Writing short stories is a great way to spend a day or three plus you learn to make every word count. And submitting is a good way to get your name out there in front of editors. Short stories are also a good way to get a fan/reader base for those longer works.
One of my favorite regular contests is from Reading Writers. The prompts are interesting and a challenge themselves. I haven't won yet but I have had several Honorable Mentions that I call "ties for second." The prompt for this quarter is a good one and I'm pondering an entry.
So, here's my challenge to you...
Go to Reading Writers and check out the prompt. Ponder up a story and submit it. The deadline is May 15th so you have plenty of time to write, revise and send it in.
Then, become a follower of this blog, post in the comment section that you've entered and the name of your piece along with your pen name.
If your piece makes it to the second round, I'll send you something special. If you make it to Honorable Mention then you'll get a book of some sort. And, of course, if you're the winner, then you'll get something extra nice.
So...if you aren't a follower of the blog, become one. Write and submit your story and then let me know so I can look for it as she posts them to her site.
Good luck to all of you.