Five little words…


I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do.  It’s been a busy time for me with finishing up my manuscript revisions, mastering the art of writing a synopsis, and querying literary agents.  Now that stuff is mostly done (except hearing back from agents), and I’m trying to get caught up on book reviews and doing MS critiques for other writers.

Regardless, I wanted to do something fun on the blog where anyone could participate.  There won’t be another monthly writing contest until October, but we can do some mini ones until then.  These will have less pressure and more freedom for creativity.

Here are the rules:

1) Write a story or poem of any length so long as it contains the following words:

cotton
knob
mouse
cry
blue

2) Must have a title at the top and your name (whatever you want to be called).

3) You can make the required words plural or change their tense as needed.  If the term has multiple meanings, pick whichever one you want to use so long as it is in the dictionary.  You can even combine it with other words.

4) You have until Friday, August 17th at 6pm (EDT) to place your entry here on this post as a comment.  That would be 11pm on Friday for the Brits and 8am on Saturday for the Aussies (yes, I painfully did the math).

5) I will pick the winning entry on Saturday and announce it on a separate post.  That person will have the choice of one of the following prizes:

  • Getting their own blog post where they can either put up on excerpt of their book (with link to online booksellers), talk about a random topic (must be approved first), or put up a short story they wrote and want to share.
  • Get their book cover put up on this blog for a period of seven days (like you see Angela Wallace’s up now).
  • A 2000 word critique for their WIP.  This will be done privately through exchanged emails.
  • An interview that will be posted within one week where I will ask questions about you as an author, artist, or whatever it is you do and want to talk about so much that you would choose this option.
  • A review you wrote for a book/product posted as its own blog entry (within one week).

That is everything you need to know.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.  I’ll sort  them out from the entries.

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~ by Suzie on August 15, 2012.

7 Responses to “Five little words…”

  1. Animalympics by Sarah Fredricks

    All was quiet as one brave little mouse attempted his final jump. He looked upwards to the big blue sky above and prayed his mama was watching.

    He turned his attention to the abandoned door knob placed on the floor, shimmied his little bottom as he wound himself up for the run of his life.

    The crowd roared and cried out his name as he shot down the track. He soared into the air, and for a moment they all held their breath as his podgy little body flew over the knob heading for the soft cotton quilt the other side.

    He landed with a splat into a billowy mass of fine Egyptian cotton then turned to the knob, daring to hope. The cocktail stick placed precariously across the top was still in place.

    He’d done it!

    He turned to the crowd, his front paws aloft. As they screamed and chanted his name, a few ran towards him and lifted him high.

    Drops of rain fell on his face as his mama cried in pride, for the runt of her litter had showed them all.

    A small mouse who’d believed a dream, who’d walked hundreds of miles across highways, fields and rivers to compete, was an Animalympics Champion.

  2. Sarah, thank you for your participation. If you could send me an email (my address is listed on the Contact page), and let me know of which prize you would prefer, I’ll be happy to set it up!

  3. […] by Sarah Fredricks For those of you who didn’t catch it, Sarah Fredricks won the Five Little Words contest held last week.  For her prize, she asked to have an excerpt of her novel posted.  I am […]

  4. […] compared to the monthly competitions I usually do.  If you missed the last one, you can see it here.  Sarah Fredricks won that one and chose to have an excerpt of her novel posted as her prize.  […]

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