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snapper
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I am making a call for a year ending challenge. Winner is crowned hatrack champ of 2009. Okay, doesn't mean much but the real prize does....

This challenge is to honor the talented writer that holds everything together for us.

Word count maximum - 2000 words

Trigger Cinders of the Great War

You are free to interpet that anyway you want, provided you do not plagerize the award winning story written by KDW herself. The story can be historical, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or any other combination of genres. It can be about WWI if you like but is in no way required.

Prize A copy of Writers of the Future Vol 9 signed by our own Kathleen-Dalton Woodbury. Sent to you with all expenses taken care of. All we need is an address to send it to.

I am going to give you a liberal amount of time to think and write your submission. All entries are to be sent to me...

snapperfjd@yahoo.com

Rules:
1. Stories must be 2000 words or less--no exceptions. I will check this on MSword. If your story is too long, I may email you to say so--it is your job to make sure--but it won't count as an entry until it is 2000 words or less.
2. Stories are to be emailed to me as .rtf files. Please don't post anywhere on Hatrack that you have sent it to me. If I feel you have endangered the anonymous nature of the competition, I may disqualify you.

3. I will keep people aware of how many entries I have recieved, once I have received a few.

4. There will be a period of approx. a month to write your story and email it to me.

5. Voting will initially be on the first 13. Each entrant will be able to select the ONE intro they think creates the greatest desire to read on. This vote will count as a single point (1) towards its final score.

Participants will have a few days (specified later) to identify the best intro. Anyone who fails to vote will simply be removed from the competition. I will consider reasons--given in advance--if people feel they can't vote during the specified period.

6. When the votes for the intros are in I will circulate all the stories as a single .rtf (email me if this is a problem). You will be required to write a brief paragraph (see usual intro competition crits) on each story. It needn't be much. Format as follows:

Crits for Entrant: (Your Competition Number)


Story Title:

Entry Number:

Crit:


Story Title:

Entry Number:

Crit:

ect, etc.

at the end, you must vote: 1st (5 points), 2nd (4 points), 3rd (3 points). I will not post votes as I don't wish people to be influenced by others voting.

I will post your crits for you at the close of the competition.

Failure to vote or crit withing the timeframes identified, will simply lead to your disqualifcation

Thanks to Kathleen for helping with this. Thanks to Skadder for writing most of these rules and to the inventor of copy and paste for the PC. The amount of time for Judging will be a two or three week window.

Now everybody have fun and write!


I would like to thank Kathleen for the prize to this challenge. I will envy the winner.

There you go. Any questions feel free to post them here. Good luck to all!

[This message has been edited by snapper (edited December 06, 2009).]


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I am new here so...

Liberal time to think and write sounds great but is there a definite deadline?

Just asking

Also:

Is there a definite format required? (format, spacing, font, font size)

[This message has been edited by Foste (edited December 02, 2009).]


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snapper
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Whoops. I didn't write a date.

Before the ball drops in Time square, how's that? Dec. 31st 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Word count will be decided on my word program. I suggest you send your entries to me as a RTF file. Other than that...format really doesn't matter to me, although if you do it in something weird it may cost you votes.


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Thank you Snapper.

I just asked about the formatting since often when dealing with submissions people want explicitly Times New or Courier.

I am in. I love the idea.


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BenM
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Sounds like fun.

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Also, I will award 2 points for the first entry received and 1 for the second.

Though I'm interested to know why this extra score if there's already a submissions date: Might this not work against stories winning on merit, or simply award stories that are already written and just so happen to fit the trigger?

Also (sorry, I know, I just can't stop asking questions, I think writing has done this to me) what do you envisage as a timeline for votes - 1 week? 2?

And I'd also like to chip in my thanks to Kathleen, not just for her generosity in this, and not just for moderating the forum this year, but for moderating it for over ten years. I moderated a forum for eighteen months and it drove me batty, so I think your hard work is really quite inspirational and very much appreciated. Thank you.

[This message has been edited by BenM (edited December 02, 2009).]


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Thank you, BenM. It's always nice to be appreciated.
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Can we get a little clarification on voting? Are we voting on the first thirteen lines, or the whole story? Or a combination of both?
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Are we supposed to keep Kathleen's title, or is this only the trigger?
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Just to clarify - is the title the trigger, or the story by KDW?
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Kathleen's story title is only the trigger. I am using the same template that Skadder used for the last contest.

Gotta go but will provide more details on the weekend.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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quote:
Kathleen's story title is only the trigger.

Yes. Please don't base your story on my story.


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Rules:
moved them up

[This message has been edited by snapper (edited December 06, 2009).]


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Thanks for doing this Snapper. I've been itching for a story competition and this one sounds great.
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Sounds cool.
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How's the writing coming along? I am expecting a boat load of entries. I even cleared some space on my word file.

Oh damn! I just earsed my WotF enrty to make room! Ahhhh!

Better get writing to replace it.


