After a successful start in 2013, Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) launches a second Short Writing Contest, starting Feb. 1, 2014. The online Short Writing Contests are part of a unique strategy to involve more people in the fun of writing and to raise awareness of the grants and services provided by Lake Region Arts Council. The first contest reached over 2,000 people, who tried their hand at writing a story in six words. Funds raised from entry fees go to support the grants and services provided by the Lake Region Arts Council.
LRAC was so impressed with the outcome of the first competition that they have decided to run the Short Writing Contest again. First place prize money will increase to $500. Contest rules and an online entry form can be found at www.shortwritingcontest.com.
The first Short Writing Contest winner was chosen from over 300 worldwide entries. Jon Kendrick won $100 for “Biographer wanted: short life, long story.”
Jon eagerly encourages others to enter, “Thank you one and all. I would like to thank SWC & LRAC for having the six-word story contest. When I received the email, I was more than shocked, flabbergasted would be more accurate. If you write, the biggest thrill is that someone sees your work and likes it. Whether they chuckle, cry or ponder. For someone to like your work, grand or small, is important to you. Thank you.”
The rise in popularity of writing very short stories is connected to the famous writer Ernest Hemingway. It seems that Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete story in six words. Here is what he wrote: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Some people say it was written to settle a bar bet. Others say it was a personal challenge directed at other famous authors, but it proves that it is possible to create a short story with just six words.
Lake Region Arts Council expects an even bigger response to their second Short Writing Contest. “It warms my heart every time I hear from someone who tries writing a six-word story and finds that they enjoy writing,” states Executive Director, Maxine Adams. “Encouraging people to try their hand at writing is what the contest is all about.”
All the latest news about the next Short Writing Contest and items of interest to the Short Writing Community can be seen https://www.facebook.com/ShortWritingContest . For additional information about The Lake Region Arts Council, please visit http://www.LRAC4.org.
Enter for your chance to win $500 at www.shortwritingcontest.com.
About Lake Region Arts Council: The Lake Region Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encourage and support the vitality of the arts. The LRAC accomplishes this through providing grants to community organizations and individual artists in the region; and providing an electronic newsletter, workshops and technical assistance. LRAC serves the counties of: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin in west central Minnesota.