Contest: "The Muse of March"

in contest •  last year  (edited)


Use the unfinished charcoal drawing featured above as inspiration to create a work of speculative fiction.

Feel free to use, modify, or incorporate the artwork itself.

By "speculative fiction" I refer generally to the genres of fantasy and science fiction. However, the judges - a group of writers, editors, and educators in Berkeley and San Rafael - are open to a broad interpretation of this definition and are concerned primarily with quality and impact, not with technicalities. We favor prose, however your piece can be poetry, something in between, or even something that lives somewhere at the fringes. Impress us.

Note: The judges are "classical liberals." We do not identify as political left or right. We are inclusive. We are open-minded. We do not think half of America is dumb. It is not in your interest to attempt to appeal to an agenda. We live in the greater San Francisco area and we have had quite enough of that. Whether it be horror, dramatic, romantic, or humorous, we value strong clear writing that delivers on a visceral level. Nothing else matters to us. Focus on the writing.

There will be one winner: 10 SBD

There will be one runner-up: 5 SBD

SBD transferred to this account with the memo "The Muse of March" will be added to the contest rewards and split between the winner and runner-up 50/50.

The judging process will take several days or more once the contest is closed since all of us have many demands upon our time. We will try to get the judging done as soon as possible.


Entries must be written in English (the only language all the judges share).

Only one entry for each individual.

This contest is intended to promote the STEEMIT platform, which we all believe in and wish to see flourish. Therefore, your entry must be posted on your Steemit blog and linked from there to the comments section below.

This contest runs until the end of the month. Anything submitted later than March 2018 will be disqualified.

While we do appreciate resteems and upvotes, they are NOT requirements. We want to encourage the best talent to this contest and some writers are understandingly unwilling to fill their blogs with contest spam.

There are NO requirements as far as tags and NO requirements to refer to this contest in your entry post, though all such references are, naturally, well appreciated.

The winning entry will be the one which the judges feel most effectively and powerfully evokes the visual prompt. This being my contest, I will break any ties which occur during judging.

Good luck!

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Hello! My entry for the Muse of March contest can be found here -

Thank you for hosting the contest, and good luck to all entrants! :D

Hm a contest huh? Not sure if entry is still open, but here's a story whether it is or not! enjoy!


Yes, the contest is open until March ends.



Sounds interesting. I'll look in to it or sleep on it that is


Writers aren't allowed to sleep.

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This looks fun. Time permitting, I would like to have a go at it. That image is ripe for interpretation. I've found it difficult to find the will to post on Steemit the last couple weeks. Few people seem interested in actually reading things, to busy rushing off to make that next sbd. The idea of having a group actually interested in reading works is appealing.


There are some very good groups on discord that read and discuss literature, fantasy, sci-fi, poetry, and other topics. They might be worth taking a look at. There is Poets United, Isle of Write, The Writers Block, just to name a few. Of course you can always do it through the comments sections of specific writers. Very rarely will you find a writer who doesnt like talking about writing :)


I would agree, I suppose what I meant to say, was reading the works of others, and more specifically my writing. :) I'm a part of TWB a wonderful group of people. But in order to effectively utilize their services one need to use google docs. You see, me and google have a love hate relationship. They love to collect my private details and I hate to use their services. So submitting things for them is rather difficult for me. I really enjoy the interactions with the group although. I may look into some of the other groups as well. Thanks for the info. I have a few idea's from the picture for a short story but, just not quite formed yet. I was about to start writing for my ongoing Sci-fi/fantasy Steemit novel again, but this could be a nice pallet cleanser. It's hard as I have to stay up rather late to get the "uninterrupted time" required to visualize and write down a story.

Good contest idea! I am looking forward to future iterations. :)

Here is my entry:

I hope am still meeting the deadline given, happened to see this today and i love it. So this is my entry


Love this piece. I love the picture this writer was trying to paint with words.

hey, you are from my neck of the woods. I was born and raised in SF. your group sounds fun! i dont mind libs. LOL
maybe i will try to write, i don't know ... i can barely make out the photo. :p


I know, the scan resolution is low. It is a very old scan from back when they all looked like that.


Can you put the links around the photo to enlarge it? It will then pop out in a separate window and possibly have more detail.

I see you favor prose so I was considering putting my "How to Fly" here but I have that spread throughout multiple posts so I left my favorite poem that I have written. Thanks for the opportunity!

here's mine.
I hope you find it interesting.

here is my entry.

Dear @mdbrantingham,

Thank you for this contest, I was able to use the photo and create a gif, with your permission. I enlarged the photo as best I could and wrote this entry.

Here is my official entry:


Respectfully submitted, @eaglespirit.

Here is my entry for the contest. wish everyone a good time.


@moneyinfant has added your contest to the list Steemit Writing Contests: Issue #37. The list is updated on a daily basis and your contest will remain on the list until its expiration - there's nothing you need to do.

The list was created to save writers the excessive amount of time spent searching through the #contest tag for writing contests. Now they can just come to the list each day, see new contests and use their time doing what they love - writing.

If you'd like to help spread the word about the Steemit Writing Contest List I'd really appreciate a resteem, but it certainly isn't necessary. The project is simply meant to help writers save time and contest creators attract more contestants.

P.S. If you know of any contests I've missed I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!

Woo hoo! I had a great time writing this. It went in a direction I never saw coming. Thanks for the opportunity.
My submission: -- "A Game of Steemit"

  ·  last year (edited)

Im interest join Your contest .I like writing fiction since I was in the highschool This platform makes My dreams come true. Here Is My entry
Thank you for giving me This opportunity @mdbrantingham

I know this is extremely LAST MINUTE (and I hope you're running on LA time) but here's my entry:

who was the winner of this contest? was it announced somewhere else?