There are 13 Workshop Participants left who’ve each pledged to write a short story worthy of being entered into a competition or putting it up for public consumption when finished!
Every Monday and Wednesday there will be a Post going up with Participant Submissions based on whatever Round currently happening. Round One consists of The Pitch and below you will see a few of them. The Genre for the Pitch will be listed along with the Discord/Reddit name of the person who submitted it.
Please leave all CONSTRUCTIVE comments on their Pitch in the comments below!
A washed-up programmer, once one of the best in the world, has one last shot: finish programming a self-driving car for Takuro Motors, the largest car manufacturer in the world. But he finds out that someone has tampered with the code. He investigates further and learns that the car is programmed to be callously utilitarian, to sacrifice the driver’s life if someone more valuable is in danger. He learns that it’s Takuro itself that has inserted the new programming, and decides to blow the whistle, even if it costs him his career… or more.
A recent college graduate returns home on the high noon train greeted by his brother–now the Sheriff–to a very different town than he had left four years ago. Golden Spurs was once a thriving town, drawing in hundreds from all over the state for its heavily gold saturated river, but a few years’ drought has left the river dry. Gold prospectors flee for richer soil and water becomes scarce driving much of the population to more flourishing towns.
When a mysterious hermit enters town looking to trade a substantial amount of water for supplies, he attracts more attention than he intended and becomes the target for a band of outlaws. The Sheriff of Golden Spurs must now stand behind his badge and six shooter for his town, working closely with his brother, utilizing his intellect and craftiness to protect the hermit and save their hometown from becoming a desolate ghost town.
Disgraced former detective and current Private Investigator John Ackroyd spends his days chasing lost pets and following cheating spouses. When asked to investigate the suicide of William Stone, a banking tycoon, he accepts, happy to take advantage of the grieving. Ackroyd is quickly drawn into a web of intrigue involving Stone’s wife, business partner, and mistress. Against the backdrop of New York in the Roaring Twenties, Blood From a Stone is a mystery packed with intrigue and suspense.
At a party, a teenage boy plays around with the idea of letting his girlfriend cheat on him. A girl, who is in love with him, tries to push the idea on him; the boy only wants to figure out how to make sure he is a good person, so he wanders around the party to vacillate, with the girl tagging along, and uncovers more rumors spreading about him sprouting.