November 3, 2016 at 1:58 am #78237
Second Challenge: “Tell My Story”
Your next challenge is to write the story of a fictional character who has recently died or disappeared. Relate to us this person’s tale in a speculative fiction story of any length, with any amount of graphic content you wish. Tell us about what led up to their disappearance, and what may be coming next. The narrator’s relationship with this character is for you to decide. There is only one real catch. This story must be written in second person POV.
So, here we go. It’s the first fiction-writing round of the Gauntlet 2016. And in case you were wondering, we have some things we tend to look for in fiction.
Now, hold on. Hold on, Neil Clarke.
We’re not going to back you into a corner with too many requirements. We certainly won’t mimic other publications or contests by presenting you with an exhaustive list of what you can’t do. This is the Gauntlet. We’re not even going to tell you that some stories simply are or are not ‘WYRM’s Gauntlet stories.’ These are your stories. You should work on them, and shop them around, no matter what happens here. All we’re really trying to say is that some key things make good stories, no matter the genre, or venue, and along with your ability to follow our prompt, that’s what we’ll be focusing on.
You know what they are. We value things like good storytelling over shock value, believable characterization, correct punctuation, and a plot, too.
Keep in mind that you only have one week to write this, so it’s best to turn in a good story you can finish rather than an excellent story that you only get half-way done. And if you can’t write that novella you were really hoping to write for the Gauntlet, write that flash fiction piece instead. We judge on quality, not word count.
This is a one-week challenge, so we’d love to entertain your questions while you still have some time.
Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 9th @ 10PM EST
Onward.November 3, 2016 at 2:01 am #78238
Ooooh, delicious, delicious 2nd person…November 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm #78241
*Evil cackling* Ahhhh, second person. My very favorite. Watch, this’ll be the round I completely bomb. 😀November 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm #78242
When you say “graphic content,” do you mean violence and gore, or sketches and drawings? I assume the former, but I can do the latter.November 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm #78244
Shawn, I think that means you’re allowed to tell your tale in the form of a comic book… 😉November 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm #78245
A comic book entry would destroy me. I can barely draw stick figures on a good day.November 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm #78247
I hope so. I’m 16 pages into drawing the first issue of “Finders Creepers” and just hired Jim Lee, CEO of DC Comics, to be my inker. We have national distribution to comic stores and hooka bars through Diamond. I’m not sparing expenses on this round. The stakes are too high.November 4, 2016 at 2:05 am #78251
[watches and waits for bombing]November 4, 2016 at 2:15 am #78252
These better be some great comic panels, Shawn, because now you’ve built it up too much.November 4, 2016 at 2:35 am #78253
Oh boy. I probably can’t work fast enough to make that a reality. But it’s a good excuse to show off my Tiefling character portrait from Dungeons & Dragons. My InstagramNovember 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm #78256
D&Der, represent! Very nice.November 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm #78257
Wow, nice!November 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm #78260
Noice!November 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm #78261November 5, 2016 at 1:46 am #78262
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