Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to the very first prompt of the very first round of this year’s tournament.
Nothing ever stays the same. But some changes are more…noticeable than others.
As readers you are no doubt used to the kinds of transformations a character can go through as they progress through a story. But today we’re looking for something a little more meaty. Today, we want a story about a real physical transformation. We’re not talking about a simple makeover or Luke losing a hand. We want to see a character turn from one thing into another thing.
From Greek myth, to Kafka, to the Very Hungry Caterpillar, to that lovable group of robots in disguise, The Transformers, fiction has focused on physical transformations for literally millennia. And now it’s our turn to add to that tradition. Will our authors’ transformations be horrific like the one in The Fly? Will it be beautiful like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly? Or will it be a completely different kind of metamorphosis entirely?
Let’s find out!
The Transformation Tussle is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).