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Killa's Spring Thing Contest!

Posted 3/21/2018 by Killa_Robot

Killa's Spring Thing Contest!

Theme: Bring me to Tears - Life can't be all sunshine and rainbows

Format: CYOA

Deadline for entering: April 1st at 12:01am EST

Deadline for submission: June 1st at 9am EST (In case someone feels like working in the wee hours of the morning)

Focus:

As you may have expected, the focus of this contest is to produce something that makes people get the feels. The lower end of this scale would just be to make some characters have a real sad backstory, or to kill off poor Timmy the orphan. But you're all better than that. The better way to approach this would be to have tragic or bittersweet endings, however the tears don't have to be tethered to the ending.

The most important objective here is to make the reader sympathetic to your characters, as that's the only real way they'll care enough about them to possibly feel for them.

The genre doesn't matter, although for obvious reasons Romance is the easiest target.

Entry Requirements & Prizes:

You can post in this thread your intent, or you can PM me if you're shy. Keep in mind you will still be publicly flogged if you fail to complete a story. The PM option just allows for some surprises.

The entry fee is 100 points.

All those that submit a valid entry will get the fee back, plus 10 points for trying.

1st Place Winner will get an additionally 100 points for winning the contest, no trophy because I'm the poor admin, a Commendation, and a Featured Story if it's good enough to merit featuring.

2nd Place Winner will get an additionally 50 points and a possible Commendation, if it's good enough to merit one.

3rd Place Winner will get an additionally 25 points and a possible Commendation, if it's good enough to merit one.

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.

And just for kicks, you'll get a bonus 25 points if you somehow manage to make a story where the reader cries due to happiness, rather than sadness.

* See EndMaster for rules regarding your service to him if your entry sends you into negative points.

* Stories that cannot meet minimum site standards count the same as a non entry and get SHAME.

* One entry fee/bet per site member. No alternate accounts.



Judging:

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

December Contest Results

Posted 1/22/2018 by Bucky
Congratulations to all of our entrants who managed to submit a story. Judging this contest was particularly difficult, as I think this was our best contest in terms of overall quality from top to bottom. I may be omitting an outlier ^_^

But seriously, there were a lot of excellent stories here from a wide range of genres. Personally, for some of you who have entered multiple contests, I can see a very clear improvement in your writing from where you were a year ago.

All three judges were split on the best story. However, two judges had the top two stories as their top two selections, just the other way around. Also, our top two stories were the only two to make all three ballots. Only one point separated them.



1st Place: @EbonVasilis - Magno

2nd Place: @Steve24833 - Saoirse

3rd Place: @Malkalack - Broken Chains: Blood on the Marble



Honorable Mentions: @Azbaz & @CrescentStar

And I think I would be doing us all a great injustice if I didn't acknowledge that Malk easily won the award for most homo-erotic scene with his memorable bath-house ordeal.

I'll likely be back with a summer long contest, starting in late May or June. I am open to suggestions on theme. You can also probably expect a spring contest from one of the admins in the meantime.

And @Orange, I still want to see you finish your entry. Digit finished his special prompt from End.