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April's Txtlit writing competition theme is "The Invention". 

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, meaning that when we are presented with a problem that must be overcome, we will find a way. Many inventions have come about to assist or prolong life; to make it easier or more efficient to get things done. Consider the wheel, the Industrial Revolution and medicines. And where would we be today without the Internet? Not all inventions are for good however. Weapons have become more varied and deadly, to the extent that we are afraid of the consequences of using them.   

Of course the actual invention is only half of the story. It's the effect that it has that really matters. 

What invention will you write about? One that exists already or will you think of something that we need today that is yet to be resolved?

To enter the competition write a story with a clear link to the theme of "the Invention" 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 30th April 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:

Pen poised, ready to sign, doubt was creeping in. 'Come on, what you waiting for?' he barked. That was it, he could stuff his pre-nup. The wedding was off.’

By  Val Fish

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She’s home early. I stare at my red hands, the mess in the sink. She enters as I try to flush the stained shirt. ‘What did I say about separating the laundry?’

By  Catrions Mackay

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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

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Ten green bottles. You know the rest. Here I am, standing on a wall, last of my vintage, and I'm worried. Those falls were no accidents. They were pu...

By  Sim Smailes

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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

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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

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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 

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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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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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