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Chiaroscuro Writing Contest - Round 1 | Season 3

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created 11/24/2018 4:28 pm by Chiaroscuro
last reply 01/11/2019 3:18 pm


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 on 1 January, 2019. 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 linked in a comment on this forum post before the deadline.
The Challenge

The challenge for the first round is “Everyday”. We always tell stories about the extraordinary, the fantastical, glorious tales of a famous hero who leads a life of constant adventure and excitement. But what about the rest of us? Those who stay at home, living the quiet life, spending time with friends or family or just alone. We, too, deserve to have our stories told.

For this challenge, tell a story of a regular day in the life of an unexceptional character. What does she or he do every day? Consider how you might beautify daily routine—this is not a particularly action-packed prompt, so focus on descriptions and emotions. How you might make art out of the mundane?

The Contestants

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

Xaphanx
ieryana
DinowCookie
Inspiring
SmolFairy
TheSilentWind
TheDarkOracle
JaiiDann
DarthSpookoden
Totocchio
Yelloe
CrazyChicken1
Ivain
Zatharel
lilyaa
Peridot XJ9
ChocolateGhast

The Judging

This season will be judged by myself, CaelChan, and Artsy_Lady. 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
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Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
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01/11/2019 7:16 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Ivain
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so how's the judging going?
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01/11/2019 3:18 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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I've been busy all week but the verdict should be coming soon and then the next round will be right after.
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01/11/2019 8:54 am
Level 23 : Expert Blacksmith
striker107
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I'm sure there is some reason why they haven't shown which of you have moved to the next round.
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01/03/2019 6:30 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Architect
lyliaa
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Just in time (hopefully)! I know we're not being judged on artwork but I couldn't help myself but whip up something quick and simple. Feedback appreciated (from everyone!) Thanks :)
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01/02/2019 1:32 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Lego Builder
Darth Spookoden
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Oh man! I actually finished! Yes!

linky
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01/01/2019 8:55 pm
Level 23 : Expert Blacksmith
striker107
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I may not be competing in the contest, but I thought I might as well link my story here.
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01/01/2019 6:55 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Ivain
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Here's mine.

A tad late, but I had a sudden and urgent appointment with the toilet.
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12/31/2018 1:54 pm
Level 23 : Expert Mage
Xaphanx
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Here is my entry - hopefully you can read it, let me know if you can't, I have the google docs version still
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12/31/2018 8:43 pm
Level 23 : Expert Mage
Xaphanx
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Also I forgot to mention - I would love to get some feedback if it’s possible c:
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12/30/2018 3:00 am
Level 30 : Artisan Vampire
Totocchio
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12/28/2018 1:34 pm
Level 24