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Tuesday, 30 November 2010


So the 6th ANNUAL CAFE DOOM SHORT STORY COMP has now officially ended, and the winners have been posted HERE.

I came 6th out of the top 8, as picked by the Shock Totem team *insert sad face here* but I did come top of the public votes, so I guess that counts for something *insert happy face here*, and at least now I know ST aren't keen on stories in which a dead husband comes back to life in the body of a scarecrow *insert relevant face here*

I think now I just need to find a relevant site or zine that agrees with the public, and not other editors. SHAZAM!


edit: I think that might sound a bit snooty, which is very unbecoming for me, whoops. So here's a more typical Potato blog version -->

After utterly destroying the other saps in the public vote section of the 6TH ANNUAL CAFE DOOM SHORT STORY COMPETITION with my unbridled awesomeness, I choose to dial my godlike powers down a few notches so that some other very deserving writers could have a bash at the exultation I suffer every day of my incredible life.

Subsequently, I placed 6th overall, which is still better than nothing, and was a top pick of Ed, who runs CD. And because I'm a crawly-crawly bum-lick, I'll also mention that Ken from Shock Totem (the sponsors) put me in his top three picks...so my powers, even when muted, still have almost as much potency as Ron Jeremy's used underpants.

You can see the results HERE, and hopefully read my story [Papa Crow] somewhere in the near future :)

Yep, that's more like it! I really like jingold's (the winner's) 'fairytale' style of writing and I myself voted her story [Fade to Black] second in my own top three picks. So, as you can see, I have impeccable taste ;)

I got some lovely comments about my piece, and as Ken's mentioned below in the comments, the ending was a bit off (which was almost everyone's main criticism). I thought by subverting the expectation of what should happen to Papa Crow by having him set himself on fire instead would work, but it didn't, so no worries (I won't say what I did originally intend to end the story like in case it ends up somewhere, then you lot won't want to read it :D ).

And that really is HOW for NOW! Stay tuned for an update tomorrow on a BRAND NEW ANTHOLOGY I'm opening up to submissions - it's gonna be MONSTROUS!!!! Oooo how eggsciting!


  1. Incorrect, sir. All of us liked your story, but we all had the same complaint. The ending didn't seem believable. You have written a fine tale, one that we enjoyed reading, but ultimately what happens to the father didn't fit. Emotionally, it was all wrong. And emotion is what drives the story, I think.

    Anyway, figured you should know that. =)

    Stay well,

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  2. Hi Ken, thanks for popping by :D

    The ending seemed to be everyone's least favourite bit, so I'm going to rework it before I send it elsewhere.

    Thanks again for popping by and offering your two pence! And cheers to the rest of your lot for sponsoring the comp!