Welcome to Farmpunk Fiction Writing Contest #5 (A Cornucopia)

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Well, folks, it's that time again. The beginning of a new month and the beginning of a brand new farmpunk fiction writing contest. As always, let's give honor to the winners of the previous contests:

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Last month I asked for some suggestions for this month's theme. I didn't want to limit the theme to a single national holiday, such as Thanksgiving, which is a holiday that--in November at least--is celebrated only in the U.S. I made that mistake last month with Halloween, which is a bit more universal, but I honed in on pumpkins and, well, I failed to realize that pumpkins don't grow everywhere. Oops! My saddy bad.

Anyhoo, I got one suggestion. Thanks to @dollarsandsense, the theme for November's farmpunk fiction writing contest is Cornucopia.

Yay! Now we have something to cheer about. Or do we?

In case you're wondering, cornucopia is a noun. Its meaning is quite universal. From Merriam-Webster:

a curved, hollow goat's horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing especially with fruit and vegetables (such as gourds, ears of corn, apples, and grapes) and that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance


an inexhaustible store : ABUNDANCE


a receptacle shaped like a horn or cone

Feel free to interpret these definitions broadly. For instance, take the horn- or cone-shaped receptacle. What might that be on a farm that is fueled by high technology (it IS farmpunk, remember?)? Imagine a giant horn-shaped silo where grain is sucked in through the huge opening at the top straight from the field by some automated, robotic ... you know what I'm saying. Get creative! Make it farm-ish, punk-ish, and high technology-ish.

Plus, I like the idea of the first four letters in the word spelling out "corn," a staple of Thanksgiving festivities in the U.S. So go with that, if you want to keep it simple. Or just go with turkey. Hell, go with a cornucopia of turkey!

Anyways, that's your theme, my friends.

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Seeing as how I'm a swell guy and I like to give my contestants a maximum number of choices, I decided to look up what other holidays happen to fall in the month of November. So, if you don't want to tackle cornucopia (think abundance people, abundance!), or corn, or turkey, try getting farmpunk-ish with one of these alternative themes (thanks Mental Floss):

  • Plan your epitaph - Okay, what kind of epitaph would a farm punk write for himself? November 2 just happens to be National Plan Your Epitaph Day. If that doesn't spell punk, then I don't know what does. It's your job to put the farm in it (but don't forget the high technology).
  • Sadie Hawkins Day - The first Saturday in November (that's today!) is Sadie Hawkins Day, a day when the ladies ask the guys to dance. Hmmm! Somebody could have fun with that one - barn dance, farm punks, and highly technological high-falutin' fluffery stuff. Why not?
  • Guy Fawkes Day - This one might take a little more imagination, but November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day. Gunpowder plots, bonfires, creepy masks in the middle of the night ... think Friday the 13th meets the KKK. Okay, just think outside of the box, uhm, I mean firepit.
  • Clean Out Your Refrigerator - November 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. So if a family of farm punks cleaned out their refrigerator, what might they find? Especially if their refrigerator was some George Jetson high-tech gadgetry with a kung fu grip!
  • World Toilet Day - Outhouses anyone? No kiddin', this theme could put the shiznit in farmpunk.
  • Start Your Own Country - Yeah, November 22nd is National Start Your Own Country Day. Branch Davidians, Texas Republic, name your own cult. This is one where you can get downright crazy. What kind of farmpunk would secede and start his own 120-acre country? You tell me.
  • Red Planet Day - On November 28th, hundreds, thousands, millions of Mars fanatics will look up at the sky and claim the North Star is their favorite planet. Hey, what if your farm was on Mars? Would it be punk-ish?
  • National Square Dance Day - Dancing without Sadie Hawkins. Did you know square dancing originated in Europe? So if some Cambodian farmers decided to host a square dance and invited the robots from Mars? Go all out punk, with high-tech square dance shoes, and the whole works.

So there you have it, 8 alternatives to cornucopia (are you thinking abundance?). Or, you can just go with cornucopia. If you really want to go all out punk on me, mix the themes. I won't mind a'tall.

