"In April, 1999, we invited you to submit stories of no more, and no fewer, than 50 words to our mini-saga competition. By the end of May, we had received more than 9,000 entries, from all over the world, and from people of all ages". Tom Payne joined a panel of celebrity judges to find the winners of The Telegraph's ever-popular mini-saga competition. First Prize War And Pieces by Mary Ann Slater "Edge pieces first," he decrees. All others are rounded up, segregated. "Blues into the blue pile, browns into the brown. Do not mix them." My moves are restricted (a tree here, a cloud there), while he attacks the castle. I smuggle a piece into my pocket: the revolution has begun.