Regional fiction took the world by storm in the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century, and put American writers on the world literary map. The authors’ immediate surroundings are so strongly represented in these works, traditional boundaries of setting and character get a little blurred—place becomes character.
Regional fiction has since been declared a distinctly American literary form, and the heart of Contemporary American Literature.
My list of favorite regional fiction writers did not necessarily focus their entire careers on regional fiction, nor are they exclusively American. I think of Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, the later western environmentalist writers of the U.S., sure, but also Canadian authors, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, as well as a lengthy list of British and European authors who brought the landscapes and all the sentimentalities of their hometown folk to life on the page.
Though famous regional works do tend to reign in the aforementioned era, it is my opinion that all writers long to translate an intensely personal sense of place into their stories.
Regardless of your favorite style or genre, whatever “hometown” you were born to or later claimed, you too can close your eyes and see the morning light, smell the air, listen to the histories in the cadence of local accents of your favorite place, and you can narrate a story that takes us there. You can bring 21st century flair to Local Color. #gowrite
For this contest, participants may enter for regular competition, Just For Fun, or both. Writers who do not enter the regular competition during Week One are automatically ineligible to compete in subsequent weeks (but may enter Just For Fun). Total votes, as well as the number of initial competitive entries, determine eliminations for Weeks Two, Three, and Four.
All that means we need LOTS of writers to make a terrific game! So, join us!
Entries are due by 11:45 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 8th.
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