2017 Birthday Challenge


We’re now wondering if Sandy Kozinn will three-peat this year, as she has won for the last two years. Her delightful “Tail of Baker Street” provided the back story to Laurie Fraser Manifold’s drawing. Brad Keefauver was our runner-up, and honorable mentions went to Elaine Coppola, Greg Darak, Terry Hunt, and Warren Randall.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the rules are simple. Each year we provide a topic in this special birthday edition of the Muse. The contest is only open to Muse subscribers. Of course, you may subscribe at the same time you enter. By entering the contest, you give the Muse permission to publish your work. No entries will be returned, and Muse editorial staff and their families are not eligible.

This year’s assignment:

In 2016 the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Choose a Canonical character who has had a similar run of failure and write a success story for that character. Your entry should not exceed 300 words.

The winning entry and runners-up as appropriate will appear in the Muse. In addition, the winner will receive a $30 gift certificate for the book store of his or her choice. Entries must be received by February 1, 2017 thus ensuring the winner a place in the March issue.

Send your entries to:

Susan Z. Diamond
Muse Contributions Editor
16W603 3rd Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106-2327

fax:  630-227-0227
e-mail:  szdiamond@comcast.net