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Ohhithere1543's Writing Contest - Round 1

13 emeralds 29 replies 758 views | started 12/31/2017 11:38 am by Ohhithere1543

[Update]: Due to two of the competitors dropping out of the competition for personal reasons, two exceptional writers will be allowed to move on in the competition besides the winner of each full bracket. This may or may not be the writer that is in the incomplete bracket. In any case, 8 writers will move on to the next round.

The Rules

Welcome to the first round of my contest! This competition will follow a traditional tournament-style bracket with 4 rounds. One writer will be eliminated from each pairing in each round. The general rules are as follows:

  1. Entries are due at 12:00 pm GMT on 22 January, 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 my judgment. The amount of diamonds or favorites on your submission will not count toward your chance of moving on.
  4. All rounds require the submission of a short story of 500-5000 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 blog post before the deadline.

The Challenge

The challenge for the first round is dystopia. Dystopian fiction centers on a society that is somehow destroyed or undesirable, and often takes place in the future.

For this challenge, write a short story that follows a character or a group of characters in a dystopian world. I will give extra consideration to stories that go above and beyond the usual tropes of these types of stories.

The Contestants

The writers of this first bracket are:

JediJerboa vs. Pwr2TheLocalDreemurr

CaelChan vs. grxnt

Riftjaw22 vs. signcraft

JoblessJello vs. Happs

ExtremeSubtlety vs. Mekichi

TheFedoraLord20 vs. DiabolikMidnight

LucianasLucario vs. Orbiter

PantekGames vs. Ivain

You are seeded in the order that I can see your responses on my forum post.

The Judging

The breakdown of judging criteria 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.


Tips

  1. Violence is overrated. If you can write a successful story without needing killing or violence-heavy action scenes, I find that much better than a story that relies too hard on action and fighting.
  2. Read some other peoples’ writing (on and off this site) to get inspired! My own writing style was heavily influenced by my friend, a published author.
  3. Think about pacing. Stories that go too fast can seem like a teenage boy’s dream action movie, while stories that go too slow are often boring. Learn from writers you like.
  4. You have your own writing style! Don’t think that copying me will improve your chances of winning, because it probably won’t.
  5. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
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Ohhithere1543
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01/22/2018 11:37 am
Level 28 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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01/22/2018 6:57 am
Level 1 New Miner
ExtremeSubtlety
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Here's mine, 4347 words, iirc.
my.w.tt/UiNb/sIfAblqGUJ

(Pleeaaaase don't disqualify me for using Wattpad I had a hard time getting the blog to upload right)
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01/21/2018 3:46 pm
Level 39 Artisan Sweetheart
CaelChan
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01/20/2018 10:54 pm
Level 8 Apprentice Artist
LucianasLucario
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01/12/2018 1:17 pm
Level 20 Expert Blacksmith
striker107
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And this is why I need to check the forums more often, when I don't, I miss cool stuff like this.
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01/08/2018 2:14 pm
Level 9 Apprentice Explorer
SkyeChild
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Here is my piece, entitled 'We're writing to the future, Amy' it is 3028 words.

https://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/we-re-writing-to-the-future-amy-ohhithere1543-s-writing-contest-round-1/

Ohhithere1543, I would love your in-depth feedback if you want to <3 I am somewhat of a new writer.
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01/08/2018 9:37 pm
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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I'll send it to you via PM once judging has ended.
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01/08/2018 9:50 pm
Level 20 Expert Engineer
IGNPaladindingo
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one upon a time there was a yung boi who was really bored. He was so bored that he went to planet minecraft to troll the kids of the internet and minecraft community with his weird comments.
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01/09/2018 7:01 pm
Level 36 Artisan Artist
TsukiaKari
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nice
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01/07/2018 9:40 pm
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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You can find my own non-entry/companion piece here
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01/07/2018 3:11 pm
Level 31 Artisan Dolphin
Peridot XJ9
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Well dang. I wanted to join into the contest! You can add me for next time, but it really depends if I approve of the theme.

Also, quick question: Are you the only judge or are you going to add some for next time? Just curious about the idea in general...
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01/07/2018 3:16 pm
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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I'm thinking of having whoever wins this one be a judge for next time, but I haven't really sorted that part out yet. I'm a little hesitant to add someone as a judge who I haven't seen writing samples in various genres.
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01/07/2018 2:01 pm
Level 19 Journeyman Princess
Ieryana
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Oh I want to enter this :(
I literally just wrote a dystopia intro piece!
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01/07/2018 2:23 pm
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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I'll add you to my list of people to contact the next time I do this!
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01/08/2018 6:21 am
Level 19 Journeyman Princess
Ieryana
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Yes please!
Definitely up for this :3
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01/05/2018 11:18 am
Level 43 Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
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oh goddamit I missed the fact that this exists
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01/05/2018 11:29 am
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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I can add you to my list for when the next one happens.
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01/06/2018 3:29 am
Level 43 Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
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if you're also willing to send me a reminder when the next one starts, that'd be great :)
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12/31/2017 9:54 pm
Level 36 Artisan Artist
TsukiaKari
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I’m going to be reading a whole lot of dystopian stories in the future it seems

Also I’m not a judge or a participant i just wanna read xD
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12/31/2017 10:26 pm
Level 36 Artisan Artist
TsukiaKari
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Actually I kinda wanna make a poem on each round that uses the theme. I’m kinda being inspired after ddlc
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12/31/2017 10:35 pm
Level 44 Master Ladybug
Ohhithere1543
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Go for it!
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12/31/2017 12:02 pm
Level 21 Expert Architect
signcraft
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12/31/2017 11:45 am
Level 36 Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
Acier
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Gl to all

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