Sadly, our last fan fiction competition only gathered two entries. So I looked back at the requirements and thought we might try toning things down a bit. Let’s say, a six word max?
Before you react, imagine this: you want to get published in a newspaper ad. You’ve got the material, only problem is, it costs 30 cents a word. You’re a struggling author; you don't want to pay for every word in your great saga. Condense it. “Flash fiction” is a great way to get your point across clearly and concisely and works great for those of us with a shorter-than-average attention span. The great American writer Ernest Hemingway wrote one of the most famous pieces of “flash fiction” comprising of only six words: “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”
Want some more inspiration? Wired asked popular sci-fi writers to create six-word stories. Here are some of the results:
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly. — Orson Scott Card
I’m your future, child. Don’t cry. — Stephen Baxter
Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth. — Vernor Vinge
With bloody hands, I say good-bye. — Frank Miller
Automobile warranty expires. So does engine. — Stan Lee
Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket. — William Shatner
Not so hard, is it? Oh, and one more thing, it must be related to Dawn of Fantasy.
Here's what I came up with: “Orc meet Elf, Elf meet defeat.”
Think you can do better? Post a six-word story by October 12, 12:59 PM EST in this thread
. After the deadline, the entries will be judged by DoFH Staff and the author of the winning entry will be presented with a key to the second closed beta.
Articles (a, an, the) do not need to add to the word count, but can if you need it to get to six.