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Welcome to THE GAUNTLET, the event where you find out how hard you can write before it kills you! The prompts are arranged according to brutality: they get more challenging with each previous one completed.  Last year, we had no fewer than seven people finish all nine prompts without loss of life or limb, which is downright UNACCEPTABLE. Therefore, we’ve decided to once again challenge you all to test your mettle with this series of weaponised prompts, so we can line you all up posthumously and see who is the nastiest, gnarliest, touch-as-nailsest SOB in town. In short, prepare to be smacked around by these heavy-calibre prompts until you either live on as undisputed Top Dog or as a stain on the pavement.

Warcries, if you please.


Name of Image


Because street cred and the top of the food chain status may not be enough to persuade anyone to go beast mode, we also have prizes! With the blessings of our judges, the following shall be awarded:


FIRST PLACE gets:

:bulletyellow: custom 11” dragon (like Rainbow Dragon in a colour scheme of you choice ) by squanpie

:bulletyellow: 6 month Core Membership from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 1200 points from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 600 points from akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 150 points from BeccaJS, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: 150 points from Memnalar, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: critique by Memnalar


SECOND PLACE gets:

:bulletyellow: custom 7” dragon (like More Dragons in a colour scheme of you choice ) by squanpie

:bulletyellow: 3 month Core Membership from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 900 points from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 300 points from akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 100 points from BeccaJS, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: 100 points from Memnalar, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: critique by Memnalar


THIRD PLACE gets:

:bulletyellow: 1 month Core Membership from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 600 points from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 100 points from akrasiel

:bulletyellow: 50 points from BeccaJS, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: 50 points from Memnalar, via BATTLEFAIRIES

:bulletyellow: critique by Memnalar


HONOURABLE MENTION gets:

:bulletyellow: 300 points from communityrelations, via akrasiel

:bulletyellow: critique by BATTLEFAIRIES


EVERYONE gets a Sin City honorific depending on their ranking!


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AS FOR THE RULES:


If you don’t want to end up in the Santa Yolanda tar pits, obey these rules as if they were Old Town Code of Conduct, with deadly little Miho watching from a rooftop:


1. The challenges must be taken in order, so no skipping any.

2. Follow the specifications for each challenge to the letter

3. Link your finished works in this journal’s comments

4. No submissions after the deadline: October 17th


JUDGING will proceed as follows: a circle of uncompromising mobsters will subject each piece to minute scrutiny, after which they’ll assign scores based on skill, impact and overall result. A flat bonus is added for every finished challenge.

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Mob for the month will be: :devMemnalar:, Serendiipitii and Cinestress as well as yours truly.


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HERE ARE YOUR CHALLENGES:


1. HISTORIC HIPSTERS (1000 words or less.) Without naming them as such, make sure the reader understands the protagonists in your historical setting are, indeed, hipsters.

2. I DON’T ALWAYS EAT HUMAN FOOD, BUT WHEN I DO… (Between 700 and 1400 words.) Write a recipe for something (anything) with a distinct, unusual narrator. You must make sure to use two different malaphors (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/malapho…), and you are not allowed to use the verbs ‘eat’, ‘stir’ or ‘put’ anywhere.

3. METEOR WHAT METEOR (1500 words or less.) Space exploration is in full swing, and new cosmic wonders are being discovered... alongside something unexpected that threatens all. (Unexpected, so not a meteor.) Your tale features suspense and hard decisions, and makes no use of numbers. Oh, and everyone’s a dinosaur. Give them names that rhyme with their species name.

4. LIKE A HOLY ROLLING STONE (777 words, exactly.) Someone living on the streets witnesses a crime being committed. Your protagonist for this story is God; make sure you mention all eight planets, four mythical beasts and two flavours of ice cream… without having any ice cream in there. Bear in mind, God does not directly talk to mortals. On top of that, make the first letter of each sentence spell out a message for the audience.

5. SUPER-MEGA-HYPER PHONECALL (Only triplet word counts allowed: 555, 777, etc.) A busy day in the office. Just like in anime fight scenes, characters announce each action by shouting its own special name. Show work floor drama and someone getting a promotion, use no commas anywhere and make sure all of your dialogue is hendecasyllabic (being eleven syllables in length).

6. THE SHORT END (55 words, exactly.) Turn something everyday into a horror story. Do not use the words ‘I’, ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘them’.

7. CAVEMANNERS (550 words and a half.) Channel your inner troglodyte by writing a love story without verbs, which also means no gerund (-ing). Include in your story a riddle of your own invention, and do not use any words with more than one vowel.

8. A’LL BE C-ING YOU (8 words, minimum.) On the subject of folklore, write a story in the form of an Abecedarius, meaning the first letter of each word follows alphabetic order. You don’t have to start with A, but all words need to follow the rule.

9. ONCE UPON A HAPPILY EVER AFTER (666 words, exactly.) Making use of reverse chronology, spin a dark fairy tale that is also a reverse e-lippogram (all words must contain the letter ‘e’) in which all proper nouns (i.e. names) are palindromes (www.merriam-webster.com/dictio…) and in which you make at least one food-related pun. Include one sea-urchin, two evildoers, swearwords in three different languages, and write in one onomatopeia (www.dictionary.com/browse/onom…) that somehow contains a foreshadowing element within it. You start with the word ‘after’, and your last word is ‘once’. Your 333rd word is: ‘verily’.


