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Nick Mount picks winner of Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

We received over a thousand entries for our latest Twitter Challenge. We were looking for you to paint a scene, in 140 characters or less, that incorporated one or more titles of famous novels.

On Tuesday we announced the Top Tweets as selected by our readers, and today we announce the Grand Prize winner as selected by judge Nick Mount.

The winner of the Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge is... 

Gillian Cornwall ‏@KilaNalu
I’m Frankenstein, The Black Sheep of my family. As I Lay Dying, awaiting The Big Sleep, I know I'm on The Road to Atonement. #CanadaWrites

Nick had this to say about Gillian's Tweet: 

"Many entries focussed their literary energies on painting a scene, as the contest asked. Some worked harder on working as many titles as they could into their Tweet. A few managed to do both, and none so well as Gillian Cornwall’s sketch in titles of the death of Victor Frankenstein. Mood, style, title count: she gets it all, and the prize."

Congratulations Gillian! You've won an iPod Touch and two of the latest Cozy Classics titles.

Nick also had a couple of Honorable Mentions as well.

Sarah Powell ‏@hedgerowmaze
The Friend of My Youth has Runaway, leaving Open Secrets behind, and me, hanging on for Dear Life. #canadawrites

Laurie Burns ‏@lauriecburns
It was A Fine Balance trying to keep her double life a S.E.C.R.E.T from her Sons and Lovers. #Canadawrites

Hart Shouldice ‏@Hartamophone
With Midnight's Children in bed, she walked To The Lighthouse and stood between The Old Man and the Sea. #CanadaWrites

More from Nick Mount on these entries: 

"Given the Nobel news, honourable mention must go first to Sarah Powell’s all-Alice entry. The Munro titles she has used are not novels, as the contest asked, but I’m sure Ms Powell knows that, and as many have said, an Alice Munro short story is bigger than most novels. 

"Congratulations and thanks to Laurie Burns and Hart Shouldice for Tweets bigger than many short stories."

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Stay tuned. Our next writing challenge launches November 4.


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