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Chiaroscuro Writing Contest - Round 1 | Season 2

submitted 05/19/2018 9:31 pm by Chiaroscuro
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The Rules

Welcome to the first round of my contest! This competition will follow an almost-traditional tournament-style bracket with 4 rounds. In this round, nine writers will be eliminated. The general rules are as follows:

  1. Entries are due at 12:00 pm GMT on 23 June, 2018. No late entries will be accepted*, however if all contestants submit their entries early, judging and the next round will begin early.
  2. Entries must be exclusively yours. No collaboration is allowed.
  3. Whether you advance to the next round of competition is determined solely by the judges. The amount of diamonds or favorites on your submission will not count toward your chance of moving on.
  4. This round requires the submission of a short story of 500-5,000 words in prose. Please leave a word count somewhere on your submission. Link your submission in the comments of this post.
  5. Only the text of your story will be judged. Any visuals you use will not be judged, though they will be appreciated.
  6. All submissions must be in the form of a blog post linked in a comment on this forum post before the deadline.
The Challenge

The challenge for the first round is “Missed Connections”. As you may know, the term “missed connection” refers to a specific type of personal ad in which two people see each other but circumstances beyond their control prevent them from speaking to each other or exchanging contact information.

For this challenge, describe a situation in which two people have this kind of experience and follow the time after their initial encounter. Be sure to try to encapsulate the emotions and thoughts of your character(s). You may resolve your story by allowing the people to meet, or you may leave it open-ended.

The Contestants

The writers of this first bracket (in no particular order) are:

striker107
Zatharel
Ravenbrade
Emmy_Dodo
CrazyPigglet
SushiKay
Artsy_Lady
SkyeChild
MysticMarineon
Cib
Peridot XJ9
WitherKnight
ArtisticRose
Jason395
MoonWolf13
Chron
EnderScar

The Judging

This season will be judged by myself and CaelChan. The breakdown of the judging is as follows:

Originality – Make your stories new and interesting! I want to see you think outside the box, present plots in unexpected ways, write something I’ve not read before.

Quality – Write well and present clearly. Proofread your entries!

Cohesion – Organize your thoughts and finish your stories. Make sure that your story is a complete package as-is, without the need for “Part 2” or other accessories.

Let me know if you would like my in-depth feedback of your work and I will PM my thoughts to you. However, keep in mind that my writing is not perfect and I judge from my perspective as a reader and writer.

If you missed the entry for this contest and would like to participate in a future one, let me know and I’ll be sure to contact you when the next one happens.

Good luck writers!

*If you need more time than is currently allowed, contact me and suggest a new end date. A majority of the writers in the competition must agree to your extension in order for it to be valid.

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Chiaroscuro
Contest Judge
Level 46 : Master Ladybug
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14 replies

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06/24/2018 2:35 am
Level 26 Expert Creeper Hugger
Cib
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I must confess, this is certainly not my greatest work but here's my entry. docs.google.com/document/d/1WIS3U8cQ2cSGuht3HAU3ThsXeFkweMO0whcxehJ5KWo/edit?usp=sharing
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06/23/2018 4:04 pm
Level 44 Master Cowboy
Chron
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Alrighty, here ya go. Not my best work but it's a cute thing I whipped up just now. https://docs.google.com/document/d/18IbGi0bueLPx3xSURxbZQO0PdpbkX83dTasOTCY1_0E/edit?usp=sharing
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06/24/2018 1:43 am
Level 44 Master Cowboy
Chron
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Gonna be honest, I think part of why the number of entrants is so low is that the theme (at least to me) was kinda difficult and restricting. The reason I was so late on my entry was because I just didn't have anything that really clicked with me for this theme. If I make it to the next round and the theme is better, I'll probably produce a better piece that I'm more proud of. Maybe something a little more on par with what I usually put out.

I mean, it's definitely no animal horror tho
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06/24/2018 8:50 am
Level 46 Master Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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I would agree with this sentiment. What I'm increasingly trying to do with these rounds is to encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones and find creative ways to distinguish themselves.
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06/24/2018 2:40 am
Level 26 Expert Creeper Hugger
Cib
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I tend to agree with what Chron said. Although challenge is a necessary to strengthen your ability to write, I feel this theme for me was hard to interpret.
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06/23/2018 1:05 am
Level 44 Master Cowboy
Chron
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Yeah I won't have mine done by 12:00 PM GMT on Saturday, but it should hopefully be done tomorrow before 11:00 PM GMT.
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06/23/2018 1:34 am
Level 46 Master Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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I don’t care so much about specific times, it was just easier to write it that way
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06/22/2018 2:18 pm
Level 33 Artisan Professor
Peridot XJ9
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Wew, at long last, my entry is complete! Bon Appetite! :D
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06/21/2018 9:40 pm
Level 25 Expert Unicorn
Artsy_Lady
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Here's my entry!
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06/17/2018 10:26 am
Level 44 Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
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wouldn't let me edit the old reply because it's PMC forums so... here's a new link
https://sweek.com/s/AQEHB2YCCAEHAQ8NBQQLaggC/zatharel/nightwalkers
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06/23/2018 4:58 am
Level 26 Expert Creeper Hugger
Cib
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You continue to impress me. Great piece of writing
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06/23/2018 5:22 am
Level 44 Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
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why thank you (:
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05/25/2018 5:39 pm
Level 21 Expert Blacksmith
striker107
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Here's my entry, word and character count are on it.

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