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
TriggerCinders 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...
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)
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).]
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.
quote: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).]
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.
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.
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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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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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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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.