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Message to Readers

Things I missed in the announcement piece:
i. mention the prompt number in the footnotes of your piece
ii. an example of a poem for prompt #2 is in the comments
iii. i will not accept revised versions of your pieces if i've already acknowledged them (liking, commenting, etc)

Feel free to ask questions, if any!

CONTEST #126 (closed)

March 22, 2020

FREE WRITING

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I reached a hundred followers last year, and I never got around to thanking all of you. Before this site, writing was something my father forced me to do, but I started extracting genuine joy from tracing words after getting real feedback on it for the first time. This site has helped me grow in so many ways even outside of writing-- like exposing me to so many different perspectives from around the globe, helping me look at events from all viewpoints. Thank you to everyone who has ever read, liked or commented on my work, it has meant the world to me.

Here are the prompts for the contest:

prompt 1
In one of my favourite books, Stargirl, the main character, Stargirl Caraway, delivers an unexpected speech with no central theme, in an oration competition which ends up winning first prize. For this prompt, you will write something similar: you will jump from one stream of thought to another throughout the piece, never dwelling on one topic for long.
The piece has to be about you—one moment you can be telling me about your pet dog, the next about a peculiar cloud formation you saw the other day, and the next about something totally unrelated. Go into as much depth as you want, and/or make me feel like you’ve picked out floating ideas from midair and squashed them together to form your piece. The intention of your piece is to ramble-- but not haphazardly.

Word count: at least 500 words, but your entry can be as long as you want.

prompt 2
As you might know, I am a sucker for scientific poems. For this prompt, write exactly that—you can talk about evolution, about static, the chemical composition of soil—anything you want, really, as long as it can be categorised into science. I don't want you opening a random page in your science textbook and converting it to poetic verse, rather go in-depth about a topic that interests you.

Word count: 50-300.

prompt 3
Write about detachment. You can write about the feeling of it, its cause, its aftermath-- anything you wish, really. This is a prompt that can be interpreted in any way you want, as long as it forms the central, or at least, a main theme. Just mentioning the word once in the piece won't do. You don't have to make the piece serious, though-- it can be made fun and light-hearted as long as it pertains to the topic

Word count: At least 15 words, no maximum limit.

prompt 4
Write a piece inspired by your favourite lyrics. Again, this prompt is open to interpretation as you may wish, but it's alright if you include the lyrics in your story and don't base your piece off of it. Make your piece personal, or make it fictional, tell me what the lyrics mean to you. (Nobody asked but my favourite words from a song are this: Just for tonight, look inside and spark that memory of you // strong enough to get it wrong in front of all these people).

Word count: 50-500 words.

prompt 5
Write about your pet peeve. Make me feel disgusted/angry/irritated on your behalf. Describe your emotions when it happens. For example, I cannot stand bad table manners, but my grandfather is the noisiest eater I know, so I'd write about those little details that irk me. The objective is to make me feel your feelings when you go through it, so I'll judge this prompt by how hard it was for me to read your pieces.

Word count: At least 150 words, no maximum limit.

rules
·         Each prompt (except #2) may be written in whatever style you choose.
·         Although the word limit is specified, a little over or under if fine if you feel that’s what you need to submit the best piece.
·         You can submit only ONCE for each prompt. You can, however, submit different entries for multiple prompts.
·         IMPORTANT: each piece should be tagged #126, and be linked in the comments.
·         You can submit pieces you’ve already written as long as they fit the prompt.
 
*claps* PRIZES
·         1st place: FIVE reviews on piece of your choice, three likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from writer.
·         2nd place: THREE reviews on pieces of your choice, and two likes/comments on pieces of my choice.
·         3rd place: TWO reviews on pieces of your choice, and one like/comment on a piece of my choice.
·         Honorable Mention(s): ONE review on a piece of your choice.
The prize distribution is liable to change if i don’t get enough entries for a particular prompt.
All submitted pieces will receive a like and a comment.

THE SUBMISSION DATE IS 1ST MAY, 2020.

Comment below if you’re thinking of entering, and I can’t wait to get around to judging all your pieces! Best of luck :)
 

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44 Comments
  • Wicked!

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/163124/version/319094
    Okay, this is the correct link


    about 1 year ago
  • SunV

    My entry for prompt 4.... Hope you like it!!!!

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/162354/version/319048


    about 1 year ago
  • Wicked!

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/163124/version/319008
    Thanks for hosting :)


    about 1 year ago
  • Cheshire Cat

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/159127/version/318804
    for prompt 4


    about 1 year ago
  • Dmoral

    so i have a revised version ONLY BECAUSE WTW told me too because i broke some rule. it was my prompt #4 piece, i linked it a bit ago


    about 1 year ago
  • .amelia.

    Replying: Thanks! :) here's my entry for this competition, prompt 4.

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/160256/version/313493


    about 1 year ago
  • .amelia.

    hi. Me again. I just wanted to pop in and ask a quick question on the 4th prompt. Is it okay if the lyrics are say... another language?

    I didn't really write them in it's original language so I'll translate everything, including the quoted lyrics. :p


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    Here are my revised ones!
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/154889/version/302949
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/154924/version/302953


    about 1 year ago
  • panda!

    @Jun Lei yeah that's fine


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    oops, I didn't add the prompt numbers into my footnotes. Is it too late to add that and relink them?


    about 1 year ago
  • jun lei

    interpreted detachment as almost apathy for my piece; is that alright?


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    Also, here's an entry for prompt three! I love your prompts and was super inspired by them!
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/154924/version/302627


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    Here's my entry for prompt 2! This prompt really inspired me!
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/154889/version/302544


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    Can we enter multiple prompts or just one


    about 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    I love these prompts! I'm going to go draft an entry right now ! :)


    about 1 year ago
  • a rose

    Oh wait i meant 3 sorry :)


    about 1 year ago
  • a rose

    For prompt 2-
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/153666/version/300261


    about 1 year ago
  • Tushar Mandhan

    For prompt 3-
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/145859/version/284375


    about 1 year ago
  • Princess Maria

    For prompt 4!
    (Great prompt, by the way!) : )
    https://www.writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/153103/version/299070


    about 1 year ago
  • Dmoral

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/152312/version/298268


    about 1 year ago
  • agustdv

    prompt 3 -

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/152346/version/297562


    about 1 year ago
  • Dmoral

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/152258/version/297588


    about 1 year ago
  • Anha

    february highlights are live, and you're in them!
    http://bit.ly/3bavJY6


    about 1 year ago
  • Dmoral

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/141711/version/275820


    about 1 year ago
  • skkabjkbd

    Hey I'll be entering, for prompt 4. If I have more time I'll be sure to enter in another one as well, because this is quite interesting!

    Thanks


    about 1 year ago
  • panda!

    AN EXAMPLE FOR PROMPT #2

    it all started with a supernova giving out star dust

    first, there was a wild epiphany.
    the shrouded earth burst out of her fiery ball
    and drowned herself in her own tears.
    she gathered herself up, and began to build some layers,
    triggering tension all along her body. she matured and
    soon began to house some children of her own--
    simple single celled algae, yearning to evolve, to grow.
    the earth then froze herself over to foster a
    domain more accommodating to complex life.
    the efforts of autotrophs and eukaryotes and sponges
    led to a thriving underwater ecosystem.
    and as vertebrates stepped foot on land for the first time,
    they didn't expect the era of dinosauric domination, who
    didn't expect that their great-grandchildren would soar in the sky.
    plants, who had long ago colonised all land, sprouted flowers,
    and as diverse life thrived on land and in the sky,
    an underwater lava burst threatened submarine existence.
    a meteor shower labelled mammals and birds survivors,
    who competed fervourly to be the biggest life forms on earth.
    neanderthals evolved from rodents, and when their skull
    became smoother and steps wider, you and i
    found ourselves here, in front of our screens.


    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Replying: Whoops I forgot about the word count sorry *facepalms*


    about 1 year ago
  • panda!

    @Fernweh yes, you can submit different pieces for multiple prompts but you can't club multiple songs into one piece.


    about 1 year ago
  • poetri

    prompt one
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151544/version/295513


    about 1 year ago
  • Fernweh

    Can i do two prompts?
    also cam i use multiple songs for prompt 4?
    thanks, love ur contest!


    about 1 year ago
  • poetri

    Cool! I'll try it!


    about 1 year ago
  • a rose

    I'm going to give this a go! Thanks for the cool prompt list.


    about 1 year ago
  • .amelia.

    I've been very busy lately, but I'd love to join! :)


    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    For prompt 1:
    I wasn't actually brave enough to do this prompt when I saw it. But then I wrote this in the car on the way to class and realized afterwards that it kinda fit. So I'm just gonna go for it.
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151442/version/295297


    about 1 year ago
  • melancholyviolets

    for prompt one, i have a tendency to go on rambling so this was very fun for me to write: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151411/version/295287


    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Your wish is my command! Revision for prompt 4
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151402/version/295255
    Thanks a bunch for your comments also these prompts are great <3


    about 1 year ago
  • ghostyboi

    Here's a piece I've written that I thought would fit for prompt 4:
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/145251/version/295253
    Based on the song "Beautiful!" by Illymation


    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Prompt 3
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151410/version/295247


    about 1 year ago
  • Mr. Enoki

    Here's my entry for prompt #4! Hope you enjoy! https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151407/version/295246


    about 1 year ago
  • panda!

    ALSO: PLEASE MENTION THE PROMPT YOU'RE WRITING FOR IN YOUR PIECE

    AND IF YOU'RE WRITING FOR PROMPT 4, MENTION THE SONG OR ELSE THE PIECE WON'T BE JUDGED


    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    I write while listening to music all the time lol
    For prompt 4 https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/151402/version/295238


    about 1 year ago
  • Tushar Mandhan

    Here's for prompt 5-
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/150194/version/293034


    about 1 year ago
  • jaii

    whoop i already had a piece for prompt 4 yay! "we fell in love in october" - girl in red
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/146512/version/295230


    about 1 year ago
  • Tushar Mandhan

    I will definitely post something! The prompts are so exciting.


    about 1 year ago