Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury Winners « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

The final Rodeo results are in… and GUESS WHAT?

I got third place!!!!!


Some fantastic entries. Please click the link below to read them.

As always, I’ll leave my entry for you to read at the bottom! ❤

Thanks again judges!

By D. Avery Sometimes fear, respect, and awe are the braids of one rope. Sometimes that one rope is all a buckaroo has to hang onto. Your flash should never let go of that rope. That was my lead-in…

Source: Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury Winners « Carrot Ranch Literary Community


Third place and a copy of Chicken Shift go to Ritu Bhathal forGoodbye Fall.

Below me flowed water, fast and furious.

I tightened my grip on the pot.

“All ready?” The instructor checked my harnesses.

I gulped.

But I nodded. I needed to do this.

Launching myself, as instructed, I fell, headfirst, feeling the air zoom past me.

The elastic went taut and I bounced up and down several times.

My heart was in my mouth.

As I came to a stop, I looked at the pot, still in my hands.

Loosening its lid and allowing the contents to fall into the water, I whispered “Goodbye Jake,” before slowly being pulled back up.

What is apparent from the beginning is both the narrator’s fear and resolve to make this jump, though Ritu reveals this through discreet details, such as a tightened grip, a gulp, a silent nod. The motivation isn’t revealed until the end, with the detail of whispering and being pulled back up slowly adding to the poignancy.

I am honoured!

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charli Mills
    Dec 18, 2018 @ 04:22:13

    Congratulations, Ritu for your Sound and Fury win!

    Liked by 2 people


  2. Lance Greenfield
    Dec 16, 2018 @ 11:15:15

    Very good! The judge says it all. Excellent writing.

    Liked by 2 people


  3. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 15:07:04

    Congratulations, Ritu, a great story.

    Liked by 2 people


  4. Jennie
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 13:01:54

    Excellent, Ritu! Subtle yet emotional. Congratulations!

    Liked by 2 people


  5. syl65
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 04:25:36

    Really good Sister!!! Congratulations!!!!

    Liked by 2 people


  6. Book Club Mom
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 01:36:33

    Congratulations, Ritu. Your story is powerful.

    Liked by 2 people


  7. Erika Kind
    Dec 14, 2018 @ 22:11:29

    Congratulations, sis! Yay!!

    Liked by 2 people


  8. dornahainds
    Dec 14, 2018 @ 20:55:21

    Congrats to your win! 🥀😎🎊🎉🎈

    Liked by 2 people


  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 14, 2018 @ 20:31:06

    Wow, congratulations! You are making quite the name for yourself with your writing. I am thrilled for you (and those of us who get to read your works)

    Liked by 3 people


  10. Jacquie Biggar
    Dec 14, 2018 @ 19:01:26

    Beautiful and sad, Ritu. Congrats!

    Liked by 2 people


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