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Contest Theme Ideas
« on: February 12, 2013, 05:32:26 PM »
Anyone have any thoughts on what they'd like to see for future contest writing themes?

Offline blendyface

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 07:09:32 PM »
Famous quotes as a launching point. Perhaps, given the forum, fantasy or SFF etc themed.
 Ie.,
Base a short story around
"(blah blah blah)"
-Ray Bradbury

Although I have no such quotes on hand...

Offline Idlewilder

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 10:50:35 PM »
Famous quotes as a launching point. Perhaps, given the forum, fantasy or SFF etc themed.
 Ie.,
Base a short story around
"(blah blah blah)"
-Ray Bradbury

Although I have no such quotes on hand...

Oh I like this idea Blendy!

Anyone else got any ideas for themes? Broad, specific, sci-fi, fantasy - all ideas are welcome!  :)
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 11:16:08 PM »
These are probably not very original.... but better than nothing :) (maybe))

  • Assassins/Thieves  ;D
  • Ghost/haunting type of story
  • Homecoming ... good/bad/indifferent
  • Time Capsule ... imagine the things that could be unleashed in a fantasy world :)
  • Doctor or scientist stumbles onto some discovery ...

You could just give a title and let people go where ever it takes them


Also, you could do something like Chuck Wendig does for his flash fiction contests: have a short list of things (unicorns, vampires, demons), a short list of sub genres, short list of locations and have people pick one of each to incorporate into their story


OK ... that's it for now. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know :)
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Offline Jeni

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 01:19:34 AM »
You could incorporate a specific POV into the theme -eg say the story has to be written from the POV of a child, a woman, the 'bad guy', the pet goldfish etc.

Offline simonster

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013, 09:32:22 AM »
I don't have any suggestions for the contest.  I just wanted to say thanks (including Autumn and Lor of course) for running it.  It's been a good source of entertainment, both writing and reading. :)

Offline Jeni

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2013, 12:27:33 PM »
I don't have any suggestions for the contest.  I just wanted to say thanks (including Autumn and Lor of course) for running it.  It's been a good source of entertainment, both writing and reading. :)

Yes. Thanks for encouraging Simonster to write stories I like reading  ;D

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2013, 05:39:05 PM »
I don't have any suggestions for the contest.  I just wanted to say thanks (including Autumn and Lor of course) for running it.  It's been a good source of entertainment, both writing and reading. :)

Yes. Thanks for encouraging Simonster to write stories I like reading  ;D

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 09:47:31 AM »
Famous quotes as a launching point. Perhaps, given the forum, fantasy or SFF etc themed.
 Ie.,
Base a short story around
"(blah blah blah)"
-Ray Bradbury

Although I have no such quotes on hand...

I like this idea. In the short story I submitted for the FF Anthology, I started it with a quote.

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Offline Fellshot

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2013, 06:19:03 AM »
How about natural disasters? I don't think they'd be good fodder for a novel (at least not by themselves) but for something short it could work.

Offline Mordekai

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2013, 08:40:34 PM »
Maybe offer up the first line of a story, and then let imaginations go crazy?

Something like;

"It was the first time I had been allowed to go on my own..."

(You could trade out I and MY for the characters name and THEIR, of course... unless you wanted everyone to try a 1st person POV)

Offline May

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 02:02:44 AM »
Just show an image, perhaps an abstract image and have people write what comes to mind.

I also second Jeni's POV suggestion, seems interesting

Offline sabrok

Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2014, 01:29:00 AM »
I would love to see a theme on employment, whether that be going on a job interview for a career as an assassin or a magician working as a alchemy trader. Everyone has to earn a living, right?

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AW: Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2014, 07:28:05 AM »
I would love to see a theme on employment, whether that be going on a job interview for a career as an assassin or a magician working as a alchemy trader. Everyone has to earn a living, right?
good one, will add it to my list. :)
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2014, 12:27:10 AM »
Another one that could be fun, Seven Deadly Sins.