I don’t enter many writing contests, although lots of people do so with surprising regularity. Some folks approach contests as a way of generating a name and building up a resume. I don’t follow that prescription, but I do like to sometimes use contests as an exercise, to try something a little different, and pursue stories I might normally ignore.
Today, NPR posted a brief mention of a writing contest where you have to write a 600 word story, using a predefined haunting first line and final line. The contest will be judged by author Michael Cunningham.
Seems a like a neat and tidy little exercise? Anyone out there going to enter?