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ChooseYourStory.com is a community-driven website centered on Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style storygames. Members create their own storygames, read and comment on other members’ storygames, participate in the forum, and improve their writing ability.
ChooseYourStory.com is your source for online interactive fiction – with members all around the globe.
News and Updates
Deadline: Monday, September 24th at 12:01am EST
This contest has one goal and one goal only: to produce a TOP 10 caliber story for the site. Go big, go hard, or go shrivel in the graveyard at Infinite Story. The genre and guiding theme of the contest is largely open, but the story must be EPIC. Traditional EPIC genres are strongly encouraged. Fan Fiction and Parodies are not eligible for entry. Think grandeur, heroism, and because we are an inclusive people over here at CYS, villainy. Now is the time to bring your long awaited masterpiece to life.
Note, this is not a contest for everyone. There are strict length, quality, and update requirements for this contest. These requirements are in place for two reasons: (1) to keep out the riff-raff, and (2) to help you stay on track with your writing goals. But because of the high stakes and the perfection demanded - this will undoubtedly be the king contest of bragging rights.
- You must have at least one story rated 5.00 or higher on CYS to enter normally - If you do not have at least one story rated 5.00 or higher on CYS, you may enter by PMing me a detailed plot synopsis and outline to show that you have put due effort and thought into your entry - Your entry fee will be 300 points regardless of how you enter - You will have to provide mandatory updates on your progress according to the schedule provided below. You will suffer an additional 50 point penalty for every mandated update you do not report or fail to make good faith progress. - Your entry must be either 60,000 words or an 8/8 in length (latter can theoretically be achieved in less than 60,000 words in a script heavy story)
Timeline for Mandatory Updates: All dates are the last day possible to get credit for the update.
- Sunday, June 17: Update #1 on plot synopsis, genre, theme, setting, and main characters - Sunday, July 1: Update #2 on story progress and any issues in the writing process - Sunday, July 15: Update #3 on story progress and what you like most about your story so far - Sunday, August 5: Update #4 on story progress and what part of the story has been most difficult to tackle - Sunday, August 26: Update #5 on story progress and how you've managed to stay motivated - Sunday, September 9: Update #6 on story progress and editing plans
Rewards and Prizes:
The winner will receive the ultimate bragging rights of CYS contests.
First place 250 points, Second place 150 points, Third place 50 points - For people who like points
Possibility of multiple featured stories, depending on quality and category. Plus the 100 point featured-story bonus, in addition to the placement prize, for people who like points.
For completing all updates, making good faith progress, and submitting a qualifying entry, 50 points.
The deadline is the deadline. There will be no extensions. Make your storygame in the editor well in advance, as the site requires the game be made 48 before it can be published. To be a qualifying entry, the story must be PUBLISHED by the deadline. In addition to point rewards, you'll get your entry fee back.
We're looking for strong characterization, solid imagery, well thought out and exciting plots, quality prose, and polished grammar in the final product.
Any stories that fail to meet minimum site guidelines are not deemed qualifying entries and subject to SHAME.
No co-authors, but beta-readers are strongly encouraged. If you would like to volunteer as a beta reader, please feel free to advertise your services here. Anyone who utilizes a beta reader should write a note of thanks in the storygame description. Beta readers may be eligible for bonus points.
We don't necessarily want a high number of entrants in this contest because we only want people who are committed to finishing a high quality product. But we will need 5 entries to give point bonuses for everyone in the top three.
Recruitment & Potential Interested Parties:
@Ogre11 ; @insanebutvain ; @Orange ; @mizal ; @ebonvasilis ; @steve24833 ; @Romulus ; @Azbaz ; @donteatpoop ; @ericyopy ; @ugilick ; @Will11 ; @chris113022
And the results are in!
Winner: Mizal with "Ancient Heart" Second: Leora with "I Can Hear You" Third: ericyopy with "Vindicta" Also Third: Orange with "The Cliff"
Votes were kind of split for third place, so they both ended up getting it. Ultimately it seems this contest failed, as none of the entries were particularly strong. For whatever reason, most entries went with the idea of following a person over their life, with their death being the sad part. That could of worked, but none of them really tied in any sort of reason for the death to be sad, like them dying before they were able to fulfill their dream or something. Them dying was just the natural end to that kind of story, so there wasn't a reason to feel bad in most cases.
- Berka and I had the exact same top three entries
- Mizal was the only contestant all four judges gave a place to (and it was always at least second)
- No one got sad, or shed any tears, but everyone was left disappointed
There's not a whole lot I can say in terms of feedback. Lack of effort was more or less the cause of this not going so well. Perhaps the theme was just too tough, or maybe giving more time just backfired tremendously. WouldntItBeNice actually put in a good deal of effort, but they also had awkward prose and spent way too much time telling us what characters were like rather than showing us, resulting in a story that wasn't all that engaging.
Anyway, points will be distributed shortly. Everyone that submitted something will get their points back (even Cricket). Mizal will get the mandatory commendation, but I don't think we can justify giving more out givin the stories only earned around a five.
Hopefully the next contest can build on the failures of this one.