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

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  1. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

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    I'm interested. I will look for a song and pic when I get home tonight. and I also second grumpycorcs question. when will it be due?
     
  2. S.J. Faerlind

    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

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    lol....I already posted that but here it is again :) :

    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.

    If everyone could have their picture/song posted in the prompts thread by June 15th, that would be great!
     
  3. S.J. Faerlind

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    UH OH... it looks like we've lost the pics people have already posted when the forum changed to the new format! If those who posted links to pictures and songs could edit their posts and put them back in, that would be helpful.
     
  4. anonymous

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    well, i`ll try :p
     
  5. grumpycroc

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    Ok I have chosen my three prompts, (the jungle song, the picture of the golden sky, and the picture of the garden with the statues). Still, there are a limited amount of of people offering prompts, so may I toss some more on there for verity's sake?
     
  6. Lord Yuan

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    I'd hold off, submissions aren't cut off until the 15th so we could have some later showers with good content.

    I also hope you all caught my poor joke of a tie in between my two submissions.
     
  7. Midnattblod

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    is your pic from a Souls game?
     
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    Maybe, yes. It is. I was trying to think of something to fit the song and after failing to find my first picks of creatures with multiple hands I remembered that one.
     
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    hmm well I haven't bumped into that one just yet. cool pic though.
     
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  10. S.J. Faerlind

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    We have until the 15th of June (4 days from now) to put up links to a pic and a song so don't discount anything yet. ;)
     
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    My pic and song are now up. :)
     
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    Hey all! Have added my bit for the comp...looking forward to this. Have no idea where to go yet!! Should be an interesting one. Cheers.
     
  13. olivia_the_lamb

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    Alright, let me just double check that I have this all right...

    We are just going to pick one picture, and one song and write a story inspired by it? No special magic system or anything?

    Also, do we hate dates/deadlines yet?
     
  14. S.J. Faerlind

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    No special magic systems this time, only prompts.
    To enter:
    1) Post one picture and one song of your choosing in the prompts thread.
    2) AFTER June 15th, choose any combination of prompts from the prompts thread. You must use a minimum of three from that thread in your story. You can use more if you want to, but not less. You may pick any three (or more) that you like (including your own if you want) and in any combination. You may use three pics, three songs or any combination of pics and songs for example.
    3) Write your story based on the prompts you select. it must be posted by midnight on July 15, 2014. Don't worry about time zone differences. Judging will commence after July 16 and the results will be posted no later than August 15th.


    Yes we do:

     
  15. olivia_the_lamb

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    *facepalm* this is what stress does to my brain lol. Thank you :D
     
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    so when we finish writing it where do we post it?
     
  17. S.J. Faerlind

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    hahaha...no worries Liv. :)

    OK so now we have Liv, Grumpycroc, Midnattblod, Lord Yuan, Bloodfiredeath and Greybeard entered. I'll judge this time around since we didn't get any volunteers who only wanted to judge. I'll PM some people and see if I can recruit any more judges....

    When your story is done, post a new thread in the "original works" section of the Scribe's House and call it: "2014 Short Story Contest entry: [insert your username here]".

    I'll judge the entries by the following criteria:
    1. Imaginative use of all prompts chosen: max score 10 points
    2. Entertainment value: max score 10 points
    3. Depth of story (ie: it has more than just good fight scenes: there is a deeper message, well developed characters or some kind of plot twist or something in it): max 10 points
    Total: 30 points
    Grammar and spelling will not be judged since English may not be the native language of all the contestants.
    Bonus opportunity! Submit your story a day early and get 2 bonus points for your efforts to be on time. :D

    On your mark, get set, GO!
     
  18. S.J. Faerlind

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    2 weeks to go.... how is everybody coming?

    And I've decided the winner of the prize will get a commemorative t-shirt. An awesome artist volunteered to draw the artwork on it for us!!!!
     
  19. Midnattblod

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    dang I still have so much to go. I will definitely get it done though.
     
  20. grumpycroc

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    I wrote a whole story then ripped it apart, because, it sucked, then wrote another half a story, ripped it apart and spit on it, because it was worse, then I went up for a long hike in the woods, to clear my head and now I think am ready to write the story.

    You know. The creative process. o_O