What a weekend of reading and judging! Bliss! Thank you all for your work and stories, and thank you Geoff for the great prompt, which was:
‘Today, 18-MAY, is International Museum Day. Its objective is to raise awareness of the fact that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.
The theme chosen for 2018 is “Hyperconnected Museums: new approaches, new publics”.’
And how the writers were inspired?! Scary, potent, funny, darkly humorous…so many takes and views on what museums are and have to offer. All the stories were great reads, and you can still catch them on the site here…get inspired to join in this week. You have until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EST) and if you’re like me, this’ll mean as much as quantum physics would to a concussed duck, but that’s why Google was invented.
Special Mention went to Tim Hayes with A Curious Collection of Cats, which also got the Community Pick. Congratulations!
This was a cleverly written and amusing piece. I enjoyed the curator’s name, the engaging tone, the hints of possibility offset with the prospect of probability and the thought experiment being a nuisance. There was a fantastic suggestion of familiarisation jading the curator even as she bolstered the theoretical into something fit to display. Excellent concept and piece.
Honourable Mentions went to Nicolette Stephens with Past Redemption and Carin Marais with Blood and Tears.
I enjoyed Past Redemption immensely. The irony was cutting and tragic at the end, and combined with the title, highly emotive: chances missed, redemption passed by and now just out of reach even as they both stare at where it was. The writing itself was subtle and thoughtful, allowing me to develop empathy and withholding the direction the piece was heading to for that impactful conclusion. Great writing.
Blood and Tears was a potent and highly emotive read from start to finish. The use of first-person narration created a direct link to the writing, which was rich in detail, helping to build context for the scene. The writing sensitively conveyed a pertinent theme, and I appreciated the use of the bowl and blood as symbols to exemplify the conflict and give the end a deeper meaning.
Runner-up went to Marsha Adams for Museums are Educational or: How I Learned to Keep My Hands to Myself
Lovely writing. I loved the style and the conversational tone of the piece offered through first-person reminiscences. Great word choice and progression created a highly engaging and thrilling read from that wonderful opener, through the description of the almost crime, the capture and the distraction technique doubling as punishment to the final, amusing revelation. The language was perfect to manipulate the reader—of which I have no complaint whatsoever—to make that ending sweeter. Excellent piece.
Winner was Dana Faletti with The Fuhrermuseum of Linz.
The form of this piece was fascinating from the start…that prose or poetry presentation. For me, this added to the duality this piece was offering. The longer lines seem to generate a frantic pace, which is then curtailed and restrained by the tight format of shorter lines. This structure also created clear breaks in the progression, accentuating the relevance of each scene. The language was wonderfully evocative, the relationship choice and name was keen and sensitive, and the written hints to deeper tragedies slotted in deftly. I particularly enjoyed how the museum became a duplicitous front; the irony of locking away treasures also facilitating escape of something more precious was just inspired. The end was tragic and beautiful. Wonderful writing.