Short stories have been a popular genre for thousands of years, perfected by the likes of Aesop, Chekhov, Hemingway, and Carver. Sure, these guys did it best, but we’ve all become masters of conversational brevity with the rising popularity of texting and social networks like Twitter and Facebook status updates that force us to communicate the essence of our lives in micro-nuggets of information. But can we take our Twitter-fied communication skills and apply them to the art of storytelling? Let’s try!
We want you to tell us a story. This Thursday, April 2, between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. E.S.T., leave us a story on ModCloth’s Twitter page. To enter the contest, tweet @ ModCloth with hash tag ‘modstory.’ That means your entry should look like this (albeit, far better):
@ModCloth#modstory I wrote the greatest story for ModCloth’s ‘Short and Tweet’ Contest and I won!
Try to include the five elements of a story: character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Enthrall us from the hook to the climax to the conclusion, please. But make it quick! We have short attention spans!
For inspiration, read what’s arguably the most famous example of flash fiction, the six-word story allegedly written by Hemingway (For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn), or check out the user-generated collection of short stories on One Sentence Blog.
So, get out your pencil (maybe one of those tiny ones they give you at mini golf or the bowling alley) and get writing! Remember, the contest is this Thursday, April 2! Stories posted before or after this date will not be accepted. Good luck!
Updated Contest Rules:
Sorry, guys and girls. For this contest, one entry (that means one tweet!) per person, please.
Semicolons are permitted, if used correctly.
There is no designated theme to the contest.
For more information, read ModCloth’s Official Contest Rules.