...the more they stay the same.
Iiiiit's contest time! All original literature welcome.
This is a speculative fiction contest—the technology requirement could cover steampunk, 'John Carter,' 'The Windup Girl,' 'Watchmen,' '2001: A Space Odyssey' or about anything else you can think of. The one thing that isn't permissible is magic.
That was a joke.
- Your story must center around the development of a relationship between two entities.
Some things to consider:
- What kind of relationship is it? (No, "relationship" doesn't have to mean "romance.")
- Who/what is it between?
- Is the development positive/negative?
- The relationship must be noticeably changed at the end.
- Distance/death don't count if they're still besties or whatever.
- I don't mean changed personalities. I mean a changed relationship.
- Plausible but (currently) nonexistent technology must be integral to the development of this relationship.
- Time travel goes forward.
- Nothing goes faster than light, and lightspeed is for massless particles. Counterevidence for this and the above needs to come from papers published in reputable journals. Yes, I know how to look up a Springer index.
- No magic. I know what Clarke's Law says. No. Magic.
- 1500-3000 words. That's a firm limit.
Roll 1 virtual die
. Depending on the number, you'll have to add one of the following to your story:
- The protagonist has a life-altering disability, mental or physical.
- One of the main characters exists only in virtual space. (Cf. William Gibson.)
- A nonfatal but life-altering plague is widespread.
- The relationship is unromantic but sexual, or romantic and asexual (yes, I mean asexual orientation).
- The relationship is grounded in a lie...that the other entity already knows about.
- One of the entities in the relationship is in a position of authority over the other.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Note me, neurotype
, before March 29
with one entry. (I live in the US, so Europeans/Australians get some leeway.) Judging can start any time that weekend so that's when entries must be final—before then, you can still edit.
In your artists' comments, please include....
- Which of the six random challenges you had.
- Total word count, use this if you have nothing else.
No, you don't get to know who the other judges are beforehand. This is only 60% because I haven't asked them yet.
The amount of prizes depends on the number of entries. Four entries, one prize; seven entries, two prizes; etc. So it's in your best interest to get other people to enter.
Questions/comments? Would you like to drop in a prize (non-monetary rewards most welcome)? Comment here