Welcome, lovers of short stories to our twelfth arena match-up.
Our prompt this week will consider objects that alien lovers and conspiracy enthusiasts are familiar with: OOPAs (which is short for “Out Of Place Artifacts”). Things like tools from ancient cultures which are too well built for their time, human hand prints in million-year-old limestone, or maps from the middle ages detailing the topography of Antarctica. These things fly in the face of archaeology, history, and science and they remain UNEXPLAINED unless we allow that ancient man was visited by aliens or was far more advanced than most sheeple choose to believe (there are also perfectly normal explanations for such artifacts, but The Arena has no interest in such boring tales).
The writer’s task was simple. First, choose one of the unexplained items on this page:
And second, explain that artifact’s existence in a short story (while ignoring all of those pesky rational explanations that some people have offered).
Competing this week for the arena is Tony Southcotte.
Now let’s meet our challenger:
Tomi L. Wiley is the Poetry and Short Fiction Editor for Sweatpants & Coffee.com. She has written and edited for mainstream and private media including Southern Living and Oxford American magazines, edited numerous manuscripts and literary anthologies, procured authors and coordinated panels for the Southern Festival of Books and is a past President of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. She studied poetry in France as part of a program with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a published author and poet. She digs ice cream, goat cheese, red wine and very loud jazz. She is working on her first novel. You can find her on Twitter @twiley1012, her Facebook author page is Tomi L. Wiley, or at tomilwiley.com.
There you have it. TWA#12 is live!
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