To raise money for the Lupus Alliance of America, authors John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton have teamed up with Subterranean Press for a fan fiction contest. To enter, you have to write a 400 to 2,000-word story exploring the mythological event pictured here (after the jump, view a much larger version).
All kinds of stories will be accepted, except slash fiction. The winner will earn 10-cents a word for the story, take home a set of Subterranean Press books, and get published in a special eChapbook with stories by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss. Deadline is 11:59 pm EST on June 30, 2010. Read all rules and submit here.
Here’s more about the picture: “[W]hat is Wil Wheaton doing astride a unicorn unicorn pegasus kitten, in the INFAMOUS clown sweater, aiming a spear at an Orc version of me? … neither Wil nor I know how we got to the point where we are in the picture. We are open to theories. Theories in the form of fanfic. That’s right: We’re looking for fan fiction which explains what the holy hell is going on in that picture. Because if ever a work was made for fan fiction exegesis, it is the image above.”
Here is the full-sized image for your fan fiction writing pleasure: