TWA #85 – Sharks

“Shallow Monsters” by Joseph Devon


“Endangered” by Christina Durner


Stories about SharksGreetings, short story lovers, and welcome to our next prompt.


Okay, so maybe there are more circumlocutious ways to get to the prompt, but really what more do you need? These freaky fishies have captivated the public consciousness in an ever-evolving capacity for the last fifty years.

Peter Benchley kicked off the whole feeding frenzy with his novel Jaws, and its subsequent adaptation, and ever since then we’ve been embroiled in a love-fear relationship with these dangerous predators of the deep. But sadly while sharks have taken over the big and small screens, they have not had such a successful record in the world of the written word. Well we aim to change that.

Our authors’ task this week was to write a story about one or more sharks. They can based in reality (real sharks aren’t nearly as interested in eating people as the movies would have you believe) or they can be outlandish creations of whimsy like the assorted creatures that take over the Syfy channel every summer. As long as it’s recognizable as a shark, it’s fair game.

Who will be blown up when an oxygen tank in their mouth is shot and who will go into a feeding frenzy?

Let’s find out!

Joseph Devon represents the arena this week with “Shallow Monsters.”

Christina Durner battles back with “Endangered.”

The Sharks 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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