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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Writing Contests: Whoa flash fiction

Finish your entry to some writing contests.Tales of Whoa is about to unleash a series of writing contests. You can check out the details of their weekly flash fiction contests here.

The contest may be a full prompt, or just a single word and it’s your job to wow the two authors who are running the contests. They promise to pull the best entries every few months as well.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: Can you emulate Robert Frost?

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsFor entry in some writing contests, you’ll need to get in touch with your inner Robert Frost. Poets can submit up to three poems that they have written in the same vein as Frost to the Robert Frost Foundation. Winners will receive $1,000 and publication.

The entry fee is $10 and additional details can be found at the foundation’s website or here. Better hurry, the deadline is February 1, 2014.

Good luck!

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