In Meg Rosoff’s novel, There is No Dog, God is a lazy teenage boy named Bob. Bob’s existence is pretty great, until he meets the lovely Lucy, who, ironically, has asked God to help her fall in love. Bob thinks he’s just the guy for the job–and before long, things get tricky.
For the There is No Dog contest, we asked you to write a story in 2000 words or fewer where the line between love and lust is blurred. The ten most hearted stories were sent to Meg Rosoff, who selected these three winners. She also had some nice things to say about these fabulous entries!
This sweet little story beautifully describes how relationships can go wrong without a lot of drama, just by a sort of neglect. Much of the drama comes from what isn’t said, which I like a lot. Good writing, excellent dialogue, nice story arc.
Congrats, Tori! You win a copy of There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff and a $25 gift card to Amazon!
Powerful and subtly written, this story travels between two relationships seamlessly (the protagonist and Duncan, and the protagonist and Jenna). It uses that satisfying technique of the reader knowing more than the main character – we can see them falling in love but he can’t….quite. A sophisticated ‘school drama’ without any of the usual clichés.
Sara, you win a copy of There is No Dog and a Figment tote!
This story offers chilling insight into the parallel between drug addiction and love addiction. Convincingly, boldly written.
Ami, you win a copy of There is No Dog!
Meg had some things to say about the finalists as well:
Agent by TECH1: This story had me in the first four words. Great use of language, great description of flirtation and sexual tension as a form of power. This is a writer the world will be hearing from in a few years.
A Used-Up Cigarette by Jhem Quintana: A much longer story, with a strong command of first person narrative and also great insight into the lies people allow themselves to believe. Again, the ending was a killer, straight to the heart, and elegantly tied in with the opening of the story.
The Rain is My Witness by P. Tedjo: I got chills when I read the last line, when the girl tells the taxi driver to take her…anywhere. A fantastic declaration of freedom after the claustrophobia of the relationship. This writer has a real sense of drama and how to structure a very short story.
Tell Me A Lie by Haylie Wood: I could actually feel the tension between Danielle and Darren in the ladies room, wonderfully described, and I totally wasn’t expecting the deal that Danielle strikes with Darren. This story was so close to being the winner – it might have had a bit more punch without the first 500 words (that’s what my agent always does to me – takes off the first chapter. And it’s amazing how often it works!)
The Side Effects of Blake Hutcherson by Mandee Dreamer: Another great story about the gap between what you want and what you end up doing. Very wise on the subject of human behaviour –and very chilling.
Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!