You can still be a Spectator, but active competition will have to wait until next year. We have 34 entrants for the 2018 tournament, which is 1 shy of tying the all-time record set in 2015, and nearly double our number from last year. Way to go!
Round One of 2018’s Gauntlet honors the memory of Harlan Ellison. First Challenge: read and review “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes.”
Deadline: Sunday, September 9 @ 10PM Eastern Standard Time.
If you’ve been keeping time, and if you’ve been following along, then you know where we are. The Gauntlet is open for sign-ups. Let’s hear it for the brave souls who have joined up already! We’ve got two competitors, and a handful of spectators. I have a theory on the latter:
“Some people just want to watch the world burn.”
So let’s give them a show. First challenge announced on August 26.
That’s right, the Gauntlet is coming back! Bookmark the contest, if you haven’t already, and we’ll see you Aug 10th when we open for this year’s sign-ups!
Allow us to share a sample of this year’s winning story, “Doing Life in Samarkand Sulci” by the now multiple-time Champion of this tournament.
This tale was based upon our final prompt, which asked contestants to write a story in an assigned setting, one that could not take place in present-day.
That’s hashtag history by the way. Here are your Final Results for the Gauntlet aka G17:
Second Runner-Up: Travis Burnham
First Runner-Up: Alexis A. Hunter
Gauntlet Champion (once again): Samantha Jenkins
Please stay tuned for a lot more.
You’ve seen the curtain-jerker, and two tough rounds after that. Now it’s time for the main event.
Your Final Challenge is to write a speculative fiction story set in the location we provide to you. The date, time, and events are your prerogative. It can be past or future, but there must be no stories set in present day.
But, click the link above, because there’s more.
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
Tonight, we venture deep into the woods of the American South, to visit upon the story of a hiker who was unlucky enough to cross paths with something unexplained.
Your next challenge is to listen to the first story on the following video: Creepy & Unexplained. It runs about 6 minutes, and recounts the bizarre circumstances that occurred when someone, or something, appears at the narrator’s campsite. Your task is to write a story—one with some element of speculative fiction—from the point of view of the someone or something in question.
Your story must be submitted by Tuesday, Sep 19th @10PM Eastern Standard Time.
For the 1st round of the G17, we look at an acclaimed story.
First Challenge: “Paper Tiger”
Your first challenge is to read and review Ken Liu’s “Paper Menagerie”, and offer your insights as to why the work was so significant, beyond the obvious but vague answer that it was ‘well-written.’
For more on this challenge, including details on the kind of review we’re looking for, as well as submission info, read the full post.
Deadline: Friday, Sep 8th @ 10PM Eastern Standard Time