More Paintings Day 3

17 Jan

Vanilla ConeUPDATE. “Vanilla” was one of the winning entries, along with “Reflections,” drafted here on 10/17, and “Imaginary i1/19. Many thanks to Leslie Anderson for her beautiful paintings, to MWPA and Shanti Arts for sponsoring the contest, to judge Ron Currie, Jr. for selecting my shorties, and again to Shanti Arts for publishing such a beautiful book.

Back to the well of the Summer Stories Short Story Competition put together by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Shanti Arts Publishing. Maine writers are invited to write and submit short stories in response to paintings by Maine artist Leslie Anderson. Mainers, the deadline is March 1! Today’s shorty was inspired by Anderson’s “Morton’s Moo.”

Working Title: Vanilla
1st Sentence: Jerry was counting pairs of shorty-shorts—a deeply sad fashion trend he’d hoped would never come back—when he heard the “Here you go” from the bangs-and-ponytail that had taken his order, and turned to claim the Styrofoam cup she had pushed through the window.
Favorite Sentence: “It’s always the nilla-magnariffics who don’t know what they really want,” whispered someone in the crowd, followed by uh-huhs and yeps.
Word Length: 739

Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo 8/2009.

One Response to “More Paintings Day 3”


  1. Prompt Power and Objectivity Fail | Daily Shorty - May 24, 2013

    […] from October 17, “High Water” from December 5, “Vanilla” from January 17, and “Imaginary i” from January […]

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