The Monthly Writing Challenge is designed to encourage our PSWG Members to write in a style or genre they are not normally accustomed. It is also an exercise to practice working under a deadline, keeping story momentum using only 500 words, writing within submission guidelines, accepting winning accomplishments in a public setting, as well as improving on the willingness and persistence to submit additional work should a story not be selected as a winner.
The Narrative Mode is the set of methods the author uses to convey the plot to the audience.
The Narrative Point-of-View determines through whose perspective the story is viewed.
The ability to use the different Points of View (POV) is a method to improve and measure the skill of a writer.
This season the Monthly Writing Challenge invites members to explore
different Points of View in their story-telling.
**Important! Scroll to bottom of page for Submission Rules & Guidelines**
October 2012 Challenge: Olympic Athlete POV: first person, fiction.
*Submit entry at October 6, 2012 Monthly Meeting.
November 2012 Challenge: American Tourist Lost in Rome POV: third person, fiction. *Submit entry at November 3, 2012 Monthly Meeting.
December 2012 Challenge: Sixteen-year-old Girl in Conflict POV: first person, fiction.
*Submit entry at December 8, 2012 Monthly Meeting.
January 2013 Challenge: Movie Critic POV: review of current movie, non-fiction.
*Submit entry at January 5, 2013 Monthly Meeting.
February 2013 Challenge: Second Person POV: Someone Facing a Mid-Life Crisis: Second person, Fiction.
*Submit entry at February 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting.
March 2013 Challenge: Sports Reporter POV: Report on a Recent Championship Game: non-fiction.
*Submit entry at March 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting.
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April 2013 Challenge: *Submit at March 30th Meeting, 2013
Fast food worker POV: third person, fiction.
*This winning entry will be announced / read at June 1, 2013 meeting.
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**Submission Rules & Guidelines**:
~ Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current status.
~ Monthly Specific Entries must be submitted by hand at the specific monthly meeting. [Example: Submit October’s entry at the beginning of the October meeting].
~ The winning entry is read at the following scheduled monthly meeting. (Example: November's winning entry will have the author announced and the story read aloud at the December Monthly Meeting)
- One copy of story.
- 500 words or less.
- Typed double space.
- 12 point Times Roman font, indented paragraphs.
- Place story in an envelope.
- Do not sign your story.
- Write your name legibly on envelope only (NOT on the entry).
- Enclose $5 cash with submission.
- If you wish a complimentary editorial review of your submission, also enclose a SASE with your submission.
*Be sure to comply to all requirements. As with most professional writing submissions, there is no leeway on the above rules. Your entry will not be returned to you.
Questions please contact: MonthlyWritingChallenge.PSWG@gmail.com