This year's short story contest...are we still on?

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  1. S.J. Faerlind

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    Soooo... we had plans to do another one of these this year in June. I think Druid was going to run it but he hasn't been on in awhile so I'm guessing he's too busy. If there's interest, I'll organize/start it this year until such time as Druid returns to us. In light of that:

    Calling all scribes! Stories will be 5000 words or less, prompts for writing (suggestions appreciated) will go up June 15 and stories should be posted no later than July 15. I also need people interested in judging. Judges will have From July 16 to August 16 to read and judge all of the stories. Hopefully this schedule will avoid all of the busy times for the students. I will provide some kind of (probably cheesy) prize for the winner, unless we have a talented TFFer who volunteers to donate something cool (like a new avatar/banner or badge for example) instead. So sign up in this thread if you would like to contribute in some way, shape or form. Hopefully we can kick some life back into this place...lol.
     
  2. AlphaAlex

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    once upon a time there lived an alex and he farted and trolled this thread.. the end
     
  3. S.J. Faerlind

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    Thank you for entering Alex ...lol. :)
     
  4. Lord Yuan

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    What prompts have we had before so far? New magic system and pictures?

    I kind of want to do something like the pictures again but instead we use music to inspire us. Also maybe a random draw system to give each person a song.
     
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    I could judge or write. Ether is good.
     
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    well, I aint no writer, but I would like to give it a try, I have some ideas in that messy head of mine.
     
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    I might be interested, but first I need to know what the subject matter is
     
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    Yay! There is interest! :) Hopefully we'll get more people as well. Would everybody like to combine pictures and songs? Each entrant could submit one picture and one song to me that they would like to see up for inspiration and we'll post them all for everybody. Each entrant could choose three prompts (whatever combination of pics and songs they like) and write a story about that. How does that sound?
     
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    well at the moment my insparation song is lolz
     
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    So I am supposed to write a story about anonymous' song and picture, or am I to find my own song and picture and write about that?
     
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    Not entirely sure I get it... so could you elaborate >_>
     
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    Everyone taking part submits one picture and one song to SJ.

    SJ then posts up all the pictures and songs and each person taking part picks 3 items from the list in any combination (ergo you could do 3 songs, or 3 pictures or a mix up to 3).

    Then you write your story based upon those prompts.
     
  13. S.J. Faerlind

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    This is exactly what I was thinking :)
    I think combining the prompts gives us some more flexibility. Some people find it harder to use songs than pictures and vice versa
     
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    Hi Guys....I am interested in having another go at this.
    Will start to look for songs and pictures today (maybe).
    Are we going for straight fantasy based pics and music? or are we going to mix it up a bit.
     
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    I'd like to say mix it up, maybe we could try to incorporate more modern themes or ideas into the writing that way. At the same time there is like medieval fantasy but also fantasy like Shadowrun that is a pretty good example of stretching horizons. So we could say loosely fantasy themed writing but inspiration media can be anything, but keep in mind you're trying to inspire the competition, not leave them at a dead end with a picture of a hippo and a song by the Ying Yang twins.
     
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    Were should we post these songs and pictures? Cuz I have some :D more sogns than pictures tho, but i`ll fing pics too
     
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    I agree with Yuan: let's mix it up. Anything that might inspire you is fair game, whether it be traditional fantasy or not.

    I'll start a separate thread for pics and links to songs. Please use this thread for questions/chatter about the contest and only post your pic and song in the other. With regard to the songs, it would be helpful if you could also post the lyrics (or a translation if they aren't English). You can either incorporate some of the lyrics in the story (bold them so they stand out for the judges) or the underlying theme/character of the song in it. If you use the underlying theme/character, it might be helpful for the judges if you explained where you used it and how the story reflects the song in a separate paragraph. Interpretation is pretty individual and what means something to one person might be totally missed by someone else.
     
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    What's the word count min/max?
     
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    Word count is 5000 words or less, no minimum word count.
     
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    When is this story do?