...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.
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.
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.
- 2,000 points from communityrelations
- A miscellaneous quantity of points from my donation pool
- Journal feature/llama from MotleyDreams
- Journal feature from Gingersanps, SolidMars, TruthisTruth and Persistent-Practice
- Fractal art + customized profile buttons from SolidMars
Questions/comments? Would you like to drop in a prize (non-monetary rewards most welcome)? Comment here