Hello, Adventurers and Immortals!
How long ago do you think cities even became cities? Where was that turning point in time where a colony became big enough that it needed a new word to describe it? What were things like back then? It’s time now to look backwards at what used to be, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
The Ancient City
RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW!
Make sure you scroll down and read them if you haven’t! You may not be eligible if you don’t!
The notion of lost or old civilizations is not an idea we are unfamiliar with. While this prompt looks so simple on the surface, there’s so much more here waiting to be unearthed.
Of course, we can go the route of an old Eldritch being residing over— or even under— a realm they have claimed for their own. Is this Eldritch creature living there to terrify this place, or perhaps they protect it from whatever could be threatening to destroy it from the outside? How long have they been there, and what old traditions have been put in place to please them? Perhaps we choose to explore finding a city lost to time. Certainly, an idea like Atlantis is enticing; a great city suddenly swallowed by the sea. But perhaps this ancient place isn’t lost in that traditional sense. Maybe this city is lost in time and space, residing between realities. Do they still age? What has changed in their daily lives? Is time even relevant to them anymore? Perhaps this city is an ancient ruin buried beneath the earth. Better yet, what if it isn’t a ruin at all, but a community that is somehow still thriving, completely unaware of what lies beyond their high, rocky ceiling?
You could explore a world that is ancient to its inhabitants, yet new to us. An alien planet, perhaps, that is far older than our own. How do our civilizations compare to one another? Who is further ahead in the department of technology? What ancient traditions have they kept that we could learn from? Maybe the ancient city is nothing more than a child exploring a history museum, seeing how things have changed for their home over time. Maybe this child realizes something that so many others have missed, sees that his city’s past hides something more than what they let on. Is it a dark side to the truth of how this place came to be? Does their city stand on something far greater than anyone could even imagine? Or maybe your story chooses to follow someone who has spent every second of their life inside a simulation, someone who desires to see what the real world looks like outside of their virtual paradise.
Regardless of where you take us, it’s sure to be a spectacular adventure.
Do travel with care, though. Some places are better left unfound.
Remember, this is part of our weekly Writing Group stream! Submit a little piece following the rules and guidelines below, and there’s a chance your entry will be read live on stream! In addition, we’ll discuss it for a minute and give you some feedback.
The whole purpose of this is to show off the creativity of the community, while also helping each other to become better writers. Lean into that spirit, and get ready to help each other improve their confidence in their writing, as well as their skill with their craft!
Rules and Guidelines
We read at least four stories during each stream, two of which come from the public post, and two of which come from the much smaller private post. Submissions are randomly selected by a bot, but likes on your post will improve your chances of selection, so be sure to share your submission on social media!
Text and Formatting
- English only.
- Prose only, no poetry or lyrics.
- Use proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
- Your piece must be between 250-350 words (you can use this website to see your wordcount).
- Use two paragraph breaks between each paragraph so that they have a proper space between them (press “enter” or “return” twice).
- Include a submission title and an author name (doesn’t have to be your real name). Do not include any additional symbols or flourishes in this part of your submission. Format them exactly as you see in this example, or your submission may not be eligible: Example Submission.
- No additional text styling (such as italics or bold text). Do not use asterisks, hyphens, or any other symbol to indicate whether text should be bold, italic, or styled in any other way. CAPS are okay, though.
What to Submit
- Keep submissions “safe-for-work”; be sparing with sexuality, violence, and profanity.
- Try to focus on making your submission a single meaningful moment rather than an entire story.
- Write something brand new; no re-submitting past entries or pieces written for other purposes
- No fan fiction whatsoever. Take inspiration from whatever you’d like, but be transformative and creative with it. By submitting, you also agree that your piece does not infringe on any existing copyrights or trademarks, and you have full license to use it.
- Submissions must be self-contained (everything essential to understanding the piece is contained within the context of the piece itself—no mandatory reading outside the piece required. e.g., if you want to write two different pieces in the same setting or larger narrative, you cannot rely on information from one piece to fill in for the other—they must both give that context independently).
- One submission per participant.
- Submit your entry in a comment on this post.
- Submissions close at 12:00pm CST each Friday.
- You must like and leave a review on two other submissions to be eligible. Your reviews must be at least 50 words long, and must be left directly on the submission you are reviewing, not on another comment. If you’re submitting to the private post, feel free to leave these reviews on either the private or the public post. The two submissions you like need not be the same as the submissions you review.
- Be constructive and uplifting. These submissions are not for a professional market, and shouldn’t be treated as such. We do this, first and foremost, for the joy of the craft. Help other writers to feel like their work is valuable, and be considerate and gentle with critique when you offer it. Authors who leave particularly abrasive or disheartening remarks on this post will be disqualified from selection for readings.
- Use the same e-mail for your posts, reviews, and likes, or you may be rendered ineligible (you may change your username or author name between posts without problem, however).
- You may submit to either or both the public/private groups if you have access, but if you decide to submit to both, only the private group submission will be eligible.
- Understand that by submitting here, you are giving us permission to read your submission aloud live on stream and upload public, archived recordings of said stream to our social media platforms. You will always be credited, but only by the author name you supply as per these rules. No other links or attributions are guaranteed.
Comments on this post that aren’t submissions will be deleted, except for replies/reviews left on existing submissions.