Spark Contest Three: “The Fantasy is Here; The Future is Now”

Artwork by Paul Pederson

Hey, everybody.  Did I tell you I took third place in Contest Two at Spark: A Creative Anthology?  No?  Oh, well, I took third place in Contest Two at Spark: A Creative Anthology.  There you go.  It was for an odd little collection of vignettes that may or not be part of the same story of the picture prompt, Una Mujer , by Rodney Artiles.

After the announcement, I started to work on a recorded version of it, but I see now that it still needs some work, and I wouldn’t have given me first place either.  Damn, this writing stuff is hard.

By the way, Spark has recently announced Contest Three: “The Fantasy is Here; The Future is Now” .   With Brian Lewis’ kind permission, I’m just going to steal his words for the rest of this post.

Theme

In a recent interview, our editor-in-chief was asked, “What draws you to speculative fiction?” He said:

To me, speculative fiction is all about what’s possible. Each subcategory does it in different ways: Fantasy tells us what’s possible when we close our eyes and imagine life without the constraints of our world; Sci-Fi tells us what’s possible if we continue exploring the amazing science of technology we already have; Steampunk tells us what’s possible with human ingenuity—it’s not bound by electricity, microcircuits, supermagnets, but would have bloomed even without those particular advancements. Other categories take still different approaches, but the one thing they all have in common is the celebration of what’s possible.

Your assignment for Contest Three is to take that celebration of what’s possible and apply it to our own universe in the present day.

Fundraiser

This specially-themed contest doubles as a fundraiser for guest judge David Farland’s son Ben Wolverton. Ben has made amazing progress recovering from a traumatic head injury, but medical expenses are staggering—well over a million dollars. The career path of “successful independent writer” does not provide health insurance.
One half of all entry fees for Contest Three will be donated to the Wolverton family to help with Ben’s medical expenses.

Guest Judges

David Farland (Dave Wolverton)bestselling author and Writers of the Future Contest coordinating judge

E. Catherine Tobler, author and senior editor at Shimmer magazine

Chad Morris, author of the Cragbridge Hall series

Brad R. Torgersenauthor and past winner of the Writers of the Future Contest

Tess Granthamwriter, journalist, and former Editorial Manager of Pacific Islands Publishing

Awards

Grand Prize

We will award one Grand Prize for poetry, and one for prose. Each of the two Grand Prize winners will receive:

  • US$500.00
  • Publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume IV (cover art pictured above)
  • Lifetime Premium Membership at Scribophile, the online writing group for serious writers
  • One year subscription to Duotrope
  • One-year print subscription to American Poetry Review or Poets & Writers Magazine
  • Complimentary print & digital copies of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volumes I through IV

Second Place

We will award one Second Place prize for poetry, and one for prose. Each of the two Second Place winners will receive:

  • US$100.00
  • Lifetime Premium Membership at Scribophile
  • One-year digital subscription to American Poetry Review
  • Complimentary digital copies of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volumes I through IV
  • Complimentary print copy of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume I

Third Place

We will award one Third Place prize for poetry, and one for prose. Each of the two Third Place winners will receive:

  • One-year Premium Membership at Scribophile
  • Complimentary digital copy of Spark: A Creative Anthology Volumes I through IV
  • One-year digital subscription to American Poetry Review
  • Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland (2013 Kindle or Nook edition)

Plus a lot of other information on this contest to be found on the Spark Contest Three page.

I think this will appeal to many writers I know, and many you know, so let’s do like the shampoo commercial.  You’ll tell two friends, they’ll tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on.

Our song this week is, appropriately enough, John Prine’s “Living in the Future.”  Forget the footer widget.  It doesn’t want to cooperate, so I’m putting the music in the post.

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One Response to Spark Contest Three: “The Fantasy is Here; The Future is Now”

  1. ED Martin says:

    Congrats on second place!

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