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October Competition

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The October Txtlit writing competition theme is "The Threat".

A threat can be seen in two ways. It can be a direct warning that someone or something makes towards another. A promise of action, often unwelcome, if something is or isn't done or continued. A knife held to a throat whilst demanding money. The threat of a spouse or partner to leave a relationship perhaps if behaviour doesn't change. Or the threat of a snarling dog to attack and bite if just one more step is taken towards it.

Threats can also be long term risks that hang over us. The threat of global war or climate change. Not direct, but looming menacingly in the background.

The threat that you use in your story can be whatever you decide. More than the threat itself though, you'll need to think about whether or not the warning is heeded and what the consequences might be if it is or isn't. Also, the emotional effect that a threat can have might play it's part in your story. How does it affect your characters? The one making the threat and the recipient.

To enter the competition write a story with a clear link to the theme of "The Threat" in 154 characters or less including spaces and punctuation. Precede your story with the word STORY and a space and send it as a text message from a UK mobile phone to 82085. You have until midnight on the 31st October 2017 to enter.
You must enter the word STORY and a space at the beginning of your text message which will give you 160 characters in total.
You will receive a message confirming your entry and the competition entry fee of £1 will be charged to your mobile phone bill. You will also be charged for one standard text message by your network operator.  If you have a Pay As You Go mobile phone account, you must make sure you have enough credit to cover the entry fee plus the cost of a single text message otherwise your entry will not be processed.

Happy writing and Good luck.

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