TWA #76 – Satellite Coverage

“The Man in the Maria” by Daniel Hale


“The Moon in the Man” by Jeff Conklin


TWA 76 Main-01Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

Our topic for this week is big. Really big. Like a-quarter-the-size-of-the-earth big. It is also up there on the list of the most inspiring things in human existence. Songs, poems, paintings, stories, books, folklore, mythology, you name the creative endeavor and tons of it has been produced about our topic. Now the arena wants a taste.

What, exactly, is this topic? Why the moon of course. And as an added twist we have put zero restrictions on our authors as far as genre or tone goes. They just have to have the moon as a central topic. The freedom of this prompt may seem sweet, but it would be very easy to get tripped up by how many different approaches there are. I mean the moon is featured in everything from Van Gogh’s Starry Night to werewolf stories to Apollo 13 to pop music to…well you get the idea.

One more wrinkle presents itself as we have a new temporary arena denizen. He is the brain behind Ragnaroach and also gave us “The Widower’s Djinn.” We welcome Daniel Hale back into the arena.

And now…who will fly us to the moon and who will…the opposite of moon?

Let’s find out!!

Daniel Hale represents the arena with “The Man in the Maria.”

Jeff Conklin battles back with “The Moon in the Man.”

The Moon Match 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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