The Inspiration: This annual contest celebrates longtime Gotham student and writer Norma Crosier who died a few days short of her 91st birthday.
The Challenge: Tell a story of your life in 91 words or less.
The Prize: The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing. (Not applicable to premium classes.)
To give you a good example of a 91 word memoir, here is last year’s winner:
Cops, cashiers and railroad men: my people sprang from the Bronx. My parents used college like a pole vault, soft-landing in the burbs.
At 23, having horrified my family by salmoning back to that borough, I hung on the roof of a tenement building with Hector and Luis. I wanted a sharper life with guys like them, who dealt Mexican weed and stripped junkers on the Mosholu Parkway service road. They were like brothers until one caught the other with his woman. Out came the knife.
Too sharp. I moved.
Jim O’Grady (Brooklyn, NY)
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The Details: Submit an original, unpublished 91-word memoir, with a title, on any subject.
Entries must be submitted online by February 3, 2014. Only online entries will be accepted. Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
Entry must consist of a title and up to 91 words. Longer entries will be disregarded. The title is not included in the 91 word limit.
Entry must be original and unpublished.
Entries will be judged on writing originality, spelling, and grammar.
Gotham will post the winning entry at WritingClasses.com.
The winner will be notified by March 3, 2014.