Here is the information about the Short Story Competition to be held in conjunction with this year’s national science fiction and fantasy convention, Reconnaissance. From the convention committee:
It is the 5th of November 2015 AD.
The Sun rose at 7am and will set at 4:27pm this afternoon.
On the grassed area outside your factory office window, workers have unearthed a small wooden chest in the trench they are digging which they bring in and set on your desk. There is a padlock still slung to the latch, but it was broken long ago. A brass plate attached to the chest reads “2357AD”
Inside is a cylinder made of brass; its ends have been sealed with wax and now rotted cloth. After carefully opening the seal, you retrieve a single scroll. One side has writing while the other side has a detailed technical drawing on one half of the page and the other half is a hand drawn picture.
There is a glass bottle with a transparent liquid that has a soft colour to it. The bottle has an ornate etching on one surface, but you cannot ascertain its meaning. It has been similarly sealed but the label has long since perished.
Silt has permeated the chest and you can find no other discernible objects.
The scroll details the events that occurred the night the chest was buried nearly 150 years earlier…
In one of the paragraphs, you must describe either a cheerleader’s costume or a Superhero’s costume (or both) as it is mentioned in the scroll and what their relevance is.
The Short Story Competition is open to financial members of the convention and must be of a Steam Punk theme. Submissions must be no more than 5,000 words in length. The competition commences today, the 5th of November 2014 and closes on the 3rd of March 2015 at 6pm NZDST.
The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of Reconnaissance on Easter Monday the 6th of April, 2015.
The winner of the SSC will have their story included in the post convention con book. “By submitting to the Short Story Comp you agree that your submission may be printed in multiple mediums as the ConCom sees fit.” Details of the Short Story competition can be found on the website http://www.Timelord2067.com/convention.html#ssc
“The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.”
The Art – Illustration competition will launch on the 15th of December, 2014.
Any questions about the contest should be directed to the convention committee.