Doorknobs & BodyPaint
For Writers and Artists
Issue #58, May, 2010
The Work Issue
Submission deadline: April 28, 2010
Publication date: May, 2010
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Work. It does or it doesnít. We do or we donít. Work that is. Some of us do it without thinking, a bit like working in the dark. Some of us never stop thinking about it, 24/7. It consumes us. We never stop talking about it. We are always engaged in some form of it. Write a story about work within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):
Write a story within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):
In Julia Glass' debut novel, Three Junes, the articulate and reserved Fenno McLeod narrates the middle section of this tryptich. His power of observation is reflected in the author's terse writing as Fenno watches his brother, a chef by profession, prepare dinner.
Through the kitchen windows, Dennis seems to dance at his chores, and I wonder if that might be how a chef gets through a long night on his feet. A mazurka to saute the garlic, a jig to grill the meat, then foxtrot the soup to a simmer and waltz the chocolate glaze right onto those tortes. I watch him dump leeks by armfuls onto the table and palm a stone to sharpen a knife the length of a small umbrella.In 450 words or less, use the role of observer to write a story where the narrator watches someone at work.
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: exertion.
3. The year is: 1989.
4. Within the story, you must use this text: oneís place.
HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up)
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: toil.
3. The setting is: Auckland, NZ.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: gum up.
TAPAS (tiny morsels)
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: task.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: force times.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.
The Cairo Room contains all non-contest and writer's pool selections under 450 words. From the exotic to the post-modern to hypertext to first time writers, this room welcomes all writers.
1. Send your submission by email, please include your name, postal address, and email address at the beginning of each story; paste your story into the body of your email and send it in plain text form.
2. If you send more than one story (three total), send each story as a separate email.
3. This is important. Put the category (DK, HF, DO, TA, CR), the issue #, and your last name on the subject line. (example: DK, 21, Argure) We use a filter for all email; therefore, if you do not put this information in the subject line, your email will automatically go into trash.
4. Do not send your story in HTML format or as an attachment. If you send your story in HTML format or as an attachment, it will be discarded.
5. Send Submissions to:
Contest Prizes for each category (Doorknobs, Hayward Fault Line, Dorsal, Tapas):
A Publication Party,
and A Reading of the winning story.