On August 18, the writers of Brooklyn converged on Pete’s Candy Store for the very first Prose Bowl! The room was filled to the brim, the hat overflowed with names and short stories, and a pair of sock monkey slippers stood ready as the prize for our victor.
We managed to get to five readers over the course of the night, and every story was fantastic. Our panel had wit and insight for each and every one.
After all our readers, the room went tense as our panel selected our finalists for the lightning round. The room was in knots as the two faced each other down with as sparse a story as could be mustered. In the dust of the pithy exchange, though, it was Johanna Buch who walked away with the slippers of victory with this super short story:
“The helium balloons were sagging, noticeable only to Kim who stood alone at the punch bowl, sipping doctored ginger ale through a pair of tiny straws, absorbing the hum of irrelevant conversations.” – Johanna Buch
It was a phenomenal first show, and we want to thank everyone who came out to read, or watch!
We also got the word that The Prose Bowl will be going up every third Tuesday of the month through February! We can’t wait for the next one, coming up September 15th!