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March-April Writing Prompt

Greetings to all of our fantasy writers out there!  We had another successful month for the contest and crowned our second winner.  We want to see if we can make this a monthly mainstay, so tell your writer friends about this and maybe they can win some money!

Intelligent stories are about change.  Your characters grow or diminish over time, and the reader takes that journey with them.  For our writing prompt this month, we want you to take a character and transform them physicallyWrite a story where a character physically transforms.  This can lead to him or her experiencing changes in personality or idealistic nature as well, but the core change should be physical.  There is no word limit this month.  As always, please express your creativity.  Good luck to everyone!

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $10 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

February-March Submission Thread

Hello everyone!

It’s that time.  We’re now accepting submissions for short stories for this month’s writing prompt.  We asked aspiring taleweavers to write a short, 1500 word or less story that focused on a particular object.  Our winner will be rewarded with a $10 credit to PayPal, and all the glory that comes from victory.

You can submit your prompt by leaving us a link to your work in these places:

  • A comment below
  • The Tellest Subreddit

 

Our writers have until the 14th to submit their short stories.  Good luck to everyone!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $10 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

February-March Writing Prompt

Greetings to all of our fantasy writers out there! Last month, we had our first official winner in the writing prompt contest.  We’re still trying to find a sweet spot for ongoing glory, but for this next month’s winner, we’re going to be offering $10 awarded via PayPal.

For Tellest’s writing prompt this month, we wanted to see what you could come up with when one of the characters you’re writing isn’t necessarily alive. In 1500 words or less, write a story for Tellest that focuses on a particular object.  It can be anything from sentimental to sentient, or completely mundane.  As always, please express your creativity.  Good luck to everyone!

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $10 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

January-February Writing Prompt Submission Thread

Hello everyone!

It’s that time.  We’re now accepting submissions for short stories for this month’s writing prompt.  We asked aspiring writers to write a short, 1500 word or less story that told a fantasy story from a villain’s point of view.  Our winner will be rewarded with a $15 credit to PayPal, and all the glory that comes from victory.

You can submit your prompt by leaving us a link to your work in these places:

  • A comment below
  • The Tellest Subreddit
  • The FantasyWriters Subreddit

 

Our writers have until the 14th to submit their short stories.  Good luck to everyone!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $15 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

January-February Writing Prompt

UPDATE: We are going to tweak the rules a bit to make them friendlier to our aspiring writers who deserve to keep their work their own.  We’re also going to offer the $15 as a PayPal transfer instead of an Amazon gift card, as it is more convenient to some of our international friends.

Original Post:

Hello fantasy writers! Two months running, and still not a single submission from the outside world. But we’re not worried. Instead, what we’d like to do is up the ante even more.  The winner of this month’s submission will receive a $15 gift card to Amazon.

For Tellest’s writing prompt this month, we want to explore the darker side of things. In 1500 words or less, write a story for Tellest that is from a villain’s point of view. Again, we want to try to be as open to ideas as possible.  As such, the character doesn’t have to be human.  Feel free to let your creativity take wing!  We look forward to seeing your tales!  

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $15 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

December-January Writing Prompt

Hello fantasy writers!

Last month, Tellest hosted a writing contest where we asked fans of the genre to create a holiday for Tellest.  Unfortunately, due to our still small web presence, we only had one story submitted in time, and that was done by a member of our internal team.

We want to spread the love outside of the established stable of writers.  Kevin Gallagher’s “The Night Before Nadeus”, a tale about a Tellest version of Christmas will release on this website.  But, being as he was already on our team, we’re stealing last month’s prize, and rolling into this month’s instead.  We will send the writer of the best story this month kindle eBook(s) with a total value of $10 or less.

In two weeks we will be celebrating the passing of another year.  We’ll be setting new resolutions for ourselves, and looking back at what affected us the most in the prior 365 days.  For Tellest’s writing prompt this month, we wanted to explore that concept, though maybe in grander fashion.

In 1500 words or less, invent a character for Tellest, and then describe his or her favorite memory.

Again, we want to try to be as open to ideas as possible.  As such, the character doesn’t have to be human.  It doesn’t have to be a happy memory, either.  Feel free to let your creativity take wing!  We look forward to seeing your tales!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.  The agreement will also allow writers for Tellest to further develop on the ideas, characters, places and events featured in your submission.
  3. Prize includes the winner’s choice of kindle ebook(s) on amazon’s store, with a cost up to $10.  This does not necessarily have to be a Tellest branded book.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

Guest Wednesday: Creative Origins

Last month, I wrote about being creative in very general terms. I truly believe that being creative is one of the easiest ways to keep your mind sharp and to keep yourself feeling young. There are many ways to express yourself, and over the next few months, I plan on sharing ways I’ve expressed myself. I encourage you to try one of them, all of them, or something completely different. The world of Tellest is all about sharing creative juices, as you will see in the new few months (or, perhaps, even weeks).

