Announcing the “Summer Breeze” Contest launched a new web design this week to make posting and commenting on stories a breeze and it’s all just in time for the summer writing season. To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of Brian Kiteley’s “The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises” in our Summer Breeze Contest.


Brian Kiteley believes, as the Scrawlers team believes, that embracing constraints in writing can lead to amazing things. He writes, “Limiting devices allow an infinite variety of approaches, but they also provoke new ideas precisely because they are restrictive and liberating at the same time.” To this end, Kiteley has written a book of strong advice coupled with over 200 writing exercises to help writers explore new territory. In Kiteley’s own words, “The idea of this book is to encourage beginning and experience writers to rethink their methods by playing with form, style, paragraphs, sentences, and words, and in so doing, appreciate the value of their own infinitely varied experiences.” With writing exercises like The Music of Prose, Public Space vs. Private Space, Funhouse Mirror, The Bunny Planet, The Closet, Misdirection, and Goodnight, Colorado, this collection is truly filled with uncommon ways to explore writing choices.


1. Post a new story that takes place at 3:00am with the tag “3am” (no punctuation, all one word) at Scrawlers between May 7, 2009 and 11:59pm CST on May 15, 2008. You may post one eligible story per day for a potential of up to nine contest entries based on your story posts.
2. Post a comment on another writer’s story that meets the above specifications between May 7, 2008 and 11:59pm CST on May 15, 2008. You earn one entry per comment – only one of your comments per story is eligible. The potential for comment-based contest entries depends on how many other writers post stories during the contest. Comments you make on your own stories do not count as entries.

Make your summer writing a breeze with over 200 writing exercises by entering our Summer Breeze Contest. We’ll announce the winner on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Good luck and get writing!


Start writing your contest entry now.


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