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Could You Do It In 500?
Can you do it in 500? Some people could never do it, regardless of how many they're given. Michael Goodwin, author of The Badass Geek, thinks you can and I'm willing to give you a chance.
What are we talking about? Goodwin says it best,
“Fiction 500 is an on-going short fiction project, created in 2008. The project is based upon a simple idea: write a fictional story using no more 500 words…Telling a story in just 500 words forces the writer to get to the point and decide what the most important things to say are, and what parts of the story can be left up to the reader to come up with on their own.”
(read more about Goodwin's blog idea and post your own short story on his site at: http://fiction500.blogspot.com/
While I'm hoping Michael shows up to tell us how he came up with his terrific creative idea, you better start composing your 500 word short story.
Yeah, we're having a contest! The three judges are as follows:
Tena Santaularia - Special Event Decorator and Balloon Artist (see: www.balloonarts.biz)
Lori Schutter - Gift Processing Associate at KU Endowment Association
RoeDapple - famous blogger and generally nice person; although he is notorious!
Please mail your 500 word short story to me: email@example.com no later than February 16th (you've got one week). You may each submit up to two stories. I will then remove your name and assign a number to protect your identity before forwarding them along to our three judges. The winner will have their story placed in my online blog, along with a brief interview about them and their process, on February 23rd.
Have fun, keep them 'relatively' clean, and feel free to ask questions as you go. (what the judges don't know, is if they are able to pick which story is mine from the group they will also win a prize!) Stories will be judged on concise and precise writing, word count (exactly 500 words), creativity and compelling concept.
Coming in March: Memoir Madness - for those of us who don't give a hoop about basketball!