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Contest July-August 2020 Short Story Contest

Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Scalenex, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Scalenex
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    Scalenex Keeper of the Indexes Staff Member

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    The theme for our 23rd seasonal short story contest is upon us. With everyone social distancing you may as well write something while you are staying in.

    The Black Plague indirectly led to the birth of the Renaissance. The Corona Virus will surely lead to an influx of literary brilliance on Lustria-Online. I'm sure a thousand years from now, historians will call this the Second Renaissance and study the biographies of all Lustria-Online's frequent posters. The theme this season is "Technological Advances"

    The Rules
    -We would like you to try to keep your story between 500 and 2000 words. I am requiring that entries do not exceed 2400 words. This is counting title, poems, quotes, any add-ons. If I get a submission that exceeds 2400 words, I will trim it till it meets the limit, and you may not like what words I choose to cut. Even prepositions are not safe...
    -Your name must appear nowhere with the story. There is no point in having an anonymous competition based on skill if we know whose entry is whose.
    -You must send your story via private message to Scalenex before midnight (US Central time) on July 31st
    -The story must be new. No dragging up a story you wrote months or years ago.
    -No plagiarism. This means no stealing a story verbatim. You are free to use characters or settings from other works including other writer's fluff pieces and past short story contest entries.
    -The story must involve Lizardmen (or Seraphon or Salamanders or Saurian Ancients), at least a little.
    -The story must stick roughly within the theme, at least a little.
    -No comics or illustrations. This is a short story contest. Visuals are limited to fonts and text colors.
    -Only one entry allowed per person.

    I will do my best to providing proofreading and general advice to writers who ask for it though real life is full of many challenges for me right now. If you wish me to provide a detailed edit, please try to get your draft to me as much before the deadline as possible. You are welcome, nay encouraged, to ask anyone else you wish for help or advice.

    Once again, the winner of this contest has the honor of choosing the next contest theme if they so choose. This time because I do not want to be saddled with coming up with a last minute topic. If the winner does not give me a topic, I will pass this burden honor on to the runner-up.

    If you want to talk about the theme or your eagerness to write or read something. Please do so below!
     
  2. Lizards of Renown
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    Hooray! It's that time again! Dust off those creative impulses and let's go!
     
  3. Killer Angel
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    Despite the fact that i was aware of the contest's theme, i'm still empty of ideas. We'll see...
     
  4. Lizards of Renown
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    :(

    I was thinking this would be a stimulating and thought-provoking theme....
     
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  5. Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl
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    I’ve got one really good idea for this one, I assure you it’ll be a cracker of a piece, if I can get it written in time...
     
  6. Lizards of Renown
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    Nice! Bring it!
     
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    Okay, I've got my idea. I've got a feeling it won't win as it's a bit controversial but it's one that's been bouncing around in my head for ages. If nothing else I'll enjoy writing it! ;)

    @thedarkfourth how's it going in your idea factory?
     
  8. Killer Angel
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    sounds good!
     
  9. Scalenex
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    So far I got nothin’ ...hmmm.
     
  11. Imrahil
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    I am still writing my entry for the last short story-contest :oops:
    And I can't seem to start a new stroy after this one is completedo_O

    But I'll try to think of something

    Grrr, Imrahil
     
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  12. Lizards of Renown
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    Chunking always at my story idea. Like I said, don’t think it will win any prizes. But I’ve been itching to write it and having fun doing so.

    When I write stories it has an added side benefit of being something my parents still love to read (I know, 36 years old and they STILL want something I’ve made?! :rolleyes:) so I email them a copy whenever I do so.
     
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    Pretty cool theme considering lizardmen society is usually stagnant. Although they technically have the most advanced technology in the setting anyway. I've always thought of writing something cyberpunk, mainly because of my undying love for a certain video game. But cyberpunk/warhammer fantasy honestly sounds like the craziest genre to write for. I love it :wideyed:
     
  14. Lizards of Renown
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    Hooray! Glad you like it! :D
     
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    This contest, I'm going to take what I wrote up for the other reviews and attempt to not be a TOTAL hypocrite ;)

    @Killer Angel
     
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    Yet hypocrisy is unavoidable. It's pervading as much as thinking :p
     
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    yes, Hypocrisy is so good… \m/ \m/

    oh, wait… :p
     
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    @Lizards of Renown, I'm pretty sure these L-O veterans are aware that there is a short story contest going on right now. ;)

    Then again we've only had a contest every three months 22 times before, so they might not have caught on to the pattern yet.
     
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  20. Lizards of Renown
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    I know, I'm just trying to earn my promotion money.

    (Wait, did I say that out loud?! ;))
     
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