Our 2022 Writing Challenge is active and taking submissions!
Last year, we had a fantastic run of entries for the challenge, with some smashing stories that really knocked it out of the space park. We had the laughs; we had the tears, and we shared them all with our fellow writers here on our beloved StarBase 118.
Taking a prompt and writing something out of the ordinary for us is a great way to burst through the writing block walls and twitch those itchy keyboard fingers into creating a masterpiece. Dig into those realms of plot ideas you’ve got brewing, drag out the lists of “what if” and try it out!
This year, as our winner of last year’s challenge, Lieutenant Commander Wes Greaves has come up with the prompt for our community this time around…
Doesn’t that just punch you in the gut? Themes immediately come to mind of the dramatic and hard-hitting development we put our characters through in the course of the mission, in the consequences faced on shore leave. Perhaps your character will go on a journey of self-discovery, or explore themes of finality and endings, retribution and atonement, and perhaps a dash of mortality? Star Trek has often demonstrated that these little, concentrated moments may be at the heart of the human (and alien!) experience.
The creativity of this community is in the details. From the eloquent prose and deep emotion to the twists and turns of plot magic, this group truly invites you to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Members are welcome to submit solo stories, or team up with a buddy to submit a collaborative epic! The judging team is looking forward to the entries submitted for this special writing challenge event.
To get started and learn more about the rules, click here.
All stories must be submitted by Sunday, May 29th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Good luck!