We're delighted to announce that Tarni McCosker of Ormiston College has won the $1000 Word Play Microfiction Competition!
Proudly supported by The University of Queensland, the competition called for budding writers to respond, in no more than 120 words, to the 2019 Word Play program – an inspiring session title or the work of a programmed author.
By Tarni McCosker
The door shut. The lock clicked. The author marched to his desk, swiping its clutter away in a brisk wave. He hesitated, before finally allowing his hands to grace the typewriter’s impatient keys;
Click! Click! Click!
The typewriter’s gears spurred into action, transporting the grubby giant to lands before. The author’s identity was always changing, but his role remained. He would watch with a discerning eye, an unnamed character reporting every detail to the machine.
The author arrived, limbs shackled, body aching. Seven unclad slaves hollowly stared. Dust and sand blistered his skin.
A historical novel.
The typewriter stretched its achy, neglected joints and began to write.
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