Candles on your Thanksgiving turkey. A milkmaid statue that keeps getting aggressively regifted between your family members. An Easter egg hunt where you pretend to be dinosaurs (thanks, Ellen, now we know how weird you are).
We all have unique traditions with our friends and family. Now they can be put to use as inspiration for this contest!
In her memoir The Reading Promise, Alice Ozma describes how over the course of her childhood, her father read to her every night, without skipping a day. The tradition was only broken when Alice went to college.
Your challenge: In fewer than 1500 words, write about the day a longstanding tradition is broken. Super Bonus Points: We’ll also be randomly selecting a winner out of people who choose to write about a tradition involving a father and a daughter.
How to Enter:
1) Read the Contest Rules as stated on the bottom of this post
2) Create your broken traditions-y piece
3) Email your entry in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Follow Reading Promise Contest on Figment.
Entries must be received by Monday, June 20th, 2011 11:59pm EST. Moderators and editors will be selecting the top semi-finalists, followed by a round of voting (by you!) to determine a winner.
Our winner will receive a copy of The Reading Promise and some of Alice’s favorite books: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Adventures of Sherlock Homes; you’ll also be featured in our blog and newsletter. Good luck, figlitees!
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted according to the instructions above between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new book must be created for the contest; adapting an old work published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.