Repost: Writing Exercise Contest

 The deadline for entering the writing contest, originally posted on June 6, 2012, has been extended to midnight (Pacific Standard Time, USA) on  June 26, 2012. I’ve reposted the contest instructions below. If you send your entry to me by e-mail please include your name and contact information, as well as your blog URL. This information is for me alone and will not be included with your entry when it is given to the judges.

Hurry. Time is running out.



Writing Exercise Contest

This exercise only takes 10 minutes. It can be memoir, poetry, a piece of fiction or non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy or kid-lit. Whichever genre you choose get your paper and pen  — or computer — and set a timer for 10 minutes. Use the following words:

remain          trailer          music         family          alarm

Here are the rules:

1. Use all five words.  You don’t have to use them in the order presented.                                 2. Plurals and past tense forms ARE allowed.                                                                                 3. Thinking about what to write should not be done before the timer is started.                     4. No self-editing or amendments allowed unless they occur during the 10 minutes of writing.                                                                                                                                                     5. It’s okay if your piece doesn’t seem finished — writing wihin the 10-minute time limit  is the focus.

Post the completed exercise on your blog and link it to mine, comment on this blog that you’ve posted the exercise, or send me an e-mail asking me to stop by your blog to look at your entry. On June 27, 2012 I’ll present the entries to my writing group and let them choose the best one.

The prize isn’t large — one of my favorite composition books and a fancy pen — but the experience in extemporaneous writing under pressure is a great benefit.

The contest closes June 24, 2012. The winner will be announced July 2, 2012. On the following day I will post the exercise I wrote using the five words above. The winning entry will be posted on my blog on July 2, 2012.

You can e-mail your entry to:

Have fun and good luck!



About torimcrae

Tori is a good writer aspiring to be a great writer. The mother of four adult kids she is currently pursuing postponed dreams. She enjoys her grandkids, traveling with hubby, spinning fiber, weaving, and raising Shih Tzus. Currently Tori posts to this blog on Mondays and Fridays.
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5 Responses to Repost: Writing Exercise Contest

  1. books494 says:

    I did it!. Sort of ran out of ideas. Can yu stop by my blog and take a look?

    • torimcrae says:

      Eleanor, Thanks for entering the contest. I’ll take a look right away. IO hope you found the challenge invigorating. Tori


  2. nyparrot says:

    Too bad I am too late for these contests…

    • torimcrae says:

      Not to worry. I’ll be offering other writing contests — maybe as soon a September. I’m glad you’re interested in taking part. I am trying to get a small group of bloggers together to do regular writing exercises to sharpen their extemporaneous writing skills. As soon as about a dozen people respond I’ll get it started.

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