Sunday, 1 May 2011

It's Only A Number: The Winner!!!

I am absolutely delighted to announce the winner of my competition. When I first read through all of the submissions, this story made me take a sharp intake of breath and then think afterwards. I am sure you will agree that it is a very worthy winner.

Congratulations to Anthony Anderson. I will be in contact about your prize.

It at had been a long and tortuous journey from Warsaw. Cramped, freezing and distressing.

 The weak and sickly ten years old Pavel would never grow to comprehend the place ‘Auschwitz’; or fully understand the true  meaning of the sign over the gates at the camp’s entrance, ‘Arbeit Macht Frei (Work makes one free). Pavel had hoped he would find the comfort and warmth he so desperately sought since leaving Warsaw.

Stripped naked and shivering, the frightened boy looked down at his striped clothing, which he still held tightly in his hands. He raised his shirt to his lips and kissed the yellow star which reminded him of the sun and warmed him from within.

Standing in front of the large metal door, waiting to be cleansed and provided with warm clothing, Pavel looked up towards the face of the kind soldier in the grey uniform, with his blond hair and his iridescent blue eyes. Pointing to the marks emblazoned across his naked chest, Pavel asked ‘What is this?’

The kind soldier looked down on Pavel, gently resting his palm on his head. Pavel felt comforted.

He replied softly, ‘It’s only a number.’

About the Author

Anthony Anderson is a Civil Engineer and Business Advisor, who has recently started to devote some of his spare time to writing. Anthony has recently completed a novel, ‘Adventure into Darkness’ which is a dark adventure story for the YA age group, and is currently working on a detective novel. Anthony is a member of the Walk Café Book Club and also a musician who has played as lead guitarist in a number of rock bands.

Anthony is new to Twitter and will be tweeting as @TonyGray555 Please give him a warm welcome!


  1. What a wonderful piece ... and so beautifully written. Many congratulations.

  2. A very worthy winner. Congratulations!

  3. I'm choked right up! An excellent piece. As you know, Rebecca, I'm a recent convert to flash fiction and I wish I'd started early enough to enter your competition ... On the other hand, seeing the excellent standard, perhaps not!

  4. That's a wonderful last line! Congratulations on winning!

  5. Terrifying. Congrats on the win.

  6. Many congratulations on your win ,I had a lump in my throat reading this!

  7. A superb piece - many congratulations on your win, Anthony.

    Great competition, Rebecca.

  8. So poignant, absolutely beautiful piece, many congratulations.

  9. Sorry I'm so late to the party but I've just found this and I just had to say well done to the author for just a moving piece.