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December Contest

Posted 11/30/2016 by Bucky
December Contest

Theme: Ballads

Format: Multiple

Deadline: December 19th at 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time

Focus , Entry Requirements & Prizes, Judging:

We're going to operate with a very loose interpretation of ballads, since it's a style of writing and storytelling that has had very different forms throughout its history. Contestants may write their entry in the form of: poem, short story, or CYOA ballad.

The Focus:

Your entry does NOT have to rhyme. And it does NOT have to be a love story. But your entry should put a very strong focus on the following concepts.

Tell a Story - Ballads generally tell a story in a very direct manner, and they do not have to be about love at all.

Use Imagery - Ballads often use vivid and expressive imagery in a detached manner to relay the tale.

The above two points should be key components of your entry. Typically, throughout pretty much any period in history, ballads have also had a rhythmic aspect. In other words, even if they aren't put to music, they're generally written in a manner that would allow them to be. Entries that bring this component into the fold as well will likely be looked more favorably upon by judges.

If you still have confusion about our loose definition of ballads, I encourage you to take a look at the following link.


For anyone interested, I believe standard ballad form is commonly considered AABA from a more modern perspective, but different times use different styles and schemes. And you are by no means required to use this rhyme scheme. This is merely a suggestion/example that you could use.

Entry Requirements & Prizes:

You must formally declare intent to enter the contest in this thread, as their is a point entry fee. Hopefully, this will motivate people to finish and reward those who honor their commitments

People can choose to enter the contest for 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 points. Upon entering, those points will be deducted from your total. Upon submitting a contest story which meets minimum contest standards, you will get either 30, 60, 90, 120, or 150 points back (depending on how much they entered for). And then additionally 100 for winning the contest and a featured story if it's a CYOA and good enough to merit featuring.

If you do not submit a contest story which meets minimum contest standards by the deadline, you will not receive any rewards or points back.

To eliminate any possible confusion, the first number is your entry fee, and the second would be your reward. And this is just for submitting an acceptable entry. The winner will receive another 100 points on top of their initial reward.

25 -> 30

50 -> 60

75 -> 90

100 -> 120

125 -> 150

Recap: Stories will not be valid entries unless the site member formally announces his or her intent to enter the contest in this thread with the amount of points he or she wishes to stake.


The judging panel will consist of moderators/administrators and selected highly esteemed community members that do not wish to enter.

Remember, tell a story, use strong imagery.

October Co-Author Spooky Story Contest

Posted 9/19/2016 by Bucky
The groundwork has been laid, so I figured I would go ahead and post the announcement now.

October Co-Author Spooky Story Contest

Deadline: October 30, 2016 at 13:01 Eastern Time

Theme: Spooky & Horror

Format: CYOA

Special Requirements: Collaborate with a co-author. (One co-author only.)

Prize: A featured slot in the Horror section. *Provided the winner is of adequate quality.

Judging: A panel of site administrators shall judge the entries.

The rules and theme are pretty straightforward. In celebration of Halloween, find a co-author of your choosing to collaborate and write a Spooky & Horror themed CYOA by the deadline. Because, you know, it's dangerous to go trick-or-treating alone.

As long as your story meets site content standards and fits into the Horror category, you can take this any route you like. However, I'm going to highly discourage zombie entries. We already have two very well written & featured zombie stories on the site. It'd be nice to get some variety.

Keeping an open communication channel with your co-author will be important to your success. Personally, I recommend each team collaborate on an overarching concept, agree on a mutually acceptable opening page, and then writing two entirely separate branches of the story. Think of the divergence in the Struggle, Die, and Beg paths of Eternal. This will allow you to write a large story in the limited amount of time while avoiding problems such as style & tone shifts and consistency errors.

Secondary rewards MAY include point prizes and a contest trophy for the winner. The secondary rewards are not set in stone, and the overall participation, effort and quality of the entries will influence them accordingly.

Post in here to express interest. This may help you find a co-author if you are having difficulty in finding one. If you have continual problems finding a co-author, PM me, and I will see what I can do to help find someone to collaborate with you.

Both parties, please shoot me a PM when you confirm your co-author.

In order to encourage teamwork and planning, I'll be opening a thread in the Writing Workshop. I strongly encourage all participants to post a synopsis of their story and character bios for your primary characters in that thread by September 30th. Hopefully, this will keep the teams on track as well.

If you have any additional questions, ask away.