EARTH & GARDENS: THE LONG & THE SHORT OF IT

Rhubarb Fiction contest and 50/50 draw

DEADLINE: December 15, 2014

Details: www.rhubarbmag.com

Ernest Hemingway once boasted in a bar, so the story goes, that he could write a novel with a beginning, middle, and end in six words. Challenged, and with $10 put-up as a bet, Hemingway responded. “For sale.  Baby shoes. Never worn.”  How about you? Could you write a novel or a story in six words with a beginning middle or end? How about 6,000?

This Rhubarb contest pits flash fiction against the long short story, accepting entries with a minimum of 6 words and a maximum of 6,000, with one condition, it must feature a noun and a verb from the quotations below. Unpublished stories only please. Enter as often as you like. One entry $30, two $50, and includes a one or two year subscription to Rhubarb.

In a rare move Rhubarb is offering a tantalizing 50/50 draw. Five dollars of the $30.00 entry fee will be used for two 50/50 tickets and every $50.00 entry fee will get you 5 single tickets for the draw. Entries from all three contests will be pooled at the end of with a draw December 15. One ticket will be chosen and receive 50% of the moneys collected with the other 50% going to the charitable work of the Mennonite Literary Society. Now for the quotes;

Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19)

Do you like this Garden which is yours?

We evict those who destroy!” (the Consul’s mistranslation of a Mexican sign  in Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry)

Hold your horses.

It was a nice trip

to heaven. Let us
now visit the

earth.

The scarred earth

Is our only

home.

Mother, where are you?”

from “The Poet’s Mother”
Field Notes, Robert Kroetsch