Short Story Contest #3: The mustering

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  1. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    In a growing traditio and on larger demand, I would want to present the third Short Story Contest!

    Right, so here is what I thought. All people who would wish to join the contest sends me with one picture which could serve as an illustration to a book, story, novel, narrative, whatever. On the decided date of the start of the contest, all pictures are revealed. Now, we would need about 5 pics or more to choose from so that everyone can pick three, excluding his/her own. Then, you write a story, to which these three pics could serve as an illustration!

    Here are the rules:

    - Everyone provides the judge(s) with a picture at least 2 days before the start of the competition
    - The picture could be in any medium (including photographs) and is of a generic nature (ie, not too specific) - but, as this is a fantasy forum, fantasy themed pics are accepted (and, possibly, mildly encouraged)
    - If there are fewer than 5 contestants, the judge(s) are kindly asked to supplement to 5 pictures
    - The (to be appointed) judge(s) will be able to veto a picture. If it doesn't stand up to spec, contestants will be asked to enter a new pic. If the response doesn't come in time to start the competition, a judge is allowed to replace that pic.
    - Competition lasts for 30 days from a TBA date, entries must be entitled Short Story Contest #3 [Name user] and posted in the Original Works thread of the Scribes House sub-forum.
    - One of the judges is asked to post a new thread at the determined start date of the competition, this is the moment at which the photos are revealed to the contestants (to prevent unfair advantage to anyone).
    - Everyone picks three pictures as illustrations for their stories, excluding the picture the contestant entered himself.
    - The story must be preceded by a short word on which pictures have been picked.
    - The short story entry has a minimum of 2500 words, 5000 is the max. Naturally we expect original work, written for purpose of this competition, and can't be earlier published or plagiarized work.
    - As always, stories are judged on originality, quality of the work, as well as the level in which the pictures relate to the stories.




    Soo... yeah? Who's up for this?

    We need some judges as well - or, at least, one. Anyone up to this unenviable task?
     
  2. Greybeard

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    Sorry, didn't realize we were supposed to keep them secret until the event. I'll send a different pic in the morning.
     
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  3. Lord Yuan

    Lord Yuan Death-Thousand+

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    Can I join in without adding a picture to the pool? I'm terrible at photo hunting and I'd rather have the full on element of surprise rather than get too ahead of myself with a picture I add.
     
  4. S.J. Faerlind

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    I'm still in to write or to judge... wherever you want me. Can we select any pic/image (ie: from deviantart or some other similar site) or do we have to draw/take an original one of our own?
     
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    We'd better be able to or someone will have to deal with my stick figures.
     
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    I sent him one of my paintings... a queen on a throne, and she is of course... naked.
     
  7. S.J. Faerlind

    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

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    Fantasy stories about stick people.............hmmmmm :)

    She needs to fire her seamstresses!
    *leaves fig leaves so Sparrow can dress his queen*
     
  8. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I'm in and just need to find the picture that suits my idea of a picture.
     
  9. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    Great to see the old enthusiasm building up here :)


    ... not entirely sure I actually made this out. Being the aficionado that I am, I rather fancied to try and have another go at this myself. That, basically, means we'll need to find another judge. Not to give myself an unfair advantage, I'd say I don't get to see the pics either until we actually start. Of course, if there is no one willing to judge, I will do the honorable thing and do it myself. But we'll see what happens in the next few days...


    Until such time, though, I am not going to open the PMs you all sent me :)


    I.. didn't quite expect anyone not to find the time to source a pic, whilst actually able to sit down and write a story of at least 2500 words. Hm... I suppose that, by virtue of rule #4, it is technically possible to rely on a pic from your extensive collection of soft pornography, more or less forcing the judge to replace it by something else. But, then again, I am sure there are better ways to deal with the issue...

    But no. Personally, I would say that I would prefer the addition of a picture per contestant to add to the choice provided. On the other hand, I am sure that such task can be delegated. Picture by proxy, so to say.

    Nice to see you in this again, and thanks for the offer to judge. Let's see how it works out , SJ. Maybe we can get enough judges to go around, so that we can have you compete again.

    As for the picture, I'd say anything goes. It's not a drawing contest - it's a writing contest, as far as I am concerned. If you do feel so inclined, though, to fire up the old crayons - then, of course, be my guest :)

    Even for your standards... slightly predictable, thank you very much. Someone else, at least, relied on his extensive collection, I understand.

    It leaves me to wonder, though, exactly which souvereign land of magical nudists is in the iron grip of this queen unclad you portray. But then again, I've got a pretty strong feeling we'll never find out :)


    ... Are you in, though?


    Nice one Druid! I am sure you can come up with something in the ways of the picturesque.


    Anyone else? :)
     
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  10. Lord Yuan

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    Har har har, I've been had. You should know that I'm already basically a mongoloid though. Picking a picture means I'll already have to formulate ideas before I see the picture pool and I'm bad at unstimulated ideas.

    I guess I did see something on this forum as a picture I kind of want to clip and pilfer. I hope the original content creator doesn't mind. (Permission to bastardize your work Sparrow?)
     
  11. S.J. Faerlind

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    Oh nooooo... if I don't have to, I won't subject anyone to my drawing skills :p
    I sent you a good image by PM :)
     
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    I can direct you to several sites with suitable pictures if you'd like. Also, you can't choose to work with your own picture, so you can't gain an advantage that way.
     
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    By bastardizing I really meant cropping a picture, but going fresh would probably be better. If you could pm me the sites that would be jammin'.
     
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    Ah I finally picked on on a gut idea. Something kind of generic that could have good symbolism use though. Or maybe I should have picked something more modern... Well if the picture pool is big enough it should be interesting either way.
     
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    I'm going to have to be a silent observer on this one, just learned of the thread from S.J.Faerlind but I've shifted my writing from original words to reviewing of others, for many reasons! Now that I've just said that I need to see if I can find the first chapter of my first short story! It's painful to go back and see how poor your original works are as skill increases over time, but now I feel like reminiscing!
     
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    Anytime I read anything old I wrote I just undergo trauma. Even old posts on this site I've found lately make me emesis. Like my tone and everything just slowly does a 180 over time.

    I expect the same of my short story submission come the knell for that. I'm certainly not optimistic about my own writing, I've gotten too many mixed reviews, and the one serious fiction project I'm working on I've had trouble getting in the vibe for. I'm hoping this contest will stir up my dead imagination so I can get cooking on that project more easily.
     
  18. Colin Poole

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    Oh my gosh I found it! I wrote it when I was 15...soooooo....17 years ago haha! Just the introduction, but I'm so excited I found it I'm going to post it on the forum!
     
  19. Emerlas

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    oooo...writing!!
    I love reading stories, not sure I could write one though
    I would love to read all of your stories when they are finished the picture idea is great!
    :D
     
  20. Turambar

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    Hey Emerlas, we're still looking for people to act as jury. If you plan to read them anyway, I am all for naming you one :)