Submit one fictional scene of 5-10 double-spaced
Your fictional scene must have a title.
Either a “short short story” or
a passage from a longer short story, a novella, or a novel. (Be careful of
writing a super-fast novel in 5-10 pages)
brief explanatory note setting up the context of the
scene is OK but not required.
beginning and conclusion with appropriate action or plot
between . . . .
Narrative and dialogue required.
You may submit an additional fiction scene if you
wish, but you are not expected to. No automatic credit for extra effort, but it
can't hurt and it might help.
As with the poetry submission, the fiction submission
must be accompanied by a Revision Account.
A “Revision Account” is required
with your fiction submission.
The Revision Account explains how the
scene developed and how it was revised, especially as a result of the poem’s presentation or draft exchange.
Expectations for Revision Accounts
2 - 3 double-spaced pages (equivalent)
1. Origins of
your fiction piece? How did you come up with the idea? Did the
work pre-exist our course, or did you write it only for the assignment?
2. Either in
workshop or draft exchange, what kind of responses and what did you learn?
3. Quote and
evaluate reactions. If
you did a draft exchange, identify your reviewers and how you found them.
4. What changes or revisions did you make?
What changes did you resist?
5. What is
the current status of your submission?
What strengths? What further development? Is it part of a
developments: Possible publication? Additions or research required? What would
you like to be able to accomplish for this manuscript that you can’t quite do
Most common problem with Revision
students don't write enough (mostly b/c they've never done anything like
required length is 2 - 3 pages.
Revision Accounts offer more material for the instructor to work with.
ways to extend your revision account:
a little, rest a little; return, revise, and write some more
Examples! Keep looking at different parts of your poem, especially the
parts that changed + how & why. But you can also defend not
changing parts, even when your reviewers pushed you.
+ Look at examples of assignment from
2008 Fiction Submissions with
Revision Accounts (Model Assignments)