There’s this really cool website for writers and readers, called Figment. The front page says:
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
If you join, and you click on “contests”, you’ll see that every few weeks a new contest is posted. Participants write pieces based on contest-specific rules and then share with others.
In the first contest I saw, participants had to write something that used five certain words in it (sorry—can’t remember what they were). I participated in the second contest, in which we had to write something that used this sentence:
Even with the taste of food on his/her/its tongue, even in the face of all the horror he’d/she’d/it’d caused, he/she/it was still hungry.
In another contest, we had to write something about New Year’s Eve (or Day) that used some derivative of the word “crush” in it (“crushed”, “crushing”, etc).
These contests—and participation on the website in general—is great because it’s challenging. And I give myself the further challenge of trying to imbue my pieces with spiritual themes.
This guest post was written by the friendliest poet I know, Ms. Shira Trick. She has guest-posted for this blog before (see “Poetry as a Force for Change”), and she blogs her poems at Waiting for Wonder.