Short story contest

Discussion in 'Original Works' started by S.J. Faerlind, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. S.J. Faerlind

    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

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    Calling all scribes....
    In another thread in the discussion forum, somebody mentioned that we need a magic system based on beer and Lodriraj responded that she might write a short story about that. That gave me an idea that we could hold a short story contest for a short story illustrating the use of a creative and original magic system.

    The rules:
    - stories have a maximum of 5000 words
    - your story must be your original work that you write specifically for the contest (so that everyone has the same time-frame to write and edit it in)
    - once the contest begins.. entrants have a month to write it and then a period of 3 days to post it in the scribe's house under "original works"
    - I kinda think we have to write them in English since everyone here speaks/reads it to some degree or other
    - stories will be judged on: originality of the magic system and it's dissimilarity to other magic systems commonly found in fantasy stories, how enjoyable or intriguing the judge found the story to be, how well the magic system was integrated into the plot and how well the story was resolved. Grammar and spelling errors will be disregarded out of respect for those contestants whose native language is not English.

    And the prize for the winner is....
    Earning the distinguished title of: TFF's Most Creative Scribe
    (I know... the prize is terrible but I'm at a loss to come up with anything better... any ideas?)

    We also need a judge... any takers?

    Soooooo... if there's any interest in doing this: post your name below to enter (or judge) and we'll get the contest rolling.
     
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  2. JNK

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    Ok I'll try :) Already have a magic system in mind, just need to think of a story :)
     
  3. S.J. Faerlind

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    That's the spirit! Now we just need some other people to enter, get a judge and set a start date.....
     
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    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    As I don't have any time (or, well, creativity) to write stories but love to read them I'd gladly be the (or a) judge. All we'd still need is more writers!
     
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    I'm very interested.
     
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    so you're
     
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    in

    I'd love to write this, and think that we need more than one judge.

    What could work if we don't have enough is that the writers judge the other stories in relation to each-other, so without comparing them to their's at all, for better or for worse.
     
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    I kinda already have the thingy in my head... damn now I will have to test my skills... I hope it will not be in a style of scientific article... :D
     
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    Probably in. Let me get through Camp NaNoWriMo August and I'll let you know.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for volunteering to judge Firiath and thanks to everyone else for entering.

    A panel of judges would be great if we can recruit some other people to judge. I had another brainwave about judging too... depending on how many entrants we get, the judges could select the finalists (maybe 4 or 5) and then we could post a poll and let the TFF community pick the ultimate winner. If we don't get that many entrants, the poll could count for half of the credit, with the judges deciding on the rest. Would everybody be amenable to that?

    I think we should give this thread a week or so for people to see it and sign up for it and then start the contest sometime in September. Spread the word... :)
     
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    I'm posting again in this thread today purely to get it shown on the main forum page again... it's the weekend... maybe some more people will notice and enter or agree to judge.
     
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    hopefully
     
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    i'm not a writer :p, but love to read all :)
     
  14. S.J. Faerlind

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    Would you be on the judging panel with Firiath then Bel?
     
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    I'd love to SJ! :)
     
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    I'm interested, but I can't say that I have much time the coming week. What's the timing, SJ?
     
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    Awesome Bel! Thanks

    yeah... me neither (covering boss's vacation next week at work) and we're waiting for Greybeard to get through NaNoWriMo anyway (for some reason I thought that was november?). I was thinking to start the middle of September, give people a month to write it (so they have lots of time in case RL gets in the way) and then have them post middle of October for judging. Does that work for you Tur?
     
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    Yeah, that should work. The coming two weeks or so I am totally occupied, give me a week after that and I'll be able to deliver.

    I'm in :)
     
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    Are you judging or writing, Tur?
     
  20. S.J. Faerlind

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    Great! Though Liv below has a good question. I sort of assumed you were entering a story but did you want to judge instead Tur?

    Are you in for sure Liv? (Oh please....say yes!!!!! :))