The Fiction Challenge: The Winner Is…

“Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.”

~Neil Gaiman~

The Fiction Challenge

The fiction challenge has been one of the best writing challenges we’ve had so far at Two Drops of Ink. The part I hated, as editor, was trying to keep my mouth shut during the challenge. I thought so many of these stories were so well written and interesting. I’m not even a Sci-fi fan, but I absolutely loved some of the stories that came from the futuristic woman’s photo. Marilyn and I were dying to comment, but, we had to shut it.

We were also pleased to meet so many new writers. Within a few days, all of your bios will be added to the Published Contributors page. Please let us know if you have more links you’d like to add to your bios. Having your bios up on our blog will drive traffic to your links, books, and social media sites, and it will serve to conjoin your audiences with ours.

The winner is…

The Fiction Challenge: ‘Charlie’s Shoes’ by Laurie Oien two drops of ink


As per the rules, the post with the most was “Charlie’s Shoes by Laurie Oien with 20 votes. Second place went to “Thawed Out” by Mary-Lou Rosengren with 12 votes.

I gotta tell you, it was hard to choose between some of these stories. There were several of them that were page turners, and, I believe, a couple of these could be the beginnings of a novel; they had the character depth and plot to be a full-length novel.

I want to thank the Monthly Contributors that participated in this challenge. Some of them had never written a fiction story before. Congrats on pushing yourselves. I think everyone had a blast – the emails, comments, new followers, and “likes” to the Facebook page were amazing.

Once again, we humbly thank all the writers for participating in the contest, and we also thank the readers and followers that make all of our writing worthwhile. Without you, we have no reason to write.

As the holidays approach, we wish each of you a happy holiday season with your family and friends.

Warmest regards,

Scott Biddulph|Editor-in-Chief

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~


  1. I honestly thought I had posted my congratulations on here! My sincere apologies. I love your story and hope you do submit more of what you have to this website.

    Congratulations on the win!!!

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  2. From the depths of my writing hand I thank you! Is that too cheesy? But truly, I am very grateful for the support I’ve received and it’s only encouraged me to keep writing. Proud to be among you all.

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