Writers win 5 Steem! Aug 7 Twenty-four hour short story contest--A rancher makes a deal to give his daughter wants she really wants a real live unicorn. But what were the terms of the deal?

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  The 24 hour short story challenge

(But you'll get a little more time than that...) 

I am fascinated by science fiction writer Harlan Ellison writing short stories in a book store window.  He wrote short stories, with everyone watching, for years.  People started to questioned if he already had the stories, so he began to take suggestions for topics from people watching.  Chris Carter of X-files fame gave him the topic of a 102-year-old pregnant corpse, and he wrote a story based on that idea.

So thus the idea behind this contest was born.  You can write a short story in a short amount of time.

Click here for last week's winners and entries.   

Here are the terms of the contest.

Write a short story no longer than 2,000 words, based on the topic phrase.

Here is the topic for you short story:

A rancher makes a deal to give his daughter wants she really wants a real live unicorn.  But what were the terms of the deal?

Here are the rules for entry

1. Upvote this post. 

2. Resteem this post  (And actually even you don't enter this contest and you read this post, resteeming this would be greatly appreciated to get the word out for more participants.  Thanks!)  (I've gotten comments about this policy.  The reason for the upvotes and resteem is help provide funding for the contest.)

3. In your post put a link to this post. 

4. Post a link to your story in the comments below. (This is really important, this is how I keep track of entries.  I check my replies for entries.) 

Entries are due by 9 p.m. EST (New York/D.C. Time) Tuesday August 7. This actually gives you a little over 48 hours from when I make this post.  But I want to give more time to allow for more people to enter the contest. Use the tag twentyfourhourshortstory for your first tag.  (Don't use # before the tag or it goes over the 24 character limit.  24...24 hour short story contest...Ironic don't you think...)

Feel free to use other tags as you wish.

Prizes are:

5 Steem for First Place.

3 Steem for Second Place

1 Steem for Third Place 

And depending on how many entries I receive I may give out Steem for other entries.  But again that all depends on the amount and quality of posts. (I am personally putting up the rewards for this contest, there be no whales here capt’in.  So upvoting and resteeming helps keep this thing going.)

So please upvote with as much power as you can.  That helps fund the contest.

Here's what you get for participating, even if you don't win.

1. I upvote every entry, and I resteem every entry to over 1,000  2,000 followers. 

2. I create a post at the end of every contest and I mention and link to your post. Again going out to over a 1,000 2,000 followers.

3. A regular community of participants has developed around this contest and they read and comment on the entries.

4. (Then of course there is the chance for winning some extra Steem!)

Thanks for reading and good luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with.P.S. If by Friday you see I have not resteemed or upvoted your entry, shoot me a comment.  I may have missed it.  I am getting more entries to read, and contrary to rumor...I am human. 

Thanks again to everyone that participated and shared this contest.     

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I was away last week, on a small island in Sweden, so no time for Steemit for a while. But glad to be able to get back into it with writing a short story for this lovely contest!



Yeah, you win.

My first ever entry to a writing competition. I found this topic very interesting.


Managed to get finished in time this week, here is my entry The Ultimate Proof

Thank you very much for another great round!

I really, really hope my entry isn't too far away to be participating :'(

Here it goes:

The Unicorn of Brightview


You're good. Look forward to reading it.


Your dialogue is your strong suit.


Thank you

I've got some traveling to do this week and need to get prepped over the next couple evenings. Good Luck to all of those that submit their wonderful stories! I hope to be back at it next week!

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I was just about to watch pointless YouTube (sorry DTube) videos for the rest of the night and then go to bed Now I can't resist at least having a stab at a story. Damn you for ruining my slovenly plans!!!

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Heads up you just sent me the link to the submit page.

After you write your story, click post at the bottom. That creates a blog post for you. Go to your blog page, click on the story you just wrote, and then link that page to here.


Corrected story here

Missing a resteem I think 🐼


Heres my entry


I think I lost my way somewhere before the end

I just had to do something. It's been long since I didn't fiction (too long)