Title Writing Prompt Challenge Round 3 Voting — “Of Broken Things”

Assuming everyone has read the three stories titled Of Broken Things, this is where you get to vote for your favorite. If you’ve not read the stories, links are provided below.

For them not familiar with the challenge, you can read about it HERE and HERE. For them interested, the Round 3 Title voting results are found HERE.

As a quick summary, we solicited titles, readers voted for their favorite title, and we each wrote a story using the winning title. The winning title for Round 3 was Of Broken Things.

As a reminder, the writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).

If you’ve already read the stories and are ready to vote, cast your vote on the poll below. I added a quick story reminder next to the names to facilitate voting and avoid voting for the wrong author.

The stories can be found at the following links (including a blurb from each writer):

E. J. D’Alise submission<<link
Feeling as if things are falling apart? Well, you’re not imagining things. Still, it comes down to attitude and perseverance . . . and maybe a River.

R. G. Broxson submission<<link
At first, this tale might seem like a simple parable, a story designed to make you consider the human condition. But as you peel this onion, you will find that it parallels a much more familiar trilogy tale. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to dive a little deeper and pick up on as many similarities between this father, son, and hermit crab story and the lessons you were taught in Sunday school. Good luck!

Perry Broxson submission<<link
Undoubtedly, Gill Beazley is a colossal jerk. Any man that would fake dementia to cheat on his wife deserves a harsh comeuppance. But does he deserve to be brutally murdered? And who gets their hands bloody? His wife? His lover? His lovers? Then, there are the babies. How will they be used to kill Gill? Crime is no longer the exclusive domain of the young. Seniors, insane or sinister, can be quite entertaining. This one is a ripping good murder story. Enjoy.

For this round, the voting will close in three weeks (and two days). I’m ending it on a weekend to give procrastinators a better chance of participating. That’s Noon on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Votes are nice, but the writers also appreciate reader comments (often, more so than votes . . . but, you know, they also like votes).

A new set of titles will be offered shortly. This time, we’ll just have random titles as opposed to getting suggestions from readers. The change was made because it appeared that many people just voted for their own submission (something I should have foreseen).

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