About Us

So, you want to find out who’s running this thing. In case anyone was wondering, we are always looking for bright-eyed, bushy-tailed new members for our writing group. So be you Spectator or Gauntleteer, if you think you can dance with us in our speculative fiction writing and reviewing group, drop us a line. The group’s about as much of a “cakewalk” as the Gauntlet.


WYRM is a writing and review group that has existed for years now on that civic and pop culture miracle called the Internet. We’ve been busy in our relative obscurity, but what we lack in fame, we more than make up for in work ethic. Ask us about our requirements for becoming a WYRM, requirements for staying a WYRM, and why we do what we do.

While you’re at it, answer our challenge.

Be a part of the freest, the latest, most honest and punk rock-est contest in the game. There is no entry fee, and you shall have multiple ways to prove yourself. Write, play the critic, take our prompts and run with them.

It’s designed to be different. At its core, the Gauntlet wants to help new writers by giving them a chance to show off their undiscovered talent, or measure themselves against an established author or two. We’re sure by the end of the ordeal both contestants and judges will not be the same, but better at what we do.


We hereby put out a challenge to writers and reviewers of all stripes to compete in an event of skill and grit (mostly grit). In the early days, we ran this tournament on a website called Writing.com, making some noise and meeting some talented people, but we’ve now grown beyond any control, and are inviting the whole internet to take part. Will you take up the glove?

There have been Gauntlets conducted during hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, rounds that involved all-nighter judging sessions, and contestants writing from the hospital. Really. We have never cancelled on our contestants; we have never gone on indefinite hibernation. Total newcomers have walked away with the title, and only two champions have ever repeated.

Since 2007, we have been the tournament they warned you about.

Know someone who might be interested? Want to be a spectator? Good at spreading the word?

Hey, did you know you can kick back and watch the Gauntlet unfold rather than participate? If you want to spread the word about our annual indie competition, that's cool with us, too. You can size up the competition for next year, or, if you know someone who’d be right at home being a Gauntleteer, we’ve set up some convenient ways to signal boost WYRM’s Gauntlet.

If you want to register as just a Spectator, you can do so using the same form. Just make sure to select “Spectator” from the options. Spectators are granted access to post in the smackdown arena known as the Gauntlet forums.

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Get in the ring or become a Spectator.