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Welcome to SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY

Vol.3. No. 2. January 2010

 


CONTRIBUTORS

COMPETITIONS

SECTIONS

Andrew Campbell-Kearsey
Claire Godden-Rowland
Dike Okoro
Dominic James
Emmanuel Sigauke
Mandy Pannett
Noel Williams
N Quentin Woolf
Olu Oguibe
Paul Jeffcutt
Sharma Taylor
Susanna Roxman
W Jack Savage

 

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY SHORT STORY COMPETITION (JANUARY 2010)

 

Judge’s Report by

 

Unoma Azuah


The stories explore a variety of subjects and writing approaches. The narrative styles are interesting because they range from the fairytale motif to the very contemporary mode. A good number of the stories are well delivered, even though a handful of them reveal a certain level of amateurism. For instance, some lack good resolutions, some have no message at all, while some others have no unifying factors. The impressive stories, on the other hand, are balanced and entertaining.


What I looked for in assessing the best stories include: a well knitted plot with strong elements of verisimilitude; characterization that maintained consistency with established character traits; a resolution that is able to make the reader recognize the protagonist's point of epiphany; a gripping and entertaining piece regardless of whether or not the story is dark or light.


The winning stories contain the above points and more. For example, the leading story, "Unmusical Bumps" traces the protagonist's pilgrimage home for a final attempt to make her family accept her sexuality. Yet, the attempt is returned at the end of the story with a resounding finality of her family's rejection of her life and lifestyle. The unpredictable layout of this story makes it tops of all the stories.


The story, "Demons," which takes the second place, shows a young lady's nightmares, which occur as a result of the rape and sexual molestation she experiences. With a tight plot, "Demons," pulls the reader into the story, keeps the reader on the edge with a well-controlled suspense and a racy language. Its tight plot and well rounded resolution makes it stand out.


The third place story, "Diluted Cappuccino," has its strong points in the fact that every move made by the main character to get rid of an unwanted relationship that barely started - reveals more of her date's twisted and delusional frame of mind. The onion peeling technique that is so well managed by this writer gives "Diluted Cappuccino," an extra point to make it qualify as one of the top three stories.


The other stories that deserve honorary mention are:

“Green Eyed Monster” by Claire Godden-Rowland


“Daddy's Secrets” by Warren Paul Glover


“Another Death at Orient Express” by Wendy Reakes


“The Break-up.” by Vanessa Schofield

 

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JANUARY 2010 INDEX
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DRAMA
EDITOR'S NOTE
ESSAYS & REVIEWS
FICTION
INTERVIEWS
POETRY

 

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