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My story is coming along. It was stalled for a while as I had no ideas at all, but I've got about 600 words down now.
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The single vote for 1st 13 intro...is that emailed to you, posted here, or posted below the entry thread?
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Email 13 line votes to me but wait util after the entries are closed, Jan 1st.
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I've got about 1k words so far. Coming along fairly well. As long as classes don't get in the way, I'll definitely be entering.
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Well, I wasn't going to write anything until I got the "new" computer set up. But I wrote 1600 words on a story that wasn't even in my head this morning.

Now I'll have to type that all over agan.

Edited to add: Finished at 1840 words, give or take. When the "new" computer comes, I'll type it back in and send it on.

[This message has been edited by Meredith (edited December 14, 2009).]


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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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so let me get this strate first if you will,

we have to write what we think of Cinders of the Great War a short story by KDW, where do i find it to read it?

waite my brain hurts, i dont get it.

RFW2nd


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No, my brain hurting friend. Cinders of the Great War is only a trigger, an idea for you to work on.

It can be about anything but should be based on that trigger loosely. Just think of those words and see if a story pops in.

Give it a try.


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OH I think i get it.

so i come up with a 2000 word story, of what pops into our heads when we think

Cinders of the Great War, the words only,

not to do with the story at all.

RFW2nd


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Yeah I think it's something like that. Use it as a platform and develop a story. At least, this is how I'm interpreting it - the story I'm trying to massage together doesn't currently include either cinders or a great war, except maybe metaphorically; I'm really just using it to create springboard for the story.

But then, I'm kind of new at this whole trigger thing too, so we'll see - I'm happy to even place last if I can get some feedback anyways. And I'm hopeful I'll even find time to write this - and edit it - before the deadline. Whee.


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I actually wouldn't mind people's opinions though - the more I plot and work out my story the more I think the trigger may no longer be recognisable in it. Is this going to be a problem?
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You can write whatever you want, Ben, as long as it is under 2001 words (not including the title). As far as the trigger goes, voters may (most will) base part of their vote on how the plot relates to the theme. So if write a great piece and no one can see what it has to do with Cinders and/or a Great War, you probably are not going to win.

I will likely be gone for a few days. Keep the questions coming, I will answer them all.


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I wouldn't worry about it. The trigger is very broad a war could refer to most anything and the readers may find it refreshing to read something a little different.
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boo

[This message has been edited by Dark Warrior (edited December 16, 2009).]


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Thanks! Blink, blink... I really did read the instructions. Thanks again.
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Just a question about the rules. To reduce the potential bias, will you have a ban on voting for your own story?
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Yes, please do not vote for your own. I will not count the vote if you do.
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Just a bump to remind us that the deadline for entry in this challenge is approaching...12/31/09
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This is going to be fun!

[This message has been edited by BenM (edited December 29, 2009).]


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The judging will be a three week peroid. One submitter requested extra time because of a conference.
If a little extra time is needed for completion of a story beyond the New Year deadline please inform me in an email and I will consider extending the deadline a little bit.

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But they should at least have their 1st 13 in so we can vote on those right?? or no?
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That would be reasonable, yes. At least first 13 should be sent to me.
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My apologies.

I got two more entries but the last one is begging for a bit of time. I am late for an engagement so I will post the 13 the next time I get online, probably tomorrow.

For those still working on their's, the deadline will be when I say 'closed'. So if you don't see that you can still send me your entry.

Happy New Year everyone!


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Six votes for best 13 opening so far. Six different choices.

Exciting start to the competition. Waiting on one anuthor to finish their story and I will send them to everyone.


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Sorry everyone.

I got teh last entry awhile ago but been busy at work. I will send them all off tomorrow.

Got only one last person that hasn't voted on a 13 line opening.

The votes have been very spread out. Going to be a tight contest.


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Sent everyone all the entries. If there is a problem with your story let me know and I will send a correct version to everyone.
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I'm sorry I didn't enter your contest snapper - too much going on this time of year. However, I might pull out a decent story from what I've written so far. So thanks for the kindling.
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Got some early votes in. I am however swamped at work. As soon as I can get my head above water and take a breath I will post the comments I have received thus far.

I must say this is exciting. Everyone (all 14 entries) has received at least a point. The competition is wide open.


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snapper - Dude! this was a scream! Letsdoitagain!
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I think this competition was a great idea too - particularly having a fair block of time in which to write.

Hopefully with all the critiques that come in we don't need a grand prize every time though. 14 critiques on a full story seems a decent return on investment, and the winner's got to know they've something they might turn around and publish in short order.

I wouldn't mind hosting it sometime, either, so that our past host(s) get to play too.


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Not going to say which one is mine but wanted to say thanks for the crits, this was a good competition.
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I can't wait until it's all over so more discussion can be undertaken :)
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Same here Dark Warrior and BenM... I appreciate the comments and look forward to some open discussions. I enjoyed all the stories.
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Same here. I was surprised at the standard. It was higher than the usual story critiqued here at Hatrack. Why would that be the case?
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going to post some more comments.
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quote:
Not going to say which one is mine but wanted to say thanks for the crits, this was a good competition

I agree. Some really good stories to read and the critiques have been helpful, too.

It will be interesting to have more discussion when the challenge is over.


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