Doorknobs & BodyPaint
Guidelines & Prompts
Issue 87, August 2017
Hot August Nights
Opens — May 15, 2017 / Closes —July 30, 2017
Publication date: August 2017
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Hot Summer Nights. Hot. Temperatures rise. Tempers flair. You've waited through the rain and snow for the heat. But, now, you sense the danger. The sun is setting and with the coming of night, it seems hotter. Your skin prickles. You’re sweaty. You yearn for a cool mountain breeze. And, all you have is a noisy air conditioner in an open window. You’re up anyway, so take a moment and write a story within the guidelines for Hot August Nights:
DOORKNOBS Daniel Harris, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: skulking.
3. The year is: 1947.
4. Within the story, you must use this text: genuine article.
TAPAS (tiny morsels) Joanne Faries, editor
HAYWARD FAULT LINE
(shake us up) Leila Rae, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: suffocating.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: shimmering haze.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: sneaking.
3. The setting is: San Juan, Puerto Rico.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: almost new.
DORSAL CONTEST: Bara Swain, editor
Set in a prosperous Long Island town in the summer of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY portrays the Roaring Twenties as an era of decayed social and moral values. This exquisitely crafted tale is narrated by Nick Carraway, a newly arrived resident of West Egg, who moves next-door to the mysterious millionaire with shady business connections, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s obsession with former debutant Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s second cousin, drives the central conflict of the novel.
As the summer progresses, Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby’s lavish, indulgent parties. Although Gatsby’s motive is unclear, the novel’s narrator observes:
I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.
Write a story in 450 words in first-person narrative inspired by a summer party invitation.
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 you all.
1. Send your submission by email, please include your name,
mailing address, email address, and bio at the beginning of each story;
paste your story into the body of your email.
2. If you send more than one story (four total), send each story as a separate email.
3. This is important. Put the category DK
(Doorknobs), HF (Hayward Fault), DO (Dorsal), TA (Tapas), CR (Cairo Room), the issue #, and your last name on the subject
line. (example: DK, 61, 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
Contest Winners for each section (Doorknobs, Hayward Fault Line, Dorsal, Tapas):
An opportunity to read at one of Pandemonium Press Presents reading series.
We do not pay for publishing your work.
The writers retains all copyright to their work.