Once a month, we stop prac­tic­ing and invite you to show off your best work.

Are you inter­ested in being pub­lished (in print)? Would you like to get bet­ter at the writ­ing craft by work­ing with an edi­tor? Do you enjoy a lit­tle friendly com­pe­ti­tion? And are you a fan of The Write Practice?

Then this writ­ing con­test might be for you.

America Is

Photo by Keoni Cabral

Show Off Your Best Work

Here’s how this writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion works.

You will sub­mit a longer piece, between 500 and 1250 words, based around this month’s theme: America is…. You can sub­mit as many pieces as you want. After one week, on MondayJuly 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST, sub­mis­sions will close, and we will choose a winner.

Here’s the excit­ing part. If your piece is cho­sen, I will work with you on mak­ing it the best it can be. We’ll work on mak­ing your images shine, your prose sparkle, your dia­logue sing, and your gram­mar… not suck.

Then, at the end of the month, we’ll pub­lish it on the Write Practice where hun­dreds of peo­ple will get to read you at your very best. For exam­ple, read last month’s win­ner, Kristi Boyce’s The Ride.

It gets bet­ter though.

We’re going to do this every month for the next year, and in December 2012, we plan to col­lect all twelve of these pieces and pub­lish them in a book. Real paper, real cover, real ink. So if your piece is cho­sen, you will be able to con­sider your­self a pub­lished author.

Ready to start?

SHOW OFF: RULES

The Theme: What is America?

Write a story that reveals a particular side of America. You can show a positive or negative side of America, but it must be a story.

Guidelines

  • It should be a fin­ished work. A complete story.
  • Non-fictional and fic­tional pieces are both accepted.
  • We will accept pieces between 500‑1250 words. We will read every word, so please, noth­ing over 1250 words.
  • You can post your com­pleted piece in the com­ments of this post. You can post as many times as you want!
  • Please, noth­ing too graphic or explic­itly sexual.
  • The dead­line is Monday, July 9 at 11:59 pm EST to post your piece. That’s a week, but start today!

And, of course, if you sub­mit your work, you agree to give us first publishing rights (meaning that after we publish it, the rights revert back to you).

Best of luck to you!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).