Friday, August 8th, 2008
Contest: Write a Very Short Parenting Story
Note: This contest has ended, HOWEVER you can now enter our Create a New Story Title Contest. It has the same prize as our previous contest, but will have FIVE winners.
There is an oft-repeated tale of Ernest Hemingway wagering with his colleagues that he could write a complete story in only six words. He won the bet. His story: "For sale: Baby shoes, Never worn."
In that spirit, your challenge is to write a six-word story about parenting. It’s up to you as to how narrowly or widely you interpret the subject matter.
Here are a few rough examples my wife and I pulled together in a few minutes.
- Two years later. My boobs sag.
- Dancing. Fairy wings. I’m a dad.
- No more diapers! Please wash hands.
- The cat will never forgive her.
- So that’s what my mother meant.
- My boy was just like me. (okay, that one isn’t original)
One lucky winner takes home Scholastic’s Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Thinpak: "One hundred award-winning and classic children’s stories are faithfully adapted and brought to life in this comprehensive 16-DVD collection. From the Maurice Sendak classic Where the Wild Things Are to the beloved adventures of Curious George and Corduroy parents and children alike are sure to enjoy these classic treasures featuring celebrity narration from Sarah Jessica Parker, James Earl Jones and many more! Runtime: 14 hours, 41 minutes."
Submit your six-word parenting story via the comment form below. To be eligible, you must include a six-word-only (no more, no less) story, your name or nickname and a valid e-mail address in your blog comment.
Your e-mail address won’t be published, but will be used to contact you if you win (check your spam filter just in case!). The winner must provide his or her shipping address to Thingamababy within 1 week of the winner notification e-mail being sent. Thingamababy will then share the address with Scholastic’s publicist for the purpose of shipping the prize.
The contest ends 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2008, Pacific time.
The contest is open only to residents of the United States or Canada (your shipping address must be in the US or Canada). The DVDs are in Region 1 formatting (you guessed it, viewable only for US and Canadian DVD players).
People from other countries are welcome to participate purely on a for-the-fun level, but please add the prefix "Outlander" to your name to help distinguish your unofficial entries. Again, if you do not have a shipping address in the US or Canada, you will not be awarded the prize. Think of it as one of Thingamababy’s many just-for-fun game posts.
When the contest deadline has passed, my wife and I will narrow the submissions down to our 10 favorite funny, punny, creative or thoughtful stories and then pick 1 winner for the 16-DVD collection and that winner will be announced on Thingamababy.
Now jog your brain! How hard can six words be? Enter as often as you like.
This contest has ended. See who won.