Writers win five Steem! The November 13th Twenty-four hour short story contest--A little boy gets a new fish for his aquarium that keeps growing and growing.

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 gets a new fish for his aquarium that keeps growing and growing.

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 November 13. 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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Hey @mctiller I think you made a mistake at point number four.

Thanks for the catch! It's fixed. The correct date is the 13th.

his is the subject of your story:
Juan Diego waited with joy for his seventh birthday because he dreamed that they would give him a small octopus for his big fishbowl.
Juan felt so much emotion that he could not sleep all night, dreamed of his octopus or any other marine animal to complete his collection, got up early and ran to wake his parents and grandfather to give him their gifts.
His mother gave him a beautiful scarf, his father a car track and his grandfather, an old sailor who had participated in the Falklands War, gave him a crystal box where there was a beautiful multicolored fish.
Juan Diego saw the gifts with reluctance, it was not what he expected, then began to cry with sadness, the best day of the year had become a disaster because it was not what he wanted.
Then his grandfather took him by the hand and took him to the fish tank to place his new fish in the fish tank, at that moment his grandfather asked him to sit on his legs to tell him the origin of that beautiful fish.
Being a day's journey near the Malvinas Islands, we saw at a distance what looked like a school of fish, but as we approached we realized that although there were several fish, they were not as many as those forming a school, what happened was that this group of fish by their multiple colors and their special brightness, caused a visual effect that made believe that they were very numerous and was not so.
Everyone on the boat wanted to have one and we proceeded to use the net to catch them and so we placed it in buckets full of sea water, to keep them alive and have them as pets.
But when night came something happened that nobody expected, those fish grew unexpectedly and came out of the buckets, watered all over the ship was so rare their growth, that all the crew began to fear that the ship would unite with us inside, its multicolors became ash color and a long tail accompanied them,
As I was able to reach the lifeboats and submerged myself in the sea, the fish jumped with force until they managed to sambuirse, in the sea they returned to make the beautiful fish that we had seen in the morning.
When I reached the shore, I realized that I had managed to take one in my hands, which I always kept in my boat and today I give you, one of the most beautiful creatures of the sea, you only have to take care that it remains in the sea water, so your fish tank should only have sea water, if you do not want to happen what happened that night I tell you.
The boy then looked at his grandfather with rejoicing, now if he wanted to have that little fish in his tank.

Hello...i hope it is not too late to make an entry. I apologise it is coming at this time


very much hope you are having a week off for the best sort of reasons, and not that they've finally realized you, despite all the assurances, are not human ;) or something actually not good.

Been a fair few weeks since once of these has slipped its hooks in my imagination, but Monday didn't feel right without seeing what your prompt brought to mind.

Look forward to the next one :)

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