Braylan’s Contest

Outtakes 103

Braylan’s Contest

By Cait Collins


Our congregation is full of wonderful people. While I love our seniors, I especially adore our kids. Each child is truly special. Recently the King family, Mom, Dad, Ryelan, Presley, and Braylan, spent a few days in Colorado. Mom kept us up to date with her Facebook posts. While visiting the mining towns, four-year old Braylan made a new friend. He found a small miner. True, the new pal was made of stone, but Bray just had to study the guy.

I’ve been Braylan’s Sunday school teacher since he was a baby. It didn’t take long for me to realize the kid was a thinker. Yes, a little one can process more than adults realize. I could see the wheels turn when he examined the stuffed animals I used in class. Braylan checked feet, paws, nose, eyes and mouth. When satisfied with the features, he’d gently stroke the fur. “Nice. Be nice,” he’d state before kissing the toy and passing it on to the next child. Therefore, I was not surprised when I saw Mom’s Facebook photos of Bray hunched down watching the miner’s statue. The last photo was a sweet hug. “He’s little, Mama, just like me.”

An idea struck. What if Bray’s miner came to life? What kind of adventures could Bray and his friend have? I know how I would write the story, but how would you tell the tale? So I’m hosting a contest. These are the rules.

  1. Submit a half-page, single-spaced synopsis of your story idea. The synopsis should include the story title, the miner’s name, the setting, and the conflict. Remember the miner is an adult, but he is the size of a four-year old.
  2. Entries should be submitted in the body of an email to No attachments please. The subject line should read “Outtakes 103 Braylan’s Contest”. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Please include your mailing address with the entry.
  3. Entries will be judged by Wordsmith Six. The winners will be announced in Outtakes on August 7, 2013.  Prizes will be awarded.

This is an opportunity to get in touch with your inner child and have fun with your writing. I look forward to reading your submissions.

1 thought on “Braylan’s Contest

  1. Love this Barbara! Reminds me how I would connect with my own story of a little boy in a mining community. In the Colorado mining town of Ludlow there is a statue of women and children and the story behind why it is there. I can only imagine what lives the children lived in a coal mining town in the early years. Thanks! A really great writing prompt.

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