Presented by NaNoWriMo and the Chabot Space and Science Center
Frankenstein is a classic of Gothic literature – a gripping, tragic story about Victor Frankenstein’s failure to accept responsibility for the consequences of bringing new life into the world. In this dare, we’re challenging you to write a scary story that explores the relationship between creators and the “monsters” they create.
Almost anything that we create can become monstrous: a misinterpreted piece of architecture; a song whose meaning has been misappropriated; a big, but misunderstood idea; or, of course, an actual creature. And in Frankenstein, Shelley teaches us that monstrous does not always mean evil – in fact, creators can prove to be more destructive and inhuman than the things they bring into being
Tell us your story in 1,000 – 1,800 words on Medium.com and use the hashtag #Frankenstein200. Read other #Frankenstein200 stories, and use the recommend button at the bottom of each post for the stories you like. Winners in the short fiction contest will receive personal feedback from Hugo and Sturgeon Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Elizabeth Bear, as well as a curated selection of classic and contemporary science fiction books and Frankenstein goodies, courtesy of the NaNoWriMo team.
Rules and Mechanics
There are no restrictions on content. Entry is limited to one submission per author. Submissions must be in English and between 1,000 to 1,800 words. You must follow all Medium Terms of Service, including the Rules.
All entries submitted and tagged as #Frankenstein200 and in compliance with the rules outlined here will be considered.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on July 31, 2016.
Three winners will be selected at random on August 1, 2016.
Each winner receives the following prize package including:
Lynd Ward’s edition of Frankenstein with woodcut illustrations
Penguin Horror’s edition of Frankenstein featuring an introduction by Guillermo del Toro
A special Frankenstein poster and tote bag from Litographs
A copy of Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
A copy of Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
Additionally, one of the three winners, chosen at random, will receive written coaching/feedback from Elizabeth Bear on his or her entry.
Select stories will be featured on Frankenscape, a public geo-storytelling project hosted by ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project. Stories may also be featured in National Novel Writing Month communications and social media platforms.
U.S. residents only; void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.