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Short Stories Contest #9: In The Darkness Bind Them

Contest Short Stories Contest Lord of the Rings Bionicle #9

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#121 Offline Kagha

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Posted Mar 13 2012 - 04:17 PM

Also, just had to note...

He's won SS contests before, and despite the fact he's confessed to never reading the books, he's a tough act to follow. :P

It was one, foursomething years ago, the plural was not necessary and makes me sound like larger competition than I actually am. XD-Kagha

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#122 Offline Legolover-361

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Posted Mar 13 2012 - 04:56 PM

I have a question: Will a list of entries be compiled at any time?
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#123 Offline Inferna Firesword

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Posted Mar 13 2012 - 04:57 PM

Also, just had to note...

He's won SS contests before, and despite the fact he's confessed to never reading the books, he's a tough act to follow. :P

It was one, foursomething years ago, the plural was not necessary and makes me sound like larger competition than I actually am. XD-Kagha

You beat Lady K and Saya in that contest, plus everyone else that entered. If that doesn't make you serious competition, I don't know what does. :P-Inferna

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Posted Mar 13 2012 - 08:28 PM

When is it going to end?
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Posted Mar 14 2012 - 12:10 AM

When is it going to end?

Well, the entry period has passed. As for when People's Choice voting and results are put up, it depends on the judges' schedules; hopefully not more than a few weeks at the latest. :)

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Posted Mar 14 2012 - 05:14 PM

"You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?"~Gandalf, The Hobbit
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#127 Offline Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa

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Posted Mar 14 2012 - 08:44 PM

To be honest, I'm not too strung up on word count all the time unless there's an insane max/min to follow. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter to me to write a "monster story" so long as the story itself gets told effectively. Quality over quantity, hey?-Kagha

Amen to that! I don't try to conform to a word count unless I have to. Otherwise I just write a piece as long or as short as it needs to be to tell the story I want to tell. The quality of your story is, as you say, more important than the length. I once wrote--for the BZP library summer olympics in, if I remember correctly, 2010--a 10,000 word story in the space of three days, and it is one of the worst things I've ever written. Although, at the time, it was probably the best. . . . Amazing how quickly one's writing (from grammar to wordsmithery) can improve (or one can delude oneself it has :P).

When is it going to end?

That's a very general question. To what "it" are you referring? A series of television shows or novels? An economical situation? An ant's journey across your lawn? The competition you share with your neighbor with regard to said lawn and his or her own? The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to? The world as we know it?

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:


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Posted Mar 14 2012 - 11:19 PM

I have a question: Will a list of entries be compiled at any time?

Here it is.Although, as they say, worst is first. :P That would be my entry, first on the list. The numbering system employed created a disturbing feeling - what, have I already won? Ridiculous.

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Posted Mar 14 2012 - 11:24 PM

The entry list was posted in the order that the entries were entered, with the most-recent first. (if I missed anyone else's question, please re-post it)Posted Image
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Posted Mar 15 2012 - 12:04 AM

I hope this get mine noticed. No one ever comments on mine, and the critics club is full. :(
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Posted Mar 16 2012 - 11:04 AM

This seems to be nerd heaven for many. :P This looks pretty fun so far - I wish good luck to everybody. ^^
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On the day the wall came down / They threw the locks onto the ground
And with glasses high / We raised a cry / For freedom had arrived
 
On the day the wall came down / The ship of fools had finally run aground
Promises lit up the night / Like paper doves in flight
 
I dreamed you had left my side / No warmth, not even pride remained
And even though you needed me / It was clear that I could not do a thing for you
 
Now life devalues day by day / As friends and neighbors turn away
And there's a change that even with regret / Cannot be undone
 
Now frontiers shift like desert sands / While nations wash their bloodied hands
Of loyalty, of history / In shades of grey
 
I woke to the sound of drums / The music played, the morning sun streamed in
I turned and I looked at you / And all but the bitter residues slipped away
 
slipped away...
 




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Posted Mar 17 2012 - 02:23 AM

At 1,800 words, my story isn't a monster, it's a chameleon. It blends into the forum index so well that everyone misses it.

I hope this get mine noticed. No one ever comments on mine, and the critics club is full. :(

Consider it now reviewed. :)

Edited by fishers64, Mar 17 2012 - 02:24 AM.

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#133 Offline Kagha

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Posted Mar 21 2012 - 04:13 PM

Aaaaaaand of course my story can't stay put for a couple of days before it ups and decides, "Hey, here's an idea, I'll eat my formatting." -.--Kagha
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Posted Mar 27 2012 - 01:48 PM

The judging has been completed and we are working on our replacement for the People's Choice poll. Expect some polls up early tomorrow*.*Like 4 AM EST.- 55555
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Posted Mar 27 2012 - 02:45 PM

Yay! Thanks for the update.Now I'm really curious to see what this replacement will be...
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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 01:39 AM

And the polls have been posted.Go vote!Posted Image
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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 11:10 AM

And the polls have been posted.Go vote!Posted Image

I think I like this form of voting better ...Sorry, Kagha, can't vote for you in the Tolkien Inspiration poll; you haven't read the books. :P-Inferna

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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 05:04 PM

So like the last contest, these are kind of like the runner ups, but only behind one in each category?
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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 05:19 PM

So like the last contest, these are kind of like the runner ups, but only behind one in each category?

These are the top of each category. Each of the Winning stories was judged as a whole, the stories in the polls were judged on specific triats. The winners are the entries that were judged to be the best stories, these are judged to be the best in specific areas.One way to think of it is like this. The Contest Winners are winners of the Best Story category, while the other stories are winners of less important categories: Best Use Of Tolkienian Inspiration, Best Chracterization, and Best Ending.Kind of difficult to explain clearly. :P- 55555

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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 05:20 PM

So like the last contest, these are kind of like the runner ups, but only behind one in each category?

No, it's a little different this time. The category nominations and the actual winners are two separate things, so potentially a story could win in both the actual contest and for a specific category. The judges gave their top stories, those were added up and we came up with three winners (first, second, and third place); then we asked the judges to give us nominations for those three categories, which included any and all stories. So, just because a story is in the polls does not mean it didn't win a place in the contest either -- it could win in both. Does that make sense? I can try to explain it better if not. Edit: yeah, John probably explained it better, since he was the one that handled most of the judging stuff.Posted Image

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Posted Apr 17 2012 - 07:43 PM

Unpinning and closing since contest and discussion are over. :)
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