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Plotto: The Master Contest of All Plots – Student Edition – Week 4 – FINAL WEEK!

Calling all undergrad and graduate writers (no matter your major) —we want you!


Mini-Plottos, 500 words or fewer, must be submitted by the following Monday at 5:00pm PST. Send to: theopenbar@tinhouse.com. Please include a brief author bio (including where you go to school) with your entry (which should be pasted into the body of the email). Use the prompt below to write your own original story.

In William Wallace Cook’s classic how to manual Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots, {A}= a male protagonist. {B}= a female protagonist, but for our purposes, feel free to write from the point of view of any gender.

The Week’s Prompt: {B}, compelled by her father to take a step which she believes will be fatal to her happiness, escapes the catastrophe by a stratagem


Winners will be announced each Wednesday and will receive a hardcover copy of Plotto, online publication on the Tin House Blog, and be entered in the Final Master Plot Challenge.


*Tin House is now accepting flash fiction (under 1,000 words) for FLASH FRIDAYS. Please send to theopenbar@tinhouse.com with FLASH FRIDAY as your subject line.

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