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Monday, January 11, 2016

WHAT'S BETTER THAN A BIRD IN THE HAND? by JoAnne Lucas



   . . . Twenty years of Coveted Dead Bird Events! That’s right, 2016 marks our 20th anniversary the short story event with the sought after trophy – an actual winner’s trophy with a black bird on top, claws up.

Basic rules are the same: 10 manuscript pages with double spacing between sentences, 12 pt. font, courier or times Roman type. Must be a crime, OR THE INTENT TO COMMIT A CRIME, somewhere in the Central Valley. 

Theme this year is Crime Comes Calling – a very broad and far-reaching topic. Remember the Fuller Brush Man or the Avon Lady? Do a vintage piece of 30 – 40 years ago, or update it with a pizza delivery man. Or maybe Miss Nosy Parker next door wants to be the first to see what the new neighbors have in their house. How about an old flame decides to pay a surprise visit? Lots of ways to go there. And how ‘bout the UPS guy, the neighborhood kid selling magazine subscriptions, your mother-in-law drops in and catches you in bed with someone else.

So we have the rules, the theme, and we are waiting on a time. We would like to keep this writing adventure in the chapter, but we may have to do it elsewhere. Also, we are opening the doors to writers everywhere to compete for the Bye-Bye Birdie Award. That and other categories are being considered along with resurrecting the Laughing Lucas Award just as soon as I can find another rubber chicken.

 Get started now kicking those ideas around. Cut out pictures of faces you would like to use as your characters. Go shopping for your characters in magazines or Pinterest. We are planning a major blow-out celebration for you, so let’s get cracking.

IS THERE A BIRD IN YOUR FUTURE?

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