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The first competition theme of 2018 is "Caught in the Act".

Being 'caught in the act' of doing something is usually associated with something sinister such as a burglary, attempted murder or a covert search for clues or information. But of course it doesn't have to be something untoward. The act could be one of kindness. Leaving money, gifts or flowers where the giver doesn't want to reveal his or her identity.

You'll have to give your 'act' plenty of thought to keep it original but you'll also have to consider what the consequences are of being caught. And of course you're going to have to cram that all into just 160 characters.

To enter the competition write a story with a clear link to the theme of "Caught in the Act" in 160 characters or less including spaces and punctuation. Send your story as a text message from a UK mobile phone to our new number 07537 432 432. You have until midnight on the 31st January 2018 to enter.
You will receive a message confirming your entry. You will be charged for one standard text message by your network operator.  If you have a Pay As You Go mobile phone account, you must make sure you have enough credit to cover the cost of a single text message otherwise your entry will not be processed.

Happy writing and Good luck.

Winning Entry:

There was no lipstick on his collar, or faint aroma of perfume to warn me.  It was all such a shock. He's run off with the next-door neighbour. His name's Sid. 

By  Val Fish

Winning Entry:

Anne looked on as Kate was led away in handcuffs. Whispers of "thief" echoed around the office. Anne turned away, smirking. The promotion was now hers!

By  Alison Nuorto

Winning Entry:

She called my house! That was it. I'd played the clueless wife role long enough. Shaking with rage, I threw all his stuff out the window. Time to move on.

By  Victoria Walklate

Winning Entry:

My ten minutes began with little interest. Then heads began to turn. The smirks became loud guffaws. Time up. I left the stage to warm applause. Result!

By Ros Goodway 

Winning Entry:

All eyes on them, she smiled lovingly. How could he say it? He loved Ben, but culture & religion kept him there. He breathed deeply & whispered "I do".

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Winning Entry:

I lead my people: burdened by responsibility, criticised, ridiculed. Yet happy to endure this suffering - for a demon lives in me, nourished by power.

By  Matthew Shepherd  

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I'm sorry Ma. The bevvy was flowin' too easily and I was out of it. Don't cry, I'll see you soon. And don't worry, I don't feel the cold in here at all.

By  Wendy Collins   

Winning Entry:

I sit in the circle. A tune is punctuated by hope then dismay. The parcel shrinks. Excitement grows. The music stops, I rip the paper. The prize is mine.

By Gail Warrick Cox   

Winning Entry:

She was my last hope. Stage 4 leukemia and eight mismatches later, I wait for the most important call of my life. 'Dad', she said. 'It's bad news'.

By  Phoebe Overton  

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