Writers win 5 Steem! August 21 Twenty-four hour short story--A little boy or girl constantly insists that they really have a pet dragon.

in #twentyfourhourshortstory4 years ago (edited)

 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 little boy or girl constantly insists that they really have a pet dragon.

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 21.

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.    


Oh my...this looks like a good one.

Can't wait to read yours!!

I will read yours... not sure I will do this one.. I know yours will be great!

I will read yours... not
Sure I will do this one.. I
Know yours will be great!

                 - rebeccabe

I'm a bot. I detect haiku.

My entry. https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@jeezzle/the-dragon-s-tale

I hope it isn't too dark for your contest. This is my writing style.

And my story for this week. Funny how it does get easier to come up with something that tickles at least me. I should start counting the stories I've been writing for your contest... it's still a lot of fun every week. Thank you for keeping it up!


My pleasure. I won't stop anytime soon.

It's fun to do and it is an easy way for me to create content for my blog and connect with others.

You should combine the stories into a book and publish it on Amazon.

Good idea. I might just do that when I've written some more.

Another really fun prompt to get started from, I loved writing this. I sincerely hope this isn't pushing the prompt too far, being part poem part story, but I couldn't help myself, I was just enjoying writing it so much, I added a bit to try and make sure I stuck to the rules and the prompt. Thank you very much for yet another awesome round!

The New Arrival

I looked over it quickly the poem looks cool. Can't wait to read it fully.

hi, first time i have done this, hope i followed intructions properly please tell me if i haven't, enjoyed writing this, thank you for the inspiration! here is my offering i hope you enjoy it, much respect to you https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@beckieg/sir-percival-lackluster-the-third

You did, look forward to reading it.

Here's my entry

It wasn't a different day, the sun responded to my skin protected from my room that I had decorated it with my most spectacular miniatures of warcraft ...

Hello, @mctiller . Thanks for the mention in the last contest.
Here is my entry for the new contest

Here's my entry. Thanks for the fun contest! :D


Thank you for this initiative. This will be my first entry both on the contest and Steemit. I'll be awaiting the next one.

Cool. Welcome to Steemit.

If you haven't already, create an introduction post so people can get to know you a little.

Hey, hey, guys! Good luck to everyone!

As usual, here's my entry:

A Dragon's Lullabye

I wasn't planning on doing this one but it popped into my head this morning:

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