Here is the hard news: I have to come up with (before next Wednesday) a 200-word summary (basically the back cover text) for the book. This is one of my hardest tasks as a published author. It's very difficult to summarize a story in less than 200 words without giving away any of the surprises in the story. Go ahead . . . try it some time. It is not easy.
I also have to come up with a 40-word "nutshell" for the story. Yes. ONE sentence to summarize the entire story. This is even harder, but it's a good way to see if your story has some kind of a plot. Here is an example of a "nutshell" summary for Long Ride Home: (you can read the back of the book for the 200-word summary)
Andi's poor choices plunge her into danger when she takes her horse Taffy and leaves her home on the Circle C ranch.
Now, I challenge you to think of a "nutshell" summary for the story you might be entering in the contest. Or even a fan story. It's good practice! Nutshell summaries are what you find in library catalogs. Here are some more examples:
Tolkien, The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins sets out to help the dwarves reclaim their home and treasures in the Lonely Mountain from an evil dragon.
So, can you do it? Want to take the challenge? Here it is: In a comment below, think of a book you are reading or have read, or a story you are writing, or even a fan story or your contest story. Write the name of the book (or story) and then the one-sentence summary in your comment. Don't be shy. Give it a try!