Winners of the Monster Creation Writing Challenge

20100216writingchallengeblog The WEbook editorial staff has read and considered each monster carefully—inspecting its appearance, considering its origin, questioning its motives—and we’re now ready to announce the winners. It was a great pleasure getting to know each of the monsters, so as always, thanks to everyone who submitted to this challenge.


Another huge thanks to everyone who offered their comments on a submission (or, in some cases, many submissions). We feel community feedback is one of the most valuable aspects of the challenges, and love seeing such a high level of engagement.


Without further adieu, here are the winners. As promised, we’re catapulting each of them into a world of fame by highlighting our favorite aspects of the submission. Remember us when you're rich beyond your wildest dreams.


Hungry Like the Wolf by TheUlminator


Why it was picked: The writing quality blew us away. TheUlminator took a generic premise and scene (teenager getting mauled by a monster) and pumped a stunning amount of life into a short space using unique descriptions and phrasings. Our two favorites: “the wolfish form battering-rammed Alice into the cement” and “…its prison-bar ribs surfacing then receding with each labored breath.” Of all the scenes, this one felt the most alive and clear to us. Bravo!


The Plague Doctor by krymsonkyng


Why it was picked: A lot of submissions described a human that behaved like a “monster.” We singled out krymsonkyng’s creation because he expertly blurred the monster/human line with the description in the fourth paragraph: “The oil-slicked robes that bound the creature in his own world, the pointed mask that hid his humanity away from the black death, from the back of his hood to the tip of his cane all were stretching and contracting with every step.” This made us step back and do some thinking—in a way, aren’t we all stretching and contracting with every step? Aren’t we all wearing some kind of mask as we walk through the dark alley of life? Crap, is everyone a monster?! Nooooooooooooo...


The McDonald's Monster by OdinofAzgard


Why it was picked: The image of a monster roaming from playpen to playpen is inventive, funny, and a bit, well, touching. We felt sympathy for the monster when we thought of him alone, forlornly sniffing the dissipating smell of French fries in the ball pit. We really did. Not so much when he was doing the whole child-eating thing. But we like having mixed feelings about monsters. Love/hate, for the win. We also felt this story might legitimately get a child to finish their Happy Meal in earnest, and that’s power you can’t buy.


A Dog And His Girl by SirKeystone


Why it was picked: In a scene of just under 400 words, SirKeystone offered an idea that could easily be turned into a novel. It has setting, back story, conflict, and a robot side-kick. This was one submission we desperately wished would continue for many more pages. So…turn it into a novel and send it to us. Please.


The Pulsing Tone Beetle by CT_Vincent


Why it was picked: Because it made us think seriously about sleeping with earmuffs on. One member of the WEbook staff might actually have made it a habit. Just to be safe, you know? In all seriousness, though, reading this one really gave us a visceral reaction and really left an unpleasant image in our brain. Hopefully nothing in our ears. 


it's true by maluspudor


Why it was picked: Stand-alone scenes of dialogue are always risky, but maluspudor pulled off this one with skill and grace. Not only was the dialogue believable, but the scene made us smile. Moreover, it really touched on the monster creation process in general—everything kind of escalates and gets bigger, crazier, and scarier. And then you have a real monster, whether it exists or not. Think on that.


Congratulations to all of the winners! You will receive your PageToFame coupon shortly via direct message.The next challenge has been up and running for a few weeks, but there’s plenty of time to enter if you have not yet done so. Head over to the Dragon Slaying Challenge to get started. There are a lot of dragons out there begging for a literary death.


So get to it.


—WEbook



The Dragon Slaying Writing Challenge

20100216writingchallengeblog Last time around, we asked writers to create a monster. Now, we’re going to have you slay one—a dragon, to be specific. After this challenge, we’ll move away from mythical beasts (probably). 


The Dragon Slaying Challenge


If you’re currently thinking, “There aren’t that many ways to slay a dragon, this is going to be a boring challenge where all the entries are the same,” you're addressing this challenge in a closed-minded fashion. We hypothesize that there are well over a thousand original ways for a dragon to be slain, and that the entries in this challenge, while they will be exceptional, will only begin to scratch at the surface of possibilities. 


There is only one restriction: The scene must involve a human slaying a dragon.


Time period, type of dragon, type of human, situation, method, and motivation for the slaying are all factors left entirely up to the writer, and comprise the meat of the challenge. We want to see some world-building and some deep emotion here. Hate? Sorrow? Guilt? Joy? Guilt caused by Joy? Revenge? Greed? Pride? Sense of duty? These are a few examples you can incorporate into your slaying-scene, but don’t feel limited to just these. We trust you to recognize a deep emotion when you feel one.   


The Prizes


Dragon-Slaying-Logo The WEbook editorial staff will pick 6 winners and award them a coupon to PageToFame. We will feature the top three entries on the WEbook blog in successive installments and highlight the stuff we liked about these entries. The #1 dragon-slaying scene-writer will receive an actual dragon in the mail. No joke. We’ll mail you a dragon and probably a really nice note. 


To enter the Dragon Slaying Challenge, START A NEW CHAPTER in this project. Please read all of the project rules before writing and entering your challenge. 


Good luck, Dragon Slayers.


—WEbook



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