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Post  ISN on Fri May 13, 2011 3:08 am

for those who are interested, tonight I happened upon a site that has a writing competition deadline 20th May

the length of submissions is between 1,000-3,000 words.......

it's supposed to be a short story......

I just wrote something autobiographical over 1,000 words on the prescribed theme, but is it a short story

what I mean is does a short story have to be fictional?

a quote from its home page about the site itself and the writing it highlights

Literature is used here as an inclusive term which embraces fictional writing in general.

should I submit it and be damned....heheheh.....?

or should I somehow make the piece seem to be fictional - even though I've written it all in the first person?

any thoughts would be welcome......Smile

if I wrote 1,000 words every night for 70 night, I would have a book.......... study


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Post  Dick Fitzwell on Fri May 13, 2011 3:17 am

Who's gonna know it's not fictional? You know lots of fiction is written in first person, right?

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Post  ISN on Fri May 13, 2011 3:21 am

ah, McCain, you've done it again.......

so you really think they wouldn't guess it's true

there's so much verisimilitude and sincerity....heheheh......about it......

jeez, I don't know

just saw your post SJ......I think I shall publish and be damned.....heheheh

I will tidy it up a bit.....just wrote it off the cuff.......language is slightly stilted.....Wink

I'm pretty glad to have found a goal to get me started.......

I'll see what happens.......

thanks, guys Smile

I wrote 5 A4 single-spaced lucid and descriptive pages - I'm pretty happy about that - today has been a lesson in the beauty of the disrobing of hidden fortuity

I learnt quite a bit about Van Gogh too and am only getting started on Karl Marx

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Post  Doc Watson on Fri May 13, 2011 10:39 am

submit it and good luck.

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Post  ISN on Sat May 14, 2011 1:09 am

thanks Smile

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Post  pinhedz on Sat May 14, 2011 3:08 am

In think fiction and non-fiction blend into each other so much that it's impossible to separate them as two different categories. Don't the wise people always say "write what you know," and doesn't that mean writing about your own experiences?

Herman Melville said that his first novel was all true, but the critics thought he made it up, so he decided to write something fictional, to see if the critics would think it was true. But in both cases he wrote about the seafaring life, which was what he knew about.

I remember both ATU and the other place had mini-bio threads, where I told the truth, but people thought I made it up (It's possible I gave the story a feel of implausibility that the actual events did not have--like playing with tints, contrasts and textures in an old photo).

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