#almanac280 ‘COVID-19’ writing competition: we have a winner (two actually)

Last week we asked you to send us short stories that made the most of Twitter’s 280 character limit – inspired by the theme COVID-19.


We had some great entries. Check them all out here:


Last week we also said that:


Almanac membership for 2020 and two books from the Almanac Shop will go to the author of our favourite story; in the spirit of the Almanac.
The winning entry will be announced on Friday 8 May 2020.


Thanks to everyone who entered.

We hope you enjoyed reading such a variety of voices and we hope you enjoyed creating some writing.




We couldn’t split it. We give equal first place to Shane Thomas and Joe Huddler. Membership each and a book each. Well done and thanks to everyone involved.



Shane Thomas @ShaneThomasMelb


John honed the quiet-loud technique before Pixies and Nirvana.


Three-quarter time, players would bunch. Orange pulp in teeth, ale breathed on necks, straining to hear a summary. Then, they’d be blasted out to win.


Alone with his mutt, he doesn’t have such command.





Joe Huddler @joehuddler


Which haze is steam from the chip shop vent, which is breath, and which is smoke blown ostentatiously from Rory dragging the last fly ember from the Regal Filter we shared. Training’s over, bare legs and ears pink and numb from slide tackling through winter puddles. #almanac280



Check out previous #almanac280 competitions:


#almanac280: Sport. Write from the Heart
#almanac280: Adelaide
#almanac280: Tigers 2017
#almanac280: Finals






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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Worthy winners! Well done ER, thanks for organising another fantastic #280.

  2. Congrats to Joe Huddler and Shane Thomas. Thanks for organizing ERegnans. Always a little treat when these pop up during each day (like a break for an Iced Vo-Vo).

    Happy to receive topic suggestions.

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