Trigger Warning

John Steinbeck was born on this day in 1902. In honour of his life, Literary Heist challenges you to write a short story for submission.


  • In Dubious Battle
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • East of Eden
  • Travels with Charley


  • What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
  • A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
  • A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
  • Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
  • I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.
  • Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The Main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
  • Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
  • All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.
  • In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

Find out more about the life of John Steinbeck.

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