§ Rebekah says: What a week it’s been again! Here in the United States our upcoming elections (Nov 3) consume our airwaves, and it’s very hard to avoid being consumed ourselves. Yet somehow, despite our collective anguish, we persist mentally cramming our co-citizens into the tiny boxes of who we’ve already decided they are. Why oh why is imagining flat characters so often the default, both in writing and in life?? Chimamanda Adichie’s exhortation against clinging to a “single story” chases and confronts me on a daily basis.
It’s for that reason, and in celebration of Fire&Ice‘s having reached its midpoint!!, that the ice dragon and I thought we’d push the envelope a bit this sol. May it provide a fun and inspiring challenge for us all, one that defies single story-ing and the too-easy comfort of writing what we already (think we!) know. [[And if this envelope-pushing means an extra dragon or two happen to appear in this week’s stories, well, I guess that’ll be the Sol 9 challenge for our unsuspecting judges! mwahahahaha]] ♥
Time: The Fire&Ice contest is open between exactly 12:01am to 11:59pm on Fridays, Washington DC time (check the current time here). Entries submitted outside of this window are welcome, but will be
incinerated ineligible to win.
How to Play: Write and submit an original story 1) based on the photo prompt and 2) including EITHER the fire dragon or ice dragon‘s requirement. Pay attention to the 3) varying word count constraints! Story titles (optional) are not included in the word limit. At the end of your story, add your name or twitter handle, whether you chose the fire or ice dragon’s element, and word count. That’s it!
Be sure to review the contest rules here.
JUDGES: Today’s judges are Mark King and Stephanie Ellis. Check out their bios on the Fire&Ice Judges page.
AND HERE IS YOUR PROMPT:
Each Fire&Ice prompt includes 1) a photo, 2) a required element (choose between the fire dragon or ice dragon’s offering), and 3) a specific word count. Your story must include all three requirements to be eligible to win.
Photo for Sol 9/19
Required elements: JOINT CHALLENGE FOR SOL 9:
Fire & Ice dragon requirement: Write your story outside your usual genre (or in a genre that’s new to you). For example, but not limited to: fantasy, scifi, romance, mystery, western, comedy, crime, horror, or thriller (or any general audience subgenres of these examples). Be sure to identify your chosen genre.
Today’s word count: 150-160