Listener Challenge: Significant Objects
Rob Walker doesn't see junk. He sees “objects waiting to be made significant.” Dozens of great writers contributed fictional backstories for weird and mundane objects gathered by Walker and Joshua Glenn. They’re featured in the new book Significant Objects: read some examples here.
Now it’s your turn.
Walker and Kurt Andersen visited Vintage Thrift in Manhattan to find these three prime examples of junk. Your task is to make one piece of junk (or more) significant. Walker will judge the entries, with one winner for each object. The prize, of course, is the piece of junk itself.
Because you totally need that wooden ... thing ... whatever it is.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Choose an object — click on an image above.
- Write a backstory for the object: it can be in any form you choose — short story, encyclopedia entry, poem, comic, etc. (Here are some ideas to get you started.)
- Keep it short: we suggest around 500 words. (Entries exceeding 1,000 words will not be considered.)
- Feel free to write stories for all three objects — but only one story per object will be considered (the first submitted).
- The deadline to be considered for our contest is 11:59 ET April 8, 2012.
Video: In Search of Significant Objects