Tuesdays with Story
February 9, 2017
And we have a winner!
Writing contest judge Pat Tomlinson selected Eva Mays’ story, “The Ball at Mawley,” as the best of the best contest stories at Fifth Tuesday, last week. As a result, Eva gets a free critique of the first 50 pages of her novel, the critique provided by Pat. And she also gets the pot of entry fees, currently at $100, which she must spend taking Pat out to dinner at one of our finer restaurants. Over dinner, the two will discuss that critique.
Number two of the best of the best, said Pat, was John Schneller’s story, “The Cold Truth.”
“Writing a compelling story in 500 words is really difficult,” Pat told the group at Fifth Tuesday. “You can take one of two approaches, tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and end where there is a resolution or write a vignette. The two best [Eva’s and John’s stories] are examples of each.”
Pat also is high on humor in stories. “Every story had lines in them that made me laugh,” he said. (more…)