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It suddenly occurs to me that I assigned you all homework for Christmas (or winter, in some cases) break. Most of you are probably off school and slacking off. I should have started the contest once school began, so that you'd avoid homework by slacking off writing a story.
Is this the case? I suspect so, due to the massive variance between submissions in October (~50), and the finished products in December. I wouldn't want to do anything over Christmas break either.
I suspect that extending the contest into the school year, such that you slack off from homework by writing (or finishing) your story, would be ideal.
Probably bad timing on my part, getting all excited to start a contest.
What say we extend the contest until March 1st? All in favor?
Note to self, 14:11, 12/31/14. Subject said "Entires" instead of "Entries" for at least 10 minutes. Disconcerting. Would never have made such a glaring, albeit trivial, mistake before the brain damage.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Story-game MUST be received by JANUARY 3RD AT MIDNIGHT. This means that it is 11pm on January 2nd, and in an hour, the story must be published on the site. (Any story which is published for the purpose of entering the contest still requires the author to have previously PM'd the judges with a title and synopsis.)
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SAID THEY HAVE STORIES IN THE WORKS, BUT 'WOOPSIE, I DIDN'T SUBMIT," HERE IS YOUR CHANCE. DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT AN INTENTION TO THE JUDGES OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE INVALID.
HOW TO SUBMIT (Read these instructions carefully.):
1) Publish your story. When you publish, there can be no co-authors or anyone else linked to the story.
ONLY ONE STORY PER PERSON. IF YOU HAVE TIME TO WRITE TWO STORIES TO SUBMIT, YOU SHOULD BE SPENDING MORE TIME ON YOUR CONTEST ENTRY.
2) Send a PM to madGlee, Sethaniel, and Fleshnblood_78 with the Subject: "STORY CONTEST - 'YOUR TITLE'." Obviously, replace 'YOUR TITLE' with the title of your story.
3) Both 1 and 2 must be completed by MIDNIGHT, the night of January 2nd right before it becomes January 3rd. This gives all of you a day to recover from New Year's (if you are old enough) and tweak anything you might want to.
What happens then?
We, the judges, will read through your work and pick our top 3. Then, we will discuss our choices and vote. Should ties arise, or we choose entirely different works, secret judging methods will be undertaken. It will all be very complicated, but work very well, trust me.
Judges: madGlee, Fleshnblood_78, Sethaniel
I put together this brief, and I hope helpful, FAQ.
Genre? Post-apocalyptic. Again, there is a certain amount of creative license when interpreting exactly what such a setting entails. (See other thread.)
Story or Game? STORY. Although Alex's editor allows us to make all sorts of puzzles, logic, and word games, this contest focuses on story. Including game-like elements or enhancing the story through clever scripting or item-use is a plus, but should not be the focus of the writer.
How long should it be? Variable, but make sure it is contest-worthy. There should be character development, plot, and story arcs, and the story should be meaty enough that we can't finish reading it in five minutes.
Basic or Advanced? Up to you. Personally, I think the advanced editor is easier to use, even if you don't make use of a lot of items or scripting.
Should I use items and complex scripting? It depends. I can not speak for what the other judges are looking for (see the other thread for feedback), but I will be looking at the whole package. If it is an excellent story and writing, the absences of scripts or items will not harm the story or my review, but should there be a frail, vaguely lazy story, no amount of beautiful imagery, scripting, or item manipulation will save it.
Tips? Ask a friend in real life or on the site (someone you trust) to proofread your story. Having another set of eyes look at your work is invaluable to any writer, and is a big part of the process before a story ever makes it to print. A poorly proofread story replete with grammatical and spelling errors casts a horrid pall over whatever story might be lurking within.
Intentions to Enter: 30!
Entries by: Romulus, Tanstaafl, AppDude27, Dantene, 31TeV, TaraGil, insanebutvain, the_quiller, Nightbirdblue, Kiel_Farren, Steve_Greg, cMitchell3, DragonAnth, Ford, Lazarus, Aman, playa988, Tangecide, Boringfirelion, Mtactical, FeanoronForge, GraveRobber, bjhovey, betaband, jamescoker1226, IronPanther, TheNewIAP, TacocaT, Toussaint, frank2.
#1: Featured StoryGame, + 100 Points, + Choice of Judge Trophy
#2: 50 Points + Choice of Judge Trophy
#3: 25 points
#4: Honorable mention(s)?
30 entries is a lot! I will be very impressed if all 30 of you complete stories and submit them.
Good luck! We're all looking forward to reading some great stuff.