Summer short story contest

Attention writers, storytellers, balladeers, essayists, and lovers of the written word: we’re looking for a short story, fictional or true, to print in these pages.

Beach Metro News and The Great Escape Bookstore invite readers to submit stories in our summer holiday writing contest.

Fiction of any type, experimental writing, non-fiction – the choice is up to you. Find some inspiration and start typing (or writing longhand, if that’s what floats your boat).

The rules are basic: come up with a story (maximum of 1,000 words) that starts with the sentence printed below.

The sentence has been composed and contributed by Cordelia Strube, East End resident and award-winning author of numerous plays and nine novels including Teaching Pigs to Sing, The Barking Dog, Planet Reese, and Milosz.

The sentence which should begin all entries is:

“I don’t know what compelled me to bring it up, the wine, the darkening sky, the sailboats bobbing in the choppy water, but as soon as the words were out, I knew I’d crossed the Rubicon.”

Email entries to, or drop off in person at 2196 Gerrard St. E., by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

The top submission will be printed in our Aug. 25 issue, and the winning author will receive a $50 credit at The Great Escape Bookstore on Kingston Road.

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