The contest is run pre-con. The proposed contest will run from May 1, 2022 to June 15, 2022. Judging will run from June 16, 2022 to June 30, 2022. Winners will be announced July 3, 2022.

The DEF CON Short Story contest is a pre-con contest that is run entirely online utilizing the DEF CON forums, Twitter, and reddit. This contest follows the theme of DEF CON for the year and encourages hackers to roll up their sleeves, don their proverbial thinking cap, 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 often 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.

More Info: Twitter: @dcshortstory

So many hacker skills depend on your ability to tell a story. Whether it's social engineering, intrusion, or even the dreaded customer pentest report, ALL of these require the ability to tell a story. Storytelling is one of mankind's oldest traditions. Presenters even engage in storytelling when they get up on stage. A contest that celebrates and focuses on the ability to wind a yarn that captures and engages an audience is highly appropriate.

So why not?

1st place: 2 badges
2nd place: 1 badge
Community choice: 1 badge