“His stories were what frightened people worst of all. Dreadful stories they were--about hanging, and walking the plank, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main. By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea, and the language in which he told these stories shocked our plain country people almost as much as the crimes that he described."
Behold me literary feather-bearers, how fair ye in on a week where we celebrate talking like yon pirate? It's time we took the celebrations to a new level and test ye wits in a tourney!
To pit ye writers against each other, we arr asking for your best pirate legend. Give us a tale of mystery, of cunning and wit- be it stupendous or just plain stupid. We're looking for humour and exaggeration, we want intrigue and excitement- do ye think you can do it? Then lets hear ye!
September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day
, where people all over the world are encouraged just to do that- speak with the Cornish tones of a pirate. You've all seen enough pirate paraphernalia to know how that goes right?
Make sure you encourage this all over dA, you know you want to
The ContestWe're looking for people to create their own pirate legend. Think about the classic tales of captain Blackbeard, Captain Hook, Long John Silver or even the legends of famous ships, places or objects built into the fascinating culture literature has created about pirates- now it's your turn to tell us a tale!
- Prose only please.
- Pieces (of literature not of eight) must be no longer than 1600 words.
- It must be a legend about one thing- be it a person, place, object etc whatever you desire!
- It can be as outrageous as you like, it can be dark, light-hearted or even ridiculous as long as it's clear when we read it.
- You can break traditions if you like. The legend can be in any genre but pirates need to feature in some shape or form. You don't need to restrict your pirates to the sea. (That said if you want to stay traditional you're welcome to!)
- Pieces must be submitted on deviantART as prose (not journals or external sites).
- Although we've used a bit of the bad cornish pirate in this journal, just be careful if you choose to use this in your piece. Make sure if you insist on doing so you use it correctly and sparingly.
How to submitYou have between now at October 17th to submit your completed piece.To enter please note Beccalicious with a direct link/thumb to your uploaded deviation.All entries will be placed in a folder in my favourites
Of course where would there be pirates without booty? So here are the prizes:
Honourable Mentions (X2- subject to change depending on level of entries and prize pool)
Spot "taking part" Prizes
If you are feeling particularly generous and want to donate to the prize pool, please let Beccalicious know!
JudgesI have three very awesome judges supporting me, who will be looking through your stories with much interest! They're all wonderful, experienced people and I genuinely appreciate the fact they're happy to judge this. They are:High cakelady of the Red Sea neurotype Mad Twelfth mate Memnalar Notorious scififlash SRSmith And me, booty-lucky-Beccalicious (the treasure not my bum!)
The judges criteria will be looking at:- How intriguing the tale is.- the completeness of the story.- the technical quality of your writing (yes including spelling and grammar).
- How the story fits the initial brief of the contest.
Are you in? Give us an ARR!!