Literati! Oh! The Pressure!… …to come up with a new contest prompt! It was on my mind last night and this morning, and then, as I was rolling my cart down cliche’ mart, looking for comfort food, the answer hit me Like a Ton of Bricks! Write about two hundred words (250 max), a conversation …
Literati! Oh! The Pressure!…
…to come up with a new contest prompt! It was on my mind last night and this morning, and then, as I was rolling my cart down cliche’ mart, looking for comfort food, the answer hit me Like a Ton of Bricks!
Write about two hundred words (250 max), a conversation on a plane or a bus, and use ONLY cliche’s to convey a story. Pull out all the stops! Avoid original phrases like the plague!
Do you catch my drift?
To qualify your story must have at least twenty cliche’s, but don’t worry, they are cheaper by the dozen even if they are half-baked ideas.
But Wait! There’s more!
As a separate, 100 word entry, take a cliche’ and make it fresh and meaningful, as if it were a pristine use of the language, never heard before. Strong as an oxymoron? or “I know the result left him sadder, but wiser men have made the same miscalculation.” Tough as nails, huh? (“he was no longer tough, as nails dug into his back.” Good thing I didn’t say “hard as nails”!)
You will be judged only by your first entry, but must submit the second in order to qualify, and the second must be between 100 and 110 words.
Each entry must have a title and author identification, and sent as a separate word doc (not docx) attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight, November 20th. By submitting you are allowing AWwYP full rights to make millions of dollars off your work and publish it on line and in print, and we reserve the right to decline to publish any story at our discretion. (discreet? moi?)
Winners will at my discretion win a date with me or get a really kuhl trophy, which I promise to post later this week. Wait til our judge for this contest, Michael Stang, opens his mail box this week to see the trophy He won for our last contest!
How hard can it be? Any idiom can do this!