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New York City Midnight

I’ve entered a writing competition that begins at Midnight.

IT’s different from anything that I’ve ever done before.

So it’s pretty intriguing.

I’ve only ever submitted to ONE writing competition in the past. It was this past fall of 2021. It was pushed on us as an assignment by a professor. The task was for us to submit to “ANY writing competition”. Randomly I found one that fit me. So at 1am on a Sunday morning I submitted. AND I am SO GLAD that I did! FIRST- it forced me to squash my fear of letting others read my work.

And SECOND - I made it to the finals, which was really reaffirming.

So I’m spring boarding my enthusiasm off of that experience.

(FYI - Initially I wrote these last couple of sentences, I wrote ‘NUMBER 1’ instead of ‘FIRST’ & ‘NUMBER 2’ instead of ‘SECOND’. If you’re a mom or a nurse or maybe just a human, it would’ve taken your brain somewhere else, grossly comical but very immature, so I changed the wording.)

According to the competition website the challenge works like this…

‘The 16th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world.

There are 4 rounds of competition.

n the 1st Round, writers are placed randomly in groups and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words.

The judges choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 2nd Round where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have 3 days to write a short story no longer than 2,000 words.

The judges again choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 3rd Round where writers receive new assignments and have 2 days to write a short story no longer than 1,500 words.

Judges select finalists and the remaining writers are challenged to write a story no longer than 1,250 words in just 24 hours in the fourth and final round of the competition.’

I’m hoping that I love this experience as much as I love IMPROV Acting.

I mean , to me this is what it sounds like… IMPROV for Writers. You can’t pick the topic, you can’t pick the length of time but you go full tilt and give it what you can with the little morsels that you’ve been given. “Yes And”… This excites me!

I’ll let you know how it goes! Maybe I’ll even share my work When its all said and done.

Happy Friday!


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