Monthly Writing Contest - Winners Announced!

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Monthly Writing Contest - Winners Announced!

Postby LightningRip » August 9th, 2011, 9:53:03 pm

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Ok. SO. I love writing, and I love the awesome works and stories I can find here in the Tea House. In this thread, I will hold monthly writing contests. You will be given a theme/prompt to base a story on. Prizes will be given from 1st - 3rd place, as well as several other prizes. I have checked, and the only other “monthly writing contest” that popped up has not been posted in since September 2010.

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So, on to the rules.

1. Be respectful. No being mean or saying things like “___’s story sucks.” That is disrespectful, and will get you disqualified. The point of this is for people to have fun, and if they’re not doing that then there’s no point in doing this thing.
2. Judges cannot enter the contest, for the sake of keeping fair.
3. You may only enter one story per month.
4. No spamming.
5. Post your stories here.
6. Don’t steal someone else’s work and claim it as your own. This will get you disqualified, as well as banned from future contests.
7. Please use proper grammar! It’s alright if there are one or two mistakes, but don’t submit something you know has a lot of grammar mistakes. Also, stories using chatspeak such as “lol,” “ttyl,” and things like that, will NOT be accepted. I’m sorry, but let’s leave chat words to chats.
8. Follow the rules, and don’t make me add more.
9. Minimum of 2,000 words in your story, but you can go as high as 10,000 words(if you want to). So these are pretty well short stories, but we may hold contests in the future with a bigger word limit if there are people that would like to write that much.
10. Secret smiley - :t-ninja:
11. Keep it PG-13. If you wouldn't let a grandparent read it, don't enter it.
12. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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I am also looking for people to judge. 2 Judges will be picked to judge with me, but I’m accepting applications for the next few days. Judges will be tested before 2 are picked. However, if you don’t want to judge, but want to pitch in, you can always donate creatures/gold. Anyone who could donate donation creatures for prizes would be loved forever, but anyone else who can donate creatures and/or gold is GREATLY appreciated.

If you’d like to donate, send me a trade with the things being donated, and a PM with a note saying that you did. If you’d like to be a judge, post the following here:

Code: Select all
Username:
Why you think you’d be a good judge/prior experience?:
Example of your writing(a link or links):
Why do you WANT to be a judge?:
Secret Smiley(found in this post):


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Contests will be started on the 1st of every month, but we WILL have a short contest for August.

August’s theme is:
Allies - this month is a tribute to the MS mermaids, nagas, and centaurs. This month is strictly short stories, but we may hold other events in the future such as poems. You may involve other creatures and magi, etc, but it MUST be centered around at least one of the three allies and fit into the MS world. Other than that, you are free to do whatever, AS LONG as you follow the rules, the prompt, and don’t go against the MS lore. So - get going, start a war, solve one, find the mermaids a new home, or something else entirely. Any style such as 1st person or 3rd is accepted, as long as, again, it follows the rules and everything.

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The divider bars are from a freebie set made by Hanako. :) Thanks for looking, and I hope to see some awesome stories! I’ll reserve a few posts below for other info, etc. Good luck everyone!
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby LightningRip » August 9th, 2011, 9:53:48 pm

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Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the following - Current contest prizes(when all gathered together) will be beside the award name. I am currently getting them now, so that people will know what they could win.
1st Overall -
2nd Overall -
3rd Overall - Image
Best 1st Person POV - Image
Best 3rd Person POV - Image
3 honorable mentions - Image - Image - Image
1 Random prize will be drawn for and given to a random competitor - you are automatically entered for this random prize when you enter your story. - August's Random Prize - Image

The creatures will be added here as they are gathered together. As I am currently the only one getting creatures and gold for prizes, they will most likely be shop or stream born creatures and maybe a little bit of gold. If I can find a way to get donation pets for prizes, then I will.

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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby LightningRip » August 9th, 2011, 9:54:13 pm

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Currently none.

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~other Judges are being decided upon currently. Judge applications accepted until midnight on the 20th.~

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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby LightningRip » August 9th, 2011, 9:54:45 pm

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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby Hawkclaw » August 10th, 2011, 12:16:34 am

(I don't know if you want me to post this here, but here's the form.)


Username: Hawkclaw
Why you think you’d be a good judge/prior experience?: I read a lot, including very mature material like Charles Dickens, but I love to read anything. I'm also a Grammar Nazi, and tend to notice plot inconsistencies easily, but tend to bring them to the author's mind kindly, as I don't like to be in people's faces.
Example of your writing(a link or links): Not Updated Anymore
No Longer Updated, But Has a One Chapter Example
Why do you WANT to be a judge?: I like to read literature and be able to think about how it could be made better and in turn help others to be better writers, while making myself better as well.
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby LightningRip » August 10th, 2011, 2:32:37 am

Awesome, thanks Hawkclaw! I'll PM you shortly. :) If anyone has any questions/suggestions or anything, please feel free to fire away. You can also suggest possible themes for in the future if you'd like to. :)
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby Hawkclaw » August 10th, 2011, 5:25:19 pm

I was wondering, will it be you and two other people acting as the judges? And will those be the judges every month?
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby Crazyflight » August 10th, 2011, 5:34:41 pm

Hawkclaw wrote:I was wondering, will it be you and two other people acting as the judges? And will those be the judges every month?


I was wondering the same thing, because I may want to be a judge in the future.
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby Hawkclaw » August 10th, 2011, 5:39:22 pm

Hi Crazyflight! Nice to meet you! ^_^ Do you like to write?
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Re: Monthly Writing Contest - August Contest Theme Up!

Postby Crazyflight » August 10th, 2011, 6:01:39 pm

Oh, I love to write. Here I will start this story on the Mermaid Ally (BEWARE, shall be edited many times).




I know the title is cliche, I will change it. I'm not finished, but you may start reading it. Only 500 words now, hopefully it will be 5,000 when I'm done. :D

EDIT: Now 3,000 words!? Whoa! :aah:
EDIT: Changed title; 3,880 words! :D
EDIT: Now almost 5,000 words! :evil:
EDIT: Now at 5,500 words!!! I made a couple of changes in the first section.
EDIT: Now at 6,300 words! The resolution is starting...
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