March 2013 Writing Contest- St. Patrick’s Day Theme
It’s that time again for another monthly writing contest. As you most likely ascertained from the title, it’s a St. Patrick’s Day theme. I’ve shaken things up a bit and added some unusual twists to make things more interesting. Writers should have a lot of fun with crafting their stories based on the stipulations.
As I stated in a recent post, a few elements have changed as to how the contest is ran, particularly with judging. There will no longer be a poll based on popular vote to decide the winner. Instead a panel of eight judges will vote after the finalist stories have been selected. For the full explanation, see this post. Other than the new voting system, most everything else is the same (such as everyone will continue to post their entries with their name in the comment section) but please do pay close attention to all the details. The stipulations and rules are listed below. For further information, stop by the Monthly Writing Contest page to see the complete listing of rules and other information you should know (along with who the previous winners are).
You will have until March 29th at midnight (EDT) to submit your entry. On the evening of March 30th, I will announce the finalists for the contest. There are typically three, but if more than ten entries are submitted, I may allow four. Several judges will be helping me select the finalists, but the ultimate decision of who makes it through the first round is up to me. After finalists have been announced, all the judges will then begin the process of voting for the stories they believe are the best via private email to me. I won’t participate in the second round unless a tie-breaker is needed. It will be the panel who decides the winner.
*As a reminder, the first and second place winners will each receive a prize. First place will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, and the runner-up will get a $10 Amazon gift card. Both will be announced after voting is over on February 14th. First place contestants (who are authors) are also eligible to have their book cover advertised on the front page of this blog.
Now, here are the stipulations and rules. Follow them closely or you will be disqualified!
1) Scenario- Your main character has a run-in with a leprechaun that somehow results in them being transported to Dublin, Ireland against their will on St. Patrick’s Day.
2) At some point your character must lose their shoes.
3) The story should end in one of two ways:
a) The magic used to transport them will only keep them in Dublin until Midnight that night before they will return home.
b) They discover they are stuck in Ireland forever because of the magic.
3) Word count requirement: 800-2200 words
*Note- Be sure to proofread your story before posting. Make sure it is broken up into easy to read paragraphs (approximately 3-5 sentences each). You must have a title as well. These elements work in your favor during the selection process.
***Pay attention to the rules as several have been changed recently***
1) No extreme language. There are people here who do not want to see it and I prefer we not have anything that might be too offensive to the average reader. Light profanity is acceptable.
2) Making me laugh will gain you favor in my selection, though it isn’t a requirement. All genres of writing are welcome (if you are erotica, try to keep it mild unless stipulations call for it to be otherwise).
3) Post your story in the comments section of this post. Do not email it to me.
4) Ensure you include your name (even if it is only a first name or nickname) and a title for the story. Neither of these go toward word-count.
5) Anyone who has won a prize in any of the last three months is not eligible for a finalist position. They can submit a story if they wish, just for fun, but they cannot win.
6) Any story submission posted here can be posted elsewhere AFTER the competition is over. The only thing I ask is that you put a disclaimer saying that it was written for a contest on this blog (a link back here would be nice).
7) Must be your original writing that has never been published or posted elsewhere prior to this.
8)You are allowed one edit where you can amend one sentence in your story after it is posted. Contact me prior to the contest closing date/time and specify exactly what it is you want changed. The judges will be watching these stories closely as they come in so I would recommend you request changes as soon as possible if you have them.
9) Anyone may enter the contest but must be able to receive an Amazon gift card from an Amazon site that is in English (they are not transferable). I will convert US currency to the currency of the Amazon country site requested, based on current exchange rates.
10) Finalists will be chosen by myself and several judges. Winner and runner-up will be decided by a panel of eight anonymous judges where I will only cast a vote if there is a tie. Each judge’s top selection will be awarded one full point. A half of a point will be awarded for their second choice. Voting totals (without the judges names) are announced along with the winners.
That is everything you need to know. Come back on the evening of March 30th to see which finalists have been selected. Judges (all of which were chosen for their impartiality) will be given two full days to decide on which stories they believe are the best, but everyone is welcome to leave comments encouraging their favorites. On Tuesday, April 2nd, I will announce the winner and runner-up. They will both receive their Amazon gift cards via email that day. Good luck!