The DEF CON Short Story contest is a pre-con contest that is run entirely online utilizing the DEF CON forums and subreddit. This contest follows the theme of DEF CON for the year and encourages hackers to roll up their sleeves and write the best creative story that they can. The Short Story Contest encourages skills that are invaluable in the hacker’s world, but are sometimes overlooked. Creative writing in a contest setting helps celebrate creativity and originality in arenas other than hardware or software hacking and provides a creative outlet for individuals who may not have another place to tell their stories.