Update on 10-Word Short Story Contest

How I feel reading the great many entries in my short story contest

Midnight last night this morning six hours ago marked the deadline for entries in the First Annual John Shore 10-Word Short Story Contest.

Three hundred fifty stories. One prize. Two books. One the latest novel from contest co-judge and bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. The other written by me.

Has this nail-biting, finger-dinting contest allowed anyone in the blogosphere to sleep a wink this week? I thinketh noteth!

As we look back upon the whirlwind of creativity unleashed by this invitation to succinct sublimity, what have we learned? I of course cannot speak for you (well, technically, I can if you pay travel expenses, room, board, and a humble yet reasonable stipend), but from this contest I, for one, have learned that:

a. People sure do like the idea of winning free books.

b. I should definitely continue my policy of never putting my home address on my blog.

c. Some of my readers probably don’t work as hard at their jobs as they’re supposed to.

d. Some of my readers undoubtedly don’t work at all.

e. Some people are amazingly good at coming up with 10-word short stories.

f. Some people are a little too good at coming up with 10-word short stories.

g. Some people take speed, or drink too much coffee, or something.

h. A person can easily get lost reading through these stories.

i. I have the most creative readers ever.

I’m not just saying that last one. A lot of these stories are awesome. I laughed. I cried. I feared my reader Nathan—but he lives in Australia, so I (barely) slept at night. But seriously, man: Have you scrolled through those bad boys? There’s some seriously good stuff in there.

Anyway, now Jackie and I have to choose one of them as the best.

It’ll be like picking the best four-clear clover from, miraculously, a whole field of them.


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  • Jackie and John sat and read, knowing they'd pick Wickle's. ; -)

  • Hah! Extremely funny!

    And yet, sad, somehow …

  • Tis true. I like winning free books; I am (temporarily) unemployed; I drink to much great European coffee — or something; And I am the most creative reader ever, and humble too.

  • Stories about rivers are best 🙂

  • Greta Sheppard


  • Greta Sheppard

    …our 60th wedding anniversary today…make me a winner for the 2nd time!

  • No, no! You've got one (or two? I can't recall just now) in the contender's group!

  • So, when one of the judges refers to your lobbying effort as both funny and sad, optimism is probably not warranted. Sigh …

  • Judy

    Pins and needles here.

  • Latoya

    When are you gonna have a contest where you send us money? That would really be helpful right now

  • Well, we're gonna need details, sister. Did you lose your job? Get evicted? Robbed?

    Then again, maybe PUBLICLY isn't the way you'd prefer to … share.

    Well ….. I hope you're okay!

  • I missed the deadline for a short story contest. Cried.

  • smithkov

    Thanks a lot. Having gone back and read his, now I’m scared of Nathan as well. Just the fact that he’s out there…

    (I kid.)

  • Do you need money?

  • Latoya

    Most definitely!

  • I'm just kidding–congratulations to all! It was fun reading all of the novelitos! 🙂 How about poetry next time….

  • Latoya

    Please rest assured I am fine 🙂 Thanks for your concern tho!

  • I work hard….everyday…even on vacation. I don’t take speed, do drink lotsof coffee, and was on a high dose of steroids during the contest. I could write 10 word stories until the cows come home, but that would only contribute to the collective short attention span of our culture, handicapped as we are by soundbites, Tweets and status reports! (And I am not bitter that I didn’t win a book–not at ALL!)