Figment, a site for writers I posted about here, has a writing contest posted called Fable Contest with Paulo Coehlo. Paulo Coehlo, author of The Alchemist, will be judging a 1200 word writing contest hosted through Figment for a cash prize of $1000. The deadline is June 19th.
Your challenge is to write a fable (a short story with a moral) in less than 1200 words, set in a fictional country on the day before the final battle in a devastating war. Paulo Coelho will read the finalists and decide the winner. Which is kind of like having your poem read by Robert Frost or your play read by Arthur Miller. Which is, well, amazing. via
I haven’t decided yet if I am going to enter, but I’m thinking very, very hard about it. I guess I should probably write something then, no?
Let me know if you enter, blog friends!
The lovely Steph Su is doing some big YA book give aways this month. Go sign up and try to win!
I am SO BEHIND. You only have until June 15th for this one, but Claudie (THE Claudie) is giving away a copy of David Gaughran Transfection which I cannot wait to read. David is one of my favorite self-publishing short story writers and often pops round Tell Great Stories in the comments. The contest is easy and fun and the comments on the contest are well worth reading. So go and hurry and enter! (Also you can click on the cover for Transfection in my right sidebar and buy a copy if you can’t wait for the contest to end )
1. Name 3 of your favorite spec-fic stories (books, movies, tv shows, anything goes!)
2. Then tell us why YOU love spec-fic – what plot line, character type, story trope, setting, time, place is your absolute favorite.
3. And finally, take a guess if you can: where do you see spec-fic stories going in the next two, five, ten years? What will be popular and how will the sub-genres have changed?
The four of us have been collecting items, things that we love about our genres, books that we think highlight the very best speculative fiction has to offer, inspirational gadgets and gizmos, and fandom ephemera. We’ve created four Secret Boxes of Mystery that you will be able to sign up to win during the blogfest week.
We even have a button for you. See? Button:
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