Member-Sponsored Frankenstein Fables Contest
|Apr 11, 2013
The New Fairy Tale group wants to see terrible things done to speculative poetry! Find your bone saws!
Write a poem that stitches and staples together two folkloric/mythic/fantastical elements from two different (ancient or modern) traditions/contexts. You can find a common theme, juxtapose interesting contrasts, use one to comment on the other, or stage a crossover episode. Any two elements from mythology, urban legend, campfire tales, folktales, fairytales or fables from anywhere and anywhen are valid.
Examples: Gilgamesh and Slenderman. Apollo and Cthulhu. UFOs and Amaterasu. Hansel and Gretel and Grendel. Nasreddin and Quetzalcoatl. Baba Yaga and Bloody Mary. (Feel free to use any of those if you get stuck.)
Write free verse, haiku, sonnets, cinquains, prose poems; be funny, serious, horrific or abstruse; have your juxtaposition be silly, subtle, awkward or just plain weird. All flesh is grass. Your poem will be judged as all poems are judged in the end, by weighing its heart against a feather.
Questions? Ask in the contest thread.
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|Winners with a Basic membership win a year Premium membership upgrade, Winners with a Premium membership win 20 karma points
Entries must be received before midnight of April 11th (UTC time). Winners will be announced within one week of that date.
Both elements must be from different contexts (nothing that actually belongs together).
Both elements must be public domain (no fan fiction, copyrighted characters etc.).
You can write any type of poem, but it must be between 1 and 100 lines long.
To enter the contest, post your work on Scribophile and check the box that says "Enter this work into the Frankenstein Fables Contest." Your work will automatically be considered. The checkbox will be visible until the contest deadline, which is in UTC time.
Entry is free, but you'll need karma points to post your work. You can earn karma points by writing critiques of work by other members.
If you have placed in a contest in the past with a particular piece, you may not resubmit that piece in other contests.