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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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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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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! and a little past even.
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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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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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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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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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