Books on writing come in two major forms. The first is the helping individuals get into the “writing zone”. Tips, tools and stories on how to turn off the inner editor and give oneself permission to write without judgment. Writing is a scary task in that every action is a form of commitment. You commit words to paper, ether and others can see it. Others will judge it and the truth others will tear you down. Most will. The art critic Rene Ricard said ‘You can never explain to someone who uses God’s gift to enslave that you use God’s gift to be free.” Those who criticize without the experience of creation have different aims. The first group of books provide exercises to move beyond those voices, even if one of them is your own.
The 5th Edition of the International Prize for Micro-Stories is organized by the César Egido Serrano Foundation. Writers from anywhere in the world may participate. Accepts originals in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. An overall first prize of $20,000 is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest. Three prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest. The stories cannot exceed 100 words. The César Egido Serrano Foundation reserves the right to publish the finalist stories.