Contest - 2021-ZenGarden-01 - Cherry Blossoms

Over 75 story submissions

37 stories selected for the Shortlist and Amazon Kindle Book

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Our first ZenGarden contest was a great success!  The Cherry Blossom theme seemed to resonate with all you writers, and inspired you to some of your best creations. Special congratulations to our youngest members, who have something to teach the rest of us!

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful new collection of stories!

Congratulations to the writers whose stories made the shortlist!
  • All selected stories were formatted and edited for publishing in our eBooks Collection.
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"Cherry Blossoms"

ZenGarden is back!
Those of you who were among our first writers back in the ZenGarden days will be delighted to know that we are continuing that wonderful tradition.  As always, our prompt is a flower picture and a related haiku.  Our motto remains the same: “Writing a better world, one flower at a time.”  We hope you will join us in that dream!
This month, the ZenGarden theme is “Cherry Blossoms”. Be inspired by the breathtakingly beautiful picture and its accompanying haiku, and let your imagination soar!
We invite you to delve into the mysterious world of the cherry blossom, with its ancient history and cultural significance, as you write your story of 350 words or less.
Good luck in the contest!

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Include some reference to Cherry Blossoms

You might enjoy learning more about cherry blossoms, and the ancient tradition of flower watching through the links below. By the way, your story doesn’t have to be related to Japan!

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    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    2 years ago

    Wonderful news! Thank you Voice-Team for continuing to inspire us with great prompts and motivation to write 🙂

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    2 years ago

    What an amazing prompt! Cherry blossoms represent such a lovely time in my youth. Can’t wait to get started on my story! Thank you Voice-Team.

    Katerina Bizirtsaki
    Katerina Bizirtsaki(@katerina-bizirtsaki)
    2 years ago

    Such wonderful news! Thank you Voice Club for bringing us another inspiring competition.

    Dipayan Chakrabarti
    Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
    2 years ago

    All writing competitions curated by are the best writing contests in 2021.Thank you team for inspiring us.

    2 years ago


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