As requested by our wise @Scalenex, this round i will take care of the Competition. I'm positive this will be just a momentary change, and soon he will come back to handle this. The theme for our 28th seasonal short story contest is upon us. The intriguing theme brought forth by the brilliant mind of @Lizards of Renown is "Parallel Dimensions" The Rules -We would like you to try to keep your story between 500 and 2000 words. I am requiring that entries do not exceed 2400 words. This is counting title, poems, quotes, any add-ons. If I get a submission that exceeds 2400 words, I will trim it till it meets the limit, and you may not like what words I choose to cut. Even prepositions are not safe... -Your name must appear nowhere with the story. There is no point in having an anonymous competition based on skill if we know whose entry is whose. -You must send your story via private message to me, Killer Angel, before noon (US Central time) on Sunday 31, october 2021 (if a writer will need more time, then I'll rearrange the schedule). -The story must be new. No dragging up a story you wrote months or years ago. -No plagiarism. This means no stealing a story verbatim. You are free to use characters or settings from other works including other writer's fluff pieces and past short story contest entries. -The story must involve Lizardmen (or Seraphon or Salamanders or Saurian Ancients), at least a little. -The story must stick roughly within the theme, at least a little. -No comics or illustrations. This is a short story contest. Visuals are limited to fonts and text colors. -Only one entry allowed per person. I will do my best to providing proofreading and general advise to writers who ask for it though real life is full of many challenges for me right now. If you wish me to provide a detailed edit, please try to get your draft to me as much before the deadline as possible (but given that i'm not a native speaker, consider yourself warned) You are welcome, nay encouraged, to ask anyone else you wish for help or advice. NOT Scalenex, as currently he's up to more urgent things. Once again, the winner of this contest has the honor of choosing the next contest theme if they so choose. If the winner does not give me a topic, I will pass this burden honor on to the runner-up. If you want to talk about the theme or your eagerness to write or read something. Please do so below!