How This Works

badass typewriterEvery week two authors will receive the same writing prompt from the arena. One author, a challenger, will come from you, the audience. The other author will be a member of the arena.

Those authors will then have ten days to write a story that meets the parameters as outlined by the writing prompt.

Ten days after the prompt is published, the stories will be published for all to enjoy. Over the next few days the stories will also be judged.

Two judges have already been chosen and will each pick one story, awarding it one point.

The third judge is you, the audience. In the comments section we encourage you to engage in discussion about the stories and to state which one you chose as your favorite. We’ll tally up those votes and weight them with the decision of the judges and declare a winner.

Some things to keep in mind:

1. We do not allow authors to comment on their own stories. This is just too much of an open door for all sorts of bad things to happen.

2. We run the competition on a week’s delay, so don’t be confused if the chatter you see floating around hints at this. We do ask our authors to keep their challenge under wraps until it is officially published. Likewise, once the deadline is reached the authors hand in their stories and they are kept, unread, until publication day. Unless one author bungles his prompt and doesn’t meet the challenge. Then we scramble to fill in as best we can, which is why we run this on a delay to begin with.

3. We take pride in our work and our words, however due to the time constraints placed on this work, there are going to be some typos in the fiction. We welcome your help in catching them and ask that you be considerate. Writing a short story in ten days based on someone else’s idea is difficult. Odds are “it’s” and “its” will get mixed up now and then. Simply let us know if you spot a typo and we’ll fix it.


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