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Tag: short stories
With the rise of digital publishing, it seems that the humble short story is indeed becoming popular again with readers. Short stories lend themselves to e-readers well, since most people use their Kindles and Nooks while travelling to and from work, relaxing in a coffee shop in their lunch breaks, or snuggling into their pillow just before bed. All of these times are limited to how long the reader has, so being able to finish a story before switching off the lights has great appeal.
Not everybody aspires to write the great American novel. In fact, many writers are content to thoughtful and engaging short stories, whether for broad consumption or simply as a means of channeling creative energy into the written word. Writing short stories may not make you a millionaire, but you have the opportunity to gain a loyal readership and perhaps find greater glory in another medium. When you consider that a short story about cowboys by Annie Proulx, published originally in The New Yorker, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, you’ll find the possibilities of interpreting your story are many. So, too, are opportunities for getting them read.
1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £150
3rd Prize: £100
4th Prize: e-Coaching Session
5th Prize: 3 Creative Competitor Months Premier1 membership
Closing Date: March 3rd 2012
Entry fee: £3.50 or free to Premier1 Members
Can you craft a story that contains a unique twist at the end? If yes, you have just 1500 words to enthrall and surprise us.
I knew I was being foolish, following my instincts again instead of thinking sensibly. But it was too late. He stepped through the doorway behind me and, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the two dog-walkers disappear over the brow of the hill. We were alone, the boy and I, alone among the treasures of art,