.

One thing which delighted us, but which caught us a little by surprise, was the number of entries from younger writers. Trifecta is all about encouraging people to write, whether they've been writing for years or whether they're just starting out. To encourage this participation, alongside our regular link-up this week, we'll have an under-18 link-up that will provide an opportunity for our younger writers to compete against their peers. Each week, we will announce a winner from this category and they will join Joules, Tara, I Rodius and next week's Trifecta winner and runners up in the Almost Hemingway Award at the end of the month.

And so, at last, to our prompt. Picking a word is now getting easier, given that there are only 469,999 entries left to chose from in Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary. The rules, as always, are that you write no less than 33 words and no more than 333 as a response to the word below. You should use the word in its third definition, and it should appear in your response exactly as it does below. When you have completed your response, submit it below in the appropriate link or use Trifecta Anonymous if you do not have your own blog. Again, we wish you well.


BETRAY  verb \bi-ˈtrā, bē-\
transitive verb
1
: to lead astray; especially : seduce
2
: to deliver to an enemy by treachery
4
a : to reveal unintentionally <betray one's true feelings>b : show, indicatec : to disclose in violation of confidence <betray a secret>

and for the younger crowd:




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