By far, the majority of description used in prose relates to the visual sense -- what you, the reader, would see if you were in the scene you were reading about. It's easy to fall into the trap of forgetting about the other senses. So, let's focus on sound for this mini-contest.
Write a complete story between 25 and 75 words long in
which the vast majority of description focuses on sound --
what readers would hear if they were in the scene. It's
okay to have *some* visual description, but what is heard
needs to be a much larger part of the story than what is
**Important note**: Dialogue is the least creative way
to make sound the important descriptive sense, so if you
want your entry to score well, use as little dialogue as
One entry per author. Size: 25 to 75 words long.
Hyphenated words count as separate words: "jack-o-lantern"
counts as three words.
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern time, Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Prizes: $15 for 1st, $10 for 2nd, $5 for 3rd, publication but
no money for honorable mentions.
Send entries to Entries@OnThePremises.com and put MINI-CONTEST
in the subject heading, please.
As with our regular contests, put your contact information in the body of your e-mail and attach your mini-contest entry as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file. (No .wps files! We can't read them.)