Just For Fun

Western novelist Brett Cogburn is sponsoring a “Western Mini” contest. He’s asking for a 4-sentence story according to this model:

“The horse died.  My saddle rotted and my stirrups fell into the creek.  The Indians shot my partner through the hat.  The End.” – Wallace Johnston, Amarillo, TX

The contest closes at midnight on September 23, 2012. The prize will be a choice of one of Cogburn’s novels.

Visit his colorful and amusing blog site at http://www.brettcogburn.com/blog/ for further details.

(I’m hoping that the misspelling of its in the contest directions on his site is a typo and that he really knows better. After all, he IS a published writer.)

Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

3 comments to Just For Fun

  • Lucia, please go to brettcogburn.com and find the blog button. Go there and click on the heading of the post, “The Greatest Western Never Told.” Enter your story in the comments below. Rules of the contest are posted at the end of the post.

  • He came over the ridge, riding a palomino. Slowly he descended the rocky bank. I recognized him as I lay dying. My scalp was still strapped to his saddle.

  • The grand prize in the writing contest is several entries getting their four-sentence stories published in High Hill Press’s next western short story anthology, Cactus Country III. As for the “its” booboo, typo hell, I’m liable to spell cat with a “k.” haha.

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