By Sam Martin
We’re going to take a break from contests for an issue or two, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that your story submissions were PHENOMENAL. We want more! So here’s a writing exercise to showcase more of the prefecture’s talent…
So for those that haven’t heard yet, April is Autism Acceptance month**. Since we as JETs tend to work around people, in the classroom and outside of it, it’s always good to lend our support and learn more about people who live with a different perspective on life. We can be better educators, communicators, and overall people if we’re constantly trying to be more informed about the way others live their lives. **Many people are making the switch to “Acceptance” instead of “Awareness”, because it is not enough to just be aware of people. We should accept people as they are: with all of the flaws, quirks, insight, and gifts they happen to come with.
Therefore, in a slight reference to one of the more well-known and possibly problematic symbols of autism awareness (the puzzle piece)*** but an even bigger reference to a more accurate and increasingly popular logo for autism acceptance (the neurodiversity symbol) I’d like to give out another story exercise! In comic form because visual aids are great!
So here are the rules:
- Any genre is ok!
- Each story half is MAX 250 words, MIN 100 words
- TOTAL STORY MAX 500 words
- Submit your story beginning with your name by Sunday 10th April, but tell us if you want it ANONYMOUS when we publish the finished products in the following issue.
- After being matched up, submit the full story by Wednesday 20th April.
- Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
- MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS are okay! But this means you will have the same number of story endings to write afterwards!
- DON’T CHEAT, e.g. ask people if they wrote the story beginning you are put with 😉
- ENJOY! I know the prefecture enjoyed getting to read your story submissions last time!
Once again, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR STORY BEGINNING BY Sunday 10th April! Also, don’t forget, if you want feedback given for your story submissions to the last contest, please email me and ask– I’ll get the comments to you ASAP!