[tweetmeme source=”forevernocturne” only_single=false service=”bit.ly”] We’re having a new contest for our October 2010 issue! Are you ready for it? Grab your notebook and get ready for the details.
Recently, I had a previously published by us writer ask what we were looking for in this next issue. I had to think about it because this writer wanted something new and fresh to write about. And I think I may have just the thing.
I started a story last year, but haven’t had time to finish it. I didn’t get very far into it either, but I love the premise. I’d like you to finish it. I’d like you to take it where I couldn’t and didn’t have time to. Can I get a hells yeah for prompts?
Okay, here are the gory details:
Title: Twitter Me Not (you can change this if you’d like)
Premise: A serial killer who finds his victims via Twitter by location and Googling them. (makes that whole locations thing a bit scary, huh?). S/he specifically searches the phrase “please just kill me now” on Twitter, and then searches them out in real life to answer their request.
Word count: 2500 words max
Please just kill me now, Kristie typed onto her screen and clicked ‘tweet’. She blew out a frustrated breath, the day’s humility passing between her lips in a rush of hot air. Her fingers pinched the bridge of her nose, between her eyes, as the headache slammed into the front of her brain. She’d fucked up at work, big time. In fact, she wasn’t sure how she’d recover from this mistake. It might get her fired. She was already on probation for the last mistake.
“God, please, don’t let that happen,” she muttered. It was hard enough finding the job she had.
She pulled up a blank Word document and typed out the beginnings of a little poem that would never see the light of day.
I’m teetering on the edge
Looking down into that well
The one I escaped recently
The one that goes to hell
Yeah, that was crap. Kristie hit the delete button several times until it was gone and only a blank screen stared back at her. She would never get this day back, never in a million years. All she wanted right now was to curl up in a corner and die.
Allen’s fingers frolicked away at the keyboard in their search for the next request. Oh, to find one with a “please” in it; those were always special, so polite and inviting. He gasped when the screen flickered and changed to show him the real-time results. Hundreds immediately and an update of 20 more within seconds. It didn’t matter how many times he’d done it, it always surprised him. So many choices, but how does one choose just one? Of course, he would return for the next, but he must only choose one at a time. So much work goes into each gift, especially if it required a substantial amount of travel.
“Oh, look at that, Zeus,” he said to his cat while the black beast purred on his lap as his fingers ran over the soft fur. Zeus’ bright yellow eyes flicked to the screen. “There’s one right here in town.” He leaned forward as he clicked on the avatar, pulling it up for a full view. “She’s pretty, too.”
Zeus purred louder, signaling to Allen that this was the one to choose. He highlighted her name and began his search for her. It didn’t take long. Google maps helped with the viewing of streets. Mapquest gave him directions once he found her address. No, not long at all.
More gory details:
You can use part or all of either prompt, or just run with your own idea. All I ask is that you don’t hold back, and stick to the Twitter serial killer idea. You may also change names, pets, etc. Oh yes, and there will be prizes!
1st place will receive a $50 gift card to the place of your choice (as long as we can purchase it somewhere and can include Visa, Target, Amazon, etc.) and will also be featured in the October 2010 issue. That means featured writer and featured story.
2nd place will receive a $20 gift card to the place of your choice and will be published within the October 2010 issue, providing the stories aren’t too similar.
3rd place will receive a $10 gift card to the place of your choice and will be published within the October 2010 issue, providing the stories aren’t too similar.
Deadline: September 1st, 2010, before NL Gervasio goes to bed (which will technically make it September 2nd).
Any places of commerce mentioned are not affiliated with this contest, Forever Nocturne, or Running Ink Press. We reserve the right not to publish any story we choose, based on a number of factors, including a need for edits, not following the rules/submission guidelines, going over on the word count, etc.
You have 2 ½ months to get this written. Go! When you’ve completed and edited your story, submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure OCTOBER CONTEST 2010 is in the SUBJECT line. Do NOT include attachments; they will be deleted without opening. Please place your story in the body of the email. Thank you.
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