This week I’ve been talking about short stories, and I think the time has come for us to practice them. So, I’m going to do a Drabble contest this week. A drabble is a short story of exactly 100 words (not including the title). That means your entry has to be exactly 100 words (plus title). Not 99, not 101, but exactly 100 words. Challenging, I know.

And just to make it more interesting, you have to use your #storystarts entries as well. The title of your story will be the #storystarts entry from this week, and you must at least mention your Egyptian God #storystarts from a couple of weeks ago.

Now, I realize not that many people entered the #storystarts this round, and for this one contest that is OK. Make up an Egyptian God and a title and go ahead and submit your story. However, from this point on, I plan to run a blog contest incorporating the #storystarts contest entries every few weeks. In order to enter those contests, you will have to have entered the related #storystarts. And the blog contests’ prizes will always be something like critiques or a chance to query or submit even though submissions are closed.

And that leads me to the prize for this week: A free conference-style critique of the first three chapters of any children’s manuscript you may want reviewed. (Or if you prefer, three picture book manuscripts.) This will be the same kind of critique you would get from me at a conference (without the in-person part) or if you had hired me to do the same. (Yes, I am a freelance editor although because I’m busy, I don’t do a lot of outside work.)

To enter this contest, paste your title and 100 hundred word Drabble into the comments field below. This is not a critique board, so don’t comment on other people’s entries. Merely submit your own. You have until 11:59 CST Sunday night to get your entry up, and I will select the winner on Monday or Tuesday.

I know just how hard it is to write a full short story in 100 words, so I wish all of you the best of luck!

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