My story: Woman with Eggs on Bus

My story title will make sense later.My story today has an unusual title, but stay with me.

This storytelling podcast explores that cast of background characters that seem to follow people in their daily lives. You see the same faces everywhere — on your morning commute, in line at the supermarket or even just walking along the street. In Woman with Eggs on Bus, we find that the background characters can lead some of the most interesting lives.

It occurs to Harriet that if she should die, she should probably leave her parents a note about the small plastic gnomes in the bottom drawer of her kitchen. The drawer wasn’t always devoted to gnomes – at one point it contained pots and pans. But then there was that Black Friday six years ago where she was trolling an online auction site and found a gross of them for sale.

Maybe this story will inspire you to reach out to those near strangers and say hello.

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

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Writing Contests: Try for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

type your way into writing contestsTake some time near Christmas to enter some writing contests, like the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This contest, named in honor of North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe, is open to all writers regardless of geographical location.

Submissions should be shorter than 12 pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced). Just keep in mind that submissions are due by January 30, 2014.

Submissions are being collected by Submittable. Keep in mind there is an entry fee of $15 for North Carolina Writers Network members and $25 for non-members. To submit by regular mail, send to Professor Tony Abbott, PO Box 7096, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035.

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Good luck!

My story: Memories of Being Ticklish on a Hot Summer’s Day

My story needs three women to tell it.My story today deals with memories.

We all know that the older we get, the more our memories fail us: First kisses, the ways we spent our summer vacations and even being ticklish fade away with time. But what if your memories aren’t accurate to begin with? In today’s storytelling podcast episode Memories of Being Ticklish on a Hot Summer’s Day, a woman and her twin daughters have different ways of accessing the past and the present; each of them believes that their memories are the truth.

As an adult, are you afraid of being ticklish?

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

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Writing Contests: Nelson Algren Short Story Contest

Finish your entry to some writing contests.Dust off that short story you’ve been working on and submit it to some writing contests. The Chicago Tribune’s annual Nelson Algren Short Story Contest is now accepting submissions, and you could win up to $5,000. Even better: you can submit up to 2 stories with no entry fee.

Get all the rules and details here – you have until February 1, 2014, to enter.

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Writing Contests: Apex Christmas Fiction Contest

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsLooking to earn some extra money with some writing contests? Christmas can be a time of joy, tinsel and even dread. Apex Magazine is running is Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction contest and is looking for short stories about Christmas with a dark science fiction, horror or fantasy slant.

You’d better hurry: All entries are due by December 16; short stories should be 250 words or less. You can find all the submission details and guidelines here.

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Good luck!