(A quick note. A lot of readers have been asking for a longer time between stories going up and judgement taking place. We think that makes a lot of sense so we will be tinkering with different schedules for when things are posted in the coming weeks until we get it right. Nobody panic.)
Hello, lovers of short stories. The arena recently has seen a slew of vague prompts: Dessert and Art and Revenge and such. All those very broad themes have us longing for a more specific concept. That’s where this week’s challenge comes in. This will be, we believe, the most specific prompt yet in the arena, or at least in recent memory.
We told our authors to write you a story involving an intergalactic hit-man carrying out a contract on earth.
See? Simplicity itself.
There are no restrictions as to genre or setting or point of view, but an alien has to be attempting to kill someone on earth for hit-man-esque reasons.
Representing the arena this week will be Danny Brophy.
Competing against him will be Ian C. Williams:
Ian C. Williams is a poet and novelist often caught dabbling in other disciplines and gravitating toward coffee and tweed. His work has been published in The Gap-Toothed Madness, Yorick Magazine, and The Idiom, and he has received the Florence Kahn Memorial Award from the National Society of State Poetry Society. He currently resides in Fairmont, West Virginia with his wife, Bailey, and two cats, Tribble and Shenzi.
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