Short story contest/challenge

We will all bring short stories (2000 word limit). No critiquing. We just read everybody's story from an anonymous pool. Then everybody rates them per their preference. Then we determine the highest and the second highest ranked story.  There is a prize for guessing who the authors of the stories are.

FORMAT- Double spaced lines. FONT- Times new Roman FONT SIZE- 12Pts

The prizes
1) Inferno- Dan Brown- Hardcover + On writing by Stephen King
2) The Hills Echoed- Khalid Hossieni- Hardcover + First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke.
3) Barnes and Nobles 20$ gift card. (for guessing authors)
Genre will be Thriller/suspense/whodunnit?? (preferred- not compulsory)
ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE ??
We are meeting at Platform Houston.

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  • Patty M

    This was so much fun - I propose an annual event? Next time poetry:) after all, this is all about stretching ourselves, right?

    July 10, 2013

    • Inder

      And next time I'll wear long pants so you guys dont have to endure my turkey legs...LOL

      July 10, 2013

    • Mari

      Next time I hope to be there!

      July 10, 2013

  • Inder

    To the winners got the spoils
    1) First place- Your gracious (potty mouthed ) host- Andrea (go easy on reading the profanity, dudette)
    2) Second Place- John (who can be so nice as to rate his own story second best)
    3) Best Guesses - Andrea (just got 1 wrong)--- well BS has been called on that ( A high level team is investigating match-fixing).

    July 9, 2013

  • Tom B.

    A lot of fun. Great people, and really impressive stories I felt privileged to read. Thank you.

    July 9, 2013

  • John J. L.

    Very enjoyable to listen to all the stories. I was able to 'listen' more as I was not
    required to critique.

    July 9, 2013

  • Moken N.

    Inder I mean prologue mot dialogue. I will help in the challange maybe read or seat back and enjoy everything!

    July 9, 2013

  • Moken N.

    Andi I am bringing fried ripe African plantains. I help be in the reading and choosing the winner but sorry guys I don't have any short story I worked on a new dialogue last night title: The land of dreams: This for sure is a long story for a long book lol. Inder hope I am I sailing nicely with the book crew!

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Heather

    Aaargh! I can't come after all. I'm still at work, and I'm about to step into a mtg, which sucks bc I stayed up late working on a story that I didn't get to finish. :( Sorry guys, next time! Good luck and have fun.

    July 9, 2013

  • Andi

    Ok, guys, for next week's Short Story contest and Potluck I have the following people down and the items they're bringing:

    Andrea: Hummus and pita bread
    Patty: fruit tray and napkins
    Inder: plastic ware, cups, chai, soda and Indian snacks

    Others: ??

    Let me know what you will bring, we'll start a list on this thread.

    Thanks! I'm looking forward to the fun. :)
    Andi

    July 4, 2013

    • Alex

      Or a black bean salsa with some chips?

      July 8, 2013

    • Andi

      How about the Greek salad? Sounds good. Thanks!

      July 8, 2013

  • Heather

    I'm so excited to see everyone again, y'all have no idea! Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish my story :(

    July 8, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Hi, I just saw this Saturday and wrote a little story if you have time for it. I'll bring something from Local in the Village. Look forward to meeting you all and seeing what a writers' group is like!

    July 8, 2013

    • Andi

      Tom, Looking forward to meeting you and hearing your story.

      July 8, 2013

  • Lindsay

    Working :(

    July 8, 2013

  • Murad H.

    Thanks Inder, looking forward to meet your guys

    July 1, 2013

  • Murad H.

    This will be my first time attending this groups activities, I am looking forward to meet with you and read your stories and maybe share a short story of mine with you.

    July 1, 2013

    • Inder

      Murad,

      July 1, 2013

    • Inder

      Yes...feel free to attend and bring your story. Please see guidelines for formatting and word counts etc, Pls call or email for questions etc

      July 1, 2013

  • Inder

    You don't need to have story to show up. It's pot luck day too. So come rate stories and eat. If you would like to submit a story (or two or three) You are welcome to do that too.

    June 28, 2013

  • Inder

    FORMAT- Double spaced lines. FONT- Times new Roman FONT SIZE- 12Pts
    REMEMBER TO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON THE STORY. TO STAY FAIR THE AUTHORS NEED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. BRING PRINTOUTS FOR EVERYBODY OR EMAIL ME YOUR STORY BEFORE MEETUP
    -[masked]

    June 28, 2013

  • Inder

    The prizes
    1) Inferno- Dan Brown- Hardcover + On writing by Stephen King
    2) The Hills Echoed- Khalid Hossieni- Hardcover + First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke.
    3) Barnes and Nobles 20$ gift card. (for guessing authors)
    So if you haven't bought them yet....don't.
    Inder

    June 28, 2013

  • Patty M

    I can bring paper or plastic plates, napkins etc. Maybe fruit salad?

    June 22, 2013

    • Andi

      Thanks Patty, I'll put you down for napkins and the fruit salad...sounds great, thanks!

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Andi

    Hey Everyone,
    I'm looking forward to the Short Story Contest on July 9th and Potluck Dinner...food is always a good thing.
    I created an online spreadsheet that you all can edit - Go to the link below and fill in your name and Potluck item that you plan to bring...
    Thanks!
    Andrea

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9mDU7iVBIaQNXYtYnAwaXh2Y2s&usp=sharing

    June 12, 2013

  • Inder

    Some suggestion from yesterday-
    Make it a Potluck- We are considering that. Lets list out stuff we can get. Pls update the list.
    1) Plates, Cups, Forks, Knives- Inder
    2) Soda and Chai Tea- Inder
    3) Indian (Dot not Feather-LOL) snacks- Inder

    June 12, 2013

  • Nevylle F.

    This sounds fun. I just started writing dialog for my book the other day and can't get side tracked off my 2 writing projects so I must pass in order to stay focused.

    June 5, 2013

  • Mari

    I'll be in Chicago! Sorry to miss it.

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't had an opportunity to attend any of the events yet, looking forward to meeting everyone!

    May 30, 2013

  • Terri-Lei Hatcher O.

    Sounds like fun. If I'm not in New Orleans, I'm in.

    May 30, 2013

    • Inder

      IF...???? no ifs and butts... Like they say in my language...never speak in Iffs and butts....coz IF my aunt had a penis...I'd call her Uncle....

      May 30, 2013

    • Terri-Lei Hatcher O.

      Once the 5th Circuit sets its July argument schedule, I'll let you know if your aunt has a penis.

      4 · May 30, 2013

  • Patty M

    I get it - and it would be a good challenge to write in a strange (to me) genre - I am all about getting uncomfortable :) - no ifs, ands, or buts - love the quote about aunts and uncles, too.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Patty M

    Do we have to stick with the genre? if so, will there be other ones in other genres? If not, count me in:)

    May 30, 2013

    • Inder

      Yes you can have other genres. Short stories usually work best in the above genres. But others are welcome too. Loose rules. Just a fun event.

      May 30, 2013

    • Inder

      Just for you patty...I changed the group photo...check it out...LOL

      2 · May 30, 2013

  • Inder

    Guys I get it that we can write stories in other genres too. This is a challenge to step out of our comfort zones and write stuff we might not usually write.
    If youre not upto that other genres are welcome too. It is a good exercise to see how we write actions scenes and get ideas from others too. We will do other contests with deep personal point of views and memoir style stories as well at a later date depending upon how well this one goes.

    May 30, 2013

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