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August 13, 2011 / Cheri

Special Announcement! Bar Rag 26

Come one come all (and that’s the way we like it) for the First Annual Cocktail Hour Writing Challenge. Are you over 18 years in age (mentality of a 5th grader is okay), have a knack for spinning a good tale? Want to talk about good tail? All you need to do is write a short story with a word count of no less than 10,000 and no more than 30,000. The catch is, and there is always a catch, you must use the phrases “Cocktail Hour” and “bearded clam” in the story. How much easier could it be? There will be a nominal prize as the owners of this here show have limited budgets. As usual, Cocktail Hour has the final say of any content posted on our show. Oh, and don’t forget to have your story looked at by a friend or two before submitting your work of art. All entries should be submitted in a Word or Pages document no later than midnight central standard time, October 15, 2011. Email entries to So, what are you waiting for? Sharpen the pencil or open your word processing system and get busy! Your adoring public awaits!


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  1. Liz McMullen / Aug 13 2011 1:52 pm

    Ooooooh. I like this challenge. I will definitely cook some things up. What do you mean about owning the content posted on your show? Does that mean that I would no longer retain copyright on my story? Enquiring minds want to know.

  2. Andy D / Aug 13 2011 3:40 pm

    No, as author you retain ownership of the story. We have the right to post the content and use it on the show. Hope that helps.

  3. Not Frank Yankovic / Aug 14 2011 6:24 pm

    Does the use of “bearded clam” have to be in reference to what is usually meant, or can it be used in some other way?

    • Rev / Aug 14 2011 6:44 pm

      It can be used in any way, as long as the words bearded clam appear as a phrase in the story.

      Same with Cocktail Hour.

      Good luck!

  4. Andy D / Aug 14 2011 9:11 pm

    Hello, Not Frank Yankovic. I’m going to let Rev handle this question since she’s the bearded clam queen. 🙂

  5. Ursula Kincaid / Oct 15 2011 10:35 pm

    I think I got my entry in just in time. I hope so, anyway. Good luck to everyone who entered a story! 🙂

    • Rev / Oct 15 2011 11:00 pm

      You’ve got time to spare! Best of luck!

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