The Iron Writer challenge is run on a weekly basis. It is It is a flash fiction (that's a story made up of 500 words or less) contest in which writers are instructed to incorporate four different elements into their story. Each challenge is decided solely on votes collected by the readership of the site.
From the weekly challenges, the winners are invited to a quarterly tournament, and those winners, to a yearly tournament, each tier brings greater glory, riches, women, entrance into heaven (though I'll admit, I'm prone to exaggeration). Really damn neat. Anyone can enter, which means that previous writer credits are not necessary. This is perfect for me, as all I have to my name is almost half of a novella posted on my blog on a semi-weekly basis. In short, it gives newbie writers a chance to demonstrate their chops to the site's readership and build a name for themselves.
This week's elements are:
As you can tell, sometimes, these can be an absolute bastard to fit into a 500 word story and have it make sense, let alone to derive some meaning out of the experience.
The point that I'm driving at is that this is a great mental exercise for writers, and an even better opportunity for those of us struggling to make a name for ourselves. Reading all four stories takes all of ten minutes, and supporting your favorite writer of the four is two mouse clicks beyond that. I am asking you, dear friends, to hop over here, read some stories - they're all quite good - and vote for your favorite.
In addition to telling you all about the contest, I wanted to talk for a brief moment about the other three people in this week's challenge.
Annmarie is host to several blog sites (here and here) for different purposes, most of them writing-related. She hails from the UK, and seems to have some new piece of writing up every other day (I wish I had that kind of discipline). She teaches music away from her job, and is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Theology at the Irish Bible Institute in Dublin.
Guy Anthony De Marco
I could talk about Guy, and everything he's written, and the awards he's won, and the conventions he'll be attending, and the ... gods, this guy has done everything ... but I think I'll let him do that.
Guy Anthony De Marco is a nocturnal Bram Stoker Award® nominated author living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He writes across multiple genres and in multiple mediums. An award-winning author, he is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, HWA, ASCAP, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Northern Colorado Writers. Additional information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Anthony_De_Marco and GuyAnthonyDeMarco.com, or participating on panels at numerous conventions throughout the year.
So yeah. Crazy, right? It's a little intimidating to be competing against him. I mean, just take a look at his story. Just reading it, you know he's got some serious writing chops.
Drake could not be reached for comment. His Profile indicates that he was born in Missouri, and enjoys reading manga, comics, and epic fantasy. He is a student in Kansas City.
So if you haven't already, please hop over to (LINK!!!!), read some stories, and vote for your favorite.