Ever thought you might have a story to tell? Could you convey the tale in a mere 36 words?
To celebrate Transdev’s fabulous support of Harrogate International Festivals, the “36 Words Short Story Challenge” has been launched, and your creativity could win you a great prize!
If you’re thinking it’s an impossible task, then think again. Here are six great examples of a 36 word short story…all have been entered into our competition. We would love you to have a go too.
Her toes curl over the balcony edge.
Her fingertips freeze, her heartbeat screams.
She inhales the clouds.
Perhaps the moon will fall from the skies.
Perhaps the sparrow will sing as she flies.
(from Sophie Finnegan)
The worst bit was that he thought they had got on so well. They had that natural chemistry that just can’t be faked. Apart from his hair colour, beer gut, sex and species, he was perfect.
(from Simon Fox)
Cara wept as the sea went out. Her dreams of getting home shattered. How many nights in this solitary world ? How many days of tedium to endure. Life as a lighthouse keeper isn’t for everyone.
(from Darren Lethem)
Looking down into the deep blue sea, I saw a beautiful Mermaid floating in the clear water, “Walk the plank ye scallywag” shouted the Pirate. Hee hee, I thought.
“oh how I love Matey Bubble bath”
(from Claire Wills)
It began with a smile and it ended with a smile, the bit in between was anyone’s lucky guess. Every person played out a different scenario, the only conclusion was imagination and the passing of time.
(from Carole Wellstead)
“We are all so proud to work with Harrogate International Festivals. Our aim is to be as connected as possible with our local communities and working with such a well-respected local organisation is a real honour. Library 36, alongside the 36 story challenge, is a fantastic way to celebrate Harrogate as a remarkable destination for book lovers – and the most stylish way to travel there!”
“We’re really proud to be partnering with Transdev and the 36. Not only are good travel networks essential for residents, they are crucial for tourism and the fact visitors to our festivals experience such luxury is fantastic for a tourism town.”
“This is a fantastic challenge. Writing a story in 36 words is not easy, but it really shows off a writer’s skill. Travelling is the perfect opportunity to let our imaginations loose. There’s something about being in limbo, between destinations with time to think that lends itself to flashes of inspiration!”