Inspired by a Picture - "May I Help You?": Challenge Results

The results of the current "Inspired by a Picture" story challenge are here. We're displaying them all, so it's quite a large page. The stories are different and the styles are different. This page lets the authors see and understand how their story affected a readership where another author's story might not have. So this is a positive feedback they are all getting

Best of all, it acts as an encouragement to write more.

Individual story ratings

This is what we have always done. It lets the author see how well they met the brief, according to their readership. There can be very little vanity here! The answers are here, warts 'n all!

For your convenience the stories are linked from the head of each results poll

Full entrants

The full entrants were all submitted before the closing date of the challenge

Black Eyed David

Please rate Black Eyed David with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [76 votes total]

Romantic (14)  18%
Erotic (12)  15%
Sweet (48)  63%
Gentle (52)  68%
Surprising (32)  42%
Realistic (46)  60%
Inspiring (34)  44%
An emotional read (36)  47%
Written with rhythm and pace (37)  48%
Thought provoking (49)  64%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (58)  76%
Technically well written (55)  72%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (52)  68%
Easy to read (64)  84%
It invited me in (44)  57%
I could not put it down (21)  27%
Cheering (made me happy) (26)  34%
Uplifting (37)  48%
I identified with at least one of the characters (21)  27%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (6)  7%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (12)  15%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (4)  5%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (9)  11%
Interpreted the picture well (62)  81%

The Elephant in the Room

Please rate The Elephant in the Room with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [91 votes total]

Romantic (77)  84%
Erotic (28)  30%
Sweet (78)  85%
Gentle (50)  54%
Surprising (46)  50%
Realistic (36)  39%
Inspiring (40)  43%
An emotional read (53)  58%
Written with rhythm and pace (56)  61%
Thought provoking (20)  21%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (66)  72%
Technically well written (58)  63%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (56)  61%
Easy to read (71)  78%
It invited me in (61)  67%
I could not put it down (46)  50%
Cheering (made me happy) (60)  65%
Uplifting (53)  58%
I identified with at least one of the characters (17)  18%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (7)  7%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (8)  8%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (5)  5%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (27)  29%
Interpreted the picture well (71)  78%

I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside – Getting There

Please rate I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside - Getting There with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [66 votes total]

Romantic (31)  46%
Erotic (34)  51%
Sweet (52)  78%
Gentle (34)  51%
Surprising (21)  31%
Realistic (30)  45%
Inspiring (19)  28%
An emotional read (27)  40%
Written with rhythm and pace (36)  54%
Thought provoking (35)  53%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (47)  71%
Technically well written (47)  71%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (45)  68%
Easy to read (57)  86%
It invited me in (39)  59%
I could not put it down (18)  27%
Cheering (made me happy) (29)  43%
Uplifting (25)  37%
I identified with at least one of the characters (15)  22%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (2)  3%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (7)  10%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (6)  9%
Interpreted the picture well (51)  77%

Fifty Yard Line

Please rate Fifty Yard Line with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [65 votes total]

Romantic (19)  29%
Erotic (42)  64%
Sweet (14)  21%
Gentle (20)  30%
Surprising (21)  32%
Realistic (20)  30%
Inspiring (12)  18%
An emotional read (8)  12%
Written with rhythm and pace (33)  50%
Thought provoking (21)  32%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (42)  64%
Technically well written (32)  49%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (32)  49%
Easy to read (44)  67%
It invited me in (28)  43%
I could not put it down (10)  15%
Cheering (made me happy) (16)  24%
Uplifting (12)  18%
I identified with at least one of the characters (13)  20%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  1%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (5)  7%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (9)  13%
Interpreted the picture well (24)  36%

Thrift Shop Nation

Please rate Thrift Shop Nation with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [102 votes total]

Romantic (94)  92%
Erotic (36)  35%
Sweet (93)  91%
Gentle (84)  82%
Surprising (28)  27%
Realistic (63)  61%
Inspiring (59)  57%
An emotional read (66)  64%
Written with rhythm and pace (70)  68%
Thought provoking (44)  43%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (84)  82%
Technically well written (84)  82%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (81)  79%
Easy to read (91)  89%
It invited me in (78)  76%
I could not put it down (56)  54%
Cheering (made me happy) (66)  64%
Uplifting (76)  74%
I identified with at least one of the characters (47)  46%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (20)  19%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (14)  13%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (12)  11%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (1)  0%
Interpreted the picture well (81)  79%

The Boy at the Park

Please rate The Boy at the Park with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [75 votes total]

Romantic (21)  28%
Erotic (0)  0%
Sweet (55)  73%
Gentle (55)  73%
Surprising (28)  37%
Realistic (28)  37%
Inspiring (17)  22%
An emotional read (8)  10%
Written with rhythm and pace (26)  34%
Thought provoking (27)  36%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (44)  58%
Technically well written (51)  68%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (39)  52%
Easy to read (59)  78%
It invited me in (32)  42%
I could not put it down (9)  12%
Cheering (made me happy) (19)  25%
Uplifting (21)  28%
I identified with at least one of the characters (27)  36%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (8)  10%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (1)  1%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (2)  2%
Interpreted the picture well (11)  14%

Late entries

The following stories arrived too late for the full challenge. They have been granted a partial entry, such that the authors will receive the same 'voting feedback' as the full entrants, but they do not compete in the overall poll.

Father John Says

Please rate Father John Says with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [58 votes total]

Romantic (11)  18%
Erotic (1)  1%
Sweet (48)  82%
Gentle (51)  87%
Surprising (27)  46%
Realistic (32)  55%
Inspiring (34)  58%
An emotional read (40)  68%
Written with rhythm and pace (36)  62%
Thought provoking (34)  58%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (43)  74%
Technically well written (41)  70%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (39)  67%
Easy to read (51)  87%
It invited me in (41)  70%
I could not put it down (24)  41%
Cheering (made me happy) (33)  56%
Uplifting (35)  60%
I identified with at least one of the characters (8)  13%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (2)  3%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (5)  8%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (3)  5%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (1)  1%
Interpreted the picture well (41)  70%

Overall rating

Which three stories interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [62 votes total]

Black Eyed David (32)  51%
The Elephant in the Room (38)  61%
I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside - Getting There (28)  45%
Fifty Yard Line (4)  6%
Thrift Shop Nation (41)  66%
The Boy at the Park (8)  12%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [65 votes total]

Black Eyed David (31)  47%
The Elephant in the Room (37)  56%
I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside - Getting There (30)  46%
Fifty Yard Line (4)  6%
Thrift Shop Nation (54)  83%
The Boy at the Park (11)  16%

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The inspiration

This picture was used to inspire the challenge:

2016 Story from a Picture Challenge - May I Help You?