We extend a hearty welcome to writers, critics, and the internet at large. We are WYRM’s Gauntlet if you didn’t already know, and we’re here to announce that our competition has an exciting new format.
Round 1 / the First Challenge will have a new, much more comfortable deadline of four weeks. It will also be a writing challenge, so we hope to see more avid writers and frequent submitters of short fiction take a stab at this.
Round 4 / The Final Challenge will now only consist of a one-week deadline. That’s cutting your usual time in half, but upping the ante here will make the home stretch all the more exciting!
As always, we’re thrilled to see each and every one of you come out this year. Let’s have some fun!
Some thought we were pandemicked out of existence. Others worried the fire was gone and never coming back. Truth? You can put a fire out in one, but never in all of us; a coal just smolders under the ash. For the first time since 2019, we’re challenging writers from around the world again. Be there, and bring your creative energies. We’re pretty sure not even slapping our social accounts with good ‘ole censorship could get rid of us now.
Tuesday Sep 21st @ 10PM, the First Challenge
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Whether you are competing this year, keeping an eye on what we’re up to, or just curious as to what this is all about, welcome to the Gauntlet. It’s 2019, and we are back.
We at the Gauntlet have been described as sassy. As crazy. As demanding and fun. We have a different approach to getting our work done, and a fresh view of what it means to be a writer or critic. We love to see new and returning faces. The people who have come through this tournament have been diverse, and of all skill levels, but there remains a common thread: the performances have been legendary.
What new writers will we see? What kind of challenges will meet them? And, what sort of champion will emerge?
If you haven’t heard, sign-ups are open.
The Gauntlet Champion has been crowned, and we have arranged to share a sample of his winning story! Congratulations to Shawn Proctor, who now joins the Hall of Champions.
Learn about Shawn, and get a feel for his work here.
A big congratulations goes out to Wilma Combs, our new Gauntlet Champion, who secured victory with her story, “In the Teeth of the Earth.” We’ll be learning more about her and her work in the coming days.
We’d also like to congratulate First Runner-Up Gustavo Bondoni, and Second Runner-Up Nina Shepardson, who survived to the very end with strong entries all tournament long.
Read more about it!
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