Pandora: Greetings, fellow citizens of Mir. As an experienced writer and bookshop owner, I must say that writing is perhaps the most joyful activity anyone can do. But orders for publishing and the number of books being sold have died down. This is not a good sign.
Nicola: In order to kickstart the activity in the writing community, we’ve put our heads together and have come up with an idea.
El Pandoro: Si, my girls. It is a contest. Unfortunately not a wrestling contest, but a writing one. We challenge YOU, citizens of Mir, to create a 40, 000 word novel about school drama. It must incorporate a touch of fantasy. Also, the story has to include these extra, small things: a Chilean concert pianist, a bad croissant and a meeting in the middle of the night.
Pandora: Grab a flyer – it has all the information. If you’d like to sign up for this challenge, just comment.
Nicola: And one more thing – every time you finish a chapter, it must be posted on this billboard here, the one that says “Where Thunder Roars.” Now, take a flyer, everyone!
*everyone rushes to get a flyer*
Citizen 1: My, this sounds quite interesting! I think I shall go home now and start work with my new typewriter. The very latest technology. Do you have one?
Citizen 2: Oh, uh, yeah, um, sure. I’ve… always got the latest… technology.
Writing Challenge – 2012
Words: 40, 000 or more (but 40, 000 is preferred).
Main Idea: A school drama with a touch of fantasy.
Must Include: Chilean concert pianist, bad croissant and meeting at midnight.
Deadline: 2014 January 1.
Notes: Post each chapter on WTR.
How to Sign Up: Simply comment at the end of this post. Include your possible story title and main character/s’ name.
- Kisa Somah