Monthly Archives: January 2014

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Writing Contests: Doris Betts Fiction Prize

Enter writing contests to tell your storyGet your pens ready to win some regional writing contests, such as the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. North Carolina residents are eligible to enter the competition, and first prize is $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The contest is looking for a previously unpublished short story of up to 6,000 words. All entries can be entered via submittable. There will be an entry fee for each submission; more guidelines can be found here.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2014. Good luck!

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My story: I Should Have Peed Before I Left

My story advice includes when to use the bathroom.My story today includes a little motherly advice.

We are all familiar with motherly advice — that nagging (and usually correct) voice in our heads. In today’s story — I Should Have Peed Before I Left — we hear advice on common issues, like cleaning:

Alyssa was standing naked in her kitchen admiring her clean floors. She had mopped them when she first moved in, but this was her first real chance to give them a thorough scrubbing. Alyssa had woken earlier than usual that Sunday, and had scoured her new apartment. As the faux tile floor dried, Alyssa walked into her beige-on-white bathroom to freshen up before putting her clothes back on.

The wisdom of our parents spans across all topics, including love. We just have to learn to listen. Tell me your favorite bit of motherly advice in the comments section.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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Writing Contests: Find your inner Erma Bombeck

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsFor the latest in writing contests, you’ll need to get in touch with your inner Erma Bombeck. That’s right, slip into your favorite 1960s house dress and take a look at your kitchen and kids with a sarcastic flair.

Every two years, the University of Dayton and the Washington-Centerville Public Library sponsor the contest. All you have to do is capture the essence of your inner Erma and you could win $500 and free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.

Better hurry — the contest ends on February 17, 2014. Details on submission guidelines and rules can be found here.

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Writing Contests: Guess what’s in my pocket

Writing contests require your final draftEvery other month Writer’s Digest features some writing contests based off a prompt. January’s writing prompt is:

Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, that begins with the following line of dialogue: “If you can guess what I have in my pocket, you can have it.”

That’s it for the rules. Write away and when you are ready you can enter your submission here.

Good luck!

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My story: Growing Up Along the Edge

Watch out! This is the edge.As my story today shows, the edge of something can be razor sharp or a bit blurred at times. But, no matter the case, you have to be careful when approaching it.

In Growing Up Along the Edge, the narrator takes a look back at the things that made his hometown special and his childhood seem a little ominous.

In my later years, I had passed along my tales of the edge to my own children – all mature stories venturing into middle age: Of the time I lost my father’s flashlight to its bottomless depths. Or the day the wind was so strong it lifted the blackness over the edge and it rolled over our ankles in scorching waves. Of my last visit, when I celebrated my 21st birthday with a drink by its side.

Think back to what your childhood memories are like in your town. Anything unusual you’d like to share? Tell me in the comments.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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