Oh my gawd…I won!

Well I can’t quite believe I’m able to write this, but finally after a few short listings, I won a competition!

Back to the Secret Attic website. This time I entered their Drabble competition.

I’ve entered a few flash fiction stories in the past with varying success. This competition was another flash but it had to be exactly 100 words. Fitting a whole story in so few words is quite tricky, but it seemed to work this time as one of my entries was declared the winner!

Proof of my awesome, brilliant, happy win can be seen on the SA website and a copy of the piece that won is below for you to read. It’s called Juvenile Opinions Matter.

I hope you like it. I really enjoyed the challenge and will definitely take part in this competition again when it comes back in 2022.

Thank you Secret Attic for making my day!


Juvenile Opinions Matter

Mum hates the mirror. Her reflection looks back at her in shame.

Head hung low; she gets on with her day. Just another fat, frumpy, female.

At 3pm the school closes. Her son runs out, rushing to get to her for a hug.

“Look mummy. I drew our family today!”

She takes the paper from his grubby hands. 

A crayon drawing of Mummy, Daddy, Alfie and the dog.

No one thin, no one fat. Perfectly proportioned. No discrimination.

The most important person in her world disagrees. She’s not frumpy.

Next day the mirror is ignored. 

Her confidence slowly creeps back.


Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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