My story: After the Kidnapping

My story today involves eating soup for every meal.My story today is a bit darker than usual.

Today’s story, After the Kidnapping, is a single-person perspective from a woman trying to deal with a traumatic event in her life, but it’s hard for her to keep all her thoughts straight.

I stole the neighbor’s cat on the second move. He was a friendly, scrawny guy who sat on the porch of my parent’s house always in the sunshine. He spent all his days outside of his own home — three doors down from my parents — it was filled with the barking of little yappy dogs.

It’s a jumble of emotions, but a story that takes surprisingly few words to tell.

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

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Writing Contests: Memphis magazine – extended

Writing contests require your final draftI don’t know about you, but when I enter writing contests, I am very vigilant about the deadlines. That is why I was happy to read that Memphis magazine has extended the deadline for one of its annual writing contests from February 1, 2014 to February 15, 2014.

It’s kind of like a Valentine’s Day gift to yourself.

If you have a previously unpublished short story between 3,000 and 4,500 words, and live within 150 miles of Memphis, you can enter this contest. All entries require a $10 entry fee.

You can send your story to: Fiction Contest, c/0 Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. Winning entries will receive $1,000 and be featured in the June issue.

Additional details on the contest can be found here.

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Writing Contests: For Poetry

type your way into writing contestsOne of the great things about the writing contests held by the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, is that you don’t have to be a resident to win. The workshop is conducting its 25th Annual Poetry Contest, and the winner can receive the choice of a three-night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B, three free online workshops or 100 pages of editorial services. There are prizes for second and third place winners as well.

Just send your $25 entry fee (for up to three entries) to Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Entries are due by February 28. You can find additional submission guidelines here.

Good luck!

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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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