Our writing contests have become so popular that our volunteer staff needs more help to tend our garden. With your support, we can sustain our family-friendly floral writing site. This is the first month we are asking for a subscription to enter a contest. If you are a previous 1st place or prompt winner, this does not apply, and you are good to go. If you’re new to the site be sure and read our Mission page to see all the wonderful benefits you can enjoy. Thanks for your continuing support!
Some of us have never seen plum blossoms. The wonderful thing about imagination, however, is that we can experience things we’ve never seen! With a brush, a pen, a computer keyboard, we can create the rich symbolism of this late-winter beauty any time we want.
The old haiku masters often wrote about plum blossoms. You might enjoy learning more about this “Winter Gentleman” and reading the words of Issa and Basho in this article entitled Plum Blossom and Moon.
Our prompt creator is again Zantal Siah, one of our long-term members and prolific prompt writers. Notice how she combines images of flowers and of humanity in an effortless, almost mystical manner. Thank you, Zantal!
Some of you love public voting, and others enjoy getting feedback from a highly qualified judge. We now have something for everyone!
Our judge for this contest will be Dr. Regina Higgins, writer, editor, and published author, who will select the Grand Prize Winner. Regina is hard at work on her current novel which involves, among other things, ostriches on a ranch. Stay tuned for news on this exciting work!
We invite you to create a short short story – 350 words or less – inspired by the featured picture and haiku. What characters, background, stories and plots do you imagine?
Study the current picture and haiku, then write your story.
Deadline: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5 pm ET. Please read the guidelines below before entering.