Writers win five Steem! September 25 (Now Sept 28 due HF20) Twenty-four Hour Short Story Contest--A Ten-year-old is put in prison located on the dark side of the moon.

in twentyfourhourshortstory •  last year  (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 ten-year-old is put in prison located on the dark side of the moon.

(This prompt is what I used to start my novel that I began working on last November for National Novel Writing Month, so I am curious as to what others would come up with.)

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 September 25. 


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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A very good afternoon everybody! Here it is, finally, my first ever science fiction short story ...

My entry: https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@anutu/reflections-of-eratus-a-science-fiction-short-story

Here we go again on a fantastic trip to the moon!
Thanks @mctiller

Can't wait to see your entry!

Wow, so good I have found your post. English is not my first language, but I am so much fascinated by the theme, that I have to enter and try my best.
Have a great start into the week, everybody!

Cool. Look forward to reading your story.

Will do my best, thanks a lot for this amazing idea!!

Great prompt. I'll be interested to read these stories too! :)

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Here's my entry


It's a bit dark.

Plus, I experimented with telling my story using the first person narration in present continuous tense

Glad to see you back. Looking forward to reading it.

Cool. Look forward to reading it.

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Interesting prompt again, as always!
Here my entry... trying to keep up my streak ;)

I want participate

Hey there, guys 😊

I haven't been able to post my participation on the contest because of the HF20's strange consequences. As soon as everything's back up I'll post my story.

Good luck to everyone ✌

I've moved the deadline for this week's contest to this Friday the 29th due to the silliness of this HF.

Errr... Friday is 28th... Or did you mean Saturday?

I'm not sure about upvoting or resteeming right now, I still don't know how anything works anymore...

But I do have my story ready... Finished it soon after the HF was done I think. Don't even know if I can post it yet... 🤦

So I'm kinda using this comment as a test of some sort... See if my account can even do anything

  ·  last year (edited)

okay... Here goes nothing...


I owe you an upvote once this rc or vp thing gets a little close to something reasonable. Hope you don't mind good Sir

Done the upvote

Miracles can truly happen, my man.

Here's my story... finally, after this lovely HF:

Us and Them

  ·  last year (edited)

I'm trying to resteem, but I can't, it only shows the people who had upvoted... anyone know what is happening?, am I still on time for the contest?, Anyways, here is my entry, if the contest is still not closed, I will resteem as soon as I can. In case I'm late, see you all in the next one:


Seems like you've missed a resteem sir...


I apologize about that. HF20 threw me. I couldn't resteem or upovote there for a few days.