BATTLE TALES VII: Battle...With A Vengeance (prompts)

20 Feb 2022 12:01 AM | Shawn Hogan (Administrator)



Are you ready?

We can’t hear you!

We SAID - Are… You… READY!!?

Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks! 

All ye Battlers, gather your skill, sharpen your wit and bring your “A” (and E, I, O, U and sometimes Y) game, because the seventh annual Battle Tales has arrived!

Your THREE prompts for Battle Tales VII: Battle…With A Vengeance ARE:

  1. The gnashing of teeth

  2. A gleaming blade

  3. A dark tower looming in the distance

Our second pandemic winter is almost over, and with it comes the (hopefully) last stand of a desperate virus cornered by the miracle of modern science and the resilience of humanity in the face of great odds. By summer beach season, many will be vaxxed, waxed and ready to relax, but before we see sunnier and better days, the bitter chill of winter must be warmed by the heat of glorious battle…

In the span of 2,500 words or fewer, we humbly ask for your best and brightest short fiction to entertain and enlighten. Wow our illustrious judge with adventurous tales of derring-do, or scandalous stories of murder most fowl – maybe the chicken did it! Now he’s gonna FRY!

Whatever creative choices you choose to employ, your story MUST incorporate all three prompts listed above. Beyond that? The breadth of your fictional world is yours to explore and conquer, limited only by your imagination!

Use the prompts as your opening lines, or as the seeds of a greater mystery afoot, or as pivotal plot points – creatively or passively, the choice is yours and yours alone!

And now, dear Battlers, the stage is set, the stakes have been raised, and the clarion call has been sent out to one and all. But before Battle commences, heed the rules so a fair fight may ensue:

  • No names on entries (judging is blind!) 

  • You MUST be a resident of Prince Edward Island to enter, and we’re looking for stories under 2,500 words

  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, February 26th will be accepted


And that’s it! So without further ado…



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