Literary Karaoke

The Best of The Week

BrevityQuest. We want your writeups, 300 words or fewer.

  • The quest starts Friday, July 3, 00:00 and ends Friday, July 31, 23:59 E2 server time.
  • We're looking for well-crafted fact or fiction, both poetry and prose. New writeups only.
  • Post as many submissions as you wish. It is okay to post hidden writeups if you prefer.
  • Quest entries should be labeled as such, and a /msg to confirm is welcome.
  • Bounty will be awarded at 10GP per writeup. A panel of mystery judges (applicants welcome) will do mysterious judging things. Lord only knows what the result will be.

Need some inspiration? Check out the BQ submissions listed in BrevityQuest11, BrevityQuest12, and BrevityQuest14. Need some counting? Check out the E2 Word Counter.


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Ancillary Justice
By Ann Leckie
Orbit, 2013


Ancillary Justice is a science fiction novel set in the far future; it might reasonably be described as a space opera. It is the first in the Imperial Radch trilogy.

Justice of Toren is a warship -- but not just a warship. She is the ship and all of its solders, a compound mind that splits her awareness between dozens of bodies. Most of our knowledge of…

The dead man was waiting for the bus again.

In one hand he had a briefcase, the other fiddled constantly with a pocket watch. His suit was out of place and out of date by seventy years. The hat he wore was fashionable again, in a retro way, but he'd gotten it when the style had originally been popular.

The waitress watched him from the diner's front window while she cleared the tables. It was the slow hour between breakfast and lunch in a small town where nobody had time for brunch.