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My Story: The Separated Life of Annie Good

No stories were harmed in the making of my story today. My story today focuses on the idea that we all have very different childhoods. But what if yours was so unusual, you had to hide it? In The Separated Life of Annie Good, we meet a woman who lies about the abnormality of her upbringing because the lie is easier to explain. Even to her boyfriend:

In her defense, she had spent the first four weeks of their relationship believing it would never work out between them. He was, after all, a calculus major. During their first date he had tried to start conversations with her about social economics and politics before they were able to settle on classic cinema as a mutually satisfying topic. By the time she had realized her miscalculation on his viability as a long-term boyfriend and started believing in his potential, it seemed too late to delve into childhood issues.

Abnormal is the new normal.

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

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Writing Contests: Sponsored by Elixer Press

Elixer Press is celebrating Spring with a couple of writing contests and awards.

type your way into writing contestsPublished poets should submit their first or second book of poetry (at least 48 pages in length) to the Antivenom Poetry Award. The entry fee is $30 and the deadline is March 31, 2014. Top prize is $2,000. Fiction writers (published or non published) should submit their work (120-500 pages in length) to the Elixer Press Fiction Award. The entry fee is $40 and the deadline to enter is May 31, 2014. Top prize is $2,500.For more information on the writing contests, visit Elixer Press.

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My story: The Repetition of an Unlived Life

In my story today, we take a look at the repercussions of our final words. Some people claim that if they could repeat their lives, they wouldn’t change a thing. That can’t be true — just think of all the heartache and pain that you could save yourself if you could relive your life.My story revolves around a lot of pennies.

But what if you truly couldn’t make any changes? How would you feel about being stuck in an endless loop of living and déjà vu and memories?

The next afternoon…he saw the few words he had scribbled on the crinkly brown paper bag:
Your life is a repeat and you have to go through it all again. You’re not crazy, Gerald. Just drunk.
Gerald sat there on the floor, holding the cracked words from his paper bag confession and wondering about the sanity of a drunken mind. Drunks were always honest, he thought, although they might not always make sense. And it was this reasoning that lead Gerald to believe himself.

Enjoy today’s story: The Repetition of an Unlived Life.

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Writing Contests: From Autumn House

For a bunch of writing contests to enter, look no further than Autumn House. The nonprofit corporation is sponsoring several contests for early Spring.

Enter writing contests to tell your storyPoetry contest: Full-length collections of poetry (50-80 pages) are eligible.

Fiction contest: Looking for works of 200-300 pages in any fiction sub-genre (short story collections are allowed).

Nonfiction contest: Submit your work of 200-300 pages in travel writing, historical narrative, nature, science memoirs or personal essays.

Prizes include book publication and cash rewards up to $2,500. All contests have a $30 entry fee. For more information on submitting, visit the Autumn House website. The deadline to enter is April 30, 2014.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: From Little Pond Publishing

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsLittle Pond Publishing has two writing contests for you to consider entering.

Those of you who are great at writing characters in turmoil, love scenes and star-crossed lovers, should consider entering your manuscript to the Love Letters contest. Writers who prefer the simpler plot lines of children’s tales, should enter their stories to the Cotton Tales category.

Both contests are free to enter; and interested writers can fill out an entry form on Little Pond Publishing’s website.

Better hurry — the contest ends April 30, 2014. Good luck!

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