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[Contest] 100 Word Fiction

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[Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Forge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:28 am

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That's right, kids - it's contest time! To mark the fact that we're about to smash 100,000 posts, I thought we could do a little thematically-appropriate contest. You know, just to celebrate while we close out those last few posts to take us to the target.


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So what do you have to do? I'm glad you asked. At the foot of this post I, the benevolent Moderator, will provide you, the erstwhile member, with a series of prompts. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to craft a piece of writing from one of those prompts, and to post it here. Simple, right? There's only one small caveat - your piece must be exactly 100 words.

What you're aiming to do is to create a standalone piece of very short writing that still offers character and/or plot development. Since I'm such a nice guy, I've even brought a few examples to steer you in the right direction. We'll be judging your entry in terms of technical quality (i.e. spelling, grammar, etc.) along with how well you've used your 100 words to create an interesting piece of fiction.

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  • Entries should be exactly 100 words. You'll lose points for submitting anything over or under this. So that we're on the same page, we'll be using WordCounter.net to judge the length of your entries, so you might want to use this in advance of submitting yours.
  • It goes without saying, but no plagiarism, and nothing that's previously been posted elsewhere.
  • All entries should be posted to this thread no later than Sunday 15 April 2018
  • Standard forum rules apply in terms of acceptable content, but if you're unsure, PM myself or another Staff member for advice

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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Moccasin » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:07 am

Superhuman

My mother and I, sitting in the front room of our one-bedroom apartment in East Chicago, watched the clouds go by, shading the juniper bush outside the creaking wooden stairs leading into the yard where broken dreams lay in pots and hung lifelessly on lattices. Winter sucked the life out of everything.

That morning, I walked to school in clothes that barely fit me, shivering.

My mother used to tell me I could do anything if I worked hard enough.

Today I stand on this stage, arms akimbo, and tell you the secret to success is to be strong enough.

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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Saffron » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:56 am

Prompt: Persona

I was eight years old, my mother yelled at me for running on slippery rocks. She saved me, blocking out my mother's harsh words, because isn't a world without disappointed mothers a blast?

I was 16 year old, and I felt ravaged when my first boyfriend left me. She saved me, soothing my ache, because isn't a world without heartbreak heaven?

I was 20 years old, my fridge finally emptied out, and I didn't want to restock it. She saved me, blocking the hunger, because isn't a world without disorders a blessing?

I am 24 years old, she scares me.
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Georgeanna » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:37 am

Writer

His words were just his, once. Scribbles written down on notebook pages, finding their way into his heart and out of his mind. The symphonies of words that he’d compose were like medleys of pure intellect, their brilliance singing off of the page and into his soul. He was a musician and words were his instruments.

His words have become theirs. Phrases struggling around angry, red edits, jerking to a halt under their watchful gaze. These sentences simply exist to seduce the masses, while he slowly falls into madness. Only now does society call him a writer. Why is that?
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Sammy » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:14 pm

You guys are unbelievably speedy!
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Darkblade » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:38 am

Prompt = Persona

Chibi popped in, out, and around the sanctum. The stage had been set, and the time for celebration was about to begin.

Tall dark and gittish was off somewhere, plotting something or other with the fellow staff, leaving the food unguarded.

Well for some reason Chibi had been told to look after the food, whatever the reason, it was a bad one.

For as Chibi popped around, he vacummed up the food, till there was naught but the tables they lay on.

“Chibi! That was for the party!”

As Chibi gulped down the last cake he said to Sammy.

“Mehmoo!”

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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Juno » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:11 am

ARK

“He left and with him, he took everything that she was, all that she had become. Every gasping sob felt it would be her last, drowning her in unmeasurable sorrows. What would she become? She wanted to morph and shift into something else, to change into anything but who she was now. She needed him like the blood that pumped through her veins. Veins she left open to create a flood to ferry her from her ark of a body. She would forsake it all to take to the storming sea of uncertainty before her to find him once more.”

