Guardian competition - Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness has been given free reign over at the Guardian - he’s set up a competition (£50 book token, a signed copy of Patrick’s book and ten other books from Walker Press). It’s only open to anyone living in the UK but it’s an interesting challenge that might get a few people writing.

Whenever I write a short story or a novel, I ­always know the last line before I start. I might not know what the climax of the story will be, or how I will get to that line, but I always know the last feeling that I want to leave a reader with. My challenge is to write a story in no more than 600 words that …

… Starts with the line: A bell rang and I opened my eyes. I thought, ‘Oh, no, not him, anyone but him.’ … and finishes with the line: Then she let go of my hand, and I fell and kept falling.

Details about the competition are here.

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  • Celine

    Gosh. How limiting!

    Comment | October 30, 2008
  • emordino

    You’re missing a fairly important detail: “This competition is open to children who live in the UK, aged five to 16.”

    Comment | October 30, 2008
  • @Celine - Give it a go and see how you do :)

    @EMordino - you aren’t eligible aaaanyway…

    Comment | October 30, 2008
  • Celine

    @Celine - Give it a go and see how you do

    LOL! Even if I was a UK kid aged 5 to 16, me brain would be knotted trying to come up with something! I’ll leave it to the more flexible younger generation.

    Comment | October 30, 2008
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