High School Writing Contest

you wrote a story, it won a contest.

you had a plan that worked.

you’d take a mother,

sprinkle her with cancer,

and have her die in front of

her daughter.


I asked you what the point was.

why write it? what was the inspiration?

you said you figured the saddest story

would win the contest.

you were right,

and it shouldn’t have

made me so angry.


but, she suffered for no reason.

for your stupid fucking win.

while you sat there like a coward,

your paper and your pen.

you murdered a sick mother,

probably did it with a grin.

orphaned her poor baby,

i’ll win

i’ll win

i’ll win.

i know it’s all made up,

but they live inside the lines.

an uninspired story,

your fucking Frankenstein.


so take that woman’s cancer,

walk the orphan’s shoes.

write with true perspective,

write with purpose too.


write it through your stomach,

fever sweats of ink.

have your readers live it,

regret a single blink.


write with true perspective

write with true perspective

fuck a writing contest

“High School Writing Contest”

©Steven Cuenca




10 thoughts on “High School Writing Contest

  1. hmmmm…am writing fiction right now…just picked up writing a novel i started several years ago. Is it “true perspective?” Yes. Even though it’s fiction. Because, there’s no such thing as fiction. See? All of it comes from my understanding and I knead it into a story that never happened, but did. To someone. Maybe someone I know or have just heard about and I need to write it down…to get it out.

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    1. I’d go as far as to say everything we’ll ever write is fiction. Poor memory, time, and the search for meaning are enough to fabricate any “true story.” I think what’s important for the “true perspective” bit is, as you put it so eloquently, writing with understanding and with intent, drawing inspiration from the real and experienced. Thank you for reading!

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      1. Poor memory, time, and the search for meaning are enough to fabricate any “true story.”

        Ha! Yes. And that’s why I called my first novel “fiction based on real events,” not “memoir.”
        Each one who lived the same events would tell a different story.

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