Writers win 5 Steem! October 30 Twenty-four hour short story contest--A little girl comes home with an animal she begs her parents to keep as a pet. Expect the animal is a completely unknown animal.

 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 girl comes home with an animal she begs her parents to keep as a pet.  Expect the animal is a completely unknown animal.

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 October 30. 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.

5. 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. 

Currently @curie has funded the contest for a couple months.  Extra Steem earned can go back to more rewards for 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!  I look forward to reading your entry!  

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Gosh I haven't entered one of these for ages. This one seems like a good one and I have an idea except absolutely no time to write it. I'll store it away for future reference and try to catch the next one

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This prompt feels familiar

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I'll be honest it might be.

But I was prompted by my daughter who saw several snakes this weekend at a reptile show and wanted one for a pet, and Steemit has a very poor way of organizing and searching old blog posts for me to check myself.

In fact I just scrolled through my blog and it stopped at 8 months ago, and I seemed to have started the contest a couple of months before that.

I wish there was an easy way to check, I would love to know the exact date I started the contest. We're probably coming up on a year soon with the contest. Which is hard to believe.

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Oh... I see why you brought it back...

And yeah, steem does have a shitty way of loading old posts... I get tired whenever I try. So I stopped trying. Except I'm certain it isn't that long ago I made the post.

You've kept this contest for quite a time. Good going... More grease...

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https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@tokiya/it-isn-t-disobedience-it-s-compromise

Hey!! This is my story :) .

At first I had no idea what to write, for some reason I came to mind toads and reptiles which my sister hates, I on the other hand ... well, I have a picture with a snake in my room xD I hope you like it <3


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Here is my entry. Am sorry it's coming late. Network has been bad lately

https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@shemzy/my-one-best-pet-949f0cf7ee74e

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Hey @mctiller, I think you forgot my entry, to publish on Monday :( I hope you read it

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I got you. I resteemed it.