New Leaf 100-Word Short Story Contest
New Year New Love Some of you have been asking if New Leaf will be doing another short story contest. We have some good news for you: We present the next short story contest! We know a lot of you are...
Hello, fellow Tumblorgs! Yesterday I reblogged a post announcing a 100 word short story contest by my literary agency @newleafliterary. My agent is Jo, and she’s outstanding. She’s basically changed my life. Anyway, I know there are a lot of writers here on Tumblr—both professional writers and writers looking to be discovered—and I’ll bet there are quite a number who follow me here. Though writing a 100 word story with a specific theme and using a few keywords is far from the most natural exercise, the prize (a query critique or a first page critique) is so worthwhile, I really think everyone who has any aspiration to write professionally should give it a shot. This could be just the push you need to get you over the next hump.
I also know, though, that it can make one a bit nervous to send a piece of writing—however small, however impersonal—out into the world. There may be some writers here who could win this contest—and who would really benefit from getting a critique—who might never enter simply because they’re afraid of what the reaction will be. In order to help ease that pain, I’m going to enter my own submission here, so that you will know—for a fact—that your story will not be the worst story submitted. No, no. This is the worst story that will be submitted:
“New Year, New Love”
A woman with a grin like ten Mona Lisas passes out champagne. “Two minutes to midnight!” her voice jingles. The man in the corner watches, his emotions like the 90% of an iceberg nobody sees. Even with closed eyes, he senses her: the smell of her perfume; the feel of her dress; the sound of her laughter; the taste of the aforementioned champagne. The man makes his first resolution. Tonight, he will accept the challenge. Tonight his word will be cousin to his deed. Tonight he will tell her—
The man awakens. Just a dream. Oh well. Maybe next year.
There it is: The worst 100 word story that this contest will see. Your story is already better than this one. Now you have no excuse. For example, you could submit this same exact story and change the word “ten” to “eleven” and your story will be better—one better, in fact.
So, give it a shot! The worst that can happen is you’ll submit the second worst story.
Well. Unless I get creative again.
Which I might.