A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
In my brief time here, I've come to really enjoy writing.com: the people, the stories, the contests, and the kind reviewers. However, I have really been missing out on some good short science fiction and an incentive to get involved with a community of writers who also enjoy it. To the end of inspiring both, I've decided to host a Science Fiction Short Story Contest.
The rules are simple:
Write a short story inspired by the prompt that is of less than 2000 words.
I will pay 15,000 (updated) Gift Points for the best submissions and an awardicon (as per recent request - I'm open to discussion about adjusting the prize).
Post in the forum with BITEM only (check out "Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format" [E]).
I will judge entries starting on the 1st of each month, and provide (hopefully) thoughtful reviews for all submissions.
May the best sentient being win!
Contest Reopened for October:
James slept fitfully and woke early, still troubled by dreams he could no longer recall. He sat slowly in his bed and cleared his throat. It was a little scratchy and his chest felt heavy too: he hoped he wasn't coming down with a cold, but that would suit the weather to a T. Clothes, a shower, and coffee improved his mood, but only a little: something bothered him, though he failed to put his finger on it.
Brow furrowed, James made his way to his car with his head tilted slightly downward, and that's when he saw them. Mushrooms surrounded his driveway, each at least a foot high, and they spread outward for dozens of meters into the yard. He took a deep breath in surprise and irritation - his lawn was his pride and joy - and found himself coughing it out almost as quickly. He must be allergic to the damned mushroom spores! Well, he had some fungicide he could use. Holding his shirt over his mouth, he retreated to his garage door, screwed the spray bottle to his hose, and turned on the water. In fifteen minutes' time, he'd soaked half the yard in the stuff. Satisfied, he replaced the bottle on its shelf and was on his way to work at the hardware store.
Ten long hours later, James arrived back at his driveway, ready for a glass of wine and a bowl full of takeout Chinese. His jaw dropped: the mushrooms were still there, but there were three times and many, each three times as high as they were this morning. That was when the drone of the news on the radio made its way into his attention, "Yes, we still don't know what they really are, but the mushrooms are toxic as hell and spreading fast. Poison doesn't work, and even fire just seems to spread the spores faster. The department of agriculture is still looking into it, but anyone who sees these mushrooms is advised to avoid them at all costs, and report them immediately. If you're exposed, seek medical help immediately - these things grow anywhere, even in the human body."
James just sat there, staring at the radio, as the interviewer replied, "And how should citizens report these mushrooms?"
"The CDC and the department of argiculture have each set up a website..."
The prompt for October is fungus! Whether harmless-looking little mushrooms or the parasite spores, bring your stories about fungus - and have them ready for Halloween!
The prompt for September was "Harvest"! In honor of the upcoming changing of the seasons, I'd like to dedicate this edition of the contest to those gathering tomatoes, corn, apples, pumpkins, schmeat - or perhaps something far darker in import.
"A Lost Harvest" [13+]
July Entries: Radiation Edition
"Climate Refugees" [18+]
48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar~ -- Thanks so much for the support and for linking me up with a E Weatherwax is bizzzie . The banner is awesome!
50K GPs - Trick-r-Trinketing Sum1 -- Thank you to a sci-fi fan!
385K GPs - Anonymous. Thanks so much for supporting the contest!
50K GPS - Bob's Skull Sweat Thank you so much for supporting the continuation of the contest!
50K GPS - D. Reed Whittaker Thanks so much for your donation!
10K GPS - Kellie Burke Thanks for your support!
15K+ GPS - brokenpen Thanks so much!
50K GPS - Nix~🎀 9 years of WdC joy~ I much appreciate the support!
(Current Sci-FI Contest account: ~470K, so good for some time - will consider upping the prize next month)
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