Story Challenge

High Stakes

It’s just a game - unless the stakes are higher than you expect

Stories for this challenge should be centered around some kind of competition, game, initiative or project, etc, which entails some kind of risk. It’s your decision whether there’s an unexpected turn or the risk is clear from the beginning - just make sure that there is some mind control, alteration, or transformation involved.

The following requirements are enacted for this challenge in addition to the usual rules:

  • The story has to contain some activity involving some kind of risk that turns out differently than planned.
  • The authors are not shown until the final results are up - to keep up the suspense!
  • The whole story must be contained in a single submission, it’s not possible for one author to submit more than one story!
  • The stories should be short enough to be enjoyed in a single “session”. I don’t recommend stories to be much longer than 10.000 words.
Submission deadline: July 11, 2021 (until 11:59pm UTC)
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Four housemates buy a magic coin at the flea market. Now if they could just figure out how it works…
6/17/21 6:03 AM
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Four friends who get caught trying to cheat an underground casino are offered a chance to escape punishment through a high stakes poker game with the casino's mysterious and sinister owner. Only the stakes are a lot higher than they realize. And the deck is stacked against them in ways they can't even imagine.
6/15/21 4:54 PM
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Hugh might be fucked, but is the world?
6/11/21 1:35 PM
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Matty lives in a pretty homophobic area with pretty homophobic friends, but maybe a magickly enhanced game of spin the bottle can help loosen them up?
6/7/21 8:52 AM
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Five friends find themselves in a different dimension ruled by Mr L. They can get home... so long as they win his games.
6/5/21 6:25 AM
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Three individuals ruined the life of one gay boy in high school when he moved there and was new. All three made his life hell, and he ended up moving again and again until he swore revenge. Little did he know that his wish would come true and have such high stakes.
6/4/21 10:48 AM
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Each year, the male youth compete with one another to become knights, but being a knight can be so much more fulfilling than they realize.
6/3/21 11:26 AM