The 31 Sentence Contest: Round 6

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Welcome. You have stumbled upon a new adventure. One that will challenge you to grow; one that is filled with twists and turns; one that will have your piece swinging like the rhythm of a jazz ensemble that keeps readers and listeners engaged to the very end (or we crash into a wall and die; either way, we'll learn something together).

Over in China, the revered Shanghai Conservatory of Music can’t even believe the principles of jazz are real! That with enough courage and trust in yourself, you can hear a piece of music once, and ring dazzling changes on it forever and ever. They can’t duplicate our jazz. But everything else we make doesn’t worry them a bit.
....The road to wealth comes from understanding yourself. Doing what you do best, not what other people do best.
--John Taylor Gatto

Round 6

The Prizes

First Place: 13 SBI @steembasicincome + 300 sp delegation for one week!

Second Place: 8 SBI @steembasicincome

Third Place: 4 SBI @steembasicincome

Contest Rules

1. One Entry Per Person.

2. Inspired by the prompt and follows the random number order exactly with the correct amount of words in each sentence (explained below).

3. Prose or poetry, any form and genre of fiction is accepted.

4. It must be a story. Refer here for an explanation of what a story must contain in order for it to be considered a story.

5. Use the tag #31sentencecontest (this is how I keep track of your entries)

6. Contest closes at the end of this post's payout.

7. In your entry, link back to this contest somewhere in your post.

8. Post a link to your tale in the comments below.

9. English is the only language I speak and that limits me big time. However, just about any language can be plugged into google translate. If the translation comes out clean enough for me and others to be able to read it, it is a valid entry. If you prefer to have your story in the best English translation possible, consider collaborating with someone.

The Prompt (explained)

The PROMPT: this is what your story is tied to in some way and in some fashion of your choosing within the fiction realm. You don't have to use the wording of the prompt in the story but your story must somehow relate to the prompt. Easy enough - we hope.

The Sentences: # 1-31(explained)

This idea comes from John Taylor Gatto. In this interview - PDF, he speaks about the inner jazz of writing coming to life simply by applying this method. I've been curious to see this in action. So ...

The SENTENCES: This objective here will have you writing out exactly 31 sentences, found below the prompt in a randomized order. The number of words for each and every sentence corresponds with the sentence number you are on.

For example, if 1 is the number that is up, you may only use one word that will complete the sentence (I know - technically, one word isn't a sentence but deal with it 8-). If 31 is the number, you construct a sentence that is 31 words in length, no more no less. The same goes for all numbers. (Here you'll find excellent examples from the last contest should you need to see a fuller example.)

Except for number 1, all sentences must be a complete sentence. You may construct your paragraphs however you see fit.

I, @tristancarax, am the judge. This contest will mostly be judged by how I feel about your piece and my interest in your piece because my editing skills are so far below par that earthworms stand above me. As I improve, so will the judging. Additionally, comments on contestant's posts will be taken into consideration when choosing a winner.

And there you have it. I'm excited to see what your minds create and imagine through this exercise.

The Prompt:


Sentence order:

7, 4, 20, 18, 31, 15, 5, 30, 6, 8, 23, 29, 1, 9, 21, 11, 16, 25, 12, 22, 24, 19, 13, 14, 3, 2, 26, 10, 28, 27, 17

Previous Contestants

@agmoore, @blueeyes8960, @chireerocks, @deirdyweirdy, @free-reign, @gwilberiol, @justclickindiva, @letalis-laetitia, @odeis, @owasco, @wakeupkitty

Steemit sites I support and/or delegate to.


Other sites I support

Facebook - Moving the Streets
Iq Matrix
Facebook - Kemetic Aha and Sema Association

Been missing creative writing contests here ... will see what I can do.

Nice to have you aboard. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Oh my goodness this contest is amazing. I hope you do join us! Do not underestimate the task though!

haha! True that!

First Blood!


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Fun contest! I was about to begin and popped the tag into the relevant field and got this message. Are you composing in something besides Steemit? I just popped this tag into the tag field, and now that I think about it, I've never started a tag with a number. I don't know where this rule exists, must just be the Steemit UI, since you've obviously pulled it off.

Just put a hashtag before the 31.

I would try it this way, @lovejoy. I use steempeak and have never gotten the message that you have.

Click on the hashtag underneath a post that uses it. Works no matter what you use on Steem.

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@tristancarax, Kindly find my below piece for your reference brother.

Keep up the good work and good wishes from my side.

Have a wonderful time ahead and stay blessed.

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You keep coming back for more. So cool.

Thanks, mate. You too.

Welcome and thank you so much brother.

Awesome. Can't wait to read it.

I must have missed this one 🤔

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No worries. There is still time.

FYI - Every Tuesday is the planned release for new rounds.

@tristancarax I will note that, thanks.❤️

My entry hopefully still in time.

A matter of justice

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Get down to the wire but you are far from behind.