What Can You Write in 1200 Words?

The majority of the stories published on Folaji.com should be considered Short Stories, as they are typically made up of 5-6 posts that run about 700 to 1000 words per post (giving the average story between 3500 and 6000 words).

Although short, I’ll admit that I find this size of story ideal for online publishing as its fast to read, all the while allowing for a good amount of character and story development.

But what if you were only allowed to use 1200 words?  What would you write about? And how would you go about writing it?

I ask these questions because I recently stumbled upon a CBC web page for the Quebec Writing Competition 2010 (or QWC for short).

Quebec Writing Competition 2010

Quebec Writing Competition 2010

The QWC was first started in 1999 by Montreal’s CBC Radio One and the Quebec Writers’ Federation with the goal of celebrating the best in original, unpublished stories written by Quebec’s English-language writers.  Every year or so, the competition is brought back and invites Quebec residents who write in English to submit their own original, unpublished 1200-word stories.

The deadline is may 1st, 2010, and I’m thinking of submitting something, although I don’t really know what.  At 1200 words, anything I submit will have to be the size of one large Folaji.com post, which seems very short for a story.  Then again, I guess that’s part of the challenge…!

So, what should I write about?

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3 Responses to What Can You Write in 1200 Words?

  1. ingram_pilot says:

    You could write about the challenges of moving to another city. You could aproach the subject in a more general fashion, or write specifically about your experience moving from Ottawa to Montreal.

    Good luck!

  2. Folaji says:

    Interesting suggestion. I hadn’t thought of that but have to admit that it could make for an interesting short story… Thanks! :D

  3. ingram_pilot says:

    Well, whatever you do decide to write about, good luck. And may the best ‘Dan’ win. :D

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