The 31 Sentence Contest: Round 22

in posh •  last year 

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Welcome. You have stumbled upon a new adventure. One that will challenge you to grow; one that is filled with twists and turns; one that will have your piece swinging like the rhythm of a jazz ensemble that keeps readers and listeners engaged to the very end (or we crash into a wall and die; either way, we'll learn something together).

Over in China, the revered Shanghai Conservatory of Music can’t even believe the principles of jazz are real! That with enough courage and trust in yourself, you can hear a piece of music once, and ring dazzling changes on it forever and ever. They can’t duplicate our jazz. But everything else we make doesn’t worry them a bit.
....The road to wealth comes from understanding yourself. Doing what you do best, not what other people do best.
--John Taylor Gatto

Round 22

The Prizes

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1st Place225300
2nd Place150200
3rd Place75100

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Contest Rules

1. One Entry Per Person.

2. Inspired by the prompt and follows the random number order exactly with the correct amount of words in each sentence (explained below).

3. Prose or poetry; any form and genre of fiction is accepted.

4. It must be a story. Refer here for an explanation of what the essential elements of a story must contain in order for it to be considered a story by me.

5. Contest closes at the end of this post's payout. Tuesday is the day this contest comes out.

6. In your entry, link back to this contest somewhere in your post.

8. Post a link to your tale in the comments below.

9. Your entry must be in English.

The Prompt (explained)

The PROMPT: this is what your story is tied to in some way and in some fashion of your choosing within the fiction realm. Easy enough - we hope.

The Sentences: # 1-31(explained)

This idea comes from John Taylor Gatto. In this interview - PDF, he speaks about the inner jazz of writing coming to life simply by applying this method. I've been curious to see this in action. So ...

The SENTENCES: This objective here will have you writing out exactly 31 sentences, found below the prompt in a randomized order. The number of words for each and every sentence corresponds with the sentence number you are on.

For example, if 1 is the number that is up, you may only use one word that will complete the sentence (I know - technically, one word isn't a sentence but deal with it 8-). If 31 is the number, you construct a sentence that is 31 words in length, no more no less. The same goes for all numbers. (Here you'll find excellent examples from the previous rounds that are found at the bottom of the post should you need to see examples.)

Except for number 1, all sentences must, at the very least, follow basic grammar and punctuation rules. You may construct your paragraphs however you see fit (unless you're purposely putting each sentence on its own line, it should read like it is coming from a book or some other like source).

I, @tristancarax, am the judge. Beyond basic grammar and punctuation, I'm looking for stories (refer to rule #4), whether your entry is in prose or poetry.

And there you have it. I'm excited to see what your minds create and imagine through this exercise.

The Prompt:

[Photo is mine - @tristancarax]

Sentence order:

18, 19, 4, 31, 8, 14, 23, 28, 26, 22, 25, 13, 26, 21, 27, 16, 29, 17, 2, 7, 20, 15, 11, 10, 3, 6, 30, 5, 9, 1, 12

Previous Contestants

@agmoore, @blueeyes8960, @carolkean, @chireerocks, @cloudblade, @deirdyweirdy,, @free-reign, @gwilberiol, @ireenchew, @jadams2k18, @justclickindiva, @letalis-laetitia, @marblely, @odeis, @oivas, @owasco, @shemzy, @wakeupkitty

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I didn't get time to write a 31 sentence story for last week. I'll see if I can make time this week. 🐝

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Hey @tristancarax, I was surprised at 498 this time. 🤔 Threw me off a little bit at the end when I checked my whole count. But I added the numbers up and that's what they are.

First Blood

Although I have not managed a story entry as yet, I am a huge fan of your contest. I wanted to let you know that once again you have impacted my week.
You have opened my world to Virginia Woolf! This past week I have read Orlando, studied the themes, and wrote half a story from the perspective of The Oak tree and it's companion The stately home. I watched the movie Orlando and watched Vita and Virginia as well. I am now half way through Mrs Dallloway.
As for this weeks prompt, I'm not sure where to go with that. I have a terrible case of ornithopbobia...

@girlbeforemirror i've not actually read virgina woolf but this double recommendation... i might have to see if there is a library still open anywhere!

Internet libriaries are open.

So glad to hear. Thanks.

I actually have to checked out her work. I might have to now.

Where to go with the prompt? How about a story about someone who has ornithophobia. 8-)

I really love the challenge of this contest, I can feel how just looking at the sentence count helps me structure something.

Very much enjoyed getting involved again :)

Glad to see you here!

You definitely bring a level of quality that is tough to beat. I love having you here.

Nice baby it's. Sorry my home connection is too slow to join and esteemapp doesn't allow me copy paste the sentence numbers. Good luck to all. Reblogged