Write a fictional short story around the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident

  • Status: Open
  • Prize: $75
  • Entries Received: 51

Contest Brief

Write a short story with next requirements:

- should follow guidelines of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story
- max extension 3000 words. It must be narratable out loud from start to end without boring/tiring the listeners
- previous contests had some posts that were like articles, study work, documentation, etc.
This contest is about fictional short stories. Please read carefully this description

- the story must be around and/or set in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident

- there is a documentary about the event (links below)
But it's more centered in Petrov and his way to USA. Still, I think it's useful stuff
wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Saved_the_World
youtube.com/watch?v=8TNdihbV5go
wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

- Petrov is key in the event, but you are not forced to make him the protagonist of the story
- must be a mix of suspense, folktale, legend and mythology genres
- it must sounds possible, even if it contains fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, etc. Like a myth or legend
- H. P. Lovecraft short stories are a good reference of the type of story to write
Also, some creepypasta stories could be also used as reference
Plus, check our past contests to see the winner story and what we expect (link at the end and first comment)

- readers target: any person 17 years and older that understand English language
- must be narratable out loud
- no sexual content
- no abusive, obscene nor bad language
- no abbreviations
- no too specific country's words
- no grammatical, spelling, syntactic or semantic errors
- content related to love or romance should be minimal or zero

WARNING: entries with spam, copypaste from anywhere or not an original new story will be directly rejected and reported.

NOTICE: we will own the copyright of the winner story. The author's name will be included anywhere we use it.

After the contest' deadline, winner will be selected by originality and quality.

You have a month, be creative!

Previous stories
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JNRBivt-5BeFAx8MVlcvu3-n1GgGxUG1KfGiZ0WfoPk

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Public Clarification Board

  • Madavi00
    Madavi00
    • 4 days ago

    Please check my entry #4 and #16

    • 4 days ago
  • Alawamry
    Alawamry
    • 4 days ago

    I sent you Two little story about: Soviet nuclear false alarm incident
    Simple and realistic events
    please check #34

    • 4 days ago
  • mohamedelamawy77
    mohamedelamawy77
    • 4 days ago

    please check #28

    • 4 days ago
  • yanendra36
    yanendra36
    • 4 days ago

    Please check my entry #1 and #24 . File password: 85208520

    • 4 days ago
  • Madavi00
    Madavi00
    • 4 days ago

    Please check #16 Petrov's Ghostly Nuclear Short Story 100% unique quality you can published any site no copyright issue please award me. 50$

    • 4 days ago
  • Madavi00
    Madavi00
    • 4 days ago

    Please check #4 short story 50$

    • 4 days ago
  • RhapsodeMonolith
    Contest Holder
    • 5 days ago

    Please, read and follow the guidelines. Not following them could end on rejection and maybe to be reported to Freelancer administration.
    All of ours past contests have too many spam entries or ones that aren't short stories. We are trying to prevent it here. You are warned
    Please remind that winner will be selected AFTER the contest' deadline. Even when some entries could be reviewed or declined before.
    Depending on the amount of entries that are really a short story, the decision of the winner could be delay up to one month after the contest' deadline.
    Please check our past contests to see the winner story and what we expect
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JNRBivt-5BeFAx8MVlcvu3-n1GgGxUG1KfGiZ0WfoPk/edit?usp=sharing

    • 5 days ago
    1. SeriousSafwan
      SeriousSafwan
      • 5 days ago

      A higher prize money attracts talented writers from around. You should consider increasing the prize money instead of expecting quality entries for a small budget in every contest.

      • 5 days ago
    2. SeriousSafwan
      SeriousSafwan
      • 5 days ago

      I suggest you #increaseprize to 250 USD atleast.

      • 5 days ago
  • alvitrbd
    alvitrbd
    • 5 days ago

    #sealed please

    • 5 days ago

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