Every week we’ll post a quote, a bit of dialogue, a postcard, an image, or some other random object or text. Your job is to take it and create a short narrative no longer than 300 words. Send us your responses in the form of a short story, a poem, a haiku, a set piece, a vignette, or any other form you can think of.
We’ll post our favorite submission and reveal the story behind the prompt. Winners will be published on PEN.org and our Tumblr, and will receive a sweet prize in the form of one of the following: a free one-year PEN Associate Membership; free access toGrants & Awards; a subscription to our award-winning literary journal, PEN America; free books; tickets to events; invitations to literary receptions; or some as-yet-to-be-determined item or privilege that will make you swoon.
CONTEST 4: EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION
The prompt: “Suddenly grocery sellers become poets, suddenly a taxi driver becomes a political commentator, suddenly somebody cleaning the streets becomes a chronicler of what is happening in the streets.”
The challenge: We live in a time of global revolutions. On the ground, in the media, and in nations across the globe, new modes of communication and documentation are evolving out of new needs. Using the quote above as your muse, create a short narrative no longer than 300 words. Send us your responses in the form of a short story, a poem, a haiku, a set piece, a vignette, or any other form you can think of.
The winner will be announced June 22.