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Even farmpunk has to have rules. So pay attention.

  1. Deadline: Two weeks from today (November 17, 2018) at midnight EST.
  2. Your entry must be farmpunk. That doesn't mean the story has to take place on a farm, but farm culture must be involved. And it needs to include some form of high technology as a major part of the story line. Finally, punk culture is counterculture. Get crazy goofy weird, if you have to. Just go punk.
  3. Write your story on your Steemit blog. 500-3,000 words. Be sure to give it the farmpunk tag. It doesn't have to be your primary tag.
  4. Come back to this post and link to your story.
  5. No requirement to upvote or resteem this post, but doing so would be appreciated. Heck, the more entries the better. I want to hit 10, if possible. So please resteem.
  6. The top winner will receive 2 Steem Basic Income (SBI) shares. If there are 5 or more entries, a second winner will receive 1 SBI share. If I get 10 entries or more, a third winner will receive 1 STEEM.

I'm totally looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Oh wow, there are so many prompts in here, so many ideas pulling in different directs, is it still one entry per person?


Yes, I'm afraid so. Thanks for the reminder. I should add that to the rules. However, you are free to use them as prompts to write more farmpunk fiction. One of the reasons for the contest is to spread the word about this new genre and inspire some creative spark. Feel free to help out with that.

BTW, I'm thinking about doing something similar each month going forward. I want to give maximum opportunity for storytelling. :-)

on pins and needles...

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I love the image with the tractor! It's very beautiful and the composition is great!


Awesome. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for dropping in. :-)

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Okay this one I am going to try this time. Hope to get something started soon.


Cool. Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Wow! You're way early. The first entry. Looking forward to reading it. :-)

@blockurator Cornucopia: sounds like a super FUN prompt! Hoping to take part in it 😊


I hope you do. The more the merrier!

You inspired me with the invitation onto Exquisite Corpse: Get Off My Farm, Punk!” - Chapter Four. And I just want to do more now.

  • 500 - 3,000 words
  • farm culture
  • Includes some high tech
  • Get crazy goofy weird

Now, this is like a higher calling for all writers out there.
I've re-steemed this post so that we can get the word to more writers. Am sure there are many talented writers out there just waiting to get on board with us.


I'm sure there are. Thanks for your help. :-)

Wow! So many choices of topics! I look forward to seeing what people come up with. I hope to enter this contest one day: it looks fab (but unlikely to be this month due to my NaNoWriMo 50k word target thing)

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There's always next month! Yes, a lot of choices for themes. I want to give people maximum motivation and encouragement to enter. Thanks for spreading the word.

I love old tractors

Great theme and contest! Looking forward to see what will come from it!


Thanks. Me too!

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must be re-steemed this post for better visibility...perhaps some friend will like to joint in @blockurator


I hope so, @el-nailul. Thanks for helping spread the word.


You are welcome my friend. it is good for some friend of mine who is doing farming with hi-tech tools and wanna have some fun with this

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This sounds like fun.


It is incredible fun. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

That’s a very interesting contest for fiction writers. I can’t wait to see the results!


Me too!

You're welcome to join the farmpunk fun. :-)

Well, Let's see what I can do for this round.


I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. :-)

I'm your huckleberry ;)

This sounds pretty kewl, looking forward to reading the entries, and creating my own...


Awesome! Since watching Tombstone, I've always wanted a huckleberry. :-)

I hope you do create your own entry to the #farmpunk contest, and I'm sure we'll get some awesome stories this time around. You can follow the farmpunk contests and other #speculativefiction writing challenges in the Speculative Fiction Writers of Steemit Discord community.

Will we use a special label for this competition?


What do you mean?


What label will we use?


Do mean title? You can title it whatever you want. Use #farmpunk as a tag. It doesn't have to be the primary tag, just one of your tags.

I will have an entry in for you by the end of the day!


Cool. Can't wait to see it. :-)


Managed to get the edit finished, phew!

Here we have it The Dreams of a Gear - thank you for another very entertaining round!