Write a short story set at the years of the Black Death pandemic

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  • Palkinto: $50
  • Vastaanotetut työt: 10

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Write a short story with next requeriments:

- should follow guidelines of wikipedia's definition of "short story" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story
- the extension is not really too important. It could be a little more short/long than a short story "should be"
- must be set in Eurasia at the years of the Black Death pandemic
- investigate and research before starting to write. Possible useful resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death_in_medieval_culture
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_medicine_of_Western_Europe
https://youtu.be/HYNB4sAxemk
also this movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death_(film) could be of good reference

- the story could include characters like: a doctor/medic, an alchemist, a priest, a knight of a knights order, a philosopher, etc
- the story could include the rumor: the origin of the Black Death is China*

*obviously, not with the name "China" in those times. this could be usefull for this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europeans_in_Medieval_China
Also, actual investigators say the Black Death initialized in China, but at those years this could be not more than a rumor. People at that time could believe more "realistic" something like:

"A giant black cloud ship traveled from distant far lands, of the other side of the world, following the guide and order of the black king demon of the end of the world, to propagate the suffer and death in our world."

- must contain mix of suspense, folktale, legend and mythology genres
- it must sounds possible, even if it contains fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, etc. Like a myth or legend.
- H. P. Lovecraft short stories are a good reference of the type of story to write.
Also, some creepypasta stories could be also used as reference

- readers target: adolescents, young adults and any person 17 years and older that could understand english language
- should be narrable out loud
- no sexual content
- no abusive, obscene nor bad language
- no abbreviations
- no too specific country's words
- no grammatical, spelling, syntactic or semantic errors
- content related to love or romance should be minimal or zero

CAUTION: entries with spam, copypaste from anywhere or not an original new story will be directly rejected and reported.

NOTICE: we will own the copyright of the winner story. The author's name will be included anywhere we use it.

Winner will be selected by originality and quality, even if some of the above requirements aren't totally fulfillment.

You have a month, be creative!

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  • RhapsodeMonolith
    Kilpailun järjestäjä
    • 3 päivää sitten

    The contest decision will be delayed for a few more days.
    Sorry. Too busy days.

    • 3 päivää sitten
  • xaverubio
    xaverubio
    • 5 päivää sitten

    Dear Contest Holder,

    I hope you are able to look into my entry #32 . I focused on making the story believable, and revealing the fictional aspect in the ending, as the twist of the story (the priest doubting his faith and believing he brought death with him). I also commented important details about the story in my entry. I hope you like it.

    Thank you. Keep safe always!

    • 5 päivää sitten
  • RhapsodeMonolith
    Kilpailun järjestäjä
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    Thank you to all participants.
    I'm going to decide the winner in the following 2 weeks.

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
    1. gsjofficialz
      gsjofficialz
      • 2 viikkoa sitten

      looking forward to it. could you also please go through #29 its not an entry for the contest, just a general insight into my notes. hope you find it as amusing as I do.

      • 2 viikkoa sitten
    2. farzeenrahman09
      farzeenrahman09
      • 1 viikko sitten

      Looking forward to it! My story may need a little more details and editing, I ran short of time so i posted it.

      • 1 viikko sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    Any progress sir?

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • xaverubio
    xaverubio
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    Hi, I just submitted my entry. I hope you could give me feedback about my work #32 , even if you decide it is not the winning piece. It would just mean so much to me if a professional commented and rated my work. Thank you! Hoping to work with you!

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    I am really glad about your contest and really wish we could work together in the future, I will submit an entry not relating to the contest but I hope it would give you an insight about me.
    Regards, G.S.JOE

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    please wait until the deadline sir, I am almost done with my entry.

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • badrboch95
    badrboch95
    • 2 viikkoa sitten

    Hello, can you kindly rate entry #23

    • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • farzeenrahman09
    farzeenrahman09
    • 3 viikkoa sitten

    Dear CH, can the story be a horror story or have paranormal activity instead of myths and legends?

    • 3 viikkoa sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 2 viikkoa sitten

      If the story is good, then yes.

      • 2 viikkoa sitten
  • xaverubio
    xaverubio
    • 3 viikkoa sitten

    Hello, please don't close the contest just yet. I'm still reading H.P. Lovecraft's works. Thank you!

    • 3 viikkoa sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 3 viikkoa sitten

    #24 -I have attached a few outlines, hope you go through them all and get back to me about if you like them and if you would like to proceed with me. my personal favorite is the 4th one.
    I'll be waiting for your review. thanks for this contest... Regards, G.S.JOE

    • 3 viikkoa sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    - it must sound possible, even if it contains fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, etc. Like a myth or legend. ( this is written in the description of the contest) so if I can justify how the magical scene happened, then I can use it in the story. a hard magic system...

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 3 viikkoa sitten

      Yes. But your start point of explanation must be our current world.
      I mean, if you want to cast a "fireball", your justification shouldn't be "it's a fire spell, any mage with that known could you cast it".
      Thats correct inside (for example) Tolkien's world, but not our world.
      For example, the "Greek Fire" has a very logical explanation, but in the past it was like magic to anyone that haven't the knowledge to make it.
      But also, you could write something like "the old man found an extrange object with a toggle. Each time he force the toggle a ball of fire comes out from the object". Then you need an explanation for that object: a time traveller lost a gun in that epoch, it's a device from aliens or a past extincted civilization, etc.
      I hope this can clarify it for you a bit.

      • 3 viikkoa sitten
  • GoswamiSaikat99
    GoswamiSaikat99
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    CH, can you kindly rate entry #11

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 3 viikkoa sitten

      Yes, in the next hours.

      • 3 viikkoa sitten
  • gsjofficialz
    gsjofficialz
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    the fantasy must be justified, so hard magic system would count right?

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 1 kuukausi sitten

      What do you mean?

      • 1 kuukausi sitten
  • aliraza2516
    aliraza2516
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    Dear Contest Holder, hope are doing well. Please clarify me, do you need any infographics or just text?

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 1 kuukausi sitten

      Just text.

      • 1 kuukausi sitten
  • GoswamiSaikat99
    GoswamiSaikat99
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    Does the story must include supernatural stuff? Or can I just go with something realistically emotional if I wish?

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 1 kuukausi sitten

      No, supernatural content is not a must.

      • 1 kuukausi sitten
  • farzeenrahman09
    farzeenrahman09
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    Hello, could you let me know about the word count?

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 1 kuukausi sitten

      Hello.

      Look at the contest description:

      - should follow guidelines of wikipedia's definition of "short story" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story
      - the extension is not really too important. It could be a little more short/long than a short story "should be"

      If you insist for an exactly number, then could be between 1750 and 3750.

      But, keep in mind: winner will be selected by originality and quality.

      • 1 kuukausi sitten
  • thulk840
    thulk840
    • 1 kuukausi sitten

    Hello CH, What is the word count you are looking for?

    • 1 kuukausi sitten
    1. RhapsodeMonolith
      Kilpailun järjestäjä
      • 1 kuukausi sitten

      Hello.

      Look at the contest description:

      - should follow guidelines of wikipedia's definition of "short story" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story
      - the extension is not really too important. It could be a little more short/long than a short story "should be"

      If you insist for an exactly number, then could be between 1750 and 3750.

      But, keep in mind: winner will be selected by originality and quality.

      • 1 kuukausi sitten

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