The Japanese have a special holiday, Tanabata, just for making wishes! Everyone writes out their wish on colorful paper and hangs it on a “wishing tree”. Italy has its famous Trevoli Fountain in Rome, where visitors throw coins and make a wish – or two or three! American children and their parents wish on a star before falling asleep. Making wishes is a part of every culture, and goes back to ancient times. Secret wishes are sometimes thought to be even more powerful than those made in public.
Whether you hang your wish on a Tanabata tree, or throw a coin into a wishing fountain, or secretly wish upon a star, there is something inherently human about making a wish for yourself or for others.
We invite you to write a story of 350 words or less, based on our prompt “Secret Wish”. Here are some stories from our past competitions that might inspire you!
Good luck in the contest, and may all your wishes come true!
Double-check your story against the rules, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit! Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.
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Ensure your submission follows these rules:
Correct length (350 words or less)
Correct spelling and grammar
Be sure and include some reference to a secret wish!
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