A person who argues a point they don’t necessarily agree with is called “the devil’s advocate,” and this October, that's what we challenge you to be.
We are accustomed to seeing things through the eyes of our heroes. For our “Devil’s Advocate” theme, we’d like you to view the world from an enemy’s perspective.
This brings a number of rarely seen characters to the forefront. How did Ugluk feel as he led the tribes toward Isengard with the Three Hunters on his trail? Did Sauron see Aragorn as the last in a line of thieves who had stolen his Ring? What of Grima, of the Balrog, Saruman, a Cosair, a man of Harad? And for the animal lovers among you, what would a Mirkwood spider or an oliphaunt make of its life?
Remember, even those we consider evil sometimes consider themselves heroes with a worthy cause. A monster might not think of itself as a monster. Or perhaps an evil person would take twisted pride in being evil?
Legolas and Aragorn don’t have to be the main characters, but they must be mentioned. Also, keep in mind that this month’s contest is the first we’ve had with the updated rules. There is no longer a maximum page limit (though you might take a risk that voters won’t have time to read a novella). Also you are welcome to submit existing *unpublished* stories to the contest.
And the winners are:
by Shipwright's Trick
Hell Hath No Fury
by Valante 3rd place
Lament for a Dying Son
by Fiondil 1st place
Not What I Am Supposed To Be
by Archeress of Silverbow
Shadows and Memories
by StarLight 2nd place
Marethiel, nautika, StarLight, and Valante