The final round of 2015 Writer’s Arena Championship is looming on the horizon. David Webb and Donald Uigtvlugt even now sharpening their quills and oiling their typewriters. Two stories will do battle. One story will emerge victorious.
But why should those two guys have all the fun?
So in the spirit of democracy we’re throwing open the gates of the Arena to the masses. Because we want you, yes you, to take a crack at the final Writer’s Arena Tournament prompt of the year. With that in mind we will be releasing that prompt a week early, and allowing you to take it where you want.
The winner chosen by us will receive a small trophy as well as a care package of TWA stickers and bookmarks.
Here are the rules. Read the prompt below and write a flash fiction story. Keep it 1000 words or less, not counting title. Post the story on your own blog, and put a link to it in the comments section below
If you do not have a blog add the story as a comment to this post. If you post here, keep it R-Rated or less.
Here is the prompt as received by our glorious gladiators:
We debated a lot about what to give you for a final prompt. We wanted it to be challenging, but also rich in inspiration. We wanted it to be something you could sink your teeth into, but also light and airy if you wanted to be fanciful. We didn’t want you to spread yourselves too thin, but we also wanted that delicious creamery flavor.
Your prompt…is butter.
Now keep in mind, your prompt is butter for the FINAL round of the arena tournament. This is no throw-away idea or a silly whim. We honestly toyed with a number of ideas before deciding on this one. It’s challenging, it’s difficult, and it could go in tons of directions. Dr. Seuss wrote about it, butter churners are synonymous with pioneers and certain eras of life, and people get into raging arguments about whether dropped toast will always land butter side down. The weird simplicity of this prompt belies the underlying challenge: we fully expect you to bring all of your facilities to bear in order to give us a truly great short story that leaves us thinking about butter for days after reading it.
That’s right. Butter.
You have from today, 11/23/2015 until 11:59 PM on 11/30/2015. One week to blow us away with a tale of, yes really, butter.