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A Flipside monthly contest.
Hosted by [Calliope]


  This is a monthly contest that will test your research skills as well as your ability to incorporate accurate information into a fictional story of your own imagining. Each month a different historical event (eg. Battle of Waterloo, War of 1812, etc.) will be used as a theme. You’re objective is to research the event, not in great, great detail, and write a short story with fictional main character(s) that are based in the event. You don’t have to encompass the whole event since many will have lasted months if not years, just as long as the character(s) are located in a situation somewhere related to the event. If it is a battle, the character doesn’t have to be a soldier, they could be a family member affected by their relative being in the battle. Just because this is a contest to help broaden your knowledge and research prowess doesn’t mean you have to forsake your imagination :P


Historical details to focus on:
- Clothing.
- Speech patterns.
- Manners.
- Technology.
- Climate.
- Influential people. (Possible idols)
- Minorities, majorities and common view points.
- Education.
- Etc.



1. It must be your own original work and composed for this contest alone, not something you wrote previously. If you wish to take a piece you did write before, research the theme a bit and then alter it accordingly that will be accepted.

2. Submissions must be at least 500 words and at most 1500 words. I know this limit may be too small but I will be judging this by myself and don’t have time to read half a novel. The limit may change eventually depending on the number of judges.
If you wish to be a judge feel free to message [Calliope]

3. While some themes may require violence or sexuality, I expect both to be limited. Coarse language isn’t necessary and should be used as little as possible. If the piece is extremely graphic please place a warning next to the link.

4. Follow the Theme!

5. Have fun! Just because you’re limited to an era and setting doesn’t mean you don’t have other liberties. It’s all about your interpretation.

6. Submit entries in the following format:

     [ Username ] – Link – Number of words.



Battle of Culloden

Background Info: Fought during the second Jacobite uprising in Culloden Field, Scotland. Was the final stand of Bonny Prince Charlie.



  This theme will end on October 1, 2006.



I’ll get around to them eventually…



1. [Child of God]
2. [Ravendust]
3. [lady Annumundowen] -



1. 646.A Final Stand - 1,166


Go or Return to:
- Flipside
- Flipside Contest Section
- [Calliope]’s house.

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2006-08-30 [Child of God]: Don't suppose we could extend the deadline a bit though? I'm not going to be around a computer till Sept. 6th. *cries*

2006-08-31 [Calliope]: Sure, it's not like there's a lot of people that it would inconvenience ;)

2006-08-31 [Child of God]: Yay! *huggles* I think once school starts we will see more activity on Writersco and you'll get more contestants.

2006-09-13 [Ravendust]: I think that I'll try my hand at this... I've never done it before though, it'll prove to be an interesting challenge.

2006-09-13 [Calliope]: I'll leave Culloden up for September then and put up a new topic for October :)

2006-09-13 [Ravendust]: Okay then. *goes off to research and write*

2006-10-03 [iippo]: Gah, just found this place now. Awesome idea. *sticks around*

2006-10-03 [Ravendust]: ^_^;; I think it's gonna take me a little while to get my entry up, I have a lot of stuff going on right now... but I promise that I'll try and get it up ASAP...

2007-02-20 [lady Annumundowen]: yay! its up! im finished! im so proud.....yay Alex! i finally have captured you (or atleast a little bit on paper!) w00t....go me.......i mean....sorry im just a tad bit excited.....

2007-03-09 [nathie]: oh, wow, i like that idea. i´ll watch it.

2007-05-07 [lady Annumundowen]: is there any one else who is gonna put up an entry??????????????? *looks around* *looks under everything..including the rocks*

2007-05-08 [Ravendust]: I'm working on mine...

2007-05-11 [lady Annumundowen]: going stir crazy!

2007-05-11 [Ravendust]: sorry ^_^;; I have limited net access and can only get on at school really... I've got about a paragraph done, but I'm trying to get it to come out okay...

2007-05-14 [lady Annumundowen]: its all just not really a patient working on it though..i really am...

sorry if i came off a bit harsh......

2007-06-01 [Ravendust]: I'll work on my entry tomorrow, right now my mind is really fuzzy or I'd get it done now. I'm truly sorry for taking so much time to get to it, I've been horribly busy up to this point...

2007-10-04 [lady Annumundowen]: this contest ahs lasted 1 yr and almost 4!

2007-10-10 [Ravendust]: ^^;; wow... I really need to get to work on my entry, it's sitting only a few words in down on my computer... I just haven't been as inspired as I'd like to be with it^^;;

2007-10-10 [Kiddalee]: *confusles* Are you sure that this contest has actually lasted the whole year? Not only is the monthly theme last year's, but the page doesn't seem to have had any action since the beginning of this year, and the owner has gone missing. Has [Calliope] passed ownership of this contest on to someone else?

2007-12-10 [lady Annumundowen]: Ya well the deadline for the Culloden theme (which is the one still in progress...i am the only one to submit something) was for October 1st is now December I would say that Calliope has gone missing...or just isn't interested anymore....*shrug*

2011-07-30 [Calliope]: Is anybody interested in starting this up again? I'll get some badges going and we can redo Culloden or just have [lady Annumundowen] as default winner and I can get another theme! Whatta you all think?

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