The other night, a terrific friend from #PubWrite, Karen DeLabar and I were chatting about unusual town names in Pennsylvania. As writers, we view setting as a character. I decided that it would be fun to challenge my fellow writers to design a story around the name of a town. Genre is completely your choice. If the content is adult, please note that upfront. I am a fan of the SciFi show, Eureka, which features a group of brilliant quirky scientists and an out-of-the-box thinking town sheriff who reside in, you guessed it, the town of Eureka. It is a terrific use of setting as character with naming at the core of the concept.
So, just for fun, I created the Tuesday Town Award: The Setting is the Thing. The contest will begin next week.
Here’s how it will work, I think.
- On Friday May 27, I will give you the name of a real town without the state. You job is to write a 500 word story or synopsis of a story that takes place in this town and ties back to the name of the town.
- By 10 pm the Tuesday after the town name is posted, you should post a link to your blog site and your submission on this site.
- On your site, you should link back to this site, so that others may read all the submissions. Readers can vote here until Thursday at 7pm ET.
- The winner will be announced on Friday. The winner will get to display the Tuesday Town Award on their blog site and pick the name of the town for the following week.
This is the first time I am doing something like this, so it will be an evolving process.