Introduction Hello and welcome to my new writing contest. OMG, yes, un autre!
This one will be prompted, like many of mine. More details will be below. It will also go in rounds, but will have an all-around option, too. This is explained in more detail below, so don't worry if you're confused.
CLOSED FOR JUDGING The fifth and final deadline will be: Friday, February 22nd, 2008, 11:59pmEST The fourth deadline will be: Friday, February 8th, 2008, 11:59pmEST. The third deadline will be: Friday, January 25th, 2008, 11:59pmEST The second deadline will be: Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:59pm EST. The first deadline will be: Friday, December 28, 2007, 11:59pm EST.
Be nice to your fellow contestants.
Follow Gaia ToS.
Original fiction only. This means no poetry and no fanfiction.
Do not PM me unless there is an emergency.
One entry per person per round.
Don't quote anything in the first few posts.
I reserve the right to add more guidelines.
The first four rounds will have an image, a quote, and a song to use as a prompt. The fifth round will use a song and its music video.
At least one prompt must be used in the story.
I encourage you to change details such as gender in the prompts.
Keep your entries at 6,000 words or less.
Post your entries in the thread including the form below.
Double-space between your paragraphs.
There will be five rounds.
You may enter all of them, or just a few, but prizes will be available for both. If you have any questions on this, feel free to ask.
Judging Gotta get through the judging before you can get a prize. So here's my judging rubric.
Quality of Entry - 25 points - How well did you use the prompt in your entry? Adherence to the Rules - 10 points - Did you fill out the form correctly? Did you fill in all the fields on the form? All or nothing. Grammar and Mechanics - 20 points total
Punctuation - 5 points - How good was your punctuation? 5 points was perfect punctuation. Capitalization - 5 points - I have noticed that a lot of people in the Writer's Forums have problems with capitalization, especially after dialog. 5 points was perfect capitalization. Grammar - 5 points - How good was your grammar? 5 points was flawless. Spelling - 5 points - How good was your spelling? Microsoft Word has spell check for a reason, and even if you don't have a spell checker, you should at least have looked over your entry. 5 points was perfect.
Plot - 10 points - The plot is what the story builds on. If your story lacked a plot, it lacked an interest factor. Interest - 10 points - This is simply a scale of how interested in your story that you had me. Was it interesting, is basically what this is. Total - 75 points
I will be the only judge. In the event of a tie, I will have a friend help me.
Prizes First prize for each round:10,000g First prize for the overall winner:50,000g
When you enter, you are eligible for the prize for that category. If you choose to enter every round, you are also eligible for the overall prize. Those who enter all five rounds will have their scores averaged together, and the one with the highest average will receive the prize.
I'm not a big fan of the Used. I only know the other song...Crap, I forget the title.
"All That I've Got". That's it.
"The Bird and the Worm" was on an episode of Moonlight, and I loved the song and the scene, and so here it is. The scene was amazing, and I honestly don't know why.
Oh yeah, I do recall that scene. The roller coaster scene, right? I remember watching that with my two friends and they started freaking out because it was The Used. And I yelled at them because I was trying to watch...