Dead of Winter Winners!

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Thank you for entering our Dead of Winter 2014 contest. Competition was tight, with a record number of entries. The winning stories are:

  • 1st: “Heirlooms” by Erin McDougall
  • 2nd: “The Others” by John Howe
  • 3rd: “The Snake” by Amelia Diamond
  • Honorable Mention: “Le Greniere” by Hortense De Castro

The first, second, and third place stories will be published in our March 2015 issue. Because of our record number of entries, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.

Thank you for providing such wonderful and diverse reading material for the judges. Dead of Winter 2015 opens October 1 and we invite you to enter. Our next contest is the 48-hour challenge Three Cheers and a Tiger, which runs March 20-22, 2015.

Keep writing!

Stephanie Lenz and Erin Bellavia

January 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “I’m obsessed.”
  2. Promised storm does not appear
  3. Smiling so hard it hurts.
  4. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: avoid, review, grown, glass, revolution
    2. Use the phrase, “Nothing’s happened this week.”
    3. Someone tries to communicate without using words.
  5. Use these 5 words: taxes, amaze, surprise, placement, revisiting.
  6. An unexpected visit from foreigners
  7. “Have a safe commute tonight.”
  8. A misunderstanding over different definitions of a word
  9. A meteorologist who lives alone in a remote place.
  10. Use the phrase “I’m gone now.”
  11. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: understand, fading, desperate, earth, blond.
    2. That moment when courage fails.
    3. Use a Spoonerism. Example: ‘Queer old Dean’ for ‘Dear old Queen.’
  12. Things I should have done with my day off
  13. Use these 5 words: disappointed, marzipan, smoke, emails, retires.
  14. “That cloud looks like you.”
  15. “I feel sorry for all the…”
  16. Always winter and never Christmas (CSLewis)
  17. A celebrity wedding.
  18. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: trees, invader, article, locked, express
    2. Write about silence in the midst of noise.
    3. Write about lies, damned lies, or statistics.
  19. Use these 5 words: helicopter, lights, guide, manifesto, veteran.
  20. “Tell me it’s not so.”
  21. “You continue to amaze me.”
  22. What would you do with an irony mark if English had one?
  23. Saying goodnight.
  24. Rewrite that scene from another point of view
  25. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: hive, roads, remorseful, life, mother.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “______ and ______ don’t mix.”
    3. Use the phrase, “I just got burned.”
  26. “Don’t tell me you love me.”
  27. Use these 5 words: summit, old-timey, personality, cougar, president.
  28. Write without any 3rd person singular pronouns
  29. “Needs more emojis.”
  30. Write about buying coal.
  31. A character gets away with a crime.

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is approximately 30 seconds.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know!

 

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Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is approximately 30 seconds.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know!

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

Speak

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

community:  a group of people who have the same interests

We love that you love visiting and reading TC (yes, we see you—hi!), but we’d love it even more if you interacted with us, too. So in this exercise we challenge you to speak up. Comment on a post or article. Talk to us on Twitter or Facebook. Start a thread at the forums. Do something to give us an opportunity to get to know you better.

If you appreciate TC, speaking up is the easiest way to give back. We know it can be scary to delurk, but you can do it! Help put the community back in writing community. We can’t do it without you.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t. Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

I think most of us fear reaching the end of our life and looking back regretting the moments we didn’t speak up. … there’s a time for silence, and there’s a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you’ll know it. I don’t think you should wait. I think you should speak now. Taylor Swift (1989- )

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is approximately 30 seconds.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know!

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is approximately 30 seconds.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know!

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

December 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use these 5 words: brutal, sprints, truth, love letter, winning.
  2. “I wish I looked as good.”
  3. “You caught me.”
  4. Hurry up and wait
  5. Give your story a strong female protagonist.
  6. Make up a celebration, with traditions not quite met.
  7. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, stamp, clock, moves, neglected.
    2. Write about not noticing that something has changed.
    3. Answer “no” to an either/or question.
  8. “It’s a little like an airplane.”
  9. “Sometimes I just need a break from…”
  10. Change is hard; folding money is soft.
  11. Use these 5 words: nascent, workout, pocket, impress, kayak.
  12. “Something’s coming…”
  13. A lack of empathy.
  14. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, stamp, clock, moves, neglected.
    2. Write about talking to yourself, aloud.
    3. Fill in the blank: “_______, you know; everyone does.”
  15. Write about being overwhelmed.
  16. Character apologizes for missing something important.
  17. Write about what happens when no one asks difficult questions.
  18. Big stompy boots.
  19. Use these 5 words: geeky, activists, fear, official, volunteers.
  20. The sound of distinctive footfalls
  21. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: stranger, implies, lines, accept, distance.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m watching that.”
    3. Write about an illness or injury.
  22. Use the word ‘bifurcation.’
  23. Use these 5 words: gratitude, birthday, thoughtful, acrobatics, halfway.
  24. A busy travel day
  25. Shine bright like a…
  26. Write about dangerously hot weather.
  27. Snowfall warning.
  28. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: memory, midnight, geranium, rest, drum.
    2. Write about staring into a candle flame.
    3. Fill in the blank: “I think we’ve been taken over by _______.”
  29. A character with no remorse whatsoever.
  30. Preparing for a dreaded party
  31. “I only care about dessert.”

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org