Writing Maps holds a monthly themed writing contest, where two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, a fold-out literary magazine published bi-annually. Entry is $5 and a specific 150-word count requirement (once again, the title does not add to the word count). There is no restriction on theme – they encourage prose, poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms. The only restriction is that the piece of work must fit into an A6 panel.
Once again, a non-winning entry for me, but more importantly – I had fun!
February’s theme was ‘POSTCARDS’.
The Postcard Home
Her enlistment contract was up in two months. The England temporary duty assignment would be the last deployment away from her husband and kids.
As a new recruit, she relished enveloping herself in the different cultures her military adventures provided. Now, sitting in her barracks, the thought of sightseeing without her family made her feel guilty and miserable.
Reluctantly, she allowed her sergeant to persuade her into a day-trip to London. Buckingham Palace, Westminster, and Big Ben were breathtaking. She longed to share her experiences and ducked into a small souvenir shop to purchase trinkets to bring home, a postcard and postage. Lovingly, she scribbled “wish you were here” and addressed the postcard home.
Picturing the smile on her little boy’s face, she dropped the postcard in the post box and stepped off the curb. She didn’t see the double decker bus careening towards her until it was too late.