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« Week #358 - 19th Century Schizoid Man »
Date: 6-11-2019
Word Limit: 1000
Words Written: 20,842

Week Archivist: Kaishai

Judges (crits):
*Adam Vegas
crimea
Mr. Steak

The 19th century was a big deal. Empires rose and fell, industrialisation and globalisation began to take hold in a serious way, and most importantly, the term ‘dinosaur’ was coined.

So let’s go back and check it out, shall we? You’re going to write a piece set strictly in the 19th century, between 1800-1899.

The rules other than that are pretty lax. You can write in any genre, any narrative you like. Set it anywhere you like! I will be particularly pleased by pieces set outside of the usual Old West or Victorian London, so feel free to hit me with your best depictions of Meiji Japan or pre-Scramble African nations.

There is one rule, however:

Don’t get cute with the setting: I said any genre is possible, and that’s entirely true. But don’t stretch that too far, eh? A sci-fi piece where the Great Exhibition is set upon by body snatchers or cowboys have laser guns is fine. An urban fantasy set among the penal colonies of Australia is great.
But don’t come to me with a story that’s two alien spaceships dogfighting in Alpha Centauri, and then say ’but technically it’s set in 1832 so it’s fine!’ I will roll my eyes, and you will DM.

FLASH RULE

Now here’s where it gets extra interesting. I am willing to give you an extra 750 words (that’s right) in return for taking a flash rule. The flash rule will consist of a popular contemporary genre from any part of the world in the 19th century that you must write your story in the style of. This could be a sensation novel, a detective story, a penny dreadful, gothic fiction, or any other I decide. When you take a flash rule, I will assign you one of these genres at random.


15 Total Submissions, 5 Total Failures:
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Dishonorable Mention
2
Loser
3
4
5
Honorable Mention
6
Winner
7
8
Honorable Mention
9
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Honorable Mention
14
Honorable Mention
15

Failures who signed up but did not submit: