Short Story Battle #17 – Circus Circus

Short Story Challenge #17 - Circus CIrcusWelcome, lovers of short stories. Come one, come all to this week’s competition!

The topic at hand? Why, it’s the circus.

Yes, few things are more evocative than the circus. This mobile factory of entertainment is capable of evoking memories for every sense: the smell of horses, the laughter of the crowd, the glow of the spotlights, the taste of cotton candy and popcorn. The circus is a source of wonder for children, and children at heart, everywhere.

And yet…there are elements of the circus that can provoke much different emotions. Clowns and high-wire acts are known to set people on edge. Likewise, in some eras, traveling shows were sordid affairs comprised of of pick-pockets and thieves masquerading as entertainers, stopping only long enough to empty everybody’s pockets by any means necessary before packing up and moving on.

Few things are more evocative than the circus.

The challenge this week is simple.

Our authors were told to set a story in a circus.

Representing the arena this week is Danny Brophy.

Challenging him is Jyoji Fee:

photo (2)Jyoji is a Half-Korean American who was born in Japan. He came to the states after growing up in Canada. He’s a bit of a wanderer by trade and has moved twenty-seven times in thirty years. He grew up reading a lot of bargain-bin science fiction and fantasy along with some classics. His Grandmother, a literature teacher, thankfully directed him to read things like the Iliad and Crime and Punishment. He has fallen back to the paperback recently, devouring random books saved from used bookstore shelves. Currently he is a stay at home dad, his second having just been born on the 13th of August. He is an avid gamer and plays just about everything: chess, Ticket to Ride, D&D, Titanfall, and Warhammer 40k just to name a few. His home has an 8’x8′ bookshelf dedicated just to boardgames…he writes when he can and most of his writing ends up on Books Not Yet Written, a testament to his struggles to complete more than a blurb.

The Battle of the Big Top begins tomorrow!



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  1. Can’t wait! The Circus is one of my favorite settings. so much could go wrong…

    • I’ve always thought the same. Carnies, poor equipment, greaseball food, alcohol, teens trying to impress eachother, and of course that little horror we know as clowns. A carnival is just a powder keg.

  2. I’ve been itching to read my competitor’s story for weeks!

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