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

This might be for you if:

  • You want to be published (in print)
  • You want to drastically improve your writing
  • You enjoy a little competition
  • You like the Write Practice

You in?

Winter Solstice

Photo by Duane Tate

Show Off Your Best Work

Here’s how the competition works.

You will submit a longer piece, between 500 and 1250 words, based around this month’s theme: Winter Solstice. You can submit as many pieces as you want. After one week, on January 10, 2012, submissions will close and we will pick the 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, Patricia W. Hunter’s story The Worst Christmas Ever.

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?


The Theme: Winter Solstice

NOTE: your piece doesn’t have to center around Winter Solstice, it might just take place on that day, which was December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere


  •  It should be a finished work. A complete story.
  • Non-fictional and fictional pieces are both accepted.
  • I’m looking for pieces between 500-1250 words. I 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!
  • The deadline is Tuesday, January 10 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 on the Write Practice and in a physical book.

I wish you the best of luck!

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).