So we haven't had a contest in here for a while, either that or I haven't been following recently. So how about this, I'm considering starting a contest, where I would provide the prize money out of the $75 store credit I won in a previous NG contest. (Where it would be $40 for 1st prize, $20 for 2nd, $15 for 3rd, something like that)
And judges would be welcomed to volunteer, since I don't believe I possess adequate skill to suffice for judging. I'd just organize the whole thing if no one else would like to.
The theme I have in mind is one that's rather strange, but my curiosity has always been piqued by this specific sort of writing and I believe it's quiet challenging with a lot of room for exploration, and could produce some really interesting pieces of prose.
What I am talking about is writing about something that's completely true, non fiction, and has to be a personal experience, i.e told from in first person.
You might be wondering why, and basically, what I really, really enjoyed about Stephan King's work for example, is his ability to take a completely monotonous and dull series of events and through masterful story telling convey it in such a way that it is an amazing story.
An example on this is his "Just After Sunset" where he has a series of short stories, "Stationary Bike" is a story about a fat guy who buys a gym bike and exercises at home, and gets lonely. That's it. You'd think it was boring, but it was actually one of the most amazing, mindfucking, and horrific short stories I've ever read.
The story you write could be about anything you experienced in your life. The point is to try and convey a normally uninteresting event or story into one that's completely riveting through the tools of literature.
So it would basically be a contest of people talking about their lives in very unique and interesting ways.
So, I'd like to get some feedback on this, and if people think it's a good enough idea, we could assemble judges and get the competition in motion!
(Of course feel free to suggest other themes if you wish)