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    WRITING CONTEST - SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY.

    Hi guys. I need motivation to write and you probably do too. Here's the motivation. This post will be updated as the contest goes along.

    Rules:

    1. Short story must be current and original. Do not recycle your writing project from 6 years ago. Do not plagiarize.
    2. Length may be variable, but at my sole discretion, your entry may be disqualified for being too short. As a general guideline, your story should at least be 1000 words. If you end up writing a novella, you may still be allowed to enter.
    3. Genre must be science fiction. No requirement for hard science fiction, robots, aliens, etc. Without going into detail about what constitutes science fiction, it should be obvious and identifiable as science fiction. If you are in doubt, ask before you begin writing.
    4. You may enter up to three times as long as each entry meets all the other criteria. You may be better served by working on a single work, but if you are motivated, be my guest.
    5. Maintain your anonymity as the author until after voting ends. Identifying the story as yours to potential voters will be considered cheating.
    6. You may write comedy, but the entry itself may not be a "comedy" entry. Writing about pokemon having sex with an EF member in space may fill all the criteria but "joke" entries will be disqualified from voting.
    7. In order to give focus, and to help ensure original works, for this contest the survival of the protagonist or main character must be in doubt at the end of the story, either to himself or to the reader. That is the common theme for this contest.
    8. All submissions must be received by noon PST on 8/23/2010. EMAIL ENTRIES TO EFJUDGE@GMAIL.COM. Please submit final entries, if you're still working on it, hang onto it. I don't want to receive fifteen drafts of your story. Please also clearly identify your username in the subject or in the actual body of the email.
    9. Voting will last for one week. Having your friends vote for your story and breaking anonymity will be considered cheating. At the very least, your story will be disqualified, and if a mod will back me up, it may result in penalties.
    10. First prize is a $25 gift certificate to amazon.com.


    Obviously, DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY IN THIS THREAD.

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    ENTRY DISCUSSION THREAD HERE: http://forums.entensity.net/showthread.php?t=429768

    VOTING IS OPEN, GO TO HTTP://WWW.LKRAVEN.COM/EFSCIFI/ TO VOTE

    http://forums.entensity.net/showthread.php?t=429904
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    this is a beautiful idea.

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    awesome idea man, think i'll have to give it a shot

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    I'm very excited for this. I've got a couple ideas already.

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    Just so I'm not seeming to take credit here, this was partially Aedeos's idea, but he was too lazy to actually make this post.

    I also intend on entering. On the nonexistent chance that I win, prize will go to second place.

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    it's weird that just monday i started writing down ideas i had for a science fiction plot...

    aka i'll see what i can come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by iaretyler View Post
    it's weird that just monday i started writing down ideas i had for a science fiction plot...

    aka i'll see what i can come up with
    all those ideas need to be scrapped per the instructions in the OP
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    i'll check my schedule

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    Sounds like fun. I'll see if I can anything written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubby View Post
    Sounds like fun. I'll see if I can anything written.
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    neat idea. hopefully, i'll have time to enter something.

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    Love it. Hopefully I get some stuff in right before school starts back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFizzle View Post
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    since you and mat are writing, i'll take in all the entries and post them if you guys want.
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    If you guys want to decide on a punishment for plagiarism (i.e. probation or bannination) let me know.

    edit: Also, maybe we could post the stories and give people a few days or a week to read them (provided we have enough/they are long enough) before opening the polls it could encourage informed voting.

    edit #2: Wait, up to three entries each? I'm not so sure I like that idea. If we do that, say the first entry is free but for each additional entry you have to chip in $5 to the prize pot. Just an idea.
    Last edited by the truth; 8/05/2010 at 8:54 pm.

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    any limits on post count/join date for entering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraven View Post
    Hi guys. I need motivation to write and you probably do too. Here's the motivation. This post will be updated as the contest goes along.

    Rules:

    [LIST=1][*]Short story must be current and original. Do not recycle your writing project from 6 years ago. Do not plagiarize.
    [*]Length may be variable, but at my sole discretion, your entry may be disqualified for being too short. As a general guideline, your story should at least be 1000 words. If you end up writing a novella, you may still be allowed to enter.
    [*]Genre must be science fiction. No requirement for hard science fiction, robots, aliens, etc. Without going into detail about what constitutes science fiction, it should be obvious and identifiable as science fiction. If you are in doubt, ask before you begin writing.
    [*]You may enter up to three times as long as each entry meets all the other criteria. You may be better served by working on a single work, but if you are motivated, be my guest.
    [*]Maintain your anonymity as the author until after voting ends. Identifying the story as yours to potential voters will be considered cheating.
    What if my story is longer than anyone else's, wouldn't that make it obvious?

    And yes, I'm in, this sounds like fun. I've written stuff before under a pen name.

    Quote Originally Posted by lkraven View Post
    Just so I'm not seeming to take credit here, this was partially Aedeos's idea, but he was too lazy to actually make this post.

    I also intend on entering. On the nonexistent chance that I win, prize will go to second place.
    Wait, Aedeos as in the OG Aed? or Aed as in the tin foil wearing hat xMoat ?

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    lol you think the other one has any idea how to write?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gus View Post
    since you and mat are writing, i'll take in all the entries and post them if you guys want.
    Naw, I think I got it handled. Thanks though.

    Quote Originally Posted by the truth View Post
    If you guys want to decide on a punishment for plagiarism (i.e. probation or bannination) let me know.

    edit: Also, maybe we could post the stories and give people a few days or a week to read them (provided we have enough/they are long enough) before opening the polls it could encourage informed voting.

    edit #2: Wait, up to three entries each? I'm not so sure I like that idea. If we do that, say the first entry is free but for each additional entry you have to chip in $5 to the prize pot. Just an idea.
    The stories will be posted for a little while before voting starts.

    Regarding the second point, I am seriously considering voting based on a "rank your top 3" or "rank your top 5" entries system which would be better, but difficult to do with the existing poll system. May have to do it on a separate web app... still thinking about it.

    Chipping in money is going to be too hard to keep and collect, etc. For the record, I still think people are better off entering ONE story.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ol'Gregg View Post
    any limits on post count/join date for entering?
    Not at all. If you can put a good story together, you are eligible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Strength View Post
    Wait, Aedeos as in the OG Aed? or Aed as in the tin foil wearing hat xMoat ?
    This is why I said "Aedeos".
    Last edited by the truth; 8/06/2010 at 9:24 am. Reason: QUADRUPLE POST 4X OMG

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