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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Forge » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:46 am

Ah man. You guys are awesome. Absolutely brilliant entries so far, too. Keep up the good work!
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by xElegantxRavenx » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:38 am

Prompt: Multiverse

Let me tell you a dream about an infinite realm of being and potential being. Imponderable realities composed of golden mountains and crimson seas, skies akin to diamonds and inhabitants unknown. The existence of a myriad of creatures beyond what we can perceive. Oh, what a dream; to traverse these vast universes. Not one is comparable to the next. To discern the unfathomable and discover what cannot be found. To experience every possibility these innumerable worlds have to offer. This adventure unlike any other- oh what a dream! Of novel escapades in a hundred different civilizations and legends surpassing time!

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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Sammy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:33 am

Exactly one week to go, guys!
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by BrookeDi » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:20 pm

Prompt: Persona

Her smile is bright and engaging, even though inside she is fuming.

She is kind and courteous, even though inside she's screaming.

She laughs, she shakes hands, and she smiles until her cheeks hurt. Even though, inside, she wants to cry.

There are expectations in place; a role she must play. Her feelings are not hers to display or share or even feel.

Not here, anyway. It has to stay bottled until she can be home, curled in bed hugging a pillow until the tears can fall freely.

Then, the next day, do it all over again: Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Forge » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:03 am

Yasss. More entries, more happy Forge.

Really impressed folks. Let's keep it going. Only six days to go!
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Lavorther » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:41 am

Prompt: Writer

Howling in the shadows of my words, scratching at the pages. My demons have free reign in this world, in which I gave them life. I shaped the villages for them to burn, created people for them to slaughter. I watch with a morbid curiosity as my creations kill and destroy. They’re fighting for control, trying to break free of the confines of the prison I constructed to keep them in. Their claws scratch my hands as I save the file and close my laptop, sealing them away before their darkness invades this world too.

Not today, demons. Not today.
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Forge » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:50 pm

And we are clooosed! Thanks for all the entries, folks. Watch this space.
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by Forge » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:39 am

First things first, thank you to everyone who entered. This has been one of the hardest contests I've ever had to judge, which is sort of a good thing, because I'm reminded of exactly how talented you lot are. Your entries as a whole were pretty damn amazing, and it's made choosing a winner nearly impossible. I did consider calling the whole thing off and just giving you all a participation sticker, but Sammy says I'm not allowed to go back on my word at this point; so after a great deal of reading and re-reading, I've managed to pull together a top three. I had a really, really tough time picking between these, so kudos to you three most of all.

My third place choice;
Moccasin wrote:
Superhuman
I loved this. The connection between the challenges of the narrator's youth and the person they grow up to be is perfect, and the subtle suggestion of their success in the closing paragraph is spot on. The plant/winter imagery in the opening section didn't gel with the notion of their poverty as well as it could have for me, and I'd have loved to see a little more on that one-bedroom apartment they live in, just to really drive home the extent of what the narrator's overcome.
In second place;
Brooke wrote:
Persona
I'll be honest: I expected the 'Persona' prompt to send everyone running for RPC related stories, so imagine my (pleasant) surprise when you took this angle with it. I love the flow of this piece, the line-by-line breakdown of the expectations and restrictions that the subject faces daily, and I think that almost-instructional feel works really well with that closing, "lather, rinse, repeat." If there's anything I'd look to see differently, it would be an extension of that - maybe keep the 'She' going so that it maintains the feeling of a set of rules throughout.
Which means our first place entry is;
Georgeanna wrote:
Writer
Gordo absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one. I love the contrast between those two paragraphs - the notion of turning something chaotic into brilliance in the first, held up against a return to chaos in the second. The imagery's fantastic; the smooth, melodic quality of the writer's words as they belong to him, versus the sharp, angry, jerky aspect they take on when handled by editors. It's that age old battle between what we write and what sells, and I think you captured it perfectly.
And that's it. So hopefully you'll all join me in congratulating all of our entrants, our top three, and our winner in particular - and thank you all for making this a contest worth running.
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Re: [Contest] 100 Word Fiction

Post by BrookeDi » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:47 am

Congrats, Georgie!! You did beautifully!

Mocc, I loved yours as well!

Thank you, Forge. Placing at all means a lot.
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