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The best medicine

Alison Chisholm chortles as she examines the winners of Writing Magazine’s competition for funny poems

Poetry winners

FIRST PRIZE Game Nearly Over by Karen Pailing

The galaxy’s not what it used to be; once, there were so many stars that the sky, late at night, would be bathed in their light; I think I might head back to Mars.

It’s not as if anyone’s listening; they noticed us when there were two hundred thousand or three, but now it’s just me, and what can one alien do? It wasn’t like this when we landed; no Martian was ever alone; not an instant was dull when our saucers were full and besides, we could always phone home.

But then earthlings invented computers and now they’re all glued to their screens, where they’re wiping us out, and I’m starting to doubt that they’ve ever grown out of their teens. And you can’t force an earthling to listen, though we’ve kept coming up with new ways: but they’re harder to scare, and they don’t seem to care that their planet has seen better days.

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In this month's issue, we show you ten ways to improve your writing right now, and look at how to impress an editor and get your feature articles accepted. This month's star interview is crime bestseller and Rizzoli and Isles creator Tess Gerritsen, who opens her casebook to discuss murder, medicine and false memory. When you've polished your work and got it ready to submit, check out the Writers' News pages – packed with opportunities to get into print and competitions to enter, with £54,762 in writing prizes to be won.

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