March 2018 Flash Fiction Contest - The Premise


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Post March 04, 2018, 12:55:37 PM

March 2018 Flash Fiction Contest - The Premise

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Portal To Hell - A Fantasy/Horror Story Contest.

Fantasies are projected into the minds of everyday people by demons in order to hook them for possession. Ultimately, when the demons are in control, they drag their victims through an unseen portal leading directly to hell.

The hell bound victims become missing persons who are never heard from again.

The fantasies can be anything from what is normally expected as fantasy concepts such as sex and violence scenarios to people being bestowed with fame and power or even lame fantasies like needle point or endlessly flipping a coin.


The Rules:

01. Stories submitted must be under 1,000 words.
02. No "overt" sex, violent acts or foul language. Keep events subtle (making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve your plot and story).
03. Feel free to comment on the stories and writing topics in general throughout the story writing and voting time periods.
04. If you have something unfavorable to say about a story, make it constructive, so the author can benefit from your viewpoint and insight.
05. Never speak negative about the authors themselves.


Timelines

The writing period will be for 1 week starting on Sunday March 4, 2018 and will end on Saturday March 10, 2018.

The voting period will be for 1 week and commence on Sunday March 11, 2018 to Saturday March 17, 2018.

The results will be posted after the voting has concluded.

The voting is a way for the authors to receive benefit for their submissions and commenting on their stories is another.


To Vote:

Send me a pm (private message) by clicking on my name from this post and then click the words private message on the left of the following screen. Type in the name of the story you liked the best and click submit.



The Portal To Hell writing contest begins...now.
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Post March 05, 2018, 05:11:35 AM

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Ok, got one very good idea...just some time to write it down... :D
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Post March 05, 2018, 05:56:21 AM

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Ok, done...now I'll be waiting for the usual reviews/suggestions before sending it in...but I think that it has really an interesting ending, in a way... :D
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Post March 05, 2018, 03:53:06 PM

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... forty-five minutes ...
I was raised by humans. What's your excuse?

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Post March 05, 2018, 05:30:39 PM

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After posting the contest, I thought for 2 hours on an idea for my story and I had nothing.
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Post March 06, 2018, 03:10:44 AM

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My entry has been sent now...

For Lester Curtis:

... forty-five minutes ...


very funny note...eh,eh :D

Fact is that, with such a wide subject, like portal or demons and hell, it's easy to have many ideas that can come to mind....and, as this is not limited to Horror, those ideas for new or different settings and short tales are even more...

I think that, from one of those about such combination of elements, I can start working on a whole long (short) story of about 5,000 words or more maybe for a next collection...

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Post March 06, 2018, 04:25:24 AM

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2 stories in with 5 days to go.

Enjoy writing and don't worry about perfection. Just write, write, write and have fun!

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Post March 06, 2018, 02:00:23 PM

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Horror may not be everyone's cup of tea, but keep in mind you as the writer can shape your story into - anything - you want.

Where is the portal? Could it be the ice cream truck playing the xylophone's version of pop goes the weasel? Could it be the television?

What kind of fantasy is projected into the victim's mind? Do you want to fold in the additional genre of mystery or comedy or do you want to cause the reader sleepless nights?

Just write and see where it goes.

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Post March 08, 2018, 12:47:17 PM

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3 remaining days for flash story submissions.

Except for writers who love the horror genre, it requires some thought for the rest of us. But that really is what writing exercises are about.

We have 3 stories in...I'd like a couple more.

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Post March 09, 2018, 05:11:39 PM

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We have through late tomorrow night to receive submissions.

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Post March 10, 2018, 12:30:36 AM

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Okay, we now have 4 stories in and another 24 hours to go for submissions.

This should really be fun. Getting your ideas out, being creative and having fun is what we are doing in the contests.

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Post March 10, 2018, 09:28:19 AM

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I've been working on something. I'll try and get it in today.

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Post March 10, 2018, 09:39:50 AM

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Well, got one in. I love the strain of coming up with a story, even if you're not in the mood for one. That's how you improve! Many great authors in all genre said the same thing, so that's not original---just something I heard again and again. That's how one learns. First you copy, then you modify and finally you use the tools you learned by copying to become original. It works! Stephen Kings said so in his great book On Writing.
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Post March 10, 2018, 02:49:19 PM

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Twilight Zee wrote:I've been working on something. I'll try and get it in today.

I'm glad you found us and hope you get your story finished in time.

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Post March 10, 2018, 02:52:08 PM

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Megawatts wrote:Well, got one in. I love the strain of coming up with a story, even if you're not in the mood for one. That's how you improve! Many great authors in all genre said the same thing, so that's not original---just something I heard again and again. That's how one learns. First you copy, then you modify and finally you use the tools you learned by copying to become original. It works! Stephen Kings said so in his great book On Writing.

That really is what this is about, writing against a clock when you're not in the mood and have no ideas. It's like muscles straining against the weight and getting stronger.

I also like that you adapt what you know into the writing topics.

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Post March 10, 2018, 04:42:41 PM

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Megawatts wrote:Well, got one in. I love the strain of coming up with a story, even if you're not in the mood for one. That's how you improve!
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Subject to the caveats of Just Write, I don't enjoy the strain of writing too fast, because it annoys my sense of quality!

But I chanced upon a barely usable day today, so I must try. I am tired, worn out, and rusty, but here goes! For waiting for an entire month, so close to a chance to try once more for vigor of life... would be too much...

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Post March 10, 2018, 05:39:04 PM

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Megawatts wrote:Well, got one in. I love the strain of coming up with a story, even if you're not in the mood for one. That's how you improve!
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Subject to the caveats of Just Write, I don't enjoy the strain of writing too fast, because it annoys my sense of quality!

But I chanced upon a barely usable day today, so I must try. I am tired, worn out, and rusty, but here goes! For waiting for an entire month, so close to a chance to try once more for vigor of life... would be too much...

I find when I have no ideas and press toward a deadline, the first 200 words are a strain, then something happens and it flows. Then another draft and it's smoothed out and I can't see the initial strain in the writing.

And welcome.

I see you are a former editor. What was your area?

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Post March 10, 2018, 06:43:16 PM

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Got mine in.

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Post March 10, 2018, 07:42:10 PM

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I was never an editor if you were thinking that I was. I've been with Aphelion about twelve years now and have always enjoyed it.
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Post March 10, 2018, 07:43:28 PM

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Jim Statton wrote:I find when I have no ideas and press toward a deadline, the first 200 words are a strain, then something happens and it flows. Then another draft and it's smoothed out and I can't see the initial strain in the writing.

And welcome.

I see you are a former editor. What was your area?


The prior version of the Author Index was mine. But then my energy collapsed and so I retired!

I have not entered one of these challenges for a long time. I found a nice premise efficiently enough - "write what you know, then add a twist!"

For what it is worth, I adjusted my clock ahead the hour early this afternoon! So as I wrap this up, it is "Neo 8pm", which is a phrase I used to use ages ago when I did my own private time calculations.

My full natural story length is longer, and with the passage of time and energy it is no longer even clear what it is! But this is a solid enough entry for a welcome back debut!

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Post March 10, 2018, 07:45:00 PM

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Megawatts wrote:I was never an editor if you were thinking that I was. I've been with Aphelion about twelve years now and have always enjoyed it.


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Post March 10, 2018, 07:54:18 PM

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My entry is in.

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