Booklovers Podcast: Short Story Contest Episode

Booklovers Podcast: Short Story Contest Episode

This week’s episode is a special one! I talk with Ashley and Sam, staff members who are also two of the judges for our upcoming Short Story Contest. They’re discussing books about writing. Get inspired and submit a story!

Our Short Story Contest begins October 8 and runs through November 30. Contest rules and submission guidelinesĀ  here.

Book Suggestions

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Extraordinary Short Story Writing by Steven Otfinoski. One of the few titles on this subject geared specifically to the young adult market. At 128 pages, this guide is more concise and accessible than competing titles.

Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke. What’s more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both.

Writing Fiction by the faculty of The Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Gotham Writers’ Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely.

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin. Science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin generously shares the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime’s work.

The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff. This is three new stories complete with commentary on the creative process from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers.

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