RZr and Napoleon

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rZr and Napoleon was originally written for Round Two of the 2009 Whittaker Prize. The prompt used was a music video featuring a graffiti artist (can't remember which one, unfortunately). Under its original title of rZr vs Napoleon, it was given a score of 76/100 by the judge, Geoff Nelder, putting it in fourth place out of 27. The judge's remarks included the comment that it was spoilt by a few clumsy sentences (he was right).


rZr and Napoleon was one of many shortlisted for the 2009 Fish Short Story Prize (under the name rZr vs Napoleon). It was also one of 20 shortlisted, under its final name, for the third Bristol Short Story Prize in 2010.


As one of the shortlist, it was also published in the 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize anthology.


In some ways, it's a shame that the vs got dropped from the title. However, at the time I was also promoting my web serialisation of Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens (which was ultimately published as "Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens ), and I'd also recently had a poem called Hokusai vs The Smog Monster published by Ink, Sweat and Tears, so I felt there were probably more vses running around than was good for me.