"So, Col, how did you bag a place in such a coveted anthology?"
"Bit nosey, aren't you? But thanks for asking. I guess, I'll have to tell you then."
"Well, we're not that arsed, really, Col, hearing about your poxy short story."
"Why are you here then? To put one of those Chinese porn links on my site? If I ever catch the bas... And, anyway, it's not 'poxy', you cheeky git. It's got stories from real authors in, not just me."
"Okay then, smartarse, name one."
"Never heard of him!"
"Alright, how's about crime mystery author, Sally Spedding, or Robert Endeacott... plus, it's edited by Caroline Smailles."
"Okay, then, Mister Big Shot, so how did you get in?" (Yawns, scratches arse.)
"Well, since you're so interested.... Just under a year ago I broke me left wrist and was in plaster up to me elbow. And, yeah, I'm left-handed. A novelist friend, Sheila Quigley, mentioned there was a few days left on Tonto's competition to win a place in their popular anthology. So, one-handed, and one-fingered, I tapped away all day, and just manged to make the deadline.
I awaited the results, and Bob's yer Auntie's live-in lover!"
"Well done, I suppose. Anyway, I need to go n watch some paint dry, so am offski."
"No worries, and thanks for popping by."
"See ya... maybe... 說文解 六國文字/六 ................. !"
"OY!!! What have I told you, mum?"
(Joke, it wasn't me mum, really.)
To find out more about the winning stories - including my 4,000 word short, MOPPING UP, introducing characters from the crime novel I'm currently editing - go here.