Trains. What images they conjure; what memories they evoke! Trains are either the beginning or the end of many, many stories; someone departs, someone arrives. As tragic as Lincoln on a train to Springfield, as horrifying as a train shuttling down the tracks in Poland in the Forties. As adventurous as the Woodie Guthries hopping a freight, as exhilarating as waiting in the station when you get the email she changed her mind. What’s your story?
(that would be vouz)
“If you miss the train, I’m on, you will know that I have gone; you can hear the whistle blow 500 words.”
That’s right. You have 500 words in which to tell us your most poignant train story, real or imagined, though nothing extraineous. A tearful parting? A tearful reunion? A great escape? A decisive migration? One foot on the platform, the other on the train? Going back to New Orleans to wear that ball and chain? Going to California to pan for gold? The Train, Boss, The TRAIN!
Trains are metaphors for pivotal events in our lives. Tell us about yours.
AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT this time around: You will be anonymous. Send your entry with your name on it, AND a title, and you will be assigned a pseudonym. Many of our repeat offenders on the site have an easily recognized style. With anonymity comes the chance to try something different, and keep our readers guessing. Judging will be based on each story’s merit, not by the size of an author’s fan club.
I am personally asking each of you to post each story submitted on Facebook, with a link to our site, to increase the gene pool of participants.
Did I ask too much? More than a lot? (U2)
Up to three entries per author, but please pay our $7 fee for each entry, so we cover the cost of a trophy, engraving, and mailing. Send your entries by November Fifth. Finalists will be chosen and there will be a brief period for them to add a caboose to their train.
Here’s how to enter: https://awordwithyoupress.com/contest/the-last-train/