A couple of weeks ago I went to a write-in at the Denver Art Museum with my rad librarian friend, Emily. We tracked a small pack of creatives (don't try that at home kids, we're trained professionals!) up to the fourth floor. In the midst of the Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial gallery we were tasked with finding relics that spoke to us in some manner that we might do a twenty minute free writing. In this case the subject was Gods & Monsters - right up my alley - but were told to experiment at will by the charming fellow leading the exercises. It was so much fun and productive as well. I spilled out pages of notes on both new stories and new characters and elements for the world I've been creating for a good while now. I highly recommend trying this at any museum or really anywhere that strikes your fancy (whether guided or by your lonesome).
Anyhow. To make a long contest description short. Thanks to my librarian pal, Emily who spoiled me with a museum membership, I was able to return to the scene today where I also snapped a picture of the piece shown above.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU! Write a short piece (story, poem, entertaining vignette) that is 300 words or less and send it to CellarDoorBooksLtd@gmail.com by the 26th of this month. There will be a prize that I may (or may not) choose to announce before the deadline. The submission will also be printed in Pale Crow or another publication of ours.
May the best imagination win!