Story and Poem of the Year 2014

Pete and I have been reading and rereading like mad for the past few weeks - all the stunning poetry and prose that makes ABC such a wonderful community to be a part of, and I think it would be fair to say that nailing the very best is the hardest thing we’ve collectively done. Here are our Picks of the Year for 2014 - we hope you like them as much as we did!

 

For the Story of the Year it’s a tie: both very different but equally wonderful. Congratulations to TFH for The Late Bus, and to Mark Brown for Corn Rigs:

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/tfh/late-bus

 

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/markbrown/corn-rigs

 

Honourable mentions:

 

Two breathtakingly good novels – Daniel by Scratch, and School Photos by celticman

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/scratch/daniel-1-vestry

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/celticman/school-photos

 

 

 

and two fantastic shorts – The Ladies of Ephesus by Caged Bird and Witch Pricker by noo:

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/cagedbird/ladies-ephesus

 

http://www.abctales.com/story/noo/witch-pricker-part-1

 

 

 

For Poem of the Year, after far too much cogitation …

 

 

1st Place:

'For The Boy With Seven Hearts' by Old Jack Is Back

http://www.abctales.com/story/old-jack-back/boy-seven-hearts

 

Runner-Up:

'Billy Ulysses In Crab County' by kilb50

http://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/billy-ulysses-crab-county

 

Third place:

'Poem In A Nice Suit' by John_Silver

http://www.abctales.com/story/johnsilver/poem-nice-suit

 

Highly Commended:

 

'For Louie' by mcmanaman

http://www.abctales.com/story/mcmanaman/louie

 

'Mynydd Carningli (for TP's Parents)' by MJG

http://www.abctales.com/story/mjg/mynydd-carningli-tps-parents

 

'Once Upon A Life' by Silver Spun Sand

http://www.abctales.com/story/silver-spun-sand/once-upon-life

 

'Empty’ by Bee

http://www.abctales.com/story/bee/empty

 

Comments

Oh god. Thank you so much. I don't know what to say. 

Awwww. Thank you!

 

Some good choices, well done both and congratulations to the winners. 

 

And special congrats to Celt for School Photos, you know I love it. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking at my story :)

Well done all of you!  An inspirational start to the year.

Excellent choices. Well done to all. yes

 

Excellent choices - I know just how hard it is to select the right ones!

The two stories I knew - but the poem was new to me and I am absolutely knocked out by it. Sensastional stuff. It just goes to show just how brilliant you all are.

xx

Tony

How flattering. And embarrassing, as I haven't really done much since. I hope I can!

 

T

TFH

You'll have to do more now TFH, or we will all stare and point at you. Congratulations!

 

Mr TFH...... truly deserved. x

 

Mr TFH...... truly deserved. x

 

Great to be picked from all the wonderful pieces....

 

 

Many thanks eds & congrats to all.

 

Congratulations to all! So great to get the chance to read these again, or for the first time. And thanks so much for mentioning my one - I'm well chuffed.

Bee

A deserved choice, very pleased for you...