Ladies and Gents,
Welcome to the Short Fiction Contest.
In an effort to expand the opportunity to write competitively in a longer format, we are going to try out a friendly bimonthly Short Fiction Contest. I've added an extra two weeks by posting the contest early to allow time to think and write over the holiday season, and to give us a bit of extra time so that when this first contest ends, we can determine if there was too-much or not-enough time.
So, without further ado...
You stare at your keyboard waiting for the voice of inspiration, and from the depths of your mind the voice arises, but with a question:
"The path to glory lays branched before you, and you must chose one branch or the other before you go on: Ninjas or Pirates?"
Write an original work of Short Fiction, min. 1,500 words max. 5,000 words, in the Fantasy Genre with your particular, personal spin on the theme.
You are free to construct your entry however you like, however you interpret the theme, so long as it is within the restrictions outlined above.
How to Enter:
- Write your story and edit it down to a final, submission-ready copy. You may make use of the Writing forum to workshop/critique your story prior to entering should you choose. Once your story is submitted, no changes are allowed. (Minor fixes for typos/spelling/punctuation will be politely tolerated.)
- Post your finished story to the Stories Section or the Stories Sub-Forum. Please be sure to abide by the posting rules in the Stories Sub-Forum, should you choose to post your story there.
- Post the URL to your story in this thread. Once you have posted the link to your story, you are deemed to have officially entered the competition. Failure to abide by the rules regarding changes will disqualify you and your story from the competition. You may enter next time, though
You have until the end of Sunday, February 14th, 2010, to submit your finished story.
Voting rules and feedback guidelines will be posted on Monday, February 15th, 2010.
Voting will take place from Monday, February 15th, 2010 until Sunday, February 28th, 2010. (As this is the first contest, the voting period may be extended if it proves too short)
What You Win:
The winner earns the privilege of hosting the next contest.
Let the games begin!
Entries (as of 02-FEB-'010):
Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill by Dan Bieger [Hereford Eye]
The Body by Ben Hobson [Benh]
Sail and Shadow by Richard Dickson [DailyRich]
The Newly Sighted by Rich Matrunick [Sterling13]