Rhapsodist Writing Contest #7 – The Dust Cover Autobiography of a Life Not Lived

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Rhapsodist Writing Contest #7 – The Dust Cover Autobiography of a Life Not Lived

The seventh challenge of the Rhapsodist Writing Contest is to write the dust cover autobiography of the life you were not courageous enough to live. Our lives are fraught with different opportunities, paths, and choices we each need to make in an instant. However upon reflection, each of us realize at key points, had we decided differently, our lives would have been completely different. What is the dust cover biography of that other life?

For some inspiration, please check out the YouTube clip below from the movie The Family Man starring Nicholas Cage. In this YouTube clip, Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) had everything which classically defines success in the modern world. He is a wealthy investment banker with every creature comfort one could possibly imagine, but a single defining moment in his life could have led him to an unlived life and a new definition of success he has never considered. In this film, he has the opportunity to live that life in a "glimpse."

Contest Rules

The contest will run through Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:59 PM UTC. A prize of 10 SBDs is up for grabs to the winner and a 5 SBD prize for the runner-up. I will be the judging this sixth contest and the rules of the contest are:

  1. All entries must be 500 words or less.
  2. Limit one entry.
  3. Vote and Resteem this post.
  4. Please post your entry on your own blog and use the hashtag #rhapsodist.
  5. Please paste a link to your published blog post contest entry in the comment thread below.
  6. The contest will end Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:59 PM UTC.
  7. The contest winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Good luck to all the participating authors. I look forward to reading some incredible flash fiction.

What is the Rhapsodist Writing Contest?

After judging two Artquest challenges, I found myself actively looking to bring a challenge of my own to the Steemit community. During my most recent interview with @kennyskitchen, we were discussing how we both missed the fiction and chapter books which used to be very actively published here on Steemit. Unfortunately, as Steemit grew, long-form chapter books generally did not do well.

It led me to look towards developing a writing challenge which would focus on flash fiction instead of long-form fiction and non-fiction. But I wanted the emphasis to be on stretching the creativity of the participating authors and challenging them to develop some incredible, unique content which will diversify the content pool on Steemit.

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@dlina-v-metrah I see you have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it. Your contest entry is also attached to the comment thread.

Congratulations, your entry has been accepted for the Rhapsodist Writing Challenge #7. Thank you for participating in this contest and good luck.

@lpfaust,
I think I missed my congratz message to Contest #6 winners! Actually this is awesome! Continuous contest and you are paying by your pocket! Amazing work my dear friend! I am not financially stable till now, but I will and I will donate for this contest in near future!

Cheers~

@theguruasia Rhapsodist Contest #6 winners will be announced on Wednesday, songou've not missed out congratulating the winners.

I appreciate the offer to contribute to the contest and I appreciate the recognition that I am paying the full freight of the prize money.

I do have to say thank you to my followers who consistently upvote these contests and my own content because without them, I would not be able to provide the prize money for this contest.

what a creativity!!

@sizuka I'm looking forward to reading the dust cover biographies of the participants. I'd like to see where their creative minds take them.

Now this one is quite a challenge. I hope I could come up with a good entry. ^___^

@lyxng I look forward to reading your entry once it's finished. I do enjoy seeing where the participants creative minds take them in these flash fiction challenges.

I was debating about putting up one my self (not for contest consideration), but I have not decided yet. I have to see if life outside Steemit cools down a bit before I decide to commit.

It was pretty deep, reflecting on this subject Uncle Faust, but alas, I was able to shorten this to under 500 words:

https://steemit.com/rhapsodist/@amvanaken/the-dust-cover-autobiography-of-a-life-not-lived-by-amvanaken-lpfaust-s-rhapsodist-writing-contest-7

@amvanaken I see you have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it. Your contest entry is also attached to the comment thread.

Congratulations, your entry has been accepted for the Rhapsodist Writing Challenge #7. Thank you for participating in this contest and good luck.

@troynamps I see you have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it. Your contest entry is also attached to the comment thread.

Congratulations, your entry has been accepted for the Rhapsodist Writing Challenge #7. Thank you for participating in this contest and good luck.

I have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it.
This time I have published my enrty earlier
https://steemit.com/rhapsodist/@ir3k/rhapsodist-writing-contest-7-my-beloved-ones

@ir3k I see you have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it. Your contest entry is also attached to the comment thread.

Congratulations, your entry has been accepted for the Rhapsodist Writing Challenge #7. Thank you for participating in this contest and good luck.

Hi guys, this is my second post, a continuation from where I stopped in my first post. Hope you guys enjoy it. Upvoted and resteemed.

https://steemit.com/rhapsodist/@perennial/rhapsodist-writing-contest-7-dust-covered-autobiography-of-a-life-not-lived

Thanks @lpfaust for this wonderful opportunity. I really enjoy participating.

@perennial I see you have upvoted this contest post and resteemed it. Your contest entry is also attached to the comment thread.

Congratulations, your entry has been accepted for the Rhapsodist Writing Challenge #7. Thank you for participating in this contest and good luck.

Congratulations @lpfaust
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This is pretty cool challenge for the Rhapsodist Writing Contest

amigo #resteemia at your service

impressive contest & congratulations for all participants. nice contest @lpfaust

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Awesome challenge - can't wait to write something for it!

@decimus this is a weekly contest which runs through Sunday 11:59 PM UTC. Each Sunday, the next contest begins, so if this particular topic doe s not work for you, check back every Sunday/Monday for the next Challenge.

Glad to see another participant step into the mix.

you add the right inspiration too great man i wish to help you by resteeming and spreading the word lets get it done and make this the best contest out there :)

i wish all the best to all the participants :)

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Nice contest, I will try to be one of my best friends

@amri thanks for taking some time to check out the Rhapsodist Contest this week. I appreciate it.

I'm looking forward to checking out your piece this week. I'd like to hear your dust cover biography.

Autobiography, means it cannot be fictional?

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

@soonmusic in the strictist sense, you are correct about autobiography = nonfiction. However, a life not lived is by definition fiction.

The idea of it being an autobiography would be elements of the existing timeline of your own life and narrating the story told from your own perspective. What happens in that "alternate timeline that never was" is all your creative mind at work.

Voted and resteemed, down to choose either poetry, prose or drama

Oh, the theme of this round of contest is so interesting)

@ir3k been sitting on this particular challenge for a few weeks for the right timing. After the quality of the entries received for the sixth challenge, I figured it was time.

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Nice 1
Attempt to success and let us gonna wait for some more beautiful writings :)

Now i need to get back and prepare myself for this competition.....

@amanrazz thanks for taking some time to check out this week's Rhapsodist Writing Challenge. I appreciate it.

I'm looking forward to checking out your entry this week.

cool contest i like to check out all the entries of it :)

@lpfaust - Oh my goodness, I like the theme of this round of contest Sir. 'The Dust Cover Autobiography of a Life Not Lived' looks like we can see lots of interesting writings in this round too Sir. Love this contest & the way you handle it <3 :*

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great opportunity to writers to show their talent and we will have a chance to read good content..
I love the concept and good luck for the competitors.
Cheers!

@dinsha this is a topic which I've been holding off on for a few weeks. I'm looking forward to see what the participants come up with.

great video that was this helped me a lot to understand about the topic this time :)