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A Monster Comes Contest – 2021

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Imagine a monster is approaching.

You can envision a known monster (like a vampire), or you can create an original monster, or you can broaden the definition of “monster” to include a witch or ghost or the like, and you can certainly picture a misunderstood monster (like in Frankenstein). And…you can also use a human who is monstrous in some way (like a demented mother or abusive boyfriend).

Then…Describe the monster approaching from the viewpoint of a person nearby, perhaps even yourself. What does the person see or hear or feel as the monster approaches?

Show us in 31 words or fewer.

Whosoever summons the monster that most captivates us—is the winner of a free Gotham class of their choosing.

Here are some examples from the Gotham staff:

Floating broomstick overhead with a glittering trail, fabric dancing playfully off her saggy skin, an ethereal voice fills the air, beckoning me to follow the hooked nose—wide-eyed recruit.
     — Miranda Powers

With eyeless leer and gaping maw of boxy black teeth, it ambles towards me, shoulders jilting back and forth with each step. Its skeletal hand reaches out, jaw biting, chomp chomp.
     — Josh Sippie

He leaves traps out in August when he gives us the keys. The neighbors get them too. Come July: “I’ll be keeping the deposit—for the mice.” My landlord, the insatiable.
     — Rachel Powers

The contest is currently closed.


  • Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must consist of no more than 31 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at
  • The winner will be notified by December 18, 2021.