Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it, then send it to us (email@example.com) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner at the end of the month. Ready? Let’s go.
If my closet could talk, I’m not sure I’d want to hear what it has to say. Our meetings are often tense, fueled by a combination of my seemingly insatiable sartorial boredom and continued inability to gauge how things will look. I leave it guessing as to my mood, ask more of it than is probably possible, state I’d swap it for another’s without a thought to its feelings. I’m finicky. But I’m not an entirely careless lover. I fold things nice and slowly, try to make my stacks stand up straight like chunky little buildings. I steam things when I can, smoothing their wrinkles like a cotton twill facialist. I rarely leave my stuff crumpled on the ground. I guess we’re a fine pair, in the end, if only I remembered that more often.
January on Man Repeller will be all about our relationships with our stuff—the things we love, accumulate, tend to, discard, find again. So for this month’s Writers Club, we want you to write a story about yourself from the perspective of your closet. If it could express itself, what stories would it tell and secrets would it divulge? What times would stand out in its mind over the years, and who are you having lived through those? Explore these questions and more, and send the resulting piece to firstname.lastname@example.org in 500 words or less by Thursday, January 23rd.
Graphic by Lorenza Centi.