TOPIC: DISTURBING CONFLICTS
SETTING: Start your story with a disturbance. Your character is passionate about a certain goal, but a conflict is making it difficult. The goal might be in the performing arts, in athletics, music, politics, law enforcement, gardening, cooking, or in something else of your choosing. The opposition might be a criminal, disgruntled employee, death of a loved one, or an immoral acquaintance. An important message helps your character find optimism and persevere in spite of the obstacle.
SUBMISSIONS: Scroll down to post your story.
3 HIGHLIGHTS (include): A box or gift, an optimistic message, and a conflict
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: The deadline is always the 25th of the month: Sunday, April 25, 2021
PRIZE: Winner receives a book!
AWARDS: Each story will receive an award!
3 PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) Your character is a single person who discovers that his or her boss has suddenly died the night before. Police arrive at the small business to question everyone who worked with the boss. Since your character is single, he or she has no alibi. Your character looks guilty but must remain optimistic. You decide possible motives for the co-workers. You decide who killed the boss and why.
2.) Your character loses his or her beloved job. While down in the dumps, he receives a message to help him look on the bright side. He starts a new job doing something totally different or unusual such as packing boxes for people who are moving. You describe internal conflicts. Decide how the new job turns out. Decide whether he returns to his old career or if the opportunity ever is given again.
3.) Your character carries a terrible secret such as accidentally killing someone in a car crash. Years later, a new neighbor bully happens to be a relative of the deceased person. This neighbor bully keeps making life difficult, prank after prank, until an important message stops the neighbor from bullying. Your character almost seeks revenge on the neighbor bully until a box arrives with something inside to help your character remain optimistic.
WINNER(S) and AWARDS will be announced on May 1, 2021.
You can find optional conflicts on pages 44-45 in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook” written by H.M. Schuldt.
For more inspiration, you can read short stories in “Giant Tales Beyond the Mystic Doors,” Chapter 4: Mysterious Boxes.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) A box or a gift
2.) An optimistic message
3.) A conflict
3 Parts of a Conflict
- A problem is presented.
- An attempt is made to solve the problem.
- The problem gets resolved.
For maximum conflict, you might ask, “What if I almost died?”
You might ask, “What if two opposite characters switched places?”
Who or what kind of antagonist will you include? A rioter, depression, denier, hater, sorcerer, idolator, liar, terrorist, or something else?
CONTEST GUIDELINES – Skip over this comment section if you are familiar with the Writers 750 Program.
GENRE: Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, Comedy, Romance, or a mixture (No erotica)
The main purpose of this contest is to practice the skill of writing fiction, explore conflict and character development, write new short stories, and receive good feedback.
RULES & DIRECTIONS –
• Type in English – a minimum of 750 words; a maximum of 1,500 words
• Post your title and word count total in the first line of your story posting.
• ONE entry per person, must be the writer’s original work, a final revision, and a new piece of writing. Please do not delete and re-post since this becomes confusing to the readers. Make sure to post your final revision.
SUBMISSIONS: Post your story in the section below.