We’re offering a special discount on our editorial services. The first five people to email us will get an Introductory Critique for $125, more than half off.

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.

Book Burning

Photo by Learning Lark

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: Dissent. You can sub­mit as many pieces as you want. After one week, on May 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, Dominic Laing’s story Ice, Custard Happiness, Amen.

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: Dissent. Write a story somehow involving some kind of argument or disagreement.

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 canpost as many times as you want!
  • Please, nothing too graphic or explicitly sexual.
  • The dead­line is Wednesday, May 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 let me pub­lish your piece exclu­sively on the Write Practice and in a physical book.

Best of luck to you!

We’re offering a special discount on our editorial services. The first five people to email us will get an Introductory Critique for $125, more than half off.
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).