Another message from Pablo D'Stair:
It seems the Lit Flash world has pussied out, big time. Must’ve know I’d mop the floor with them
But, now I am keen on putting myself to the test against Genre (Crime/Noir in specific) folks (who’ve been nothing but enthusiastic about this), so I put together the following (not mean spirited) contest for Crime/Noir flash and was hoping you could help me out with getting “The Challenger Collection” put together.
I will, inside of the previously explained 8 hr time limit, write a collection to conform (approximately) to the length of the Challenger Collection (my stories will not be inter-related, as the Challenger Collection won’t be).
The Challenger collection is to be comprised of 12-20 pieces of Flash Crime/Noir by 12-20 different Crime/Noir authors. These authors can choose whichever piece they want, previously written, or can write new pieces, it’s all the same.
I will write (in 8hrs) a collection of as many pieces of flash Crime/Noir (if the challenger collection has 12 pieces, mine will have 12, if it has 17 or 20, mine will have 17 or 20 etc.)
Both collections will be made available to anyone who wants to read and vote for the length of the contest (electronic formats, either a straight PDF or through Smashwords for any platform—after the contest, the collections will be made unavailable from these places).
The collections will contain No Author Names—also, it will not be explained which collection is a 1 author collection and which is the multi-author collection—they are both presented as Crime/Noir Flash Fiction Collections and read blind by the readers.
The readers will choose (1) Which collection they consider the winner (2) from that collection they will choose their 3 favorite stories.
Now, if my collection wins, no prizes are awarded—I win.
If the other collection wins, I lose and there are 3 prizes to particular authors of the other collection based on the total number of votes for the top 3 stories
1st Prize: $100 (US)
2nd Prize: $75 (US)
3rd Prized: $50 (US)
Sea Minor's note:
If you're interested, post a comment here or contact me via my email address (in my profile) and we'll see how this shapes up.
My opinion? Pablo's a great writer, he really is. Is he able to top the work I see out there regularly from those of you who are gifted at your craft? I don't think he can. There, said it. Take him on. Shake the tree. See what falls on your head. It could be $200. What have you got to lose?