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Contest April-May 2018 Short Story Contest

Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Scalenex, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Scalenex
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    The theme for our 14th seasonal short story contest provided by @Infinity Turtle "Beast and Master."

    The Rules

    -We would like you to try to keep your story between 500 and 2000 words. I am requiring that entries do not exceed 2400 words. This is counting title, poems, quotes, any add-ons. If I get a submission that exceeds 2400 words, I will trim it till it meets the limit, and you may not like what I choose to cut.
    -Your name must appear nowhere with the story. There is no point in having an anonymous competition based on skill if we know whose entry is whose.
    -You must send your story via private message to Scalenex before midnight (US Central time) on May 7th.
    -The story must be new. No dragging up a story you wrote months or years ago.
    -No plagiarism. This means no stealing a story verbatim. You are free to use characters or settings from other works including other writer's fluff pieces and past short story contest entries.
    -The story must involve Lizardmen (or Seraphon or Salamanders or Saurian Ancients) at least a little
    -The story must stick roughly within the theme, at least a little.
    -No comics or illustrations. This is a short story contest. Visuals are limited to fonts and text colors. We have regular contests for visual art.
    -Only one entry allowed per person.

    I will do my best to providing proofreading and general advise to writers who ask for it though real life is full of many challenges for me right now. If you wish me to provide a detailed edit, please try to get your draft to me at least a week before the deadline. You are welcome, nay encouraged, to ask anyone else you wish for help or advice.

    Once again, the winner of this contest has the honor of choosing the next contest theme if they so choose. This time because I do not want to be saddled with coming up with a last minute topic. If the winner does not give me a topic, I will pass this burden honor on to the runner-up.

    If you want to talk about the theme or your eagerness to write or read something. Please do so below!
     
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  2. Killer Angel
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    A really interesting theme. :)
     
  3. Hyperborean
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    Woop woop! I was thinking to myself they still do writing comps right?
     
  4. Scalenex
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    We haven't missed one. We've been late once or twice, but never skipped one. One month entry, one month voting/reading, one month rest. Fourteen times. Fifteen will be June-July.
     
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  5. Lord-Marcus
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    I'm in.
     
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  6. Killer Angel
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    Excellent!
    I am curious to see your writing style :)
     
  7. spawning of Bob
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    I am a beast and a master!

    I shall write my autobiography.
     
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  8. Infinity Turtle
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    I’m afriad it may not reach the minimum word limit... :D
     
  9. spawning of Bob
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    Flame-on, Spawnling.
     
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  10. Scolenex
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    Well done I Turtle! Time to change my avatar to acknowledge the burn.

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  11. Killer Angel
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    Idea is taking a shape i like, but I still have to write down a single word, and I don't know if I will make it in time... :(
     
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  12. Scalenex
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    You are guys are doing that thing where nobody submits in the first two weeks just to make me nervous...

    Most pieces are submitted in the last 72 hours but you got to give me SOMETHING to read.
     
  13. Hyperborean
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    We live to give you agita Scalenex
     
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  14. Killer Angel
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    I don't think I will make it. I'm sorry, guys... :(
     
  15. pendrake
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    What is the interval between voting closes/winner determined and new topic for the next contest is announced?

    Anything that could be done to shrink that span of days would allow more time for writing.
     
  16. Scalenex
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    I'm going to extend the entry deadline one week. There is below average entries so far and on a personal selfish note, this gives me more time to write something.

    Usually I only post the entry a topic barely before the beginning of the official month. If demand is for larger writing windows I could post the new contest as soon as I have a topic but that makes the tradition of a two-month contest (with a month off in between) a bit fuzzy. Then again, if a tradition outlives it's purpose that tradition should be discarded.
     
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  17. Hyperborean
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    Everyone submit something to Scalenex so you can fight me in a fun, spirited, and literary way!
     
  18. Christopher
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    Hey @Scalenex, did you edit the original post to reflect the new deadline, or is it now May 14th?
     
  19. Hyperborean
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    This contest ends on my birthday I feel blessed
     
  20. Scalenex
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    I did edit the original post, the deadline is May 7th.
     
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