The Twinkie Town Big Big Story Contest

Tom Szczerbowski

Twinkie Town is giving away some Twins prizes - and all you have to do is write the news for us.

The Hot Stove really hasn't been stoked yet this year; we're left to discuss minor-league signings and awards that don't affect the Twins. What we really need is some news - a big, big story that would get us talking and get this winter started off right.

That's where you come in. We'd like you to come up with the biggest Twins story you can think of, the more fictional the better - and if our judges like your submission the best, you'll win Twins literature. We'll name three finalists, and put the three ideas up for a vote - and if yours wins the vote, you can write up your story and we'll post it here on the site for all to see. Got a ridiculous idea? Great!

Here's how the whole thing works:

  1. In the comments of this post, leave us your guess at the potential biggest story in the history of the Minnesota Twins franchise. This consists of a headline not more than 50 characters long, and a quick summary of the story that's 250 characters or fewer.
  2. The judges are Stu, Jesse, and me. We'll be considering the magnitude of the suggested story, to be sure, but we'll be giving extra credit for answers that are creative, tabloid-y, or hilarious. Your story can be a re-imagining of a story that happened in the past, an old-time story that never got printed, or a guess at a future story - no limits.
  3. Each one of us three judges will pick our own favorite as a finalist. Each of those finalists will win a copy of "Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger" by Steve Aschburner, as well as a copy of "100 Things Twins Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die" by Alex Halsted. Twins literature, just in time for the holidays!
  4. We'll also get together and name an Honorable Mention winner, who'll win a copy of the Halsted book, but won't be entered in the final running.
  5. The three finalists will have their ideas put up for a vote next week, and we'll all have a week to vote for the story that we want to see written.
  6. After a week of voting, the winner will have a chance to write their story - and we'll post it here on the site, right on top. Make it like the Onion, or make it even more ridiculous - it's up to you. Just know that we plan to discuss it as fact.

Important note: By participating in this contest, you are subject to the official rules, which can be found here.

Get out there, and get writing. To get you started, I'll give you an example - a Vikings example, in order not to steal any ideas

Headline: Christian Ponder: "Musical theater is my calling"
Summary: The Vikings will be looking for a new quarterback, as their current starter has departed for a career on the Broadway stage. Said Ponder, flinging his arms wide and leaping from the press conference podium, "You gotta have heaaaaaaart!"

And so on and so forth. Remember: creative and funny are key. If you can write a headline that belongs on the back page of the New York Post, so much the better. We'll announce the finalists next week.

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