Edit (1/18/14): Okay, that's all for now! This contest is officially closed. No more entries will be accepted now. I'll now sift through the entries and I'll have the winners posted as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Edit (1/17/14): LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES! I REPEAT, LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES! I WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANYTHING AFTER TODAY!
Edit (1/11/14): Let's get your entries in, everybody! Sorry for spamming, by the way~
Well, here's the contest I promised you. The idea for this came last night, while my family reminisced about a doll I used to have when I was small. It was a nice expensive gift from a distant aunt of mine. I mean, the thing was really pretty to start with: I can remember it having a fancy pink dress and a glass face and little brown curls. You know, the kind you'd expect rich old ladies to have, I suppose. Everything was fine until I dropped the thing and its face shattered. Then my mom tried to fix it with a hot glue gun, and the results were horrifying. Looking back, I was never afraid of it as a kid, but my older siblings hated it.
It really made me think about how we view things when we're children, and was the inspiration for this contest. Now, enough boring background; let's get into the big idea.
Objective Write a piece from a child's perspective describing something terrifying.
Deadline: January 18th, 2014
I'm accepting all forms of literature for this: poetry, short stories, vignettes, monologues, etc. As long as it's literature, it's good to go.
Poetry should not exceed 75 lines; all other forms should not exceed 2,500 words.
Content will be judged on creativity, execution, and how far you can run with this prompt.
Please include a link to this journal in the Author's Comments of your entry.
Post a comment with a link to your piece on this journal when you finish writing it.
I think that's all! Now on to the part you've all been waiting for...
40 , a llama, a poetry request, and 2 critiques from SleepingInTheShadows
30 , 2 llamas, 7 faves, and 5 constructive comments from VivaFariy
1 , a llama, and 10 faves from The-Jelly-Princess
3 critiques from saltwaterlungs
A feature on my page
A llama badge
20 , a llama, a poetry request, and 1 critique from SleepingInTheShadows
20 , a llama, 5 faves, and 4 constructive comments from VivaFariy
a critique from saltwaterlungs
a llama and 5 faves from The-Jelly-Princess
10 , a llama, and 1 critique from SleepingInTheShadows
10 , a llama, 3 faves, and 3 constructive comments from VivaFariy
a critique from saltwaterlungs
a llama and 3 faves from The-Jelly-Princess
I know a lot of you wanted to donate prizes, but I thought I would check and make sure of amounts/limits/etc. before making it final on the journal. If you'd like to donate to the prize pool, let me know in the comments!
I'm sure I've probably forgotten something, but for now, I'm going to post this and hope for the best. I hope you consider joining in. Best of luck to all of you!
UPDATE (12/31/13): We've got more prizes posted! The stakes are rising, guys!
(1/4/14): We're now two weeks from the deadline. Keep writing!