Fall Writing Competition 2017

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#16 Post by JediGuy » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:31 am

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In regards to "short story"..... I would like to enter this contest, however, I'd like to write my story in a word-document editing program first to make sure I can stay within the short story constraint..... How many pages would be the absolute maximum for this approach to writing a story?
Due to the nature of the competition, I really can't put a hard page or word count on it, since each story is different and, overall, I'd rather you post a complete story than one that's been cut apart to fit a defined limit.

That said, last year we had our longest story to date, and that was...like, 20-some-odd pages I think. That was tipping things a bit. So, use your best judgement.

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I already have the first chapter ready to be posted on the Story Forum. Regarding that, what's the upper limit on word count? I assume it's somewhere around 30 000 or so.
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#17 Post by Myperson54 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:59 am

For the record, my story last year (the aforementioned too-long one) came in at 27 pages and 12,579 words. Considering it made a judge literally quit, and almost got me disqualified... Well, it was too long. Do with that what you will.
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#18 Post by JediGuy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:55 am

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For the record, my story last year (the aforementioned too-long one) came in at 27 pages and 12,579 words. Considering it made a judge literally quit, and almost got me disqualified... Well, it was too long. Do with that what you will.
Stop being so hard on yourself, damnit. It wasn't your story alone that made a judge quit :P There were a variety of things.
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#19 Post by Warrl » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:32 am

If a judge DID quit* because one story was too long**, that person should not have volunteered to be a judge. And if they ever volunteer to be a judge again, a polite "no thank you" would seem appropriate.

* Not recalling details, I'm assuming that "quit" means "stopped being a judge in the middle of the contest". Saying "I'll finish this year but find someone else for next time, I'm done" is entirely different.

** There are valid reasons that would justify quitting. A sudden change in circumstances. A medical emergency. Reasonably expecting a dozen entries and getting two hundred - a vastly greater time demand than planned for - might qualify depending on other circumstances. But not "this story is too long".

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#20 Post by NuclearBird » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:23 am

Honestly, 12.5k words isn't that long for a short story.
20k on the other hand...
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#21 Post by JediGuy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:51 pm

Okay folks, move the conversation along. This is neither the place nor circumstance to discuss last year's judging.

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#22 Post by JediGuy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:36 am

Just about a week away from end of competition, folks! How's it coming?
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#23 Post by wolf_Appledore999 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:17 pm

JediGuy wrote:
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Just about a week away from end of competition, folks! How's it coming?
Honestly, slow. I could get the Next Part/chapter done, but it'll be after the Competition. So, it's just the First part/Chapter for me. ^^,

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#24 Post by ClockworkPanda » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:22 pm

So like, is there a rule setting-wise for this? Does it have to be about a particular thing or theme or are we just free to write things to our heart's content? ^^

Also, yes, I may be concidering joining a writing competition five days before deadline, I am crazy :potatoes:

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#25 Post by JediGuy » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:32 pm

ClockworkPanda wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:22 pm
So like, is there a rule setting-wise for this? Does it have to be about a particular thing or theme or are we just free to write things to our heart's content? ^^

Also, yes, I may be concidering joining a writing competition five days before deadline, I am crazy :potatoes:
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#26 Post by ClockworkPanda » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:49 pm

Okay, awesome, thanks! .3.

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#27 Post by ClockworkPanda » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19 am

Here we go again with the double-posting! Yay! :heart:

Just wanted to say that I've written a thing now. Just like to let people know. In case someone missed it. Or something. I'll just be quiet now, bye! :|

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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#28 Post by JediGuy » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:30 pm

ClockworkPanda wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19 am
Here we go again with the double-posting! Yay! :heart:

Just wanted to say that I've written a thing now. Just like to let people know. In case someone missed it. Or something. I'll just be quiet now, bye! :|
It's in the Master List (first page), best of luck!

And that means we're just about 36 Hours (give or take) away from the end of competition time! Make your last edits, folks, and get those stories posted!
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#29 Post by NuclearBird » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:25 pm

Okay, I think my submission is done. Anyone finds a typo, I don't care. Blame Microsoft Word for it.
Anyway, I renamed the story to "The Whitefield Report" so, uh. That's all I think.
Just 20 pages. EXACTLY. 20 pages. In Word.
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Re: Fall Writing Competition 2017

#30 Post by ClockworkPanda » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:28 pm

*is suddenly very self-conscious about story-length* :potatoes:

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