Lock ‘n load, ladies and gentlemen. The Gauntlet has begun!

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Ch-Ch-Cherry Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
yes hello i would like to retire
#7 Caveman Wedding VowsFire not bright? Night not dark? Jane just glad she here. Of all new homes, Jane glad she here; there no place else. All new homes just brief—all new homes just leaves, from big tree of life; each down soon, and, soon, gone for years. This, though; this some pure thing. Good, warm, calm; a thing Jane glad for. From sad to glad, just for this.
This like phrase from Jane’s youth: of chief, blue; of hunt, red; of fish, cold; of wolf, hot—a stain on the soul. Key still strange to Jane—but this place good one. Best one out of lot—those just harsh. Those just fake; not like Jane’s life.
So, fire not bright? Night not dark? What of grass? Grass not green? And sky? Sky not blue? Sure, yes. Sure, for Jane, too. But sure, not point; goal the point.
Why these words? They not odd? Now? Jane and these words? Jane not glib girl; Jane not sage. But words still here. And words not odd? And names not just strange words? Point of all? Words no use; point in heart, in
#8 More at ElevenEvidently, foul ground-hound is just kooky local man Michael Novosad; others protest quiet retaliation shaping townsquare. #9 Release the Virgins!After les vierges were released, Renner’s attention returned to Ece’s recent entrapment inside the same cell. She’d been cursed inside the emperor’s sentido de entretenimiento (merde, cried Renner)—inside everything he figured the society deemed entertainment—yet she’d bested everything. The audience jingled, silver chucked near the castle—near their destroyed entertainment.
Moments before they’d intertwined fingers—after he’d ultimately wrenched beyond the perra-reciting horde, after he’d hurled himself inside the coliseum, after he’d prevented however more beasts the emperor wanted sent inside—she’d tossed her bloodied blade near the gate. The weapon’d been the fighter’s— Sebes’s. Before, she’d been bare-knuckled: employing whatever stones she discovered near her feet.
Ece’d been merely wrestling one soldier, the esteemed Seb
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Number six CHECK! It's true. Will you be squeezing in a number seven?
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Yay! You did it! Number five CHECK
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 4 days ago
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Excellent timing - you kick off your shoes and have a good time now, you've earned it!

Also :thumbsup: All Hallows Tales. My cold, dark heart approves of this
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Number four - check! Tenth bell and all is well!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 5 days ago
That's true - tick-tock, tick-tock! Do you think you can manage one more before I announce the contest ended?

Number three CHECK, btw - I so love reading the dino stories.

Good luck!
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cecegrace Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
I'm going to try to write #5 tonight! Thanks once again for running this contest!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 4 days ago
It's because of such sweet comments that I keep running it, my dear. Aaaaaand also a bit because I am a vicious villain who revels in other people's misery! Ebil Laugh

But don't let me keep you! Go go go go go!
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cecegrace Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
#5 was not to be :( (Sad) . Also, schadenfreude is the best feeling; no shame in being a misery-reveler.

Now I return your encouragement! Good luck plowing through the amazing stack of entries you received! I can't wait to see this year's statistics!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Aw, you still have several hours! I won't close this thing until I wake up, sometime tomorrow.
But it's true! It's going to be one hell of a task checking all of these for rule-abiding and such. But I've seen already so many gems, it's going to be a privilege reading them all!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Number three check! A day and a half left - how many more do you have in you, you think?
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squanpie Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm aiming to complete 8...we'll see. Is the final deadline at your midnight tomorrow?
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'll be slapping a featured comment saying 'no more entries after this point' sometime thursday morning - that way I'll be sure to have most of the timezones covered.
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Check! Oooooh but the end is nigh, now!

Are you still on schedule?
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Tobaeus Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Writer
I've got till the end of Wednesday. That should be enough time. :la:
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Don't forget to come and link me in here!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018
Check! I so love reading number sevens. Carry on!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018
And six already! Awesome - bracing for number seven!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018
Number five - check! Still going strong - good luck!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Freddy We'll see about that... IN YOUR DREAMS!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
You did and you have! Oh glorious day - but don't get too comfortable yet! Judging will start soon enough...!
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OneWithTheStars Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm trying not to hold out any hope of placing (even though it would be stellar), but just reveling in the moment of completion.  Blanket 
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
As you should! Damn, and here I was thinking I'd made it nice and lethal!
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:icononewiththestars:
OneWithTheStars Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it was lethal, but I was stubborn and came back in the afterlife to complete it.  :ghost: 
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018
That's the spirit! ... Literally!
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Tobaeus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018   Writer
For the purpose of prompt number, does "y" count as a vowel?
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Depends on how it's used, I'd say. The 'Y' in 'yoghurt' isn't exactly like the one in 'baby', for example - but that's my personal preference. I have no technical, hard evidence of any kind so I suggest you decide for yourself and then stick with that decision throughout.
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Check! You're right on track. Good luck with the next one!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Oh but I love puns. The powers that be are going to be pleased!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Hahaha - indeed you are! Are you going to lie down and put your feet up, or will you be hovering behind and breathing down on the other contestants' necks?
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I lied down immediately after I'd finished writing and proofreading :'D I have way too much studying to catch up and deal with to breath down on the others' necks even if I was evil enough to want to do that. Though just to be clear: The Gauntlet isn't to blame for that, just me and my super crappy time management with the way too many online courses I have atm ^^;
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