New Year, New Short Fiction Writing Contest at The Clarity of Night

January 5, 2010

Happy 2010!  I’m pleased to announce that poet, photographer, and friend-of-writers-everywhere Jason Evans is launching us all into the 2010 with the “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest, his 12th short fiction contest hosted at The Clarity of Night blog.

Why should you participate?  Today is the fifth day of 2010, so I’ll give you…

Five Great Reasons to Participate in the “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest:

1) Fun – Writers are supposed to have fun with their writing, and for those of us still in holiday mode, here’s a great excuse to play!  What’s more fun than a creative prompt and a time limit?

2) Community – Writers from all across the blogosphere are drawn to Evans’ contests.  This is a great opportunity to add a new writer to your professional network.

3) Challenge – Writers can’t improve unless they challenge themselves!  It’s much harder than you might think to create something amazing in under 250 words.

4) Prizes – Writers aren’t the wealthiest bunch, and there are plenty of places trying to get something for nothing from writers.  Jason Evans honors us all by rewarding the winners with cash prizes.

5) Audience – Writers might often work independently, but their work can only do so much from the file cabinet.  Here is a chance to share your work and receive realtime feedback from hundreds of writers.

The “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest is open to everyone.  The contest opens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6, 2010.  The deadline for submissions is 11:00 PM EST on Wednesday, January 13th.  Any genre or form is welcome provided it is inspired by the “Silhouette” photo and demonstrates a narrative movement.  Complete rules are available at The Clarity of Night blog.

Read you there!

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The Perfect Present: A Short Story by Jade Leone Blackwater

September 24, 2009

Gold Frog Garden, Copyright © 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater

I wrote The Perfect Present in August 2009 for my sister’s 25th birthday.  I’m sharing this story here in audio, read aloud by yours truly.

This story is rated “OK” for all ages.  I’m new to audio recordings, so any inconsistencies in the reading are a product of my practice (and possibly my over-enthusiasm while practicing the art of character in voice).  I recorded this story using Audacity.  The recording lasts about 25 minutes, and the (.mp3) file is about 23 MB in size (so it might not stream very well).

If you are among the deaf readers in my audience and would like to read a copy of The Perfect Present, please email me with your request.

Happy Birthday Sis, and enjoy everybody!

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CLICK HERE to Download an Audio Recording (.mp3) of THE PERFECT PRESENT by Jade Leone Blackwater


The Perfect Present Sketch, Copyright © 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater


When Inspiration Strikes

August 14, 2008

Lorelle On WordPress is conducting another excellent blog challenge this week on the subject of inspiration: Where Do You Consistently Find Inspiration?

Check out her post, and join in the fun!  I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a few days.