#MFM Contest: …with Dinosaurs

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Prompt: …with Dinosaurs

Originally this prompt was going to be “Steampunk Dinosaurs” but I couldn’t find a picture I liked.  So let’s explain what we’re looking for here: no matter what you send, there must be dinosaurs.  Why?  Because dinosaurs are awesome.  Genre bending/mixing is encouraged.  Humor is highly encouraged.  Send me something outrageous.  Give me T-Rexes in F-14s.  Give me steampunk pterodactyls ferrying people around in the 19th century.  Give me stegosaurus heavy artillery during the Civil War.  That scene where Wash plays with dinosaur toys on Firefly is good.  The scene where Doctor Who rides a triceratops around a spaceship is better.  I don’t care, just so long as it’s “…with Dinosaurs.”

P.S. – If you send me a highly emotional tale of a grieving mother mulling over her son’s toy dinosaurs after his funeral I’m sure it will be beautiful, but you’re absolutely missing the point.

Rules:

Word limit: 300.

Schedule: Submissions accepted from 9:00am (EST) on Monday, through 5:00pm (EST) on Friday of any given week. The winning entry will be posted the following Tuesday.

Prize: Winners will receive publication on this blog and a bio that links back to the site(s) of their choosing.  This contest is non-paying.

Specifics: Please put MFM-Submission-[This week’s PROMPT]-[Your TITLE] in your subject line.  For example: MFM-Submission-Self Portraits-Me, Myself & I

Attach your entry as a .doc file or .docx  DO NOT include your name anywhere on your submission or file name as all entries will be read blind.  DO NOT send more than one entry per week.  No explicit or graphic content please.

Please do include a brief cover letter with a short bio written as you would like it to appear on the site.  Do include links to your blog, twitter, or however else you would like to promote yourself.

Send your submissions to: LizSchriftsteller (at) gmail (dot) com.

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below.

Happy submitting!

#MFM Contest: It’s About Time

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Now the years are rolling by me–
They are rockin’ evenly.
I am older than I once was,
And younger than I’ll be.
That’s not unusual;
No, it isn’t strange:
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same;
After changes we are more or less the same.

The Boxer, Paul Simon

Prompt: It’s About Time

This week we’re going to talk about time.  Time travel, nostalgia, growing old, birth and renewal, decay – hit me with whatever you’ve got that inspires you.  I’ve included the above quote and photo as a jumping off point, but as long as you stick to the broader theme of “Time” you should do just fine.  No limitations on genre.

Rules:

Word limit: 300.

Schedule: Submissions accepted from 9:00am (EST) on Monday, through 5:00pm (EST) on Friday of any given week. The winning entry will be posted the following Tuesday.

Prize: Winners will receive publication on this blog and a bio that links back to the site(s) of their choosing.  This contest is non-paying.

Specifics: Please put MFM-Submission-[This week’s PROMPT]-[Your TITLE] in your subject line.  For example: MFM-Submission-Self Portraits-Me, Myself & I

Attach your entry as a .doc file or .docx  DO NOT include your name anywhere on your submission or file name as all entries will be read blind.  DO NOT send more than one entry per week.  No explicit or graphic content please.

Please do include a brief cover letter with a short bio written as you would like it to appear on the site.  Do include links to your blog, twitter, or however else you would like to promote yourself.

Send your submissions to: LizSchriftsteller (at) gmail (dot) com.

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below.

Happy submitting!

#MFM Contest: Faces on the Train

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Prompt: Faces on the Train

Last week I asked about a very introspective topic, after all, who knows us better than ourselves?  This week we’re going to flip that on its head and talk about strangers.  Who is that person across from you on the train?  Where did they come from?  Where are they going?  Craft a story about one of the people in the photographs above, or mix and match several characters in any of them.  No genre limitations.

Rules:

Word limit: 300.

Schedule: Submissions accepted from 9:00am (EST) on Monday, through 5:00pm (EST) on Friday of any given week. The winning entry will be posted the following Tuesday.

Prize: Winners will receive publication on this blog and a bio that links back to the site(s) of their choosing.  This contest is non-paying.

Specifics: Please put MFM-Submission-[This week’s PROMPT]-[Your TITLE] in your subject line.  For example: MFM-Submission-Self Portraits-Me, Myself & I

Attach your entry as a .doc file or .docx  DO NOT include your name anywhere on your submission or file name as all entries will be read blind.  DO NOT send more than one entry per week.  No explicit or graphic content please.

Please do include a brief cover letter with a short bio written as you would like it to appear on the site.  Do include links to your blog, twitter, or however else you would like to promote yourself.

Send your submissions to: LizSchriftsteller (at) gmail (dot) com.

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below.

Happy submitting!

#MFM Contest: Self-Portraits

Welcome to the new #MicroFictionMonday contest!  Each Monday this month I will be posting a new prompt for short fiction entries, the details of which are listed below.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo this week let’s kick it off with a tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo: Self Portraits.

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” – Frida Kahlo

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Prompt: Self Portraits

Tell me something about yourself, what speaks to you, or something else having to do with identity – yours, your character’s, etc. What makes you, you?

The entries do not have to be non-fiction, I have no way to verify that.  These entries can be whatever genre works for you – Frida’s portraits were often surrealist imaginings, so feel free to get creative with this.

Rules:

Word limit: 300.

Schedule: Submissions accepted from 9:00am (EST) on Monday, through 5:00pm (EST) on Friday of any given week. The winning entry will be posted the following Tuesday.

Prize: Winners will receive publication on this blog and a bio that links back to the site(s) of their choosing.  This contest is non-paying.

Specifics: Please put MFM-Submission-[This week’s PROMPT]-[Your TITLE] in your subject line.  For example: MFM-Submission-Self Portraits-Me, Myself & I

Attach your entry as a .doc file or .docx  DO NOT include your name anywhere on your submission or file name as all entries will be read blind.  DO NOT send more than one entry per week.  No explicit or graphic content please.

Please do include a brief cover letter with a short bio written as you would like it to appear on the site.  Do include links to your blog, twitter, or however else you would like to promote yourself.

Send your submissions to: LizSchriftsteller (at) gmail (dot) com.

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below.

Happy submitting!