Words With Friends

Vegetarian Alcoholic Press hosts a weekly writing competition at Comet Cafe on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Aspiring Sheila Heti’s, take heed. The folks at indie publisher Vegetarian Alcoholic Press are hosting a writing competition at Comet Café (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) every Monday in May, dubbed Secret Words.

Be warned: this contest isn’t for those who need sober reflection. Participants congregate at 10 p.m. and ask the bartender for a secret word that serves as the writing prompt.

Submissions are read aloud and anonymously at midnight, a ritual with results that are “usually pretty funny,” says publisher Freddy LaForce. Submissions are voted on and weekly winners are published as a collection.

‘Words With Friends’ appears in the May 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.