2016 Tournament Round 2: Fire

“All Our Incandescent Yesterdays” by Albert Berg


“The Dark” by Lu Whitley



Over the course of the past year at the arena we’ve found ourselves going back to the basics. We’ve especially enjoyed rounding out some of the major themes that our older prompts dipped into. For example, we’ve had water as a prompt, and we’ve had wind as a prompt. That got us thinking about the four basic elements of lore and which ones we’re missing.

Since there’s no better time than the present to start filling in those blanks, our prompt this week will take on a new elemental of old: fire.

Usually here we’ll write a few sentences about the subject and discuss how the prompt has been important in history, or different ways it has been represented in art. But…seriously? It’s fire. It’s been everywhere. It represents light, heat, hearth, and home. It took down Chicago, The Great Library, and London. It has been painted, photographed, personified, and demonized. It is one of the most core prompts we can imagine.

Our authors’ challenge, then is to write us a story wherein fire plays a central role. If they can get us thinking about or seeing fire in a new way, or pondering fire long after we’ve put their story down, all the better.

Who will burn out and who will fade away?

Let’s find out!

Albert Berg represents the arena this week with “All Our Incandescent Yesterdays.”

Lu Whitley enters round one of the tournament with “The Dark.”

The Fire Fight 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).

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