Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanksgiving Theme Short Story Contest

Today's forecast for St. Peters: Partly cloudy, high 59 degrees, but it was chilly when I drove my grandkids to school this morning.

Here's a short story contest from Armchair Interviews with a quick deadline. Thanks to Julie E. for sending it to me. Good luck. Hope you gobble up a prize!


Thanksgiving is at your house this year and you can invite anyone (famous/not famous, alive/dead) to dinner.
-- Write in any genre you prefer. -- Create a person we can see with dialogue so we know what he/she is all about.-- Who would it be? -- Why invite them? -- What will you talk about? -- How do you prepare your family for the guest? -- Are there any taboo subjects? -- Are they your idol - your adversary, etc.? -- Do others know this person?
Here are some words we'd like to see you use (as many as possible) in the story--and please underline them.
-- Writer -- Singer -- Ed Sullivan -- Memory -- Secret -- Famous -- Millionaire -- Prison -- Liberty -- Horses -- Flowers
First place: $50.00 Second place: $25.00 for second Third place: Two books in your favorite genre.
-- Deadline is midnight, Wednesday, November 26. -- Limit to 1,000 words. -- Submit your name, address, email and favorite genre on a separate cover page, and then your story follows on new page.
Submit Word document (or if not available, include entry inside email body) and send to

Here's a link to their site for details.


  1. What a weird assortment of words! I wonder what sort of late-night staring at a computer screen exercise (after a few drinks, of course) created that combination!

  2. That's a very good question--and considering I selected those weird assortment of words for Armchair Interviews' contest--even I don't have a real answer. Hopefully they just make writers stretch a bit. One entry used every single word--and none felt forced.

    Andrea and I hope that we get more blogs like Donna's telling others about our site--and our contests. Thanks, Donna.

    Connie Anderson
    Armchair Interviews co-founder

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  4. Hi Pat,
    I wondered the same thing, but I'm going to try to put something together to submit.

  5. Hi Connie,
    Thanks for stopping by. I hope some of my visitors enter your contest. I'm going to try to write and submit before the deadline if I don't get sidetracked by a turkey or some pumpkin pies calling my name.

  6. Oops, sorry, Connie. But I still stick to my story that it's a weird assortment of words.


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