Call for Submissions: Slinging Ink

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March 2, 2012 by WITS Editor

From our friends at DiverseWorks:

Slinging Ink is a war of words in which you are invited to submit your own writing about a given theme.

This round’s theme:
Babysitting for Fun and Profit

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2012.

The selected winner receives $100!

Stories and more – both true and imagined – from all the points of view of the babysitting experience: the parent, the babysitter, or the babysat.
Jockeying for an in-demand sitter on date-night, or coming home to a house in turmoil.  Making mad stacks as a pre-teen, raiding the fridge, or finding out what it takes to put the brats to bed. As a child: testing limits, exploring mischief while free of ordinary restraint, or falling in love.
As we know, babysitters may be adept or inept; they may be kind or cruel.
We’re looking not only for creative writing, but other short forms and documents, like letters, reports, memories, wish-lists, notes, manuals, proposals, complaints or recommendations.

Dig these out of your shoebox, or write them down for us.

To submit your brief submissions (between 1500 and 1800 words), first download the doc form or download this Google Doc form.

Please send COVER SHEET and RESPONSE TO THEME (in .DOC format) to by March 15.

A “blind” panel will select four writers in April and will invite them to read their work for an audience on May 8, 2012.

The audience will select a winner for the evening who will take away a $100 prize.

The review panel:  Hank Hancock, Kate Schmitt and Kyle Henricks.  More info about the panel here.

Send questions to Hank Hancock at


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