This Challenge is ever-evolving, and recent discussions have been leaning toward a somewhat different format. Therefore, please note the following changes (first posted last month):
A new Challenge will be issued each month. BUT, deadlines will be extended to TWO months. Otherwise, all remains the same. View the guidelines below (Note they are guidelines. We have not hard and fast rules at the rewrite zone.).
For this month's Challenge we travel to Arabia for a tale from the Arabian Nights.
Several months ago, a thread in Open Discussions sparked an idea: a monthly writing challenge. And I, as if my mind had been taken over by evil aliens/demons/warlocks/government agents (pick your favorite according to personal taste), took it upon myself to administer over it.
Since then we have enjoyed the added exuberance of dozens of newbies who may be unfamiliar with the Rewrite Challenge. This post is an invitation to participateâ€”both as WRITERS and READERS!
The rules go something like this:
1. READERS: All are invited to request Challenge submissions for their personal reading enjoyment. Comments and critiques of the stories are welcome but NOT REQUIRED!
*MAKE your request by emailing the writer directly.
*DO NOT post your request to read on this thread.
*DO NOT post comments of any kind on this thread.
*QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS may be posted in Open Discussion on the thread entitled "8th Rewrite Discussion Zone".
2. WRITERS: Re-Write the following tale from the Arabian Nights. The following is a link to read and/or download a copy of the original story.
The challenge is to rewrite the story in one, or a combination of, the following four ways:
*Twist the story to suit your own creative bent.
*Write the story in the style of another well-known author.
*Combine the tale with another tale of your choosing.
*Write a "What ifâ€¦?" versionâ€”a prequel, sequel, or other, of the original tale.
3. Submit the first 13 lines of your final draft (at least 'final' as of the deadline) to this thread.
*PLEASE post pre-deadline requests for 'Process' critiques (critiques intended to help you prepare for the deadline) on your own thread in Fragments and Feedback.
*DO NOT post comments or questions on this thread.
*QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS may be posted in Open Discussions, on the thread entitled "(WHATEVER THE CURRENT NUMBER) Rewrite Discussion Zone", or by contacting Dakota directly by email.
*THE CHALLENGE is ever-evolving. Let me know how we can do it better.
4. Word limit: 5000 words
5. Deadline: Midnight EST, July 31, 2005.
6. Please, for SPAM's sake, include the word "Hatrack" in the subject line of all correspondences.
Next month: A tale from Ancient Egypt!
[This message has been edited by djvdakota (edited May 09, 2005).]