And so, short story lovers, we come to the final round of our first ever tournament. Both David Webb and Donald Jacob Uitvlugt have been writing stories since late September to get here. They’ve bested the arena champions, tackled photographs and mind control, and even stopped off for a chat with death.
Then, to reward them for their efforts, the arena dished out one of the more hellish prompts we’ve ever come up with: butter.
None of us behind the scenes had any idea what we would have done had we been given this prompt. How do you make a solid story out of a prompt like butter? And were this our third round in the tournament and we had already spent sleepless nights battling it out to get here…we just want to say that both of these authors are champions in our minds. We did not issue this prompt lightly, despite how silly it seems. We issued this prompt knowing that it represented a terrible challenge. We issued this prompt knowing it was worthy of being the first ever championship prompt in The Writer’s Arena.
But, that being said, we now must pick a winner.
Who whipped up a tale that will deliver? Who turned in sour milk?
Let’s find out.
The Final Butter Battle has begun…
We have two judges that will render their decision next Wednesday. 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 Wednesday.
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).