Killa's Spring Thing Contest!
Theme: Bring me to Tears - Life can't be all sunshine and rainbows
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)
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.
If we could do that, we would have done it a few times already. The contest trophy seems to be something only JJJ can hand out due to having direct access to Alex's server or something.
Possible status of 3J:
Time for another anime story.
Put me down for 100
Another anime story? You didn't even write one the last fucking time!
I'm feeling very lucky this time, besides we have two months so I have the high ground.
Duly noted and remembered.
Sweet. The theme fits in perfectly with something I was already thinking of writing. Time to go for three contest wins in a row.
Sign me up.
Contestants So Far
Mystery Contestant A
Mystery Contestant B
Mystery Contestant C
Mystery Contestant D
Oh mug, I'm in, I'm in, I'm so in. Take my points!
Killa just wanna double check, are we limited to one entry.
Can you just not? I don't think you realize how funny it would be to see Digit's realization that we're at the dead line and he's barely started TWO stories rather than one.
I'll be joining
Better to die with infamy than to live in obscurity
No, posting something shit is dying with infamy. Failing to do anything is the fucking definition of obscurity.
But I'll be the first to fail 3 times which has never been done before
What are they?
Try it out and share the results.
We in it.
that contest's been running since 2001 tho
Time to figure out what will happen if you do not finish a story three times. I'm in.
Glad to see Coins and Mr.Ace are in a hurry to get banned.
This is what I feared would happen. I will write a story that meets the site's standards. I have to get out some how.
This card from a game of the same name comes to mind.
The one time I actually check the homepage and there is another contest.
Only expectations I can give myself for a story with a theme like this is at least something completed. For the most part.
Sign me up.
Formally announcing my intent to not enter this contest.
See EndMaster for rules regarding your service to him if your entry sends you into negative points.
There's provision for if you don't have enough points to enter? Because I really do want to join (and I think I could do this one), but as I've only got 39 points...and don't want to risk betting the measly few I have....
Well in the old days you could go into the negatives which lead to all sorts of fun things. However nowadays it just goes to zero, though technically the site still registers behind the code as in the negative value.
Anyway I basically just take 100 points as usual and if you at least turn something in that's up to snuff then you'll get your 100 + 10 back. If not, then you'll just have a negative point value which will show up as zero on your profile.
I can enter, then? I'm fairly sure the idea I got last night is one I can finish in two months. Provided my brain doesn't try to over-complicate things....
Awesome, thank you!
Hey Myn, why don't you join? You could write at least 3000 words in two months. :)
Are we allowed to make bets with each other?
@Digit - looks like no bet between us this contest, weeb.
That's too bad, I would have slain you.
Keep telling yourself that.
I can just imagine someone writing this long shitty ass story with incorrect grammar and punctuation and spelling and everything, but then at the last page it records what you did and tells the story properly in an understandable manner. That'd get tears of frustration and aggravation, as well as tears of relief and joy at the end when it's finally over.
How do you top Through Time though?
I probably am going to fail this, but I want to try.
Ya, 'cuz that name gives my private information out, and it's not cool, so I decided fuck that
I don’t even remember this guy or the original name either.
In any case if he managed to slip through the cracks before, he got to be one of the lucky few and the current situation seems to be handled now.
You guys really love to demotivate people, don't you?
Of course. I dunno about everyone else, but if you get demotivated from writing this easily, then I’m not sure you’re cut out for this site.
So my competitors have been decided.
My goal is to have every single one of the judges rate my story first, let alone win this, so I’m going to have a little bit of a challenge on my hands. In any case, I hope this will help me manage to finish a project of mine.
I wish the best of luck to all of you.
Oh sweet, Az is here as well? Maybe I will have some solid competition after all.
Yep. He does.
Honesty the rest of them might as well out themselves as well.
One of them has been talking about working on a story so much that it’s obvious they’re in the contest.
And the other two aren’t important enough that it matters.
There may or may not be a bonus check-in at the one month mark
If there is, would it be a case of producing a finished story? Or showing something of a started story? And if it's the latter, how would I go about sharing that?
Fuck me, I didn't know that. That is not good for my BZ Endmaster slash fiction that I was certain no one would see.
Do most people write off-site? I think I'd find that difficult to do, personally. I might write an individual page in Word and then copy and paste, but otherwise, I find it easier to write directly here. Then again, I only recently got back into writing these types of stories.
Is it possible for those who are writing off-site to privately share what they've written with Killa? I'm not sure how that would work, but it might be worth considering.
Oh, I've got mine saved on a site - but I'm copying it across to here page by page as I complete one. I read Mizal's comment as people writing it all off-site and then transferring it over once it's all done. Which I did think about doing, but with all of the potential storylines, I'd manage to make myself even more confused than I have already.
I read Mizal's comment as people writing it all off-site and then transferring it over once it's all done.
That's how I've always written stuff. I would find it weird to do it any other way at this point. I need to keep track of all my notes and everything on easily accessible offline documents and go over everything at any given time. Along with backing up everything twice.
To be honest, I don't know how you'd even keep track of choice branches just using word. Other than an actual flow chart, maybe. I think the chapter/page method of the site is pretty good.
I just keep track in my master notes document and put an asterisk by whatever choice I need to work on later.
Maybe using indentation in a word processor to signify different pathways, with each equivalent pathway having the same indentation level, would help.
Would a couple of random pages from very obviously disconnected parts of the story be enough? Because that would signify at minimum that you are working toward a coherent plot from multiple angles, and at maximum would indicate that you've made enough progress that what is going on in the story has evolved, indicating progress.
If so, my preferred method of doing this would be to PM you a couple screen caps, if that would be acceptable.
But yeah, I'm more concerned about writing a decent story than a bonus. I'm sure I'll get my points back.
Killa what's the rulez on co authoring and stuff with proofreaders
Edited to add: My other two stories are fairly short. This one is a lot more ambitious so, yeah, I'm a bit worried I'll be rushing at the end and ass raping quality in the process.
Since nobody's yet been honest enough to do so, allow me: "I haven't started yet."
I suppose some might (correctly) point out that I haven’t even joined this contest, but I fail to see how that excuses laziness on my part. If anything, sloth of this nature should make Killa want to cry.
I knocked out about 16 pages with a wordcount of 2,234 a week or so ago then buggered off for a week.
I'm 10k words in. For many writers on this site,10k is nothing, but for someone as lazy as me, this is a miracle.
Haha Thumbs up. :)