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Contest July-August 2018 Short Story Contest

Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Scalenex, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Scalenex
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    The theme for our 15th seasonal short story contest provided by @Y'ttar Scaletail "Food and Drink."

    I'm posting this a little early, but you are welcome to refrain from writing till July 1st if you want to be a stickler and just brainstorm till then or start writing right away if you want.

    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 I choose to cut.
    -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. We have other contests for visual art.
    -Only one entry allowed per person.

    I will do my best to providing proofreading and general advise 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 feasible. 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. Carnikang
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  3. Killer Angel
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    there is some food for thought, here.

    (and yes, the pun was intentional)
     
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  4. pendrake
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    It took me six weeks to think up a story for the last one and then it was too late to write it. So good job putting the theme out there early.
     
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  5. Y'ttar Scaletail
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    I need-want to know the nutritional value in scale-thing meat I mean...I was feeling hungry...yes...

    And it's a theme that hasn't been covered yet. :p
     
  6. Scolenex
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    Kudos to @Y'ttar Scaletail. This is probably the closest we'll probably ever get to a literary theme of "Bamboo."

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    What might help people come up with stories is if a handsome forumite with way too much free time on his hands could write a comprehensive thread about how Lizardmen obtain their food and drink.
     
  7. thedarkfourth
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    All this time dealing with Scolonex, constantly on edge, wary at the sound of snapping bamboo branches, and I never realised... HIS PICTURE IS A STOCK IMAGE!

    At first I thought the spell was broken, his horror undermined. But now I realise the full weight of the even more horrifying truth: we don't really know what Scolonex looks like. This portrait is nothing but a random panda. Scolonex could be anyone or anything....

    Anyway I'd just like to say I'm back after an accidental absence while I thought the forum had been destroyed and I spent my days in a waking nightmare pacing up and down a padded cell and screaming at phantoms of my own mental prison, uncertain whether I'd only ever imagined the existence of some kind of "online lustria".

    Now I only have Scolonex to worry about, so I'm feeling much better. Contest submission incoming.
     
  8. Scolenex
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    And we don't really know how to spell his name either...if he is a he...
     
  9. Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl
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    I reckon @Scolenex looks like this:

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  10. Y'ttar Scaletail
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    Huh, I think i've actually got an idea-thing...

    *Scribble noises*
     
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  11. Hyperborean
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    Here we go here we go!
     
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  12. NIGHTBRINGER
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    Here you go:

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  13. Infinity Turtle
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    *sigh*

    I only came looking for this thread today...

    Considering how long my story writing process is, I probably should have been keeping an eye out earlier, but since I live one day ahead of most of you guys, I guess I never expected anything to be early...

    Time to be creative!
     
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  14. Scalenex
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    13 days left to go and we had an early start. No submissions received as of the writing of this post.

    Stop ogling the handsome panda pictures and start writing everyone!
     
  15. Y'ttar Scaletail
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    So, zetaboards is being swallowed up by tapatalk and the UE will prolly lose a lot of it's visuals and maybe inactive topics...so i've spent best part of this month trying to salvage copies of 14 years worth of fanfiction and fluff from the forums before the change.

    That's my excuse. :p
     
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  16. Scalenex
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    That is the best excuse I ever heard!




    I still want to you to write something...
     
  17. WhenTheSkinksMarch
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    Is it too late to start considering joining in this contest?

    Probably.... but I'm doing it anyway
     
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  18. Killer Angel
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    After a period of more than a month that i could summarise as "total mind blank", I've got an idea.
    But i know the time I usually need to write a story, and i know the amount of free time I'll have in the following days... :(
    it will be a hard task.
     
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  19. Y'ttar Scaletail
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    This weekend i'll try
     
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  20. Deed525
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    Oooo I’m interested, who doesn’t love food ;P
     
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