Check out her blog for the full criteria. I'll just say here that I incorporated all the prompts in the following 200-word story:
- two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair (okay, he's completely wet, but that includes his hair)
- a pitch/logline for a book based on the prompts (less than 100 words)
- write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts
- write a poem/flash fiction piece (in less than 200 words) about the water pear *without* using the words “pear”, “spoon”, or “droplet”.
Let me know what you think:
The Story: Under the crumbling concrete bridge
"Your leg is bleeding," he said.
"You're soaked," she retorted.
He pushed wet hair out of his eyes and slumped against the rusted bridge support beside his sister. "The only reason you could pull me out is because you're three years older. Just sayin'."
"Why did you come here, under this old bridge? Mom would kill you if she knew."
He pulled a tattered slip of paper from his jeans. She recognized the verse:
A kitchen tool
To feed the world.
Rain to fruit—
World hunger, cured.
"When we find the coins, we'll be able to help the scavenger kids in Calcutta," he said.
"That guy's a phony. That pear made of raindrops? CGI."
"Yeah?" He brushed flakes of rust off the bridge support."Then what's this?" Stamped into the metal was the same pattern on the paper: a star-burst of intersecting golden arcs.
A squeal brought her eyes up to a child in a red coat chasing a ball along the new bridge across the bay.
But his eyes were caught by something shining in the water. He fished out a large gold coin, embossed with the same starburst.
"Still think he's a phony?" he asked.
The pitch:Teenagers change the world every day—so 13-year-old Liam wants to believe. His big sister, Nathalie, tells him he's too young.
Children of diplomats, Liam and Nathalie have seen the world’s poorest people. They want to help, but their Mom says, "You can change the world after you graduate from university."
Liam meets a mysterious scientist with a technology that can feed the world—at no cost. He vanishes, leaving a trail of increasingly dangerous clues.
Liam is determined to find the mysterious man and unlock the secret to solving poverty, but can Nathalie keep him from getting killed?