Make Literature

This challenge has ended!

Anything easily pegged in any one genre (horror/ romance/ mystery/etc.) need not apply. Surprise endings, gratuitousness, cliches of phrase or idea are all banned.

Be straight forward and original. Defy labels. Write for emotional effect without tailoring to popular trends. Set a scene down to the shadow of a pencil. Get inside of your character’s bone marrow, their beating heart. Think deeper. Burn off the layers of superficiality and expose the brilliant fire of truth.

This challenge will be judged.

  • Started March 26th, 2012.
  • Ended May 13th, 2012.
  • Created by Tad Winslow

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  1. Avatar Tad Winslow

    There were so many quality stories in this challenge. It was incredibly hard to choose the winner and NO ONE who entered should feel like their story was less than any other. I printed them all out and read them multiple times. In the end I chose Sel De Lévitation’s story. Thank you all for participating. There were so many entries— which made this a burden to choose the winner, but also a lot of fun. <3

  2. Avatar HSAR

    Yes! Give me more epic! I need it for my awesomesauce!

    I’ll be entering as soon as I think of a concept worthy of this.

  3. Avatar Tad Winslow

    Try writing a short story, fish! I won’t ask you to capitalize, promise :) What do you say?

  4. Avatar The Fantastic Mister Fish

    you could basically enter any poem i have ever written into this contest. the only thing is, none of them involve characters.
    maybe i’ll try. eventually.

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Okay, at Robert’s urging, I wrote something. I liked the scene, even if I didn’t quite do it justice within the character limit.

  6. Avatar Robert Quick

    THX- Even if you don’t win the challenge because of a stray cliche, I think should still make the attempt. A) You never know what will come out- you may surprise yourself and B) Every opportunity to write is a good one!
    C) I enjoy your writing.

  7. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Well, I’m out. I use way too many cliches to pull this off. Ambitious challenge, and I’m glad to see you have a nice handful of entries.

  8. Avatar 32 ^2

    Having taken a few film classes, the first thing that came to mind was “mise en scene” and it’s definition. So I went with it.

  9. Avatar 32 ^2

    Free form, Yeah!

  10. Avatar

    this is quite a challenge, given the 1000 character format.

  11. Avatar soup

    I considered posting this

    here, but after rereading it I decided it would fit better in the challenge directly below yours.

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