I’ve teamed up with Steven, my roommate and cohort in coffee-shop novelizing, on a new project called Short Story Showdown. The showdowns are a quick and dirty way to polish our storytelling chops with weekly writing exercises, and also a way to network with other writers and showcase outstanding work.
Long story short, (yeah, ha, ha, ha, sigh) a new showdown theme is posted to the site each week to get the gears in your head turning. The goal is to write a 1,000 to 2,000-word short story based on the showdown theme in the time allowed by the showdown (usually about five days). Then the best stories are posted on the website.
This is a great way to get your feet wet if you’re new to short stories, and a way to continually inspire those who already write frequently. Get some visibility for your skills and just have a great time!
For more information, please visit http://shortstoryshowdown.wordpress.com. We look forward to seeing what you can do!