My Story: Bus People

busMy story today is built around the idea of strangers on the bus. The shared intimacy of taking a long trip together can take its toll on people – both for the good and the bad:

A thin young man in his mid-20s flopped down next to Robyn and immediately assumed the wide-legged spread all men assume while seated. Robyn watched him under lowered lids: The wider the parting of the legs, the more space he was trying to claim for himself. Being fat and taking up more space was one thing, spreading out your knees to take over an unrealistic amount of real estate for your crotch was another. Robyn thought some guys were really only one evolutionary step above peeing on their territory.

Listen to Bus People and tell me about the worst bus trip you’ve ever taken.

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

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Writing Contest: Mommy, I don’t like this

Writing contests require your final draftThe writing contest for today focuses on a familiar phrase for parents: Mommy, I don’t like this. Put together 750 words (in any style you choose) and submit it to Writer’s Digest for your chance at publication. Entries can be submitted online and they are due by June 1, 2015.

Good luck!

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My Story: Once Upon a Midnight Summer

midnightMy story today is set in the same way all parents tell stories to their children: With certain details omitted. What you want your children to know and what actually happened are two completely separate stories:

Of course, there is a flip side to this story: One of perpetual light in which the birthrate dropped a bit and people were less likely to have one-night stands when faced with a potential lover in the bright accusing light of day outside a bar. But I’ve never met someone from the opposite side of the world to tell me that story. And I really don’t want to tell my children about one-night stands so close to bedtime. Sex education should take place in the daylight.

Listen to Once Upon a Midnight Summer and tell me what you would change about your life if it was suddenly left in darkness.

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

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Writing Contest: The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

type your way into writing contestsFor this writing contest, short story authors have the chance to win $2,000 for their work. The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction doesn’t have any theme restrictions, but entries should be under 50 pages. To enter, authors should submit their work before March 14, 2015; there is an entry fee of $15 per submission. In addition to the prize money, winners will be published in an upcoming issue of the Colorado Review.

You can find additional submission details on the publication’s website.

Good luck!

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Writing Contest: The Willow Books Literature Awards

PPull out your quill and enter some writing contestsrose and poetry writers have the chance to win big with the Willow Books Literature Awards writing contests. Contestants in each category are invited to enter their works (manuscripts not exceeding 200 pages) or collections of poetry (up to 90 pages in length) for possible publication as well as cash prizes.

There is a $30 fee for each entry and full rules and submission details can be found at the company’s website. You’d better hurry, the submission deadline is April 30, 2015.

Good luck!

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