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Winner of the November 2018 Writing Contest!

Winner of the November 2018 Writing Contest!

This contest is now closed to submissions!

The prompt for this contest has been...

Write the worst possible opening paragraphs to a book about an old lady and her dog.

And the first-place winner is...

Natalie Walker with "Untitled"

Natalie’s entry was both original and hilarious; we wish we could read the rest of the book.

Great job, Natalie!

Read the winning entry below.



By Natalie Walker

Franseen and Roofuss were a prickly pair. When Roofuss died she kept his hair. The lack of grief put her mind in a fog. So to cope she got a dog.

The dog was named Doofuss and he was a mutt. He had floppy ears and a hole in his butt. Other dogs would laugh and make him feel fat. So to cope he killed a cat.

The cat was named Spittens and she was a stray. “If I meet a dog, I’ll make him pay.” Under the bridge her feet didn’t land. So to cope she made her last stand.

Doofuss went home to his bed with Franseen. It was a twin box spring if you know what I mean. “Come,” Franseen said, a little perplexed. You’ll never guess what happened next.

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