New Nerdist contest theme announced: Video Games

Created over 2 years ago by Avalon Marissa Radys with 6 comments
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18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · added over 2 years ago
Not sure how I feel about the theme. Granted, any idea has potential, and I’m sure some great content will come out of this contest. But compared to the themes for the other contests, this one seems a bit too specialized and constraining.
I’m okay to sit this one out. But I am always interested to see what stories people come up with, and I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on things as they go!
Scyintr2 Jon D Harrison · Author · added over 2 years ago
I could not be more excited about this! What a great prize as well...
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Picture S.M. Hillman · Author · added over 2 years ago
At first I was scratching my head, wondering where I could go with something that not a lot of people had already done. Its a niche within a niche within a niche and it felt limited. But I gave it some time and really, this is not a limit as much as it is a layer.  Yes the video game idea has to be at the core of the story, but layered in it can be very effective. 
Img 3324 Michael Molisani · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 2 likes

Well, that’s... definitely a theme.
Mrr black n white crop M. Robert Randolph · Author · added over 2 years ago
In an early draft of my book, my character got sucked into the video game world of Utopia, the old-ass Intellivision game. That’s how I came up with the two islands (one of light and one of dark). It’s too bad I drafted all that out. Oh well, good luck to whoever has a Video Game story.

(And no, I’m not changing it back).
Img 6410 Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · edited almost 2 years ago · 4 likes

On June 1st, we’re launching our next contest with Nerdist in our year-long contest series...and the theme is "Video Games"!  We’re looking for stories with video games at their core, in the vein of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Neal Stephenson’s Reamde. 

Check out the contest page for more info, and in the meantime, please share with friends and those you know working on stories within this genre. We recommend launching drafts now so you can hit the ground running come June 1st! 

The rules are the same as other contests, and we’re looking for the top three books in terms of unique reader pre-order counts within the specified time period. For this contest that means any pre-order placed between June 1, 2016, and July 15, 2016. All three books will be published by Inkshares even if they haven’t reached their pre-order goal. We’re even giving away a special prize to the author with the most unique pre-orders — their very own Oculus Rift! 

We hope you have so much fun with this and we can’t wait to see amazing submissions start pouring through!