Chiaroscuro Writing Contest - Round 4 | Season 2

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Chiaroscuro started 9/12/18 10:58 pm history
Mike Johnson replied 11/19/2018 11:57 am

The Rules

Welcome to the final round of my contest! This competition will follow an almost-traditional tournament-style bracket with 4 rounds. In this round, the champion will be crowned! The general rules are as follows:
  1. Entries are due on 15 October, 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 story linked in a comment on this forum post before the deadline.

The Challenge

The challenge for the final round is “Black Box.” You wake up, cold, tired, and confused. You’re unsure of where you are. You look around and see…nothing. It’s pitch black.

You rub your eyes, pull open your eyelids just to make sure that you aren’t going crazy, that your eyes really are open, and that they really don’t see…anything

For this challenge, your character is trapped inside a pitch-black box. No light enters from the outside, and your character has no sources of light on her/his person. Describe her or his experiences within this black box, telling the story without the use of sight.

The Contestants

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


The Judging

This season will be judged by myself and CaelChan. 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.

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11/19/2018 9:27 am
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Mike Johnson
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who won?
11/19/2018 10:54 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Ladybug
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Artsy did. It's on my profile and in the Hall of Fame!
11/19/2018 11:57 am
Level 36 : Artisan Artist
Mike Johnson
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right yeah i just checked xd
10/14/2018 11:37 pm
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here is my entry, sorry it took a little longer :P
10/12/2018 1:17 pm
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striker107 avatar
Here's my entry for the contest, word count is on the blog post.
09/12/2018 11:39 pm
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Cib avatar
This is a tough theme. Congratulations and good luck to both Artsy_Lady and striker. May the best win!
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