Enter our summer writing contest

To all authors, tall-tale-tellers, poets, essayists, and purveyors of the English language: we’re looking for a short story, fictional or true, to print in the pages of this newspaper.

Beach Metro News and The Great Escape Bookstore are inviting writers to submit their best stories to our summer writing contest.

Whether it be fiction of any sort, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, or free-flowing abstract prose – the choice is yours. Find your inspiration and start typing – or writing by hand in legible cursive, if that’s how you find your muse.

The rules are simple: write a story, to a 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 will 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 contests@beachmetro.com, or drop off in person at 2196 Gerrard St. E., by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

The best submission as judged by Beach Metro News and The Great Escape 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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