Sometimes the hardest part of writing fiction is figuring out what to say with that second sentence, so we’ve decided to do away with it entirely. For our first ever fiction contest, the author with the most impressive single sentence story, as judged by our editors, will win a signed hardcover copy of Eleanor Henderson’s best-selling, critically acclaimed debut novel Ten Thousand Saints. The winning story will also be featured in noah’s special 11/11/11 print edition.
The rules? Simple. Tell a story in one sentence of any length, about anything. Hemingway did it (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”); so can you. Send your story (and your name!) in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: “October Contest Submission.” The winner and any others chosen for publication will be contacted after the deadline via email.
To be considered for the prize, submissions must be received by Sunday, October 16th. Though only one writer can win the grand prize, all submissions will be considered for publication on the website and in print.
Time’s already growing short, so get writing and send us your best work!
For more information about Ten Thousand Saints, visit Henderson’s website, or check out these major reviews:
The Onion’s AV Club
NPR (with excerpt)