Greetings, short story lovers.
The topic for this week will be mere children’s playthings: toys. Miniature, colorful versions of cars, trains, people, boats, birds and anything else that can catch a child’s imagination are ubiquitous in today’s world. It seems like anything that’s been famous for fifteen minutes gets it own doll.
But just because they’re made for kids doesn’t mean they are lacking in depth. Countless creators have tackled this prompt and delivered hard-hitting tales. In tales like “The Indian in the Cupboard” or “The Velveteen Rabbit,” toys have been used as backdrops to ruminate on childhood, and to discover what childhood can teach us about life.
And then there’s the other side of the coin. There’s something inherently creepy about anything that is just a bit too small to be normal-sized…not to mention anything with cold glass eyes. Puppets, dolls, and stuffed clowns have been terrorizing households for decades in books, short stories, and movies. Throw in things like Toy Story and a stuffed tiger named Hobbes and the childish prompt of toys turns out to be no child’s play for our authors this week.
Who will have small parts not intended for children and who will have batteries included?
Let’s find out!
BUT WAIT! Yet again we have an arena denizen going up against an arena denizen!
The Tussle of Toys is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).