If you enjoy writing short stories or poems visit http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/tag/writing-competitions/. I started entering the monthly mini-competitions last year and have been following the positive words magazine blog since it started in March.
Each month you must use a specific word in a poem – ten lines or less or a short story – 100 words or less. Last month the word was “Magic” and this month it is “Goldfish”. So start getting some ideas together. It can be a bit tricky trying to write an exciting story using only 100 words, especially if you want to throw a twist in at the end!
I’m working on my “Goldfish” story at the moment. Am yet to submit a poem. Might give that a go next time. I haven’t written a poem since high school so would appreciate any tips!
Entries must be posted by the last day of each month and it only costs $1.20 in unused stamps to enter. So go on, give it a go!
Last year my sister tied for first place with her amazing “Door” short story:
He watches from behind the door, mesmerised. He’s unable to look away, though he wants to.
She is sitting at the table, her body turned towards the highchair standing silently to her left.
She dips a spoon into the bowl in front of her and sweeps it across the bowl’s rim. Her movements are fluid, practiced, perfect. Leaning forward, she smiles and coos encouragement while she uses the spoon like a paintbrush, first downward, then upward. Her left hand cups below to catch the spills.
His already broken heart shatters; for her, for him, for the child no longer there.