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Each month, I'll be debuting a new literature challenge that will run throughout the entire month.  Each month's challenge will have a different theme.  The common thread is that each challenge is designed to be fun, challenging, and to expand the writer's repertoire by introducing styles, genres, or methods of writing that most people either haven't been introduced to or don't have much practice in (for more details about what these challenges are meant to do, visit here.)

So, without further ado, let's get on with August's challenge!

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CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
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Deadline: All entries must be noted to me by September 02, 12:00AM EST

Your Assignment: Write a fantasy story. "That's easy!" I hear you say. Well, there's a catch. All of the action of the story must take place in a single room. Now, no cheating. You can't go Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe on this one. In other words, no portals within the room to new locales. To make it a bit easier, "room" can be defined a little broadly. Would a small cave work? Sure. Would an extensive network of caverns work? No. I'm looking for a typical room sized, semi-enclosed area. If you have a specific idea you're not sure about, feel free to ask me via note and I will tell you if it would be acceptable for the challenge.

Also, poets, I know this challenge is geared more towards prose, but feel free to give it a shot if you're up to it! I'd love to see some poetry entries on this one.

Prizes:
1st place: 1 year sub or similarly priced print from wishlist.
2nd place: 3 month sub or similarly priced print from wishlist.
3rd place: 1 month sub or similarly priced print from wishlist.
Note: If there is only one entry, that person will automatically receive the 3rd place prize for their effort. If there are two, the winning entry will receive the 2nd place prize and the remaining entry will receive the 3rd place prize.

Story Behind This Challenge: Fantasy stories typically make use of wide, sprawling worlds to harbor their plots. In fact, a magical, majestic setting is one of the key aspects of fantasy as a genre. Fantasy authors spend years just developing the worlds (a process known as worldbuilding) where their stories take place. After all, what would Tolkien do without Middle-earth, Pratchett do without Discworld, Rowling do without Hogwarts, and so forth?

By severally limiting the options the author has when developing their story, especially something as vital to the genre as setting is to fantasy, the author must make sure the other aspects of the story are strong enough to pull the extra weight. Without the setting, other elements such as the characters, dialogue, plot development, and the overall concept become that much more important.
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pro-mole Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Not wanting to be bold or in a hurry, but.... when are you planning to post results? Just to know(anxiety is killing me...)
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Cursed-Rider Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
what if the story was all in someones head ?? and it ends that way if you know what i mean (so the main character is actually sitting on a chair in a room all alone but he thinks he is in some other world (he's not dreaming either) and at the end of the story he realises it wasn't real?? but then now and then refers to him sitting in a room??)
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
I'm afraid that's essentially the same as "opening a portal" to a different realm. The purpose of the challenge is to restrict the setting to a single, limited location. I probably should have tried to be more specific as far as not allowing flashbacks to other locales and so forth, but with the thousands of ways anyone could come up with for getting around it (and I've heard several that I never thought of), I thought it'd be easier to just let people ask me whether or not their idea would be allowed.
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Cursed-Rider Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
oh whoops sorry i kind of skimmed it so i think i missed that lol ^^
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
That's alright. It happens.
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CrystalEternity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
When you say "Noted to", do you mean a you want a note with a link to the story posted as a deviation?
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Yup.
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CrystalEternity Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Cool.
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ScreamingLight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
i'd love to join!^_^ that would rawk! lol, i'll try my best!
(this is a great opportunity! i have lots of battles in a story i'm writting so this can give me some good tips on it! yay!)
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mbcudmore Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I've never entered a contest before. But maybe I'll try for this one - it would give me something to do, and a reason to write during free time. Wheeee!

Now to learn how to write fantasy, haha. I wonder who judges the entries, and how.
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
I do. =p Judging is based off of how well the entry follows the guidelines and my personal opinion on which is the best written.
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InsanePsychoFreak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007   Writer
I'm usually not much on contests, but I think I'll actually give this one a try.:)
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ktfoo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Sounds cool. I'll enter =D
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killswitchkatie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Student Digital Artist
this sounds fun-count me in!
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ImmortalEcstasyDream Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Student Writer
Sounds like major fun! I've always liked writing fantasy, so this should be something new. Can the "room" be any size or is there a limit?
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Just a typical living room type size. I don't have actual dimensions in mind or anything, but I can help you out if you'd like to note me exactly what you're thinking.
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TheVanityMirror Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007   Writer
Awesome! I'll try my luck xD
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damnedlostsoul Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
ill try to think of something for this one... it sounds cool...
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blobbikins Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks cool. I might give it a go =D
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warstar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
can the place be moving? such as a train or air balloon?
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pro-mole Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in. Just a question: characters can come in and out of the room? The focus stay inside, but the characters come and go
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Yes, that's fine.
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Jonnyro Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Can it be stories from a character in a room (/characters around a fire..) ..? As in can, the character(s) are in a room, but the essence of the story(s) are elsewhere.....? =D
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
As I told someone else, the entire story must be contained in the one room. Having characters sit in a room and tell the main story is essentially creating a "portal" to another place and is thus not allowed.
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
:thumbsup:
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Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, if I have time, I might just try this one. I'm kinda a fantasy fan. :P
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glue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Looks like you might get more than one entry this time. :thumbsup:
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bleedingbird Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Wow, I haven't written anything in months. ^^; This sure does sound interesting, though; I'll try to give it a shot if/when I get the time.
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RiftDoggy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007   Writer
HEY!

I've been working on separate scenes from a fantasy story I've been working on that all take place in the same "room": the main chamber thingy (don't know what to call it) of a cathedral. Though they are spaced out a bit, they all involve the same character, and the same situation. I wrote the first and second bits yesterday, and when I saw this, I got really excited. When I finish the last part, can I bundle it up in a single deviation and enter it?
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evilsyndicatemember Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional Artist
I wish you luck on it! :D
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Threek Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
I might participate. ♥
Is there a specific length?
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pickledeer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
No, no specific length, although since there's a month to work on it, I expect the length to be somewhat substantial. Plus, it's kind of difficult to tell a fantasy story too terribly briefly.
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BrandiDear Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
SEX...I mean love...lol

Either way, here you are!
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MistressWinter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Hobbyist
:salute: I shall do my best! :salute:
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
:#1: lets see what i can doooo
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