REVERSE INSPIRATION CHALLENGE:
Speculative fiction is an umbrella fiction genre covering the more specific genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history. (Yes, I pulled this from Wikipedia!)
THE CHALLENGE IS:
For you, my readers, to write 300 to 500 words of speculative fiction using the following as inspiration:
“It was, rather, the quiet time under the tree, with the green leaves against the blue sky, the mild breeze, the soft sound of animals, and Giskard opposite him with faintly glowing eyes.”
Taken from the end of Isaac Asimov’s, “The Robots of Dawn”.
You don’t need to use this line, and you shouldn’t use the characters. No Asimov fan-fiction please. Just go with any image the passage puts in your mind, and take it from there. There are no wrong answers, only interesting writing. The competition is open to everyone, regardless of age, writing ability, or location on the planet.
Email your entry to dansimmo1(at)gmail.com with the entry pasted into the body of the email, and the subject line: “Reverse Inspiration Entry: Spec Fiction”.
Monday 10th May 2010 – 31st May 2010
Two prizes are up for grabs, both coming from a West Australian publishing house, Twelfth Planet Press, who are rapidly building a reputation for putting out original, high quality speculative fiction. The entrants will be judged by Mark Welker, the Griffith Review 2009 Emerging Writer.
Published on the Fiction on Demand blog, and a copy of Roadkill/Siren Beat, by Robert Shearman and Tansy Rayner Roberts
About Roadkill/Siren Beat
Published on the Fiction on Demand blog, and a copy of Angel Rising, by Dirk Flinthart
About Angel Rising
Third and Fourth Prize:
Published on Fiction on Demand blog.
Get writing people!