Made to Order Stories

The contest prize is a made-to-order story of 5000 to 7000 words (often more), written for and dedicated to the winner.

Made-to-order stories work like this.

  1. The winner gives me the general description two characters (one of which should be the hero or heroine and the other a minor character) and an object. (Description can include status, rank, job, personality, or appearance )
  2. The winner gives me a trope, a common story line or theme selected from this list:
Tropes
You may use the free space, but I don’t accept violence or erotica

3. The winner specifies an object of some sort that must appear in the story.

Here’s what happens next:

I write the story any way I like, one that includes the winner’s three choices and my interpretation of the trope.

I send the winner an electronic copy before it appears as a gift to my newsletter subscribers

I retain copyright and give it to subscribers. I may use the story later either as it is or amended. If I later create a print version, the winner will get a signed copy.

Delivery speed will depend on how long it takes me to write the story and deliver it to the winner, but I’ll keep the winner informed.

2020 Holiday Story Contest

To enter this contest, send me something: a picture, a painting, a diagram, a map, a book title, link to a historical book, a bit of trivia or fun fact. Every one sent in email or in the comments section of the contest post on Caroline’s Fellow Travelers on Facebook is an entry.

Contest details: