South Bay Writers traditionally hosts a literary Halloween costume contest at its October meeting. We will give prizes for the scariest, the funniest, and the most original costume.
This year, we will add a storytelling contest to the festivities on October 10, with a prize to the top story and bragging rights.
The idea for the telling of weird tales originated with CWC East Sierra; they have such a contest in conjunction with their “Howl at the Moon” weekend, which oc- curred this year the weekend of September 23 – 24. Can you imagine how much fun that would be—in the Mojave Desert? It’s too far to commute, but we have our share of strange occurrences here in Silicon Valley, and we’ll tell about them on October 10 after the costume contest.
Tell the stranger side of Santa Clara Valley: mad computer scientists; Silicon Valley’s dark side; ap- paritions that control the ether; haunted computer screens; rogue robotics; CEOs who attend interna- tional meetings while wearing rollerblades; or some- thing eerie, like the ghost of the man who jumped out of the second story window in my house right here in Santa Clara. Or something gentler, but still strange.
After all, we have the Winchester Mystery House and the Almaden Quicksilver Mine, and the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is nearby. Prize to be awarded along with bragging rights.
- Story original and written by you.
- Story in good taste (not rated R or X).
- Story runs 5 – 6 minutes. (You will be timed.)
- Story relates to stranger side of Santa Clara Valley.
Truth is optional—but then, truth is stranger than fiction. Who is the best story- teller in the South Bay?
If you are a member of South Bay Writers and you wish to tell a story on October 10, sign up ASAP by sending an email to email@example.com with your story’s title. Deadline for signing up: October 3. The ten members of SBW chosen to tell their stories will be notified by October 5.
We know that the story as told may differ from the written word. However, if you would like your story to appear in November WritersTalk, please attach your story as a Word doc and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE: Monday, October 10, 2016
COST: $15 members / $20 non-members (includes $10 for dinner)
LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose