S/he who hesitates won’t be in the contest
Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Chattanooga, there was an alternative newspaper called The Pulse. Every year, in order to showcase talented writers, The Pulse announced a contest, challenging Chattanoogans to take a chisel to the evil writer’s block, and write a short story of 500 words or fewer.
But as the weather warmed up, time for Chattanoogans to submit their best work began to run out. The deadline to email submissions (it was an advanced kingdom) was set for Friday, June 27.
The staff at The Pulse wanted to encourage their readers!
“Everyone’s got a story,” they said.
“A word limit seems tricky but the subject matter is endless!”
A panel of expert judges waited in anticipation. Stories had come in, but they couldn’t read them until the deadline arrived. They knew choosing the top submissions would be difficult, but publishing the best stories in the July 17 issue of The Pulse would be worth it.
Not only would the winners get their story printed, but The Pulse was also offering cool winnings from places throughout the kingdom.
So into the lists, valiant wordsmiths! Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and live happily ever after—or live forever in the Land of Lost Opportunity.
— Madeline Chambliss