It has arrived! The moment you have been waiting for! Or the moment you thought about on Friday and then went about your weekend to do other things, but now I’m reminding you again! Ready, set, write your curses!
15 October at 0900 EDT NOW! until 27 October at 2359
Genre: Fantasy and all sub-genres. Dark fantasy, urban fantasy, horror fantasy, epic fantasy, contemporary fantasy, dystopian fantasy, whatever. (No sci-fi this time, sorry!)
Theme: Curses masquerading as blessings, granted wishes, deepest desires, secret yearnings. Take a gift and twist it. Take a wish and make it rot. Grant a deep desire and watch it burn. Example, you say? An easy one: King Midas turns everything he touches to gold. Everything. Instead of glorious riches, he’s now become Rogue, except anyone he touches will become metal instead of having seizures.
Length: 500 words.
How to Enter: Post your entry in the comments of this post WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (this is where I find out who reads the submission guidelines):
If these things are not included, you will have to drink from the Cup of the Blind, which will erode your entry into nothingness. Meaning, you will be disqualified and will have to wear the Cone of Shame.
*No, we won’t use your email address for anything other than notifying winners, distributing prizes. No, we won’t give it to evil cyber stalkers. No, we are not evil cyber stalkers. Does anyone use the word “cyber” anymore? WordPress will show me your email in my super-secret comment-management page. If this is NOT the email you get email at, you should probably give me another one. Put a space between the @ if you want. I can figure out the anti-bot deceptigrams. Also, get on Twitter. Next contest that will be a requirement.
Prizes: Super snazzy prizes will include an Amazon gift card, manuscript critiques, goody bags (when was the last time you got goodies in the POST?! Alas, these goody bags will have to be limited to US residents only, because we’re broke), and mucho de bragging rights. And some sweet badges which will be revealed later. Muahahaha! Winners will be crowned as follows:
Your Judges: C’est moi, of course, and Kristin McFarland. We will be judging the posts on originality, use of the theme, quality of writing, and general badassery. R-rated stories are fine, but we’re not looking for erotica. Some sex is okay, but remember the theme and ask if it’s necessary. Don’t shoot for shock value. Wow us with your story and how you weave in the prompt. Take that prompt and breathe life into it — show us, show us, show us!
What are you waiting for? Start writing! And feel free to talk it up on Twitter using the #CostumedCurses hashtag! Can’t wait to see the first entries!
Love and kisses!
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