Bonus Rodeo: Old Time Radio Winners

Bonus Rodeo: Old Time Radio Winners

When I was a kid, riding in the rodeo and saddle horse show, our county had a unique event — wild cow milking. If you asked a cowboy if he’d rather ride a bull or milk a wild cow, he’d pick the bull any day. Thinking about these contests of skill, I...
Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury Winners

Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury Winners

By D. Avery Sometimes fear, respect, and awe are the braids of one rope. Sometimes that one rope is all a buckaroo has to hang onto. Your flash should never let go of that rope. That was my lead-in to the prompt for the final rodeo contest, the Sound and Fury. I...
Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales Winners

Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales Winners

By Norah Colvin Fairy Tales — Fractured in 99 Words Once upon a time on a virtual ranch, Was a whole bunch of writers wanting a chance To fracture a tale in no more and no less Than 99 words to show who was the best. The judges were ready, no red pen in sight And sent...
Rodeo #2: Memoir Winners

Rodeo #2: Memoir Winners

By Irene Waters She Did It was the prompt for the memoir ride in the Rodeo. The four judges were given a judging sheet: was it a complete story, grammar, and spelling, structure, use of language, adherence to memoir rules (not accusing, showing the bad- not telling,...
The TUFFest Ride: Winners

The TUFFest Ride: Winners

After one of the most challenging rounds of judging 118 entries from 36 writers over five 24-hour free-writes with five different prompts, three judges selected five writers to take the TUFFest Ride. TUFF stands for The Ultimate Flash Fiction. As a literary form, it...
Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury

Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury

A Flash Fiction contest by D. Avery Co Judges: Bonnie Sheila and the Amazing Educator THE CONTEST Sometimes fear, respect, and awe are the braids of one rope. Sometimes that one rope is all a buckaroo has to hang onto. Your flash should never let go of that rope....
The TUFFest Ride Finals

The TUFFest Ride Finals

From 118 entries, five writers were selected to take the TUFFest Ride. A few brave challengers have also followed the paces, taking the ride each week. The point of TUFF is to experience the shifts that occur in our writing when we revise. The process forces us to...
Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

A Flash Fiction contest by Norah Colvin Co Judges: Anne Goodwin and Robbie Cheadle Do you love fairy tales? Chances are, unless you are a parent or grandparent of young children or an early childhood educator as I am, you may not have encountered a fairy tale for a...
The TUFFest Ride Fourth Challenge

The TUFFest Ride Fourth Challenge

By now, I hope writers have experienced the value of exploring options and discovering nuggets within the reductive revision of a single story. Revision is pure writing, but we don’t always know what we are looking to revise. When we reduce the word count, we...
Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist

Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist

By Sherri Matthews In July, I had the good fortune to spend a week’s holiday with my husband on the Italian Amalfi Coast. I say good fortune, because hubby won it, thanks to a random prize draw. We couldn’t believe it. Who wins those things anyway? Surely it’s a scam?...
The TUFFest Ride Third Challenge

The TUFFest Ride Third Challenge

TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction) could be thought of as a tool. I think of it as a revision process, one that teaches writers through experiencing each task. The TUFFest Ride is a contest by which the Fab Flash Five — Ritu Bhathal, Bill Engleson, Kay Kingsley,...
Rodeo #2: Memoir

Rodeo #2: Memoir

By Irene Waters, Rodeo Leader Memoir is a passion, so I’m thrilled to once again host the memoir section of the Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest. Hoping you’ll tighten your saddles and put on your spurs and join in. [READ MORE…] Last year we had Scars – this year?...