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Win a Bike from The Paris Review

You can win a free bike from The Paris Review by writing a short short story about a devilish illustration (embedded above). However, you must write your story in the style of one of five great writers.

While writing about the contest, editor Lorin Stein recalled how Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton used to ride his own bicycle around the city–a literary tradition you can continue with your new bicycle.

Check it out: “in celebration of the Tour de France—and thanks to the generosity of Hudson Urban Bikes—we, along with Velojoy, are giving away one of Hudson Urban Bikes’ Beater Bicycles Roadster. This classic city bike comes in a men’s and a women’s model, both of which may be seen in the diabolical and rather enigmatic illustration below. To win the HUB Beater, tell us what you see in this picture: in three hundred words or fewer; in the style of (choose one!Elizabeth Bishop, Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, Ernest Hemingway, or P. G. Wodehouse.”

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