I recently entered the 9th Annual NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge, a competition consisting of three rounds, the first of which ended at midnight on Saturday.
1,440 writers were divided into forty-eight “heats” and assigned a genre, subject, and character.
My prompts? Comedy, a family reunion, and a waiter.
The results of the first round won’t be released until March 10th (at midnight—see a theme developing?), but they’ve allowed us to post our stories offsite and link to their forum for feedback. So I created a Short Stories tab with the hopes of adding at least a couple more stories from the competition (as I mentioned, there are three rounds), as well as some of my future endeavors.
Also required of the participants in the challenge: create a one or two sentence (max) synopsis of the story—a catchy logline, if you will. Here’s mine:
What’s the god of wine, women, and song to do when his light-in-the-sandals son aspires to be nothing more than a mere waiter? When you’re Dionysus, you gird your loins, take a swig of Mavroudi, and hope to Hades your father, Zeus, is just as understanding.
If you’d like to take a look, I’d love to have you read. Click this link or enter through the tab up top for my submission: Passing the (Olympic) Torch.