It started with an exercise among writing friends: using an assigned opening and closing paragraph as a prompt, write your own story.

One of those writers, Tom Strelich, took the challenge and kept writing. His short story became the novel, Dog Logic, which is currently a finalist in the Foreword Review INDIES book of the year awards. And the writing exercise inspired another challenge: the 2018 Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon.

This summer anyone can participate in the challenge by submitting a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The first and last paragraphs are provided by Owl Canyon Press. There’s no fee to enter, and finalists qualify for up to $1,000 in cash prizes, publication in a forthcoming anthology, and an invitation to read at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO.

Winners will be notified in August 2018

You can find additional guidelines (including the required first and last paragraph prompt) for the Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon here. Looking for more creative opportunities? Search for contests, awards, and writing residencies with Discover.

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