Week One Writing Topic | July 2015 – Month-o-Minis

The whole month of July we will be exploring small things to accommodate our tiny word count caps.
For week one your prompt is:



Knotholes form due to the removal or decay of a branch during the life of a tree. Process a felled tree into boards and the knothole remains – a testament to what once was. In a wall or fence, a knothole becomes a place of note to curious passersby. They can peek into a space otherwise off-limits. The knothole offers an eyeful of the forbidden, the forgotten, the secret lives of strangers — for some it is the glimpse of another life to seed their dreams.

In 150 words or less, tell us what you see and submit it by 11:45 pm EDT on Saturday, July 11. Have fun with it!

This week’s winner will receive an eBook on the writing advice of their choosing ($5.00 limit) via Amazon.

Below are the writers who signed up for this week’s contest and are eligible to submit entries:
Shane Bell (full month)
Cristina Van Estes
quill_quirks (full month)
Kathy Boles-Turner

Each of those signed up may submit a maximum of three contest entries as long as the submissions do not rely on each other to tell one story and are not continuations of one another. Poetry and other forms of written expression welcome. There are no JFF entries this month.

For those of you who are writing with us for the first time. Your entry should be posted to an online blog or journal with public reading access for the duration of the voting process (anywhere from three days to a week). Work you submit to the contest always belongs to you. It should be original work and first written for the prompt provided.
At the end of this post is an electronic submission form – please share a direct link to the post containing your entry and a few stats so we can label the piece in our reading list and voting poll.


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15 Responses to Week One Writing Topic | July 2015 – Month-o-Minis

  1. t.s.wright says:

    Reblogged this on Eadar Doodles + Cheese and commented:
    Watch this space for small things of awe and wonder.


  2. Cristina Van Estes says:

    If we post more than one, should they be in the same post or a separate post per story/work?

    Liked by 2 people

    • t.s.wright says:

      My personal preference is one story/poem per post. It makes the voting more clear. The submission form has three pages, one per story/poem (this is a new feature). If you decide to keep all three submissions in one post, you should still fill in all three pages and simply repeat the link.

      Liked by 3 people

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  10. Kristina Van Hoose says:

    The form was a little goofy. If I put anything in Q6 on page 1 it demanded an email address. In case it did not format correctly, please note that I ditched my penname, Cristina Van Estes, and am now blogging from here. Please let me know if it did not go through correctly.



    • brigitsflame says:

      That was my fault. Originally I placed an email box in the form and then worried that poll daddy might use it to collect data that’s none of their business. So I swapped out for a text box instead. I deleted the email field, but I must not have hit save after so both ended up in there. When Kathy called it my attention I risked deleting an early response by changing the form so I left it.

      It’s not in week two’s submission form.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. hwango says:

    hwango here – LJ is currently exploded…or at least, it won’t let me post my entry. Or go to the community to post a comment about my inability to post a post.


    • hwango says:

      Oops – I’m a day off anyway. I could have sworn this ended on Sunday like it usually did.

      Oh well – here’s my 150 words for the record:

      I think we were all surprised to see someone move in “next door.” I had certainly never thought of anywhere as being next door to Hell.

      But just beyond the lakes of fire and brimstone they built cozy little cottage. You’d think the sulfurous air would kill the grass, but of I guess even that respected the borders, because their lawn was the most vibrant green I could ever remember seeing.

      They put up a fence, of course. Simple, unpainted wooden slats. Presumably so they wouldn’t have to look at Hell all the time.

      There’s a knothole in one of the boards. We all look through it. We thought the devils would try to stop us, but I guess they figured out that we’re just torturing ourselves when we do. And I guess they don’t mind us doing their work for them.

      It really is the most amazing lawn.


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