Winning story in the Mirror Lakes and Central Otago Short Story competition: Sparrow's Eggs

Winner of the Mirror and Central Otago Senior Story competition Alan Whitaker, of Alexandra. Alexandra man Alan Whitaker was the deserved winner of the senior Mirror and Central Otago short story competition with this entry, Sparrow’s Eggs . The Mirror will publish the stories were place first second and third in the senior and junior over the next six weeks. judge Diane Brown made the following comments about his story: I am pleased to say that for me, Sparrow’s Eggs fulfilled my somewhat demanding criteria. simple premise, boy of eight, climbing tree in search of sparrow’s eggs. The description of the baby sparrows is vivid. All is not as it seems, however, the writer has not gone in for simple trick ending. As reader I was alerted near the beginning of the story, thus by the end, I had fully bought into it. Sparrow’s Eggs is an evocative and moving portrayal of youth and old age, the past and the present. It has controversial last line, and is worthy winner. READ MORE: *Mirror Lakes and Central Otago short story winners: all is Sparrow’s Eggs, by […]

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