@ghost-of-a-dukesaid Although there is no minimum word count, I think it unlikely that a really (really) short story would win the competition. (Possible, but unlikely). The main reason for this is that voters will usually recognize the time and effort an author has put into their entry. This probably wouldn't be the case if it was a poetry competition. (I actally prefer short poems if they are well written).
At twilight the old house was musty,
The caretaker looked sort of crusty
Superstition or was he a real phantom
And believe me it was no bantam
I cried out dear God its old Rusty.
Yes, I suppose I do to some extent. I'll see if I can come up with some more red herrings later on. 😉
I saw that Morris has done some nice paintings, which I would not have seen without the flickr reference, so thank you for that. I drew and painted from teens through 20s, but haven't really done anything in that area for decades, despite having the supplies.
Dame Peel came in by way of some parkour onto the balcony. She was sure Steed would have approved. Poor old Steed. Those were some good times. Her catsuit fit a little more loosely now, but she could still survey his shabby and ill-kept apartment with the sharp mind of a scientist. "Nothing really to be done here," she thought, "It will all just crumble to dust eventually."