Editor's Note: We are a nation of sports fanatics. Ever wonder why? Could it be because we have an innate love of stories? All of our games have unique settings, a cast of characters, plus tension and conflict that neatly end in a clear resolution. Consider the following:
Football - A thriller novel: A large cast of violent characters trying to dominate an opposing group, set in a larger than life setting. The hero (our quarterback) leads his team to victory in a struggle with a talented evil villain (their quarterback) as the clock ticks against a deadline.
Baseball - A literary novel: The characters are almost as important as the game. The setting is well defined but can be a large setting or a small one. the timing is leisurely, with a few points of intense action and emotion, but the plot goes on. Finally, in the end, there is a resolution, more or less, although it may be anti-climatic. But the itself game was more important than the results.
Basketball - A short story: A tightly confined setting, a small cast of characters, a short time frame, an intense conflict filled with sharp give and take, ending in a speedy resolution
Track & Field - Flash fiction. Not enough time to define the characters, but the setting is obvious and the action is fast and furious. The resolution defines the end the story.
Lawn Bowling - a cozy mystery? And soccer?- (insert your answer here)
It would be fun to go on and on like this, sitting around a table matching our sports to their
literary counterparts, but the underlying point remains - We love our games because they have all the elements of a great story: Setting, characters, tension, conflict (another name for plot), and resolution. Even after the game is over, we continue to recount the stories, both talking about them and writing about them - who did what, against whom, how tense it was, and how it was finally resolved. When the tension remains high to the end, with resolution coming just before time runs out, the more we love it, and talk and write about it later.
Maybe that is how our stories began, before we had the ability to imagine our own stories, then to write them down, so we could enjoy them over and over.
All of which makes us proud to present our own all-star line up for our Sept./Oct. issue of BWG Writers Round table.
In this issue: We are happy to present the work of Rich Mantle, the third place winner of the 2015 SHORT STORY AWARD competition, as our featured author, backed by wonderful poets and authors by Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios, Patricia Perry Donovan, Marina Favila, and Debra H. Goldstein as our &More contributors. As usual we round out our line up with a wonderful Diane Sismour interview with romance author Jennifer Apodaca, and the always fun Betty’s Tips.
Top Ten . . .
Reasons to Write a Top Ten List
Members of BWG
1. To get a job with David Letterman. Ooops--too late!
2. To show Mrs. Nischwitz, your kindergarten teacher, that you can count to ten.
3. Because it's a lot easier than writing a Top 100 List.
4. Because you could make a Top Pi list, but that would be irrational.
5. To feel you've accomplished something while on hold with tech support. (But since your call is very important to them, you might end up with a Top Fifty.)
6. Because no one has ever been able to write a Top 9.783 List.
7. To pass some of your wisdom on to your children and grandchildren.
8. Because it's a great way to procrastinate going to the gym, cleaning your house, or writing your novel.
9. Because it's way more uplifting than writing a Bottom Ten List.
10. Because you're a Featured Author with Bethlehem Writers Roundtable!
We will accept children's stories (preschool-middle school ages) of 2000 words or fewer to compete for cash awards and publication.
See Short Story Award tab above for more information.