The round to decide it all. 3 Gauntleteers now face this:
Final Challenge: “The Phantom Word”
In your final Gauntlet story ‘the word’ cannot exist. It must not be found. The concept, on the other hand, should ring as clearly as a bell. It should be fully understood. This word, this concept, in question is entirely up to you.
Your Final Challenge is to write a speculative fiction short story within the next two weeks. We want this story to center upon a concept which you never quite articulate. Remember, they didn’t say the word ‘zombie’ in The Walking Dead.
In round 3, Firefly made a comeback! After reviewing Steven Brust’s fanfiction chapter based on the cult series, the Gauntlet produced its 2018 finalists. Congratulations to:
No rest for the wicked, I’m afraid. The Final Challenge is on tomorrow.
Our Third Challenge has dropped, and it’s a doozy. “Leaf on the Wind” is asking Gauntleteers to review the prologue and first chapter of a fanfiction penned by bestselling author Steven Brust. It is based upon Firefly, and you can check it out here: “My Own Kind of Freedom.”
Take it from us, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” produced some great material, and now 5 Gauntleteers have risen up to face the next challenge! Congratulations to:
Onto the next round!
The next challenge is live, as we warn Gauntleteers, “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”
It’s time to write a sequel to “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes” within one week.
Deadline: Thursday, September 20 @ 10PM EST
Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the 8 who survived 2018’s 1st Challenge:
Congratulations, and be back tomorrow night for your next challenge!
That’s the end of the first challenge. Judging has begun, so look for results just a few days from now on Sep 12th. To the 30+ who entered our contest this year, and the 20+ who turned in entries, thank you for participating in the Harlan Ellison Memorial Round, and welcome to the Gauntlet!
Third Challenge: “Take Me Back to the Start”
The jumping-off point. The first small step. The beginning. The loneliest number. Or, what fine authors long before you and I came around have called, Chapter One.
Your next challenge is to choose any speculative fiction novel that you love, and to review its first chapter.
Deadline: Saturday, Sep 30 @10pm EST