It is with great pride that I announce this next contest. This is our ninth Contest representing our third year of unbroken (though not always punctual) seasonal short story contests. Per our recent tradition, the last contest winner got to pick the Short Story Contest. @Y'ttar Scaletail's contest theme doesn't translate to English well, closest is "vengeance-hope." I have modified this to "Vengeance and/or Hope" It's only fitting that Y'ttar is providing us with the theme since I steal-acquired the contest format from him three years ago. 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 I choose to cut. -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 Scalenex before the end of Ground Hog Day midnight (US Central time) on Feb 3rd . -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. -The story must involve Lizardmen (or Seraphon or Salamanders) to some extent -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. We have regular contests for visual art. -Only one entry allowed per person. I will do my best to providing proofreading and general advise to writers who ask for it. Keep in mind there is usually a flood of entries coming in the last week, so the earlier you submit your piece to me, the easier it will be for me to help you. You are welcome to ask anyone else you wish for help or advice. Once again, the winner of this contest has the honor of choosing the next contest theme. Unless they don't want to it which I case I'll have to steal it from Slanputin or Bob come with something myself. If you want to talk about the theme, your eagerness to write or read something. Please do so below!