Fortunately my lead proved enough to hold off the chasing pack, though. My last story, Lost and Found, came in at sixth place to secure the title of Slingink Scribbling Slam winner (fiction), 2011.
Lost and Found is a story founded in fact and based on my best friend's visit to a London gym in the 1980s. When he returned to the locker room after a workout, he discovered that all his clothes had been stolen, so the staff at the gym generously offered him the choice of clothing from the lost property room.
Dressed in colourfully mismatched clothes, looking more like a tramp than a medical expert, he took the underground train home, garnering very odd stares from fellow commuters.
Taking this true story, I worked up a Detective Inspector (DI) Williamson mystery based on the scenario and got myself 84 points - enough to win the competition.
Anyhow, the scribbling slam's over for another year, the stories are out with publishers and editors, so it's time to get down to my 'Lost' Canterbury Tales to make them more of a cohesive whole.
Below are links to my two Global Short Story Competition winners, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, and my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment: