Fiction | poetry challenge is open — tell us a story

You showed up to write. That’s what matters. The other day, my husband sent me a link to a wonderful essay about how important it is to create—that the outcome is less important than the process, that doing the work (creating) is more important than how others judge what you’ve created. The blog author, James Clear, tells about a conversation between choreographers Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham.  In response to de Mille’s worries about how others perceived her choreography, Graham said, “It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

But when our own words fail…

…try a cento!  This poetic form is perfect for those days when a little inspiration is needed. Drawing from lines of other poems, you create a new one with new meaning. We’re giving the cento a try this week over in the yeah write coffeehouse. For more details (certain rules apply), check out the thread (“January Poetry Slam: Cento”) Rowan started. You can also incorporate this week’s ultimate question into your cento:

What do you hear in these sounds?

This optional prompt may serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question, word for word, in your story or poem, or just answer the question. Are bells ringing? Maybe you already have your own story thought up. No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.

Voting time change

Don’t forget that voting now opens one hour later, at 11 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, so we can ensure our editors have enough time to thoroughly and fairly review all submissions. Submissions will still close at 10 PM Eastern on Wednesday, and voting will still close at 10 PM Eastern time on Thursday.

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The fiction|poetry challenge is open for submissions!