Time to fire up the Smith-Corona. It's the 2012 ChopCult Creative Writing Contest.

Everyone has until Febraury 29 to post ONE entry per member on this thread. Neatness, spelling, syntax and intelligent narrative counts, so please use spell check, delete double spaces between words and sentences (these wreak havoc on HTML) and please use elipses ("...") sparingly. These pesky periods also diddle with the HTML in a bad way, and personally drive me nuts. Paragraphs and double-spacing are a far better way to give your stories room to breath between thoughts, IMO.

On February 29 (Leap Year!) yours truly will select his top 5 and post these entries on another thread in which everyone can vote for their favorite.

This popular vote will be open until March 15, at which point the poll will close and 1st and 2nd-place winners will be determined.

The two most popular submissions will receive a substantial prize package that includes a book or two from my personal stash, some rusty old motorcycle parts and at least a couple brand-new ChopCult t-shirts and stickers.

Thanks in advance to everyone who enters this year's ChopCult writing contest. Good luck and have fun!