We invite you to look back at 2017 and write about it.
Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2017…in only 17 words.
We want a personal story from your life, which can be hilarious, heartbreaking, puzzling, uplifting, or just plain strange. Look for something intriguing, perhaps something with emotional or intellectual resonance. It’s fine if you want to include current events from the year, as long as it’s mostly about you, or how you feel about it.
Whoever writes the 17-word memoir that most captivates us will win a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
As inspiration, here are some of our best entries from last year’s version, which only allowed 16 words:
I saved the best afternoons to walk up Clove Road to chalk haiku on the guardrails.
Kingston, New York
A bell tolled as the ghostly monk materialized from the island mists. My poem became reality.
Bangor, United Kingdom
The heat was contemptuous, society sober, but the cowboys courtly. And so in Texas I stayed.
Deadline: Monday February 19, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.