12 Word Writing Competition – Winner & Entries

Thanks to all those who entered the Penny Post 12-word writing competition. Emma and Alex at the Hungerford Bookshop have, after much deliberation, chosen the following as the winning entry:

Uncle Killed Dad. I feel sad. Should I carry on? Or not?
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Congratulations to Dorothea Rota of Kintbury who wins the £10 book token. The other entries, with the answers, are below. Thanks again to all those who took part.


Lost at sea. No parents or football. Just monkeys and new friendship.
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpugo

Little men travel the land to reclaim a mountain. Mind the dragon.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

The same people meeting over and over again in twelve volumes.
A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

Headstrong red-haired foundling searches for her mama, ending up in the circus.
Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Small person finds jewellery, walks with increasingly small number of friends. Precious.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

Russian Revolution, end of war – in a metaphor.
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Terror and hatred where the gamblers go.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

Cop loses shoes and instantly regrets it.
Die Hard

Small fury animal finds new home in London. Enjoys eating sandwiches.
Paddington (various) by Michael Bond

Wessex girl, seeks kin, ends in Sorrow; brief happiness in the dairies.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Sisters castellated by writer’s block and poverty meet wealthy Americans: love conspires.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Alliterative tale of romantic trying to beat his boat against the current.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Sensible urbanite tidies pastoral, mollocking, doom-laden family prone to frights in sheds.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

“What happened to my sister? To Me? To Elizabeth?… Cant remember…..”
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Uncle Killed Dad. I feel sad. Should I carry on? Or not?
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Not bulls in a china shop but pigs in a Palace trough.
The Blunders of our Governments by Ivor Crewe and Anthony King

Man fights in a war and has some trouble getting home.
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

Angry Fruit.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

American Indian man, America.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

It’s dark. Stuff happens. Woof! Woof!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

One letter away from a put down from up high.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


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