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An online visit to the gorgeous Gibb Gardens in Northern Georgia, United States might help inspire your next creative masterpiece!
Those of you who have been ZenGarden.club members for quite a while may have noticed that our prompts are usually a combination of the natural world and the human experience. This month, we’re featuring a lovely Azalea haiku by one of our favorite prompt writers, Zantal Siah, which portrays a scene entirely from nature! As we’re all staying indoors and sheltering in place, we might wonder what Mother Nature and her wonderful community are up to? Of course, humans will undoubtedly wander into our stories as well. Perhaps we can learn new lessons from the natural world that will give us insight into our own situations.
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, May 27, 2020 5 pm ET. Please read the guidelines below before entering.
Some of you love public voting, and others enjoy getting feedback from a highly qualified judge. We now have something for everyone!
We’re thrilled to welcome back David A. Ross as our judge this month. Dr. Ross is an Oxford scholar, a professor of Comparative Literature, a collector of fine art and a writer par excellence. He will select the Grand Prize Winner and the list of Finalists for this contest. We always look forward to his brilliant comments and insight. Thank you, David, for your continued commitment to our ZenGarden.club contests!