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October Writing Contest - Sports!
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:45:59 PM »
If last month was about something quite familiar to fantasy fiction, this month we're going to something that's, well... pretty far removed:

Sports.

Don't knock it - some of the best stories in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror have been written about sports. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Golem's Mighty Swing, Summerland, all blend a modern sport with fantasy - and who can forget the Real Ghostbusters episode where they play baseball for the fate of the world? (I've clearly got baseball on my mind! So how about Spacejam?)

There's the familiar fantasy sports - slightly romanticised versions of medieval 'games' -  from the tournaments of A Game of Thrones to the duels of Sharps.

And, of course, there's the made up stuff: Rollerball, Ender's Game, The Player of Games, the X-Men's Danger Room,...

So, this month... we want you to write a story (or poem) with some sort of sport or contest as its center. This could be a real sport, a quasi-historical competition or something that you just full-on make up. It could be a board game, a joust, the Superbowl or the legendary Man U / Man City RaptorBrawl of 2987. Go wild.

As always, fan fiction is not allowed. The Hunger Games is doing well enough without us.

Rules:

1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. A sport, game or competition must be a core element in your piece.
4. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. (Yup, I've cut it by 500 words. I'm mean.)
5. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits. (Again, mean.)

Entry will close at Noon (GMT) on the 1st November 2013, barring any extraneous circumstances and voting will be open for the month thereafter.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website in December 2013.

(Tip: Check out some of the great sportswriting - from folks like Grantland Rice and David Halberstam. These are folks that specialised in writing emotional action scenes, so there's plenty to learn! Ditto, if you just flip to the sports section of the daily paper, you'll find professionals than can describe 80 different ways of "kicking a ball", and describing a physical event to people that weren't there... you don't need to like sports to learn from sport journalism.)

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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 07:41:32 PM »
Wow.  I really dislike sports...Because I am really bad at sports.  I'm thinking this deficiency would probably bleed into any attempt at writing about sports.  You are mean.  Grumble, grumble.

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AW: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 07:59:36 AM »
I'm not a sports fan either but I love how this theme surprised me. :)
I think it's a good challenge and writing outside your comfort zone may do you good. ;)
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Re: AW: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 11:06:13 AM »
I'm not a sports fan either but I love how this theme surprised me. :)
I think it's a good challenge and writing outside your comfort zone may do you good. ;)

That was my thinking! Plus, I've tried to make the definition of 'sports' as broad as possible - all sorts of games, tournaments and challenges fit in.

Good luck everyone!

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Re: AW: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2013, 04:16:34 PM »
Waaaaay outside my comfort zone.   ;)
I agree though - great idea.

Offline Charlemagne

Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 02:45:12 AM »
Hmmm....

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Hmm.......
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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 06:46:53 AM »
Verrrrry interesting...

One of my favourite non-fiction books is The Fight by Norman Mailer - I reckon I'll have a go at this one :-)
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Offline TOMunro

Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 12:09:38 AM »
Funny thing is that all my ideas about sport come back to battles - I guess 'cos a lot of sport is a kind of non-fatal gladiatorial combat, or more overt rehearsal for war.
jousting tournaments?
a kind of king of the castle game?
wrestling?
archery tournaments?

Maybe a story about chess - but no - that's a battle too!
an assault course for training soldiers hmm

interesting.  Trying to invent a sport that isn't quidditch or anything like it.

This could take some time - lucky the submission thread isn't open yet.

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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2013, 01:53:27 AM »
I rather like the idea of full contact croquet, but Jasper Fforde already used that in his Thursday Next books. I have a story involving lacrosse, but it's too long:(.
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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2013, 03:51:33 PM »
This could take some time - lucky the submission thread isn't open yet.

It's there now. :)
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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
Oops. Thanks Arry!

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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2013, 06:42:12 PM »
My comfort zone is currently so far away it's a dot on the horizon, but I'm really having fun writing this.  ;D
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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2013, 05:16:29 PM »
My comfort zone is currently so far away it's a dot on the horizon, but I'm really having fun writing this.  ;D

Excellent!

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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2013, 12:25:52 PM »
Newbie here, where and how do you post your story (probably obvious but I'm good at asking the obvious)

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Re: October Writing Contest - Sports!
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2013, 12:42:49 PM »
Newbie here, where and how do you post your story (probably obvious but I'm good at asking the obvious)

No problem. Just post it in the Submission Thread
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