On several occasions, Anthony Burgess chose random words from a reference book and used them to guide the plots of his novels. It apparently helped Burgess to craft stories with surprising structures. Mash Stories is born from this idea. Let’s see how you like it.
So, what’s the competition about?
Simple. Every three months, three random objects are selected from a randomly gathered list. Writers are invited to make a short, sensible, and convincing story out of them.
Subscribe to the Mash Club for added benefits. Our team of professional writers and editors provide detailed feedback for all Mash Club stories, often longer than the story itself!
Flooded with ideas? With a Mash Club membership, you can submit up to three stories to each competition instead of just one.
Click here for all the details and to sign up. If not, we welcome your free submission.
Mash Club membership does not increase your chances of being shortlisted or winning the competition.
$100 for the winning story and a free quarter of Mash Club membership. The shortlisted stories will be published on Mashstories.com.
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Words for the current competition
Please read your story one more time to make sure that you use the words exactly as they are; no variations are accepted. Everything should remain the same, including plurals or tense suffixes.
Here are your words:
CHICKEN - BATHROBE - POTATO