I'm quite excited about this. I love short stories. There's nothing like being able to read an entire plot and character arc in a single sitting. I like being introduced to different ideas, concepts, and even writing styles in a short story anthology. And I love how compact a short story is; how every word counts.
So, to celebrate National Short Story Month and to incorporate the character discussions we are also having this month, I'm going to hold a little contest this week. I present the Buried Editor's Character Short Story Contest:
- Take your main character from the story or picture book you are working on and write a 500-2000 word short story featuring that character. (Write an actual short story, not another picture book MS. For some short story writing tips, click here. To see the difference between a PB MS and a short story, click here.)
- However, here's the catch. Your story must take place before the start of your existing story. In other words, the short story should be a prequel. Besides being good practice at writing a short story, this exercise should also help you become better acquainted with your primary character's back story.
- The short story can be for any age range between read-aloud to teen. It just must be a short story.
- To enter the contest, post your story before 11:59 CST Friday, May 6, 2011, on the Board I set up for the contest. I will pick my 2 favorite stories, and then the readers of this blog will vote on a winner.
- The prize will be a signed copy of Mo Willems' latest picture book, Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! This picture book is 6 1/2 short stories, so it seems like the perfect prize.