Hourglass by Myra McEntire: Time Travel Writing Contest

As we march into June, we continue our new book of the month feature on Hourglass by Myra McEntire — described as a “time slip” novel. What exactly is “time slip”? The long answer is a bit complicated, but the short & sweet version means time travel.

Now, this isn’t time travel with H.G. Wells-inspired machines or gadgetry — but rather time travel through the possession of special gifts. It’s not something everyone can do.

So in honor of Hourglass, we’re offering you a new creative writing contest — with a chance to win a copy of the book for your very own! Intrigued? Keep reading for details …

The Contest:

Put on your creative writing hat, and write a short story (or the beginning of a short story) in which the main character travels through time. Any kind of time travel is okay — and you can go into the past or into the future. It’s up to you! (We’ll have a “time travel primer” next week, too, if you need some ideas.)

But tell us why your character has traveled in time, what they are there for (to explore; to accomplish a mission; by accident?), what circumstances lead them to time travel, and what they’re going to do next.

Be creative in plotting your time travel story!

Use the Novel Novice Hourglass Time Travel Creative Writing Contest Entry Form to submit your stories!

The Prizes:

One (1) winner will receive a finished copy of Hourglass and an Hourglass poster.

One (1) runner-up will receive an Hourglass poster.

The Rules:

  • U.S. Only
  • One entry per person
  • 250-500 words per entry
  • Use proper grammar & spelling
  • Use the entry form

The Deadline:

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Thursday, June 30th.

Questions? Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply!


6 thoughts on “Hourglass by Myra McEntire: Time Travel Writing Contest

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  1. 500 words is awfully short! The description calls for a short story “or the beginning of a short story.” If my story runs over 500 (I’m estimating up to 1500 or so), does this mean I should send the beginning as is? May I send an excerpt? Should I send just 500 words of the story or the entire piece with my 500 word excerpt indicated?

    1. We’ll post the winning entries here, but you can feel free to submit it for publication elsewhere after the contest!

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