Once again we are delighted to announce a winner, and recipient of the fifty pounds cash prize. Once again we are delighted at the high caliber of entrants, and the fierce nature of the competition. Once again the Irish have triumphed.
Obviously, one half of the editorial team is delighted. The other half of the editorial team less so. Yes, the winner of the second ever Red Line competition is Barrie McKinley’s tale of Irish defiance against the symbols of a waning, toothless British empire, “Dogs”.
Still, in spite of the national divisions within our editorial team, it is now undoubtedly the case that the Irish are on a roll, and have laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the English-speaking world. As before, full feedback will be posted on all stories shortly. Maybe it will help some of the non-Irish writers to raise their game.
However, we are now ten days away from the end of the world, at which point national boundaries are likely to be fairly insignificant. We are all in this one together. The End is coming.
The only ray of hope is that plucky Scamp, who was thought to have given his life to prevent global destruction only last week, has been found alive and well, having washed up on a beach in the Maldives. Attached to this post is the first image of our canine hero that has been released to the press.
So raise a glass with me and let’s toast: “To Dogs!”