Saturday, August 15, 2015


Janet Reid's The end of summer last hurrah before vacation writing contest! 

One more week before vacation! I'm counting the minutes! That calls for a writing contest don't you think? 
The usual rules apply: 
1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer. 
2. Use these words in the story: remove   escape   away   lull   spare 
3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word or sequential words. The letters for the prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards. Thus: spare/ apples pared is ok but spare/sparkle is not 
4. Post your entry in the comment column of THIS blog post. 
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again. It helps to work out your entry first, then post. 
6. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title) 

Contest opens Saturday 8/16 at 8am & closes: Sunday 8/17/15 at 8am 
All times are Eastern Shark Time. 

My Entry

Every night me and Joey'd sit on the fire escape watching the city. In summer, we'd sleep out there. We'd try to smell the ocean over the garbage and plot ways to get money for Rockaway Beach cuz Ma couldn't spare none. Sometimes she'd bring out baby Luca and lullaby him to sleep with an Italian song about San Remo vendettas. Mrs. Andolini upstairs would join in, then Mr. Zanotti. Soon the whole street was singing. 

Then we moved to the suburbs. 

"Ma, where's the fire escape?" 

"There isn't one." 

"No fire escape? Ma, this ain't no place for kids." 


UPDATE:  I didn't win, but a guy whose name I love -- Sam Hawke -- did. 


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