There is a special delight that comes from simply making stuff up -- concocting a story out of whole cloth. Not adapting a story that already exists, not relying on the strictures of reality -- just making stuff up.

This is perhaps the most challenging and creative sort of story, because there are no limits. Creating fiction, in fact, is a cosmological event; we fashion an entire world, we populate it with characters, and we set it in motion. The world we create may resemble our own or it may be radically different. It may be a world of the past or a world of the future, as well as the present. It can be anything we want it to be.

In the Fiction category we distill a story of our own creation down to just six images and, at most, a mere 210 words. It's a daunting challenge, but an exciting one -- whenever we create a work of fiction we're also revealing something true about ourselves.