For the moment, we are setting aside the Contests, though we will retain all entries we already have and probably publish some so that they benefit from reader feedback. We are leaving up the content under the Contest menu item and invite suggestions about adding photo and video categories to a Writers/Visual Artists contest or separating them.
After the 2014 minicontest, we will be ready to conduct our main contests, which we plan to continue indefinitely. We expect in the 2014 Contest to unearth some outrageously beautiful tales and hypnotically convincing arguments on Flow and other topics, but in 2015 we will expand the contest to ten (10) categories and offer $70,000 in prizes.
Principal Categories: These all have awards of $2,000 cash and a one-week writers’ retreat at our founder’s Estancia Ranquilco in the Argentine Patagonia for a prize award value of $7,000, or $70,000 total. All categories are fully explicated on the Category Detail page:
1. The Energy of Flow (annual topic)
2. Best/worst life-changing experience
3. Adventure thriller (truth or fiction)
4. God/Alien of the World (what would You do?)
5. Tragedy/Bliss (your story, truth or fiction)
6. Most inspirational person/event (who/what has inspired you?)
7. Legacies, under 18 (what’s been left to you; what will you leave?
8. What do women want?
9. What do men want?
10. WARP Open Category.