Inspired by a Picture: Challenge Results

The results of the "Inspired by a Picture" writing 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

Jonah

Please rate Jonah 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) [49 votes total]

Romantic (2)  4%
Erotic (13)  26%
Sweet (13)  26%
Gentle (11)  22%
Surprising (11)  22%
Realistic (11)  22%
Inspiring (2)  4%
An emotional read (8)  16%
Written with rhythm and pace (15)  30%
Thought provoking (14)  28%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (17)  34%
Technically well written (17)  34%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (15)  30%
Easy to read (35)  71%
It invited me in (10)  20%
I could not put it down (5)  10%
Cheering (made me happy) (5)  10%
Uplifting (4)  8%
I identified with at least one of the characters (10)  20%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  2%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (3)  6%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  2%
Interpreted the picture well (25)  51%

The Dare

Please rate The Dare 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) [50 votes total]

Romantic (2)  4%
Erotic (5)  10%
Sweet (19)  38%
Gentle (10)  20%
Surprising (20)  40%
Realistic (9)  18%
Inspiring (3)  6%
An emotional read (1)  2%
Written with rhythm and pace (23)  46%
Thought provoking (5)  10%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (25)  50%
Technically well written (21)  42%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (29)  57%
Easy to read (41)  82%
It invited me in (17)  34%
I could not put it down (7)  14%
Cheering (made me happy) (14)  28%
Uplifting (5)  10%
I identified with at least one of the characters (7)  14%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  2%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (0)  0%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  2%
Interpreted the picture well (40)  80%

From the Stream to the Sea

Please rate From the Stream to the Sea 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) [40 votes total]

Romantic (15)  37%
Erotic (22)  55%
Sweet (12)  30%
Gentle (6)  15%
Surprising (8)  20%
Realistic (14)  35%
Inspiring (5)  12%
An emotional read (14)  35%
Written with rhythm and pace (19)  47%
Thought provoking (20)  50%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (22)  55%
Technically well written (28)  70%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (25)  62%
Easy to read (32)  80%
It invited me in (15)  37%
I could not put it down (12)  30%
Cheering (made me happy) (2)  5%
Uplifting (3)  7%
I identified with at least one of the characters (4)  10%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  2%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (13)  32%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  2%
Interpreted the picture well (28)  70%

Revenge

Please rate Revenge 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) [46 votes total]

Romantic (2)  4%
Erotic (9)  19%
Sweet (15)  32%
Gentle (6)  13%
Surprising (13)  28%
Realistic (11)  23%
Inspiring (2)  4%
An emotional read (1)  2%
Written with rhythm and pace (21)  45%
Thought provoking (9)  19%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (22)  47%
Technically well written (19)  41%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (18)  39%
Easy to read (31)  67%
It invited me in (11)  23%
I could not put it down (6)  13%
Cheering (made me happy) (11)  23%
Uplifting (2)  4%
I identified with at least one of the characters (6)  13%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (3)  6%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (2)  4%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
Interpreted the picture well (31)  67%

Of Which Nightmares Are Made

Please rate Of Which Nightmares Are Made 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) [40 votes total]

Romantic (2)  5%
Erotic (6)  15%
Sweet (5)  12%
Gentle (1)  2%
Surprising (23)  57%
Realistic (1)  2%
Inspiring (0)  0%
An emotional read (14)  35%
Written with rhythm and pace (23)  57%
Thought provoking (20)  50%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (25)  62%
Technically well written (28)  70%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (25)  62%
Easy to read (24)  60%
It invited me in (11)  27%
I could not put it down (13)  32%
Cheering (made me happy) (1)  2%
Uplifting (0)  0%
I identified with at least one of the characters (8)  20%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (3)  7%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (12)  30%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (2)  5%
Interpreted the picture well (31)  77%

Avery and Me

Please rate Avery and Me 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) [30 votes total]

Romantic (28)  93%
Erotic (20)  66%
Sweet (16)  53%
Gentle (17)  56%
Surprising (19)  63%
Realistic (8)  26%
Inspiring (7)  23%
An emotional read (13)  43%
Written with rhythm and pace (11)  36%
Thought provoking (11)  36%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (17)  56%
Technically well written (17)  56%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (16)  53%
Easy to read (23)  76%
It invited me in (15)  50%
I could not put it down (14)  46%
Cheering (made me happy) (13)  43%
Uplifting (9)  30%
I identified with at least one of the characters (7)  23%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (5)  16%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (7)  23%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (4)  13%
Interpreted the picture well (16)  53%

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.

Seed Brothers

Please rate Seed Brothers 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) [34 votes total]

Romantic (5)  14%
Erotic (23)  67%
Sweet (11)  32%
Gentle (7)  20%
Surprising (16)  47%
Realistic (1)  2%
Inspiring (0)  0%
An emotional read (1)  2%
Written with rhythm and pace (11)  32%
Thought provoking (7)  20%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (16)  47%
Technically well written (18)  52%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (18)  52%
Easy to read (22)  64%
It invited me in (15)  44%
I could not put it down (6)  17%
Cheering (made me happy) (4)  11%
Uplifting (1)  2%
I identified with at least one of the characters (3)  8%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  2%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (2)  5%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
Interpreted the picture well (19)  55%

Constantine's Awakening

Please rate Constantine's Awakening 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) [22 votes total]

Romantic (7)  31%
Erotic (18)  81%
Sweet (10)  45%
Gentle (9)  40%
Surprising (6)  27%
Realistic (7)  31%
Inspiring (3)  13%
An emotional read (3)  13%
Written with rhythm and pace (11)  50%
Thought provoking (8)  36%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (15)  68%
Technically well written (14)  63%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (16)  72%
Easy to read (20)  90%
It invited me in (12)  54%
I could not put it down (7)  31%
Cheering (made me happy) (7)  31%
Uplifting (7)  31%
I identified with at least one of the characters (8)  36%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (1)  4%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (1)  4%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
Interpreted the picture well (16)  72%

Overall rating

This is a departure. Previously we have not set story against story, writer against writer, but folk are competitive. This is a summary of the full audience reaction.

This section does not incorporate the late entrants. Only the stories which arrived before the closing time compete for overall honours

Which story 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 [43 votes total]

Jonah (8)  18%
The Dare (24)  55%
From the Stream to the Sea (10)  23%
Revenge (11)  25%
Of Which Nightmares Are Made (13)  30%
Avery and Me (14)  32%

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 [41 votes total]

Jonah (17)  41%
The Dare (26)  63%
From the Stream to the Sea (14)  34%
Revenge (12)  29%
Of Which Nightmares Are Made (8)  19%
Avery and Me (17)  41%

Yes, we're aware there is a "Donkey Vote" when things are presented to be rated in a fixed order, but this is for fun.

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The inspiration

This picture was used to inspire the challenge:

2016 Story from a Picture Challenge - Of Which Nightmares Are Made