Some news on the Erotica a la Carte front from Nobilis Reed.
“Erotica a la Carte: Iron Chef” is a competition that has been held for the past two years at Balticon. It was emceed by the original mistress of “Erotica a la Carte” herself, Philippa Ballantine, and her lovely husband Tee Morris. For the first two years, the competition was between myself, Helen E H Madden, and Jhada Addams. But this year, we are going to open the competition up. Three preliminary rounds will be held before the main event.
The first will be held at Marscon, in Williamsburg, VA on Saturday, January 19th. The second round will be held at Farpoint, which is held February 15-17 in Timonium, MD (exact date to be decided). The last preliminary round will be held at Balticon itself, on Friday, May 24. Each preliminary round will produce one winner, plus one runner-up if there are more than two contestants. The winners (or their runners-up if the winner is unable to attend) will compete on Sunday, May 26th for the grand prize: the coveted Golden Artichoke.
The rules are quite simple: Competitors are given a secret ingredient, and twenty minutes to write a piece of smutty flash fiction using their ingredient. When the time is up, stories are read aloud. Winners are judged by audience acclamation. Competitors will be expected to bring some sort of device to write with, whether that’s a pad and paper, smartphone, or laptop.
If you will be attending Balticon, and you’d like to have a shot at competing in this fun and exhilarating contest, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which session you would like to attend.
These events have been great fun (and solidly attended) for the past few years, and I hope that we’ll have even more fun with these events this year.
And here is the promo for the event. Hope to see what saucy stuff you can get up to!