POV Writing Challenge


To write a story in which...

If you identify as a female, you must write your story from a
          male character’s perspective.

If you identify as a male, you must write your story from a
          female character’s perspective.

So your story will be from a first-person (I said) or a third-person (he or she thought) point of view.

HERE are the important parameters:
  • You may write a shorter story of 750 to 1,000 words, OR
    longer story of 2,000 to 3,000 wordsThe number of words will be strictly enforced, so use your word counter! 
  • You may include one to four characters in your story--in other words, four people central to the plot. If you mention, for instance, some water polo teammates who don't speak and aren't crucial to the story, that doesn't count.
  • You may write in whatever genre you like (realistic, sci fi, horror, mystery, etc.).
  • You must send in your story by October 28 at 5:00 p.m. Attach a document or paste your story into an email and send it to burbank.teens@gmail.com. Please include name, email address, grade/age, title of story, number of words, and genre on the front page of your story. If you don't have computer access, you may drop off a print-out of your story at any BPL Reference Desk by 5 p.m. on October 28.

PRIZES will be awarded for the top stories in each category (short and long).

Please note that your English teachers may be willing to give you extra credit for writing a story...but we hope you'll write one JUST FOR FUN!

Winning writers will be announced on Thursday, November 3 at the Central Library, at BOOK CAFÉ with JOHN COREY WHALEY, talking about his new book, Highly Illogical Behavior (which is told from two perspectives, one male, one female!).

Thanks to the Friends of the Burbank Public Library for funding this program.

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