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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flash Fiction Contest


Title this painting and write a story about this painting and win the watercolor on the right.
This contest closes Monday July 11th, 2011

1,000 words or less - read more about it all HERE

This competition is from:
Artist & Professor, Kenney Mencher's Blog


I wanted to pass on a fun way to be creative while at the same time gaining some focus and inspiration for a Flash Fiction story!

The competition is called Renovated Reputations and will culminate in a show at Ohlone College in Fremont, California at the Louie Meager Art Gallery in February 2012.
"Stories will be published in a vintage style newspaper catalog and the gallery will be converted into a 1930 or 40's cabaret set and students will be acting the stories out as monologues at some of the events at the college in the art gallery."

You see the artworks & write - I personally researched what I found in the backgrounds of the oil paintings for the previous competitions I entered.
This one's background features a policy from "THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES" in it.
The company was started in Manhattan in 1859 by Henry Baldwin Hyde.

Research will show that characters such as:
Theodore Roosevelt
George Westinghouse
Former President Grover Cleveland
New York Appeals Court Judge Morgan O'Brien
J. P. Morgan
Industrialist Coleman DuPont
... and more ...
were involved/associated with this entity during its continuing history.

With names like that ...
... one can go the legal white-collared organized crime avenue or legal pyramid schemes (insurance companies) for a story, an heir (or heirs) of a policy, sales people, etc. The sky's the limit.

One thing to keep in mind:
-Professor Mencher awards the drawing/watercolor to the author of the story he feels best fits the artwork as well as the theme for his Renovated Reputations show. So, a famous name and reputation may not insure you a win.
Like anyone who shops - the taste of the buyer dictates the purchase.
This type of competition can inspire you to write, give you a character(or character's) to focus on develop, and help you to hone your work into a 1,000 word artistic literary composition.


I have the following art pieces on my living room wall in Norway:

The Baker (My name for it)

Betty Wont

Jairo

Lighthouse (Lindesnes, Norway)

Have Fun!

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