Triple F: Contesting the Contest…

Today is July 1st! Awesome. Hope you had a great week. Here we get double awesome today–it’s Triple F, which means a prompt for you all, and it’s the first day of a new month, something that doesn’t often happen during a week, typically.

So that’s fun.

After the post about the writing contest, I thought it would be interesting to mix up some concepts there for Fabulous Fiction Friday. I was also inspired by an extremely hilarious rejection letter sent to a character who applied to be turned into a vampire.

Here you go:

Your character enters a contest, but fails to read all of the directions beforehand. What happens now?

Let’s hope it’s something funny, and not too bad, as far as what happens.

In case you’re wondering, for the contest I entered, yes, I read the directions, and went over the sample they laid out for how things were to be formatted.

So anyhow, you’ll have to hatch character gender, backstory, contest details, and what-have-ya–even things like the contest prizes and entry fee will be up to you (no one said either of them had to be money).

How about a contest to win a pie–only the character realizes afterward that the pie had to be made with a double crust–too late to re-enter? Why would somebody bake a pie to win another pie? Could be it’s gold-plated, or holds the secret to eternal youth, or something else…

Or maybe an apprentice shapeshifter wants to win his freedom from his domineering trainer. What if the rules say he or she can’t take on a certain form? What part of the directions weren’t read here? And for an additional twist, how is disqualification handled in the contest you’ve set up? What if this character wanted to lose the contest after he saw someone else lose, too? Why would they want to do that?

My questions, your answers, your story.

Pie-baking, racing, decorating, cooking of some other kind–there are all types of contests out there. You can even combine elements of different ones to make yours, if you want to.

Okay, that’s about enough to get the snowball rolling down the hill.

July 2016 is here–make it awesome.

Have a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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