It occurred to me tonight that we're coming up close on the second birthday of LIT SOUP as a blog, which is April 24th. This time last year, I posted the rules for a sonnet contest, which I got a total kick out of--sonnets about soup, they were. =)
This year, I'm going to be slightly less evil, largely because my mother has convinced me that I should give people a break from poetry for a year. I had such wonderful ideas to make you all write sestinas or villanelles. Alas, another year, another blog birthday.
The contest for this year is as follows:
I will give you a list of random words that have caught my fancy over the past few months, and you will have to write the first paragraph of a novel, using the given words in that paragraph. Some brief exception will be made for dialogue, as technically each line is a separate paragraph. Just keep the dialogue brief.
On April 24, 2008, I will open a thread for the first paragraphs. You will have approximately 24 hours to comment on that thread with your first paragraph, and then I will close it to all entries. Then I and my minion judges will pick the top three paragraphs and award prizes.
The exact order of the prizes is yet to be determined, but I believe that I will be giving away free copies of books from my authors. I'll know which ones I have available, a wee bit closer to the contest date.
And now, the random words. [Clarification: You must use all five words in your paragraph!]
Remember, the first paragraph thread won't be open until April 24th. But here you all go, so you can get a head start on writing. =)
[ETA: Spelling of "kerfuffle" was corrected; thanks Kaz.]