Alas, no leprechauns this time…

One of the tasks I always enjoy here in the office of Writer’s Digest is the judging of the “Your Story” competition. It’s interesting to see all of the imaginative scenarios that writers come up with based upon the same story prompt, the most recent being: “Something bizarre occurs at the table next to a couple on their first date.”

In addition to reading all of the stories we started keeping a running tally of appearances of bizarre or mythical creatures and repeated pop culture references (we usually get a few leprechaun references, which were strangely absent from this batch).

Anyway, without further ado, out of 550 submissions here is today’s tally of the weird:

  • Ghosts: 17
  • Vampires: 2
  • Devils/Demons: 2
  • Aliens: 2
  • Chimpanzees drinking alcoholic beverages: 2
  • Cupids: 2
  • Reenactments of the deli scene in When Harry Met Sally: 2
  • Ventriloquist’s dummy (alive): 1
  • Cyclops: 1
  • Hologram: 1
  • Mysterious Thundercloud: 1

Click here to learn more about the Your Story Contest


About seescottwrite

I'm a writer and editor. I've worked for Writer's Digest, HOW and Popular Woodworking and have authored and co-authored several books including "The Monster Spotter's Guide to North America," "The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook," and "The Writer's Book of Matches."
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