Every September 16th at 5:42a.m., Pacific. (My birthday. This is a sort of birthday present for me, ya see.)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2015
Hello, Epeolotarians! After the 2014 hiatus I have returned to insist you bring forth your creative endeavors in exchange for mystery, handmade goods by an unskilled laborer. Sounds like fun, right? Because it is! Of course, there’s no single word for what we’re doing here, as this is neither a standard contest, nor an ordinary writing challenge. I mean, what do you call someone who asks people to write them stories as a birthday present?
Well, that’s precisely what this year’s contest is about. Emotions so complex or awkward they’re difficult to explain. Here’s a list of 23 words.
Pick one word on the list and make it the entire
theme of the story in 600 words or less, preferably without using the word itself (except in the title, if you wish; I’d recommend it for clarity’s sake).
As always: FREE to enter. Open to ALL AGES (if you write something adult-oriented whether violent or graphically sexual, give a warning). Any genre. Happy writing!
Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline, complete with any pseudonym and personal or professional link you wish to use. Please put 2015 EPEOLATRY SUBMISSION in the subject line.
FEE, PRIZES, and OTHER IMPORTANT STUFFS
Since this is just for fun, and there’s no monetary prize, it’s FREE TO ENTER!
There are up to three winners per contest, depending on number and quality of entries. Prizes will be something randomly selected for each winner, usually homemade by the judge, and will probably arrive months after it ought to have. Unless you’re local, and then maybe I can cook something for you.
By submitting your (the Contestant’s) original work, you’re giving me — Raven J. Demers — permission to post your winning submission on my website SatyrsGarden.com or any future website where the Epeolatry Contest is hosted. You’re also assuring me in a very legal sense that the work you submit is 100% yours. The rights to the work are yours to do with as you please, I just get to display your dazzling wit for all to see under whatever pseudonym or legal name you choose and link to whatever site you deem fit that best represents you in the world (or no link at all, if you’d prefer). Since there’s no exchange of money in either direction, and I (that’s the judge, speaking) am exceedingly underpaid, try to talk to me before bringing me to court. Ok? Love! And hey, shipping is on me!