Every creative person has their origin story, and I’m sure that for most it would go back to being a kid and playing make pretend. But, since every kid tends to have this memory (so many “I’m Batman”, “I’m Donatello”, and nerf war memories come from that era of my life), there’s something I like to call the true origin point (patent pending). For me, before there was screenwriting and directing, writing a novel, or even podcasting; there was one of my greatest passions was wrestling.

I’m sure there is a chance that I have lost some of you already, but sit back and read. Origin stories are important and perhaps you’ll connect with this more than you think.

Some of my earliest memories involve wrestling. My aunt was, and continues to be, a fan and we connected because of it. This is when I discovered Shawn Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid, and anyone that knows me, knows that I wanted to be him. It’s such a shame that I fell out of watching the, at the time, WWF prior to 1998; I missed so much of his career. I bring this up, because he was the reason I wanted to be a wrestler and wrestling helped show me that being creative can be so fulfilling.

In the late ’90s, early 2000’s, our group of friends started backyard wrestling (I know, I know! How dangerous! Play it safe kids!) under the organization called Underground Wrestling Federation. At this time, I don’t know that wrestling is what you could call what we did. Punches, kicks, stomps… that was mostly what we did. As my creative juices hadn’t really started flowing yet, I came up with the brilliant gimmick of Heartbreak Kev. Go ahead, judge; I would.

At some point, we met up with another group of friends who had also started their own wrestling organization; Trampoline Wrestling Federation. When I first saw a suplex… on the ground, I was amazed by these guys. Little did I know, that I would spend the next four plus years of my life wrestling, on the ground, in a ring… professionally. But, I’m getting a head of myself.

This is where the name Steel Tip was birthed. After losing the HBKev gimmick, I developed Steel Tip (which, ultimately meant nothing) into a multi-media personality. It’s a name that the Tellest fan base if familiar with; to my understanding, he’s one of the fan favorites of The Child of the Stars trilogy.

Steel Tip isn’t the only thing to come from the wrestling world. I learned how to tell a story from wrestling. At the end of the day, that’s all wrestling is, right? Each match is telling it’s own story of hero vs. villain, villain vs. villain, and even hero vs. hero. Crafting story lines in wrestling can be, at times, the most interesting part of the business. They may be no “writing” of dialogue (though at times, there is) or any kind of screen play, but you have to make the audience care about the characters who are telling the story to get them engaged.

Acting and directing are HUGE parts of this world. EVERY wrestler is doing some sort of acting during their matches or promos. It may just be an over exaggeration of the persons own personality, or it may be an over the top act. As the heel (usually), you are helping direct the match. You make the decisions that help shape what the audience sees and, hopefully, embraces.

I learned to talk here, and that’s one of the things I do MOST in hobby form now. Mike and I host a couple of podcasts (shameless plug 1 and shameless plug 2) and I built a network of podcasts on the back of Steel Tip. I certainly don’t go by that name anymore, but hidden in initials and meanings, podcasting (for me) can find it’s roots deep in the wrestling world. I think that podcasting and wrestling are so closely linked by evidence of guys like Steve Austin and Chris Jericho each starting their own show, post-wrestling career.

Aside from wrestling leading me to all these great, creative, different things; at it’s heart it was creative freedom. It was a dopey dream that I worked hard at, and it paid off. I may not have made it to the big leagues; but in reality, that was never the goal. The goal was to entertain people, and I did just that. When you are on a creative kick, it’s a kind of high. You get super excited about something that you are so passionate about, and others may balk at, but at the end of the day YOU have to be proud of what you’ve done.

Monthly Writing Prompts

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to offer up the first official contest for and from Tellest.  Every month, starting on the 15th, we are going to stage a writing prompt which will run until the 14th of the following month.  On the 15th, the Tellest Council will vote on their favorite entry, and the winner will get their choice of kindle ebook from the amazon store (up to $5).  It doesn’t even have to be within the Tellest series.  The winner will also have their work featured on the Tellest website, and we will potentially expand on whatever you write (or even ask you to do it for us!).  The official rules are below, but your goal will be to write about the prompt within the world of Tellest (click on the link to see a basis for the world, and check out the books of the brand for more information).

 

For this month, we’d like to lean on the time of year.  A lot of fantasy focuses on tragedy and conflict, but we often forget that even in the darkest of times, there can be cause to rejoice.  In 1,500 words or less, create a holiday for Tellest from scratch.  It can be something that any race would celebrate, and it can be as jovial or as dark as you prefer.

 

Our submission preference is Google Docs, but we want you to be comfortable.  As long as we can read whatever you submit, and it doesn’t cause any unwanted viruses, we’ll accommodate you!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.  The agreement will also allow writers for Tellest to further develop on the ideas, characters, places and events featured in your submission.
  3. Prize includes the winner’s choice of one (1) kindle ebook on amazon’s store, with a cost up to $5.  This does not necessarily have to be a Tellest branded book.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.