2017-08-16 / Arts & Entertainment News

Part 2: The Florida Weekly Writing Challenge


VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY The first phase of the 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge inspired 147 people from Venice to Marco Island to Jupiter and even one man from Texas (he was vacationing and picked up a copy of the paper in West Palm Beach) to pen an original short story based on a moody photograph of a woman’s manicured hand dangling a cigarette out a window, a small potted plant on the ledge nearby.

This week we offer a new prompt to get your creative juices flowing. Here’s how the challenge works:

We want your original narrative fiction using the picture you see here as the starting point. Keep it to 750 words, please, and no poetry, thank you.

Run your masterpiece through Spellcheck, give it a title and send it, either attached as a Word document or simply pasted into the body of the email, to writing@floridaweekly.com. Snail mail offerings will not be considered, nor will any entry that does not contain your full name, the city/state you live in and a phone number where we can reach you.


BETTY WELLS / FLORIDA WEEKLY BETTY WELLS / FLORIDA WEEKLY You have until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, to submit your story. It’s OK if you sent us something based on the cigarette picture; you can enter another story — but just one — based on the Part 2 beach picture. We hope you do, in fact.

Florida Weekly editors will review all of the entries and vote for our favorite, whose author will receive a ticket to the 12th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference (value: $500). With keynote speaker Alice Hoffman, the conference is set for Nov. 2-5 on Sanibel Island.

The 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge winner will be notified by Oct. 15, and the winning entry will be published soon after in all our editions.

Submissions in Part 1 of the challenge ranged in length from a single sentence to every last one of the 750-word maximum.

Among the titles: “What a Drag,” “No One Asks,” “Family Dinner” and “Soon?” We also received “Busted” and “So Busted.”

One entrant told us it was the first time she’d ever been inspired to write a short story. Another included “a half-blind shepherd mix called Gumption” in her narrative.

We can hardly wait to find out what the Part 2 photo prompt inspires.

Questions? Email writing@floridaweekly.com and we’ll get back to you. ¦

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