The RateMyWords Virginia Woolf Competition has awarded first prize and £200 to Gabriella Patanè for her story “The Pawmark on the Page,” a tribute to Virginia Woolf. Here is her opening line:
‘Perhaps it was the end of September 1930 that Virginia Woolf first saw the pawmark on the page.’
Here’s the original from Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall”:
‘Perhaps it was the middle of January in the present that I first looked up and saw the mark on the wall.’
According to the society, Gabriella’s story combines ‘The Mark on the Wall’ with Flush, featuring Pinker the spaniel, the real-life model for Flush, given to Virginia by Vita Sackville-West. Virginia and Leonard are included in the story, and even Nelly gets a namecheck.
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RateMyWords also made a generous donation to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.