This week, instead of our usual round table discussion, we present to you a very special episode – “Worlds Apart,” the winner of our Third Annual Writing Contest. The story was written by Michelle Ristuccia, and Terry Mixon not only produced the audio production, but also narrated the story along with the wonderful Kimi Alexandre. We hope you enjoy.
Yes, it’s that time of year again! This year the prize we’re offer is… well, hold that thought for a moment while I get the rules out of the way. First, this is a short story contest, so the word count CANNOT exceed 4000 words. I can’t stress that enough. Second, the genre is completely open. You can write anything. Third, we’re not confining you to any particular style or purpose. Our first contest had to be about a robot, and last year it was all about great openings, but this year we’re leaving all that up to you. Next, only one entry per person. And lastly, the contest will end at the stroke of midnight on October 31st Central Standard Time. And there you have it. Those are the rules, and they are IRONCLAD. One word over 4000 and one second past midnight into November, and you’re out. Now, on to the prize…
Well, we’re always going on about how good some audio podcasts are and how they can help you get your fiction out there, so… that’s it! The winner of our contest (and yes, there will be only ONE winner) will have their story adapted into an audio podcast which we, your benevolent hosts, will produce and run in our feed. To make sure the prize is really all it can be, it will feature a full voice cast, music, and sound effects. How’s that sound? Um, pardon the pun.
Anyway, that’s it! I hope everyone is as excited about this as we are. I’ve created several audio podcasts of my own work, and I can tell you that there’s nothing like hearing your work brought to life across a sweeping audio stage. It’s just… magic. Now, get cracking! You have a month, and 4000 words! Don’t waste any of them! Get those stories written and then send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, please make sure to include the story in the body of the email, and NOT as an attachment. I can’t wait to see what you fine people come up with. I know you’ll make us proud!
That’s right, this year’s FenCon short story contest has opened its doors. FenCon VI is running from September 18th through the 20th, but you can submit your short story now. Since I won First Prize last year, I can’t enter it anymore (lucky for you), but all of you are more than welcome to send them your work. I hope all of you do, and I hope it’s one of our listeners who wins the prize. Get to it!
This week Justin and Terry (yes, Ryan skipped out on us, begin the tears and violins now) sit down and speak with JF Lewis, author of the urban fantasy novel “Staked”. JF was a fantastic interview, and we think you’re all going to enjoy this. I know we did.
You can also find him at Write The Fantastic.
Also, we will announce our contest winners on next week’s show. Getting all of them read amidst the holidays took longer than we thought it would, but we know you guys deserved to have us read and carefully consider each and every submition we received. But, the wait is nearly over, so make sure to come back next week and learn who won.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Have a great week!
Hey, everyone, this is Justin Macumber. Well, it’s nearing the end of the year, and with the coming of that crisp autumn wind also comes the second annual writing contest. This year we decided to make this a contest about great opening chapters. If you want the reader to carry on past the opening of your book, you have to hook them, entice them, capture their attention and draw them in. That’s what this contest is all about. We don’t care about the genre, or the subject matter. All we want is something that will grab us and have us begging to read more. And keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be a cliffhanger. If you develop a strong enough premise and memorable characters, that can be enough to hook people.
The contest will run from October 1st to October 31st and the entries can’t be longer than 5,000 words. Email your chapter to email@example.com. That’s it. Just make sure it hooks us, that it’s in before October’s over, and it’s within 5,000 words. We can’t wait to see what you fine folks have in store for us.
Now for the payoff. This year there won’t be just one winner, but many. The grand prize is an autographed copy of Scott Sigler’s out of print and damn near impossible to find novel “Ancestor.” And, not only is it autographed, but it will also be personalized to the winner. Other authors with names you’ll recognize have pledged autographed copies of their novels, including Tee Morris, Patrick Rothfuss, Mur Lafferty, A. Lee Martinez, Mathew Wayne Selznick, Pip Ballentine, and P.G. Holyfield! Be very excited. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Okay, as promised (if a bit tardy), we have posted up the winning short story, and it gets its own page, which you can access at the top of the site, or by clicking here:
Enjoy, and leave comments!
Good evening! This post is to let everyone know that the winner of our short story contest is Wine! No, not the beverage, the person! If I had his given name, I’d share it with you, but all I know him by is his email and forum name of Wine. Of all the submissions we received, we thought that his achieved its aims the best, and we had a great time reading it. Great job, Wine! Congrats!
We want to thank everyone who entered the contest, though. All of the short stories we received were read and discussed with zeal, and I can only hope that the next time we decide to do this again or something like it, we can have this level of excitement. You folks made this a big success for us.
Again, congratulations, Wine, on your win! Come back soon, and we will have the short story posted here on the site. Just look to the top of the page for the link once we have it posted.
We at the Dead Robots’ Society are excited to let everyone know that we are hosting a short story contest. If you are interested in joining the fun, here are the rules:
1. The story can be no longer than 5,000 words.
2. The story must involve a robot, though how that occurs is entirely up to you, so be creative! A fantasy story, even a horror story, can involve a robot, so don’t think we’re wanting sci-fi writers only to become involved in this. The robot can be dead, alive, central to the plot, or just one of the many characters you have in your story. We leave its involvement entirely up to you.
3. The story must be submitted by December 31st.
And that’s it! The winner of the contest will win a Dead Robots’ Society t-shirt autographed by the hosts of the show, and of course – if the winning writer permits it – we will display the story on our main site as well as in the forums so that everyone can read it. I hope we get plenty of submissions, and I hope everyone has as much fun with this as we’re planning on having