Incorporating sensory experiences into our writing can have a powerful effect on the story. When the reader can see, hear, feel, smell, and even taste what the character is experiencing, it enriches the story.
Summer is nearly here and HRW’s Characters Corner is seeking beach-themed submissions. So go to the beach! Go when it’s sunny, cloudy, pre-storm, day or night. Take it all in. Take notes if you need to. Then take us with you.
Write a beach-themed story in 750 words or less, unlocking as many senses as possible.
Tip: Don’t just tell us that you “feel the sand between your toes.” Show us that “cool, coarse sand meets your feet as you bury them beneath the hot, surface layer.” Also, be sure there’s a story, and not just an elaborate description of the beach.
Review our Submission Guidelines here, then send your story in a .doc/docx file, attached to an email (see submissions guidelines). Submissions must be received by 11:59PM on Friday, June 29.
We look forward to going to the beach with you!