Once the deadline was up, all we needed to do was to pick a favourite.
To say this was difficult is the understatement of the year.
We had entries from lovely authors around the world. The drabbles they wrote were quite different, and yet all of them fit so well with the image. I considered picking one at random, but then that didn’t seem fair...
In the end I sat down and thought through what qualities I am thinking about when writing a drabble to accompany an image.
First of all the drabble needs to be exactly 100 words in order to be a drabble. Check on all entries.
Secondly, the drabble is supposed to be a mini-story. Naturally it is difficult (if not impossible) to include all the elements that normally go into a story, but at the very least I’d like the drabbles I write to hint at a story, even if they might only portray one tiny fraction of it.
Third, I really like the drabbles to be tied to the image, and I love it if they are connected in a surprising way.
Several of our entries still qualified according to these elements, but I was finally able to decide on one favourite (with two very close runners-up).
The drabble I picked is well-tied to the image. It had a (to me, at least) surprising point of view, and it invites several interpretations.
The winner of the Burrow’s First Drabble Dare is… (I bet you all have scrolled down to this part anyway…)
Congratulations! :) Pool party at Tami's to celebrate!
Conversation - Camille Pissarro