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Lit Contest: The More Things Change

Mon Feb 24, 2014, 6:00 PM
...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.

RULES

  • 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:
  1. The protagonist has a life-altering disability, mental or physical.
  2. One of the main characters exists only in virtual space. (Cf. William Gibson.)
  3. A nonfatal but life-altering plague is widespread.
  4. The relationship is unromantic but sexual, or romantic and asexual (yes, I mean asexual orientation).
  5. The relationship is grounded in a lie...that the other entity already knows about.
  6. 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.

All submissions had better be in the Literature > Prose > Fiction gallery, beyond that is up to you.

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. :P

PRIZES


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.

First place

Second place

Third place


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Questions/comments? Would you like to drop in a prize (non-monetary rewards most welcome)? Comment here :eager:

I've sent out notes to the judges. If you have a super-late entry, note me about it, but I can't guarantee you an in. (But I want to read it anyway!)

Contest entries here.

#swag #winning #literature #prizes #notahipster

I owe a big one to raspil for providing some of the best-structured prompts over at ScreamPrompts and also the time theWrittenRevolution did a random-generator thingie, because you know what that is pretty friggin' cool. And, really, easier than making you guys incorporate all six of those. Which I thought about.

Naming credits go to ShadowedAcolyte .

Don't forget to favorite this :)
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:icon6gunsally:
6gunSally Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We have tip the end of the day today right?  I'm at 900 words...
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! and a little past even.
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:icon6gunsally:
6gunSally Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*until (silly autocorrect)
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6gunSally Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh I just read it more closely... Definitely says "before" the 29th.... Oh well...  maybe next time ^^;
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CailinLiath Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
This keeps getting away from me. I was gonna do a thing, maybe. But the next three days? yeah. no time. I'll just keep this in my back pocket as a prompt.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww but 1000-3000 words!

Either way I'd love to see the result.
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:iconcailinliath:
CailinLiath Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I have some time again Wednesday. Will look around at it then, I hope. 
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   Writer
*Um. I see I faved this in the Dark Ages sometime. Must've had my shades on. :icondownarrowplz:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   Writer
I haven't even done most of raspil's prompts at ScreamPrompts and here's another I didn't see until today.
Been spending a lotta time offline, but that's no excuse since I has pencil and paper.
One thing I don't has is a kickstart, not yet anyway.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Drat, I was hoping this one would be more inspiring! No worries if you get a late start, though.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Too fast!  :ohnoes:  I will make a pass at it.  By the grace, I'll hash something out before the 29th.  ;p
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woo hoo!
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:iconderiveanemone:
DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Why does this have to be at the same time as the prep for my French CA? :P
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because I don't even know what that is!
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:iconderiveanemone:
DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, sorry. Sweating a little... CA = Controlled Assessment. We have to prepare stuff for a speaking or writing task (in French, obviously) and learn it. So working on this too might be a struggle...
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still dunno what that is :lol: I mean it sounds like our language APs.

Yeah, fair. Although if you have an idea, you should give it a try!
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got severe writer's block. I'd like to participate, looks like I can't. :( Thanks though.
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
East or Pacific time? It might be 29 your time, but 28 mine?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pacific. Anyway, entries are good as long as judging hasn't begun.
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palaeochannel6 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I won't participate but I can't wait to read the entries. Good stuff neurotype.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm excited for this one!
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:iconsolidmars:
SolidMars Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
made it in time
only editing left to go x_x
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:eager:
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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I was going to start a gloriously late entry, but I rolled a 4 and my brain is stuck.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Three words: lots of banging. :shifty:
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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
*flails* I'M NOT GONNA MAKE IT

Serious work drama. ;-; I'm going to finish my story... probably.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no! You should write it anyway, though.
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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I think my end-of-march resolution is to have a formal "writing time"; then perhaps I'll actually get stuff done. :[ Like those FFM edits. From my first year.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good resolution!
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Jesper6 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so terrible at being concise.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good thing to try.
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:iconjesper6:
Jesper6 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's this contest. I'm nearing 3000 words and not even into the meat of the story yet. I always do this.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Plan!
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:iconjesper6:
Jesper6 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My problem isn't really in the planning but more in the execution; I get too wrapped up in description to get from point A to B.
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
"Plausible but (currently) nonexistent technology must be integral to the development of this relationship." by this sentence do you mean that the technologies listed must be part of the story? Or any plausible non current technology? 
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Latter thing, the listed stuff (time travel and FTL) are not plausible.
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Ahh I see. I probably don't have time to do this because I say yes to too many cool video production opportunities at college, but it's fun to think about  :P 
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But it could be the basis for a video!
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Which wouldn't count for the contest :P 
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Write it as prose!
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
I will chip in a journal feature at :iconpersistent-practice: for the winners.

Also, my number was 2.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic, thank you!

Oooooooooooooooh. Not #6, but still awesome.
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The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks very interesting, hope it goes well.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

I'm tempted to open a sculpture category ;p
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:iconthe-build:
The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should do it. :paranoid:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:eyes:
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man, this sounds so much fun. I'm in.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo!
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow, I totally didn't see this before. But I'm so intrigued, I might give this a crack.  Lets see how fast I can write. :la:
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