So, I was just reading McSweeney's list of thirteen writing prompts, and had the most fabulous metablog idea -- a summer fiction writing contest. So, here it is.
1. Write whatever you want. Short story, novel, play, epic poem, whatever.
2. It must be your original work. However, parodies of other works are acceptable. Just don't plagiarize. And if you do "borrow", remember to cite your sources.
3. More than one submission is allowed. (If you have time for this, let me know how you managed.)
4. You get bonus points for using one of McSweeney's ideas or for filling in the missing portions of Snoopy's novel.
5. All submissions are due on or before midnight EDT on June 17, and can be sent to me by email, my feedback button, or by posting the full text or a link as a comment to this post.
6. If there are more than 10 submissions, the top 10 will be chosen by me and my dad. (He doesn't know I'm volunteering him for this, but he'll be visiting that weekend.) Yes, I know this is completely subjective.
7. The poll for the week beginning Sunday June 18 will be to determine which of the top 10 is the best.
8. The winner will be announced on June 25, and will be published on the blog. The winner will also receive a coveted "prize to be named later" -- which is likely to include something from my desk -- plus copies of my two favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.