Battles Tales: A Mostly True Story WRITING PROMPTS!


Hello all you wonderful PEI creative non-fiction gladiators. Are you ready to partake in the second ever Battle Tales short story contest? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Your creative non-fiction story must answer this question:

1. What was your most memorable trip? It could be as small as a trip to the grocery store or as large as a trip to the moon. It has to be true, but after that, it’s up to you.

Wait! Your story must also answer any TWO of the following questions:

2. Who did you meet on this trip? Wherever our journeys happen to take us, we always come across interesting characters, like-minded folk, or people we just can’t stand. People which shape and define our travels and make the story stand out in our memories.

3. How did this trip affect you? There’s always a feeling behind every story we share around the water cooler or campfire, a feeling brought on by the things we see, hear, or do. Things which mean something to us deep down.

4. Was there anything you wished you could have done on your trip, but didn’t? We all have things we’d love to do if rules or inhibitions didn’t apply, like racing shopping carts in the grocery store, or sneaking into a sarcophagus and pretending to be a pharaoh. Maybe you wanted to base jump off the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or fight a kangaroo in the Australian outback. We’d love it if you shared.

PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to directly answer these questions. Instead, use them as a guide for your story. Our judge (the super-cool Patti Larsen) will read your work and then decide whether or not your story provided what she needs to answer the questions herself.

If you, say, wrote about a trip you took to Moncton where you met a surly gas attendant who made you wish you’d driven away without paying—well that would be perfect, since it answers questions 1, 2, and 4.

For the record, we really do recommend paying for your gas.

For more information, check out the contest page. Good luck, everyone. We can’t wait to see what you’ll write.