Rounds & Challenges

This is the place to go to see what your current challenge is. Check this page often to keep up to speed. Our prompts are provided on the day a round begins. We run four rounds in this competition, and each round is a delightful (and harrowing) surprise to our Gauntleteers. We find this keeps them on their toes and at the top of their game. Got any questions? Consult our Guidelines or FAQs. Still need some clarification? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Round One

“Flashes of Brilliance”

Write a flash fiction story of 1,000 words or less using the prompt: a thousand generations.

Begins: 9/13/2022 @10PM EST

Deadline:  10/11/2022 @10PM EST

Round Two

“WYRM Arcade”

Review the storyline of the video game What Remains of Edith Finch. Include all the elements of an in-depth fiction review, especially your opinion of the characters and mysteries of the narrative.

Begins:  10/15/2022 @10PM EST

Deadline: 10/22/2022 @10PM EST

Round Three

“In the Beginning”

Review the prologue of PUNARBHAVA: Rise of the Legend of Panini – the Yogi Warrior by Ashutosh Jain.

Begins:  10/26/2022 @10PM EST

Deadline:  11/2/2022 @10PM EST

Round Four

“Aesop’s Morality”

Write an SF story containing the opposite moral of Aesop’s fable “The Goat and the Goatherd.”

Begins:  11/6/2022 @10PM EST

Deadline:  11/13/2022 @PM EST

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