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Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories

Back for 2017…a Baseball Special! Send your work now.

2017 Deadline is Wednesday, March 15

 

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I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to noextrawords@gmail.com or leave them on the listener feedback line at…

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Writing Prompt: Need Your Camp Stories!

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UPDATE: Summer schedule is busier than expected and so this special episode is on hold indefinitely, but do look for our regularly scheduled episodes.

Got an email a couple of weeks ago from someone asking if we were going to do a 2016 edition of the Summer Camp Episode. Hadn’t honestly thought about it, but what’s summer without camp?

This is me in my happy place…the Girl Scout camp where I have spent many spring and summer afternoons. A favorite camp song includes the line: “People in cities don’t understand falling in love with the land,” which sums it up pretty well. There’s a lot of us out there for whom a place like this figures into our summer memories. So, back by popular demand, a summer camp episode for 2016!

Last year the rules on this were very specific: what summer camp means to you in 25 words or less. Those are fantastic and I would love to read some, but this summer we are throwing out the rules! (The few times in my life when I have said that out loud at camp have either gone fantastically well or horribly wrong, there is no middle ground.)

So send us your camp memory, your campfire story, your original camp song, anything and everything summer camp related as long as it is under 500 words. That means it can be 10 words or 499, but no more. We must receive these no later than July 5. The turnaround is tight, but I know you can do it!

Email these to noextrawords@gmail.com with “camp story” in the subject line, or use the Contact Us page to leave us a voice mail or find us on social media. As with all our special calls for submissions, this episode is only as good as what you send us. We look forward to reading your stories!

Happy camping,

Kris

 

Vote for Your Favorite Story and Help Us Celebrate!

UPDATE: LAST DAY to vote and send feedback is Friday, April 29. Click on the picture to participate.

Our June 1 episode promises to be a big one. It will mark our 50th regular episode AND our birthday! No Extra Words released its first episode on May 29, 2015.

To celebrate, our June 1 episode will feature the best of our archives, with stories chosen by you, the listeners, as well as new content and your feedback.

To do all  that I need your help. CLICK ON THE PICTURE to vote and send feedback. As always, we won’t spam you or collect your email address, and you can even be anonymous. Check below for the list of stories nominated, or select any story you like from our archives. And don’t forget to tune in June 1 for this very special celebration of the podcast, our listeners, and flash fiction.

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You don’t have to listen to all to vote, but the great thing about our show is its brevity. If you listen to every episode on this list it will take just about 2 hours…and what a delightful way to spend 2 hours.

“A Parable on the Challenge of Being an Unpublished Writer” by Tom Farr (Episode 4)

“On/Off” by Taylor Eaton (Episode 6)

“The Frog Prince” by Lucy Mitchell (Episode 7)

“Mama Said” by Brett Vickers (Episode 19)

“Chipped” by Tina Tocco (Episode 23)

“How My Parents Fell in Love” by Dallas Woodburn (Episode 28)

“The Thing That Lives Inside My Closet” by Brandon Madden (Episode 29)

“Grow Jesus” by Gabe Congdon (Episode 30)

“Our Kind of Town” by Adam Kluger (Episode 33)

“Live Action Regret” by Cynthia Romanowski (Episode 41)

Happy listening!

Kris

 

Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories

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I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to noextrawords@gmail.com or leave them on the listener feedback line at (425) 686-9495
  • Be sure to include your name and indicate how to pronounce it if it’s a tricky one.
  • Deadline: Friday, March 18

Happy baseball season,

Kris

Writing Prompt: Lenin and Symbols

Please note revised deadline.

In the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle stands a statue of Vladimir Lenin.  Read more about it here.

As mentioned in that article, this statue was rescued from Poland after the Iron Curtain came down and was relocated to Seattle.  Displaying it is controversial.

It may be a bad comparison to mention the Confederate flag here or any other kind of symbol, but in light of that ongoing discussion and of a story coming to you in Episode 8 of No Extra Words, Lenin is again on my mind, and here is my challenge to you.

Write a story about how this makes you feel.

Note the word “story.”  I am not looking for commentary, whether or not you like it, what your political opinion is of it.  Those things are important, but that is not your job here.

Tell me a story.  Give it a narrative arc.  Give it plot points.  Show me how you feel rather than telling me.

I will try to feature a few of these responses in Episode 8 alongside a fascinating story about just this issue.

Limit: 500 words (no minimum)

Deadline: August 13

Send to noextrawords@gmail.com, leave it on the Listener Feedback line (425) 686-9495, put in the comments or use the Facebook or Twitter links to your left.

Happy writing!

Kris

What does summer camp mean to you?

Episode 5 of No Extra Words, coming in July, is the summer camp episode, and I am challenging the listeners to contribute!

In 25 words or less, what does summer camp mean to you?  Simple as that.  Tell me in the comments, leave a message on our new listener feedback line at 425-686-9495, or hit me on Facebook and Twitter (links to your left.)  Don’t forget to include whatever name you wish to be called on the show, because as many of these as possible will be included.  Deadline: July 3.

Happy camping!

Kris

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