Show Don't Tell Contest Message Forum
Welcome to the SHOW DON'T TELL Contest!
Show, don't tell! How many times have you heard that? We all know it's one of the toughest things to do. Some editors and agents will decide whether or not to read your submission based only on how well your first sentence does this. Our contest is all about showcasing and practicing this important skill.
The most basic rule for our contest is that you must show all the facets of your story as opposed to telling them. Each month, we'll give you four or five sentences that will serve as a story prompt. Your task will be to write a story that includes the information in the prompt. You will need to show that information--along with all the other aspects your story. This contest is all about showing and not telling.
July, 2019 prompt
While eating breakfast, Ruby watches a newscast.
A delivery person arrives with a package from Ruby's mother.
The package contains a cryptic note and a book.
Ruby becomes absorbed in the book and reads until late in the night.
There's an unexpected pounding sound from outside her bedroom.
Besides showing these mundane events, please remember to write a story, complete with tension, a beginning, a middle, and an end. For example, authors might try to connect the topic of the newscast, the interaction with the delivery person, the contents of the note, the title of the book, and who or what is pounding outside into a unified plot.
In order to be sure all entries receive a fair reading, we will limit the number of entries in each contest round to ten. Entries are first-come-first served, so enter early! You may enter only once in each round, but you may enter every contest round if you wish.
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