Steem-Powered Interactive Fiction Contest - Round 1 - Logline

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Round 1 of this SteemIF Contest will be a Logline Contest.

A Logline is a one sentence hook for a story (usually a script) that succinctly identifies the protagonist, their goal, the antagonist, and the central conflict.

The winning logline will be the basis of this story.
Don't worry if your logline isn't chosen, there will be numerous opportunities to participate.

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In Round 2, we will decide how the story begins with a flash fiction style contest. You will have 100 words to open the story and you must end it with a dual-choice cliffhanger.

For example...

I awake to the sound of a loud crash outside my bedroom door. Rover hasn't made a peep and my phone is in the other room. I decide to:

Option One: Leave the room.
Option Two: Hide in the closet.

Obviously, you'll want to create something more compelling than that. But still, mind the word limit. Note, the words "Option One" and "Option Two" won't be counted, but the contents of those options will.

Entries will again be placed in the comments of the active Round's post.

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Round 3 will have two winners, as it calls for a response to both Option One and Option Two from the previous round, and I think it'd be a bit more interesting if those came from two different authors. So, choose one and follow the same instructions for Round 2. Respond to one of the options with what happens as a result of that choice. Then end with a cliffhanger and two new choices. You're welcome to enter a response to both options, but they must be in separate comments and you can only win one.

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As you may have guessed by now, Round 4 will evolve in a similar fashion. Four options need responses, so four winners will be chosen. Each one will supply two options at the end of their entry, just like the rounds before. The result will be a Round 5 with eight winning spots. And so on.

Also, I might have to get someone to take my place as judge in one (or more) of the later rounds, because this sounds like too much fun to miss out on.

Anyway, this will go on until either the story ends, or I can no longer afford to offer a prize. Oh right! I forgot to mention the prizes.


Round 1: 10 SBD
Round 2: 5 SBD
Round 3: 10 SBD Total (5 SBD per winner)
Round 4: 20 SDB Total (5 SBD per winner)
And so on.

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Okay, with all that explained... on to...

Round 1


Write a Logline for this adventure.

You must at least identify the protagonist, the antagonist (doesn't have to be a person, could be a natural disaster), and the conflict.

You have 30 words.

Some quick tips to improve your chances:

Don't use names, they do very little to describe the character. Likewise, give more than something like "a woman," as it's really just one descriptive step above calling them "a human," and a waste of a word. Describe the character instead. You want to say as much about your characters as you can with as few words as possible.

For further guidance, here's a decent article on How Not to Write Logline

For additional assistance, you're welcome to pop by The Writers' Block and workshop your logline in the Screenwriting Workshop channel.

How To Enter:

Write your entry as a direct comment to this post.

Entry Deadline:

11 December 2017 at 17:00 CST / 23:00 UTC

Winners Announced:

On The Fictioneers Radio Show on 12 December. I'll also make an announcement post after the show.


10 SBD, plus your Logline becomes the basis for this SteemIF adventure! You'll also get to guest-judge for Round 2!

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As this progresses, starting with Round 1, the winning entries will be plugged into this Twinery-powered page for all to enjoy. It's also possible we'll see some evolution in the background... perhaps some landscape renders, or perhaps winning entries from art contests... wink wink, nudge nudge We'll come back to that later. For now...

Round 1 Begins!

Good luck! Have fun!

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EEP! I almost missed this, Peg! This looks like the most fun thing on Steemit, for real. I am off to work on a logline now ;)

Glad you saw it in time! I look forward to reading your entry. ^_^

Hiding in the windowless basement, we felt the earth shake as dozens of their ships passed overhead; Priscilla and I were the only ones who knew who--what--they were.

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

Here goes nothing!

Waking up one dreary dawn, an orphaned child, to discover her orphanage massacred, psychiatrist and best-selling author finds out years later that her past has come to hunt her down.

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

Book smarts don't mean sick 'em, Dad always said, and now, his own snarling rescue dog blocking his own damn door, he had to vindicate his "worthless" PhD in physics.

NASA engineer. PhD in physics. Dad not impressed: "Book smarts don't mean sick 'em." Well, what will farmers do when terrorists take down the power grid?

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

Okay, I'll give it a shot:

Certain she is being stalked, a terrified college student retreats into agoraphobia, locking herself away from the world only to discover she's played right into the hands of her alien observers.

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

Thank you ❤️

Here it is!

Frequently the victim of unexplained misfortune, a paranoid sufferer of mysterious memory loss explores the possibility that she is her own worst enemy.

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

Here's my entry;

"A plucky young writer from Boston heads West to stake his claim in the California gold rush only to have his dream crushed upon realizing he has arrived too late."

Thank you for your entry! ^_^

I shall have to do some thinking. For now, I will just say, "This sounds like fun!"

Right? I look forward to seeing your entry if you enter (which I hope you do). ^_^

Resteeming this. What a great idea! Can't wait to see some of these loglines. Mind you, they are harder than they look!

Thanks! :D
They are indeed harder than they look. I'm excited to see what people do! ^_^

For those who may not know, @thinknzombie(58) won a story writing prompt contest with "passport" - the agent stamped it - phew! - and then, oops, someone calls the protagonist's real name...


This is going to be SO awesome. Expect me to enter!

Entry expected! ^_^

Wow..l cant wait to join this soon...l love writing and reading so much..thanks for this initiative @pegasusphysics ...its always being nice with you guys on #thewritersblock on discord

Always welcome bro

Great idea! I will come up with something. I look forward to seeing how it unfolds.

Sweet! I look forward to seeing your entry! ^_^

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