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MANIFEST DESTINY CONTEST
Deadline: 11:59 PM (EST) September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
Reward: You’ll get potential pointless points, potential commendations, potentially featured and potentially out of the SHAME pit if you’re currently in there like the big loser you are.
Also keep in mind I WILL be using EST because fuck the farmers. So when MY clock hits 11:59 PM, that’s what the fucking deadline is. If you’re unsure, well don’t wait until the last fucking minute to turn your story in.
Manifest Destiny is not actually the theme for this contest, (Though it can be) but more of the general idea of expanding the types of stories available on the site to expand our well rounded glory. I want you to produce a story from one of the categories that's under 100 stories.
Since none of you slugs actually pay attention to details, here is a list of categories that are currently under 100 stories.
I want to only see stories within these categories being submitted for the contest. You submit a story not in one of these categories for the contest, you get thrown in the SHAME pit.
(And yes Fanfic is under 100 too, but I don’t want to read fucking Fanfic for this contest. It's the SHAME pit, if I see it)
A few more things.
If you're joining, post that you are in here. Once you join though, you're committed, so make sure you're going to actually submit a story.
You can do whatever the hell you want within the category you’ve chosen. You want to make a wholesome family story about children finding an alien dog, you can. You want to make a wholesome historical story about being a concentration camp guard, you can do that too.
You can even go for extra credit and attempt to tie in the concept of Manifest Destiny/Imperialist Expansion in the story (A wholesome Edutainment story about the Trail of Tears perhaps)
Also I’ll be judging all these stories, except if you make a puzzle/gamey type story OR a co-authored story. In that case Mizal will read and judge mainly because she’s got more patience for that sort of stuff.
Another thing I don't want to see, is fucking "loops back to the beginning" rather than proper endings. I see this in a submitted story and it's the SHAME pit immediately.
That’s about it for now, unless I think of something else to add or take away as needed.
Remember to post a link to your story here when you’re done.
Today we have the honor to announce the long awaited CYPERPUNK CONTEST. Genetic engineered monkeys, cybernetic limbs, Russian robot spies, the possibilities are endless. So pick up your pen, paper or other writing devices and craft your future masterpiece. The rewards are endless; grandiose applause from two random Dutchmen and one esteemed veteran, undying internet fame and perhaps a few extra points if the administrators are favorable towards you that day.
So what is CYBERPUNK?
I assume most of you are already a little familiar with the genre. For the degenerate gaming folk it was probably due to the latest cockroach infestation named cyberpunk 2077, for the film aficionados it was probably due to Blade Runner 2049 and for some of you it might be because of the story game CYBERMONKEY hailing from the CYS mother-site. For the upcoming participants who still haven’t gotten a clue what it is, all knowledge can still be dutifully acquired in no time. As for all holy knowledge, one must seek it in the depths of a Wikipedia article. If you type in cyberpunk you will get the following excerpt:
“Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a dystopian futuristic setting that tends to focus on a "combination of lowlife and high tech" featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.”
A lot of the aspects of cyberpunk can be traced back to the 1960s and 70s by the New Wave science fiction movement. Authors attempted to present a world where society coped with a constant upheaval of new technology and culture, generally with dystopian outcomes.
To summarize in layman’s terms, you have the opportunity to use super fancy laser guns while getting chased down by some crime lords and hackers.
So will my story meet the REQUIREMENTS?
You have to have a story that meets the site’s requirements. So please don’t submit your freshly baked erotic sonic fanfiction even though it might be your magnum opus. Everything else is a free-for-all as long as it fits into the cyberpunk genre. In the past, writers have added some unconventional and unique elements to the genre. One example of a Cyberpunk work that incorporated fantasy races is Shadowrun, a tabletop role-playing game. Seeing all these previous works who play around with the common genre conventions, I cannot see the purpose in restraining your own creative juices. Thus, fantasy races, fantasy worlds, more gamey story games and even fanfiction are all allowed. However, keep in mind that you probably won’t get a very high score from me if you went on to make a My Little Pony cyberpunk-themed story game. I’m still one the judges.
The two aspects which must be incorporated in your story to be considered cyberpunk are: “the lowlife and the high tech”. The dichotomy has to be here in some way or form.
So how do I ENTER THE CONTEST?
It's simple, offer you soul to Endmaster and then pledge your commitment on this thread. I'll lock your comment down so you won't be able to back down in the future. The entrance fee is 25 experience points which you'll get back if you have submitted a story that has a score of at least 4/8 and to a certain extent adheres to the other requirements. To submit your story, post a link of it on this thread.
So what is the DEADLINE?
DEADLINE: 13th of July 2021, 12:59 am EST.
Failing to submit your work before the deadline as a participant, grants you a place on my personal list of shame. Furthermore, you’ll get to see my bottomless pit of disappointment. You'll also never get to see your precious experience points ever again.
Our highly esteemed @enterpride, @hetero_malk and I, @Darius_Conwright will be the judges of the contest.
This contest is only possible due to our lord and saviour Endmaster whose holy fingertips granted us this masterpiece called Eternal. Check it out if you have some spare time left.
I'm absolutely not paid or forced to say this.Of course I would like to thank Mizal for giving this fumbling European dipshit some guidance, that sucker really needed it.
Good luck with writing!
EDIT: And remember ALL contest entries MUST be written with the CYS editor. No exceptions!