Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Refrigerator On The Premises

I don't remember exactly when or how I stumbled upon the On The Premises website, but it didn't take me long to become a fan. They run short story contests and post writing tips and resources, and what's especially awesome is that they (1) never charge entry fees and (2) clearly care about helping writers improve. One example: make it into the final round of judging in one of their main contests, and if you want they'll send a full critique of your work for free.

In between their main short story contests, OTP hosts mini ones. Last month's mini contest was to write a 20-40 word flash fiction piece that included the word refrigerator exactly once. I was in the midst of NaNoWriMo at the time (which I guess I should post about next, huh?) but decided that a little fridge story could be a fun, quick writing diversion. Plus maybe I would finally learn how to spell refridgerator refrigerator correctly on the first go. Of course, I overwrote as usual and my first draft was a few hundred words, so it was a bit more of a beast than expected getting it down to a mere 40 without losing the story entirely. But I eventually pared it down enough to submit, and I was awarded an honorable mention. Woohoo! You can see all of the victorious refrigerators here.

Annnnd OTP is running one of their main short story contests right now! It's for a 1000-5000 word story of almost any genre in which a character attempts to learn something. Top prize is $220. Check it out here!


  1. Loved that, Jillian! And that's one of those words where I struggle with the spelling, too. :)

    1. Thank you!! And yeah, we call it a fridge for short, so I always want that 'd' in the full word, too. So tricky :-).