Thursday, May 31, 2012

Teen Writing Contest - Waking Up

One of my favorite openings to a TV series is the opening to Lost. My husband and I had been watching the  promo commercials for the new series with great interest. (My interest was mostly, "How do they plan on making a years long show out of a plane crash?")

My assumption was the show would open with everyone on the plane or boarding the plane, that we'd have 10 or so minutes of establishing the characters, and then we'd get to the crash.

But the writers didn't do that. The first thing you see is the main character's eyes popping open, then you see what he sees - the canopy of the trees. The confusion all over his face - What just happened? Why am I here?


You spend 2 and 1/2 minutes alone with the main character before he puts together that he's just survived a plane crash. I think it's the most creative opening to a show I've ever seen.



(This is the video for the opening scene, in case you haven't seen it before.)

During every round of Go Teen Writers contests, we have a handful of entries that end with the POV character blacking out. This round your challenge is to write a scene from the point of view of a character who has just woken up. It can be from sleep, from being unconscious, whatever.

Your word limit this round is 125 words. Think of your 125 words as the opening of a story. Your goal is to draw the reader in, same as you would want to be drawn in if you were picking up a book.

Your entries are due on Thursday, June 7th by 11:59pm Kansas City time. You may email it to me by clicking here or at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters.com - no attachments please! Include your name as you would like it to appear on the website.

I always send confirmation emails, so if it's been 48 hours and you haven't heard from me, please check back.

The contest is for those age 21 and under. One entry per person please.

This is the second contest that we'll be using the new "judging chart" for the feedback, so if you'd like to get an idea of what your feedback will look like, check that out here. For more details about Go Teen Writers' contests and samples of  winning entries, click here.

Many thanks to our judges Melanie Dickerson and Dina Sleiman. Without these lovely ladies giving up their time, there's no way these contests could happen. Thank you Melanie and Dina!







Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.










Dina Sleiman writes lyrical stories that dance with light. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. She was the Overall Winner in the 2009 Touched by Love contest for unpublished authors. Her first novel, Dance of the Dandelion, will release with Whitefire Publishing in 2011. Dina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. She has recently become an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace. For more info visit her at http://dinasleiman.com/

24 comments:

  1. Awesome! Getting started right now.

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  2. Sweet! This is my first contest!

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  3. Wow! It sounds like I will really have p work on this one! Great idea Mrs. Morrill. Thanks!

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  4. Oh, wow! This prompt makes me especially excited because something like this is the opening scene in my book! Yay! :P

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  5. Yay! I cant wait to start. Lost was the COOLEST SHOW EVER!! Yay for Sawyer, Charlie and Boone!

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  6. Thank you wonderful judges for judging!
    This sounds like a really interesting way to do the prompt. I can't wait to get started! (for some reason the first idea that comes to my mind is a kidnapping :P)
    *lightbulb* Stephanie, what if...as a new twist you gave us a couple words that we had to work into the prompt. Like a name, place, adjective, and a couple big "fun to use" words? Just a random idea :P Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Because You Are!)
    Philippians 4:8

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    1. Fun idea, Sierra! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    2. :)
      Sierra
      Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Because You Are!) Philippians 4:8

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  7. Oh... I really look forward to seeing some submissions for this! Plus, these writing prompts are just so much fun!

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  8. Oh, this is going to be great!! Thank you so much!

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  9. Hah, I had an opening I've already written in mind when I read this. Then I realized--I already submitted and placed with that entry. xD So I gotta come up with another "waking up" piece. Hm...the gears of my brain are turning...

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  10. Yaaaay! So excited to try my hand at this one. :D

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  11. For once I know exactly what I'm going to write about. Thankyou, Melanie and Dina; I love these contests and receiving feedback!

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  12. Fabulous! I'll have to get thinking about this. :) Also, I love that it was inspired by Lost! My family watched the show on Netflix - we started after it had ended, so we watched all six seasons end to end. And we finished it in about six months. xD We were obsessed - such a crazy-awesome show! I just love all the characters. :)

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    1. Taylor, you had the opposite viewing experience as me! It's the only show I've ever watched from the first airing to the series finale.

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    2. It sounds like you enjoyed it as much as we did, then! ;)

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  13. School's out!!!! This sounds like the perfect way to start the summer :) My current WIP starts with a dream and then my MC wakes up, but I'll have to do a lot of editing for it to make sense in 125 words.

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  14. Oh this one will be fun :) And you don't know how addicted I am to LOST lol! I didn't even finish it but I watched further episodes when my parents were watching it ahead of me.

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  15. it's my first time here please accept me, i want to do this

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    1. Javoniel, anyone 21 or under can enter. There's instructions in the post for submitting your entry. Good luck!

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  16. Love, love, love! Thank you, judges!

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  17. Oh, snap!! I wrote up one of my best entries yet and just now realized I hadn't sent it in. NO!!! *bangs head repeatedly against wall*

    *rubs bruise* Ah, well. Next time... :(

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