Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
 

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse

Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse 

The Apocalypse. For real this time. And one none of the conspiracy theorists saw it coming. The world is going to end in a day. What will to happen until then? Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. If the world’s not going to end in your story you are out 3. Prose […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares

Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares 

Everybody knows about nightmares, so I felt that in this case an introduction wasn’t necessary. Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. A nightmare or nightmares must be a central part of the story 3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. 4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long. 5. You will be disqualified […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic 

This is the third year we’ve done Fanfic February (wow, time is fleeting…). The first year you could write whatever you wanted, last year I limited the books you could choose from. And this year I want you to write a fight scene between two characters (or groups of main characters) from different authors. FitzChivalry […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall

Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall 

Most of you are familiar with the term “breaking the fourth wall”. It’s mostly done in children’s books (like Grover in Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of this Book), comics (see above) or movies (comedy movies mainly) and means usually a character becoming aware of their fictional nature, directly addressing the reader and/or […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love

Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love 

This month’s stories are about people experiencing true love (or what they believe to be love) for the first time. I know that writing about feelings – and especially love – is quite hard too but since love is an integral part of life, it was about time to try writing about it. If you […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts

Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts 

You know they’re out there. Lurking. Just out of your sight. Maybe immortal. Or so close that it doesn’t make a difference. Having survived for longer than human history exists. Because they’re tougher, smarter and meaner than anything else. Dragons, leviathans, kraken or other things from deep below – our mythologies are filled with gargantuan […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Known Title, Unknown Story

Monthly Short Story Winner: Known Title, Unknown Story 

The name of the short story must be that of a fantasy bestseller but the story isn’t allowed to have anything to do with the original book. So if your story’s title is The Name of the Wind it isn’t allowed to be about an orphan musician magician sex god king killer and the power […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Politics, Scheming, and Intrigue

Monthly Short Story Winner: Politics, Scheming, and Intrigue 

Scheming courtiers with different goals, layers of conflict, strings being pulled behind the scenes, power shifting, social climbers, too cocksure of themselves to be careful, poison… Political fantasy stories (think ASoIaF) usually have a lot of worldbuilding and complex plots. Intricate governmental hierarchies need to be created to make them believable. Backstory, motives, complex relationships […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Space Opera

Monthly Short Story Winner: Space Opera 

“Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare and often romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space. It usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons and other sophisticated technology.” – Wikipedia Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and George Lucas’ Star […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Flash Fiction

Monthly Short Story Winner: Flash Fiction 

Postcard Fiction. Short, Short Stories. Micro Fiction. 500 words or less. This month, that’s all our entrants got. Wikipedia says that flash fiction ‘often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution.’ It adds that ‘the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Multiple Points of View

Monthly Short Story Winner: Multiple Points of View 

Multiple points of view can be tricky to write in full length novels. They are even harder in short stories. This month our entrants had to write a story containing more than one point of view. Short stories do not often have multiply POVs and it was quite challenging for our writers to fit more […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales 

Some are funny and silly. Some are dark and strange. But all of them have a morale, a (more or less fixed) narrative, and rules. This month’s short story contest features fairy tales. In fairy tales, numbers are important. It’s always three sons and the youngest is the smartest. There may be seven princesses but […]

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