The 2022 Post-Apocalyptic Purple Prose Contest — The Capricious Narrator

[Note from Matt: Remember this contest from a few years ago, when I won (well, I was the only entrant, but I did win)? It’s on again! And there are prizes! I highly recommend clicking that link and heading over to Gerhard’s website, perusing the entries, and even better, submitting one! What follows is the text from Gerhard’s post.]

I thought we could have some fun with the release of The Atomic Ballerina by celebrating purple prose, post-apocalyptic style. (This is the second time I’ve done one of these. Author Matt Fraser won when I did this a few years back.) What’s purple prose? Elevated language where none is needed. Overly flowery descriptions of […]

The 2022 Post-Apocalyptic Purple Prose Contest — The Capricious Narrator

4 thoughts on “The 2022 Post-Apocalyptic Purple Prose Contest — The Capricious Narrator

  1. Meenaz Lodhi

    Hi Matt!

    I hadn’t heard of this contest before! It sounds a fun read! 😄 Love it that Gerhard is organising such fun contests. I love his books, and this new Old Chrome series is phenomenal!

    Good luck, Peeps!

    Love and Light,


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    1. The contest is fun! I hope several people will submit an entry, as it’s always fun to see what folks come up with. And yeah, I love his books too. I’m a big fan of the Goblin Reign series.


    1. Your wish is my command! 🙂

      “Diana glared, a gleam in her stymied eye, across the purpling sage-filled prairie, golden grains turning red as blood in the decaying light of a dying sun. She wearily lifted a slender, weather-beaten hand to her beetling brow, shielding her fractious gaze from that awful hue, searching determinedly for the slightest sign, the merest indicator, that the egregious enemy so heinously hid in any practical proximity to her present position. Well she comprehended the dire, desperate danger of being capriciously caught in the noxious night, food for the fearful fiends she distinctly despised.”

      My previous (years ago) post about it:

      (As an aside, I noted that you had entered the same comment twice, so I hope you don’t mind that I took the liberty of deleting the duplicate).



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