This was written for the Electric Literature Holiday Contest (a short short of 30 to 300 words, that uses each word only once). This being the holidays though I got distracted and didn’t manage to submit on time. Still, 111 words, no repetition. Worth posting up I think:
He beats the shit out of James.
Pounds his knuckles flat against soft pink skin.
Shatters cheek bones.
Me, huddled in a car park corner; streaked mascara, salt tears.
Tell myself: Close your eyes.
Two cracked ivory stumps glisten wetly by my foot.
Say: Scrunch them tight.
Imagine green grass and dappled sunlight.
Blood pools on oil-stained concrete.
Forget everything else.
Silence echoes off hard grey walls.
Crack each lid open. First one. Then another.
See him turn.
Thin, spittle coated lips now split apart.
A drunken grin.
Huge arms, giant belly, muscle turned half to fat.
I am screaming.
Write a 26 word short story (it’s flash fiction really), with each word in the story beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. There are two categories of story:
Words in the story must run alphabetically, i.e Anabel bought cherries down every Friday . . .
I’ve only spent one lunchtime trying to do this, but I can say from the off that it’s —-ing hard. And just wait till you get to W-X-Y-Z.
All the letters of the alphabet in any order you like. Slightly easier to do this one, but still requires some thinking.
Send any complete stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. No prizes, but the best (or at least most coherent) submissions will be posted up on the site along with your name and twitter handle / blog.
– don’t mess around with the typeface. Times New Roman or Arial, that’s it. Anything else looks unprofessional. Size can alter slightly, but no smaller than 11pt, and obviously not huge. Either way, don’t make it a hassle to read.
Typos, spelling mistakes
– obvious. Don’t do it.
– reading, reading, reading, wait, everything I’ve just read has turned out not to be? The best ones you won’t see coming, but read two dozen story submissions in a row and anything without a twist becomes a nice surprise.
Today is June 3rd 2011, which means it is Diary Day – as designated by the people behind Diary of the Tweople.
Diary of the Tweople is a one off project that aims to capture a day in the life of the people of Twitter. Write about what happened to you on this day, submit, and the best entries will be compiled in to a published ebook, with the Twitter name of each author included beside their entry. As a crowd sourced and surprisingly fluid project, readers will be able to follow favoured authors instantly on Twitter, with the micro-blogging site allowing authors and readers to connect in a unique fashion.
The Diary of the Tweople website has a submissions box now open, and it will remain open until Monday evening (June 6th). You have the weekend to write about what you did on Diary Day, so no excuses.
sociallyacceptable (@sociallyaccept) got in touch with Diary of the Tweople (@diarytweople). Some questions and answers about the project are below:
A new short story competition was launched in 2011, find it at www.theshortstory.net.
The competition is open to anyone, anywhere (as long as you’re over 18) and, unlike many other short story competitions, is free to enter. With a combined prize kitty of £500 that’s not a bad deal at all.
Submission at a glance
One submission per person.
Must be fiction.
Cannot be science fiction, fantasy or children’s.
1,000-5,000 word limit.
No entry fee.