September 05, 2012
Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Summer, 2012 24-Hour Short Story Contest! - Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com and BookLocker.com
For the past six weeks, we've spent every spare moment judging the hundreds of entries submitted for the Summer, 2012 24-Hour Short Story Contest. In case you're not familiar with our quarterly contest, this is how it works. On the date of the contest, at start-time, we send out the topic for that specific contest to all registered entrants, while also posting it online. Entrants then have 24 hours to write and submit their stories. The stories "must deal with the topic in some way to qualify" and they must not exceed the pre-assigned word count.
After reading the entries for each contest, we can see how difficult it is to come up with a unique plot when working with an assigned topic. But, inevitably, a few writers do manage to successfully break away from the pack.
So, today, hop aboard a fishing boat, and assist with processing today's catch...
THE SPRING, 2012 TOPIC
Growing up on a fishing boat docked in this small northwest coastal town brought stares from townspeople and jeers from classmates. She desperately wanted to escape but, with competitors driving down charter prices, she knew her dad would never be able to afford a replacement. As she sliced open the belly of yet another Salmon, her eyes widened and she dropped her knife...
Before you continue reading, take a moment to consider where you would take that story...
Here are our notes about common themes that emerged in this topic:
As with all contests, some common themes come back again and again, no matter what the topic is. These include:
Links to the winning stories appear here:
You can see the complete list of 85 prizes, and sign up, here:
The Fall 24-Hour Short Story Contest, which will be held on September 15, 2012, IS OUR MOST POPULAR ONE! The winners of the Fall contest are announced just before Halloween each year and the Fall topic is always a bit chilly, and sometimes a bit creepy! Each contest is limited to 500 entrants and they usually fill up so don't delay if you want to participate!
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