Bestselling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard Now Judging My 10-Word Short Story Contest! Prize Now Includes Her New Book!


Here we see bestselling author author Jacquelyn Mitchard, already contemplating which of your 10-word short stories is best.

When first I beheld the veritable flood of entries pouring in for my First Annual John Shore 10-Word Short Story Contest,I couldn’t help but reflect upon how next year I’m going to allow only five stories per writer. Nathan.

Then I thought, “Man this is a lot of stuff. And some of it is truly great. If only I knew an international bestselling novelist who could help me judge these titillatingly terse tale tidbits.” Then I remembered that I sort of do know such an illustrious personage.

So I emailed the great Jacquelyn Mitchard, and asked if she’d like to help me determine which of the submitted mini-stories is best.

“Of course I’ll do it!” she wrote back.

Sweetamundo, no?

Jackie’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the 10 most influential books of the past 25 years. Deep End was chosen as the first novel of Oprah’s Book Club, sold three million copies, and was made into a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. All of Jackie’s novels have been greater or lesser bestsellers—and include The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane and Cage of Stars.

Jacquelyn’s latest novel, No Time to Wave Goodbye, was released just this week. Besides seriously rocking Amazon, it is already receiving smash reviews. Read for instance, what The Dallas News had to say about it.

Immediately after the October 2 closing date of my contest, I will send Ms. Mitchard a batch of what I think are the best submitted 10-word short stories. From those she and I will choose the Ultimate Winner. Besides an autographed copy of my (and the ever-awesome Richard Lederer’s) book Comma Sense, the winner of the contest will now also receive a copy (which I think might be autographed) of No Time to Wave Goodbye.

So get your short stories in today! (And only submit them as a comment to the original post.) And remember: Eleven words is one too many.

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  • Redlefty (Michael)

    I think I'm sitting this one out! But have enjoyed the few I've had time to read so far.

  • Jerri Harrington

    He was born into poverty, but that was not all!

  • Jerri Harrington

    To look at her face, you’d never know she was despised.

  • Jerri Harrington

    In the midst of the mayhem, a butterfly paused, hovering.

  • Jerri Harrington

    Who would reckon a simple touch could heal so deeply?

  • John Shore

    Jerri: Very good! But I’m afraid I have to ask you to please submit these mini-sagas at the original post, so they can all remain together. Go here, please:

  • skerrib

    Her little dog looks eerily like mine, except mine has a nub instead of a tail.

  • Julia


    Twice now I've tried to post on the contest and it wont take. I try to repost and a message pops up 'Wordpress error: Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!'

    Whassup with that?? Is there glitch? Did we reach a post limit or something….??