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An example of a document preserved after an SCP-3601-related reality restructuring event.

Item #: SCP-3601

Object Class: Keter Neutralized

Special Containment Procedures: As of 01/05/2016, after SCP-3601 failed to go through an 3601-event for two consecutive cycles, SCP-3601 is considered neutralized.

In January of each even-numbered year, automatic monitoring of the internet for any SCP-3601-related advertising should take place. MTF-Alpha-4 (“Pony Express”) is to intercept any mail or packages addressed to Nueva Hermosillo Public Library, 3600 Central Ave, Nueva Hermosillo, New Mexico.

Archived Special Containment Procedures: (void as of 01/05/2016)
From January to March of each even-numbered year, during SCP-3601 active phases, MTF-Alpha-4 should be dispensed to intercept all mail sent to Nueva Hermosillo Public Library, 3600 Central Ave, Nueva Hermosillo, New Mexico.

Selected Foundation personnel with writing experience, particularly in historical or creative writing, are required to send in entries in response to one of the approved prompts (see Addendum 3601-1). As there is no way to prevent SCP-3601 events, efforts should be focused on reduction and mitigation. Submitted entries should focus on maintaining a similar history while upholding quality of writing. Changes made should be purely cosmetic or inconsequential, and history described ought to adhere to known history as closely as possible.

Overnight on the last night of February of each even year, resources should focus on preservation of Foundation documents. Scranton Reality Anchors and any other future ontological stability technology should be activated around any file or record storage. Standard reality stability procedures for essential personnel should also be implemented on this date.

Description: (considered void as of 01/05/2016)
SCP-3601 is an anomalous creative writing contest. Every two years on January 1st, advertisements, most found online in creative writing communities, will be released. These call for entries into an “Alternate History Writing Contest,” promising prizes in varying amounts of US dollars. The theme of the contest is always “United States History, Post 1970” and the advertisements will always imply or advertise the “grand opening” or first year of the competition.

Participants are asked to mail their entries to a public library in Nueva Hermosillo, a New Mexico city which had not been found to exist. Tracking of letters sent has given no conclusive results. However, it has been proven possible to intercept the letters.

The deadline for entry is always listed as March 1st. On the last night of February of each year when the contest is held, a CK-class reality restructuring event will occur. Changes as described in the winning entry will become reality. These changes are not fully comprehensive, and will leave traces of the original past, which include printed documents, files, photos, and art pieces. SRAs and similar technology have been useful in preserving documents. Those who submit winning entries will generally have a sense that history is incorrect. In two separate instances, winners retained full memories of the histories they erased.

A website, labelled “Nueva Hermosillo Public Library,”1 will be created. The site will always appear on 12:07 PM MST, January 1st. During competition, it will display the theme of the contest and the address to which entries are sent. At the conclusion of the competition, it will announce the winners, and promise to post the winning entry. Afterwards, it will be taken down at 8:32 PM, with no entries posted.

No clear pattern is known to the choice of winners, but based on previous winners, it is presumed that winners are chosen based on quality of writing rather than the exact nature of the changes they describe.

Addendum 3601-1: Approved Prompts
While containment was relevant, personnel referenced a list of approved prompts, which listed entry themes deemed acceptable for submission. These are cataloged below.

Addendum 3601-2: Recovered Documents

Addendum 3601-3: Containment History

01/01/2006: First Foundation interference.
Proposal: Senior Researcher Harrison Monroe proposes the Foundation intercept all contest entries sent by mail.
Results: Failure. CK-class reality restructuring event occurs.
Attached document:

03/01/2006, posted on kewlcontest.net,
Unfortunately, we haven’t received many entries this year. Still, we persevered, and Jonathan, our intern, spread the news around his college! We’re proud to announce our winner to be Abigail Grothaus with her entry “What if Reagan survived his 1981 assassination?”

Be on the lookout, we’ll have it up and posted soon!

Notes: Recovered documents, including Reagan's 1981 autopsy, obituary, and records of succession; records from the George H. W. Bush administration (now lasting 1981 to impeachment in 1994); and records from the Perot administration, are available upon request.

01/01/2008
Proposal: Dr. Rebecca Schlesinger proposes the Foundation send in attempts at communication.
Results: No result.

Proposal: Dr. Anna Mitchell proposes the Foundation attempt to preserve documents by utilizing SRA technology.
Results: Success. 86% of Foundation documents remain unchanged after 2008 reality restructuring event.

01/01/2010
Proposal: Dr. Rebecca Schlesinger proposes Foundation send in entries.
Results: Success. Researcher Prasad’s entry, “What if the Triangle Fire started thirty seconds later?” is the winner. Method of containment is developed.

01/01/2012
Incident 3601-1. Presumed to be cause of neutralization.

Addendum 3601-4: Interview

Interviewed: Victor George, the writer of the 2004 winning entry. George claimed to remember everything from before he had made the changes.

Interviewer: Dr. Schlesinger.

Foreword: Interview taken 05/07/2005, after the Foundation became aware of the anomaly.

<Begin Log>

Schlesinger: Morning, Mr. George. I’m here to talk to you today about a writing contest you participated in about a year ago.

George: Yeah, I figured. With the way you guys were talking… Figured you’ve got to be trying to fix this. For what it’s worth, I’m sorry. I didn’t know.

Schlesinger: Fine. Er, I mean, it’s fine. I’d like to know how much you understand what your entry had done. How did you find out?

George: Well, I woke up that morning, and I looked at the TV, and I was so confused. It took me a bit to connect it to what I wrote, but everything was so much like it. It freaked me out.

Schlesinger: You didn’t remember anything about the new present?

George: No. Just the normal one.

Schlesinger: Did you notice that everything fit what you wrote exactly?

George: Well, I don’t have a copy any more. But I think so, yeah.

Schlesinger: Now, in your entry, did you list anything that couldn’t happen in the “normal” world?

George: Not really, no. I mean, I guess I had some fun with Dick Cheney, doing the whole evil genius thing, and I might have pushed things a bit with the votes, but it had been close.

Schlesinger: Anything else you find particularly noteworthy?

George: Noteworthy? Well, considering the environment, considering the wars, I might just have ended the world…

<End Log>

Closing Statement: After this interview, Mr. George was administered amnestics and released. The Foundation was able to recover several unaffected documents from the Gore administration, one of which was instrumental in recovery of SCP-8999.

Addendum 3601-5: Incident 3601-1 and Neutralization
01/01/2012

After Incident 3601-1, SCP-3601 failed to become active as normal in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The cause for this is yet unknown.

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