Hello World. It’s the Gauntlet.
After weeks of challenges, writing, critique, of trials and tribulations, we have our winners’ circle. News broke on Twitter, and in our forums the night it happened, but now let’s get it in our News reel. There were 35 warriors of letters this year, and many of them shined.
- Our 2nd Runner-Up for 2015 is Sammi Jenkins, the 2013 Gauntlet Champ, and perennial contender.
- Our First Runner-Up is Daniel Ausema who was strong throughout the competition, both as a writer and reviewer (despite how crazy the challenges got).
- Our Champion is the newcomer, joining us from Greece, Dimitra Nikolaidou. Stay tuned, because we’d like to tell you a bit more about her!
“Their Quote, Your World”
Your Final Challenge is to visit Proverbia (en.proverbia.net) a large cache of philosophy, and use their quote of the day as the inspiration for a short story. However, that quote must also be used as the basis for worldbuilding within your story. You have three days (including today) to choose a proverb, so don’t think you can hold out forever if you don’t like what you see.
This is the two-week finale. Visit our forum for details!
“Gauntlet’s Razor: the Speculative Review”
Your challenge is to review the story introduction provided in our forum, but also to speculate on where the story may lead. You cannot simply review the two given paragraphs; there must be a focus on what’s to come, and why you think so. You don’t get to read the whole story until after the deadline is up. That’s when we find out how good you really are.
That’s right, our first round has concluded, and with it, our registration period. That means we turn our attention to those Gauntleteers who remain. You can still sign up as a spectator, which is fortunate, because these contestants will need every one of your well wishes.
Your first challenge is to choose a ‘Nature’s Future’ story from Nature’s science fiction page (Nature’s Futures) and to review it with all of your honest criticism. You may select any of the ‘Futures’ you wish to review. There is only one real stipulation. You may not choose any stories that contestants themselves have published in the magazine (We’re in the company of some authors who get around, after all. And that you may take however you wish.)
Please visit the forum for details. 🙂
Are you like that American swing voter who needs to be sure that all the candidates are really over the age of thirty-five, before you’ll go to the polls? Are you the sort of fashion cop who won’t sit with us just because we wore sweatpants two days in a row?
Well, we’re here for the people who are interested, but have questions or concerns before they take us on.
- The biggest question we get is about our contest timeline. Sorry if that’s not handy, or in the same spot as it was a year ago. We keep that on ‘The Challenges’ page, under both the ‘Guidelines’ and ‘Gauntleteers’ tab now. Here: http://wyrmsgauntlet.com/rounds-challenges/
- Also, we are experiencing issues contacting users automatically who have a hotmail/msn/outlook email via the site (myself included). If this applies to you, please allow some extra time for us to reach you from our separate email.
- Lastly, in any competitive format, there are always those who have a gripe. You do yourselves no favors by whispering about your gripe. Don’t keep your gripe to yourself, or succumb to gripe gossip. We will not hear it! Seriously, contact us here, or sign up for the forum, and air it out in front of a crowd. We ain’t scared. And we don’t bite either.
That’s right, it’s just ten days away. So we hope you’re getting ready. Do whatever rituals or stretches you feel you need to do. We’re getting close.
Well, here we are. On the precipice. At the threshold. The tipping point, about to go over the edge. We don’t know what’s down there waiting for us at the bottom, but it will surely be a fun ride.
The Gauntlet, Literature’s challenge of legend, has arrived. If you can write fiction and fiction reviews, and have even the smallest of chips on your shoulder, you should sign up. A combined $275, critique of your work, and priceless plugs, are up for grabs. And by the way, it’s free to enter. You just have to fill out this thing.
Maybe it’s too complex. Maybe the tough schedule just doesn’t work for you, or we organizers are too churlish for your refined tastes. Or maybe the only one holding you back is you.
Yep, we’ve just had a redesign, facelift, a splash of color, and, well–have we ever looked better?
Time to clean up a bit, and have a Gauntlet. You can keep up with us here, or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates and news because things are going off soon!