We invite you to look back at 2018 and write about it.
Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2018…in only 18 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 18-word memoir that most captivates us will win a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Here we present the winner and five finalists:
Eerie dissonance: The disco ball spins, but traffic is stopped. This is vacation, Mexico City, my first earthquake.
Sand dune sledding with teenage felons. Three hours of laughing like the children they barely got to be.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
My leg shakes, the chair squeaks. The only sound in the room as I ask what recovery means.
At the wedding, a tiny potato becomes stuck in my gullet.
Diana Keschner Henning
Cape Town, South Africa
Examining my newborn, I found a small hot air balloon shaped birthmark. Sweet. Uniquely hers. I kissed it.
Children flocked around us as word spread across the playground that I had a crocodile at school.
Walnut Creek, California
DNA test at 46. My father materializes. He never knew. I am newly Greek and no longer orphaned.
While critiquing my resume, she flipped the 8x10 towards me. Scribbled across my face: "B+ actor at best."