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Welcome to the first WEbook challenge of 2017!

In this January Challenge: Before the Now, we'd like you to think about background, backstory and backwaters.

We'd like you to explore the pre, the past, and the prehistoric aspects of your characters, scenes and narratives and then submit an entry based in the present (in terms of time, not in terms of world).

We want your entries to be reflective, pensive and illuminating for your characters. We want you to do this by making the character's present actions, or current moment of focus, be heavily influenced by something that has happened in their past.

What that is, and how it's affecting them, is up to you.

Perhaps the memory is a pleasant thing, but then again it could be painful; terrifying even. Perhaps it's brought on by a woody smell, a tinkling sound or a bitter taste. Maybe it hinders your character's current situation, or maybe it's just the encouragement they need...

You've got 1,000 words for your ruminations. What will they reveal?

The prize for the winner is a $25USD Amazon voucher (or closest value in your preferred currency, if available), OR a hardback WEbook from the WEbook store.

Good luck and happy writing!


The (somewhat) Fine Print:

WEbook will shortlist 6 entries. From which, WEbook will pick one that is the most deserving of this month's prize.

We'll also highlight each story on the blog and see if anyone tries to buy it. If they do, we'll tell them it's a real deal and that they'll have to pay for it!

Note #1: WEbook may not take into account the user ratings when deciding who will win the challenge. We read each submission carefully, and decide the winners based on our own judgment.

Note #2: There is sometimes a word count discrepancy between MS Word and WEbook's word count editor, causing authors' entries to appear to go a few words over the limit. Don't worry about this! We are aware of the issue and a few extra words will not affect our consideration of your writing.

Note #3: Only one submission per person, please (you can, however, revise up until the deadline - in fact, you should!).

Note#4: These terms and conditions together with any specific rules set out in prize draw notices (as defined below) are the rules and apply to this WEbook Challenge.

Note#5: The Challenge is open to all registered users of WEbook, and runs from 3rd January 2017 until 10 pm EST on 31st January 2017.

Note#6: In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to a competition, the decision of WEbook shall be final.

Note#7: By entering the Challenge, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current, original and complete. WEbook reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all submissions.

The rules are simple, yet the results should be anything but.

Good luck and happy writing!

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