My story: Malibu Barbie; Roller Skates; Concert Tickets; Fuzzy Socks & Tulips

I tried to find a picture of roller skates for my story, but these tulips will have to do.My story today — Malibu Barbie; Roller Skates; Concert Tickets; Fuzzy Socks and Tulips on a Rainy Day — is a story about lists.

We all keep those secret lists in our heads: Of things we’ve done, things we’d like to do, the things we have to do and all the things we are afraid to try. Some lists are easy to share, but other times it’s hard to share those secrets — even with the people who know us best.

I almost told her then. About Michael. About 14 months of my life wasted. About the boxes in the basement that held all my things. His things. Our things.
Instead, I said, “What’s really wrong, Betty?”

What is your top 5 list of things you want the world to know about you?

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

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Writing Contests: The Iowa Review Awards

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsStart off 2014 by entering a few writing contests. Through the end of January, writers and poets alike can enter the Iowa Review Awards for the chance to win $1,500.

Submit your previously unpublished prose (up to 25 pages double-spaced) or poetry (up to 10 pages with not more than one poem per page) either online or via snail mail. Please note there is a $20 fee per entry. You can get the full rules and details here.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: Poetry Collections

Enter writing contests to tell your storyMost poetry writing contests ask you for one or two entries. This one asks you for an entire collection. Writers & Books awards the Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize to a poet with an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The prize includes $1,000, publication of the collection and a fellowship at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes.

All collections are due by January 31, 2014. There is a entry fee of $25. You can download the entry form and see all the rules at the Writers & Books website.

Good luck!

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My story: Waking up with Strangers

My story may require an alarm clock.My story today has a happy ending.

A lot of my storytelling podcast posts don’t have a happy ending. I think that is part of the problem with stories — outside of certain genres (romance novels, fairy tales), most stories don’t have a happy ending. In Waking up with Strangers, however, the listener can be assured a happy ending — it may just be the rest of the story that they have a problem with.

Do you like happy endings to stories?

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

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Writing Contests: Phoebe Journal wants your work

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsPhoebe 43.1 is holding some of its annual writing contests. Winners will be featured in the spring issue of the journal and you could win up to $1,000.

Works in a variety of formats are being accepted: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction – all with a $17 entry fee.

The deadline for entering the writing contests is February 1, 2014. For additional rules and to enter the contests, visit the Phoebe Journal.

Scroll through this page for the latest information on a variety of writing contests.

Good luck!