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Audience Participation and Short Short Stories

Posted on 16 March 2012

You’ll notice a few changes in the print edition of The Express as we did a little re-arranging.  Headline treatments in the Bits & Banter section are now a bit more informative and we’ve added a feature to Page 2, The Cost of Things Today that marks what we are paying for the staples and luxuries we enjoy.Most noticeable are the changes we’ve made to the editorial and op-ed pages making them, we believe, even more inviting to readers who want to share their voices with the community. We still offer The Question each week, and have relocated The Survey to anchor the page, giving it more room to breathe and strengthen it graphically.Both of these features require a certain amount of audience participation, and beginning this week we’ll add two more features where we invite you to participate and show your creativity: The Short Short Story and Scene & Overheard. The former asks you to write a story in under 25 words, the latter asks you to keep you ears open for a brief, interesting conversation you can share with us.We hope you enjoy the additions, and welcome your comments.


“For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

- Ernest Hemingway

The above is a short story most often attributed to Hemingway who is said to have bet his lunch partners $10 each he could write a short story in six words. As legend goes, he won his bet. We’re introducing a new contest and inviting our readers to submit their own short stories. But we’ll give you up to 25 words, and up the ante. We’ll publish a new short story each week through the rest of the year, when our staff of editors will choose our favorite. The winner gets $250 -— that’s $10 a word. Not bad for writers these days.

Like Hemmingway, all you need is a beginning, a middle and an end. Send your short story in 25 words or less with your name and contact information to Good luck!

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2 Responses to “Audience Participation and Short Short Stories”

  1. Roger J Taylor says:

    Dropped Call

    The last man alive after nuclear annihilation
    decides to end it.
    Jumping to his death – he hears his cellphone ring as he plummets to earth!

  2. They fight battles and are invaded by a giant – a small boy – and one brave animal makes it to the surface, but is blinded by the light? Definitely a short story, probably from the late 1970s or early 1980s? Science fiction / fantasy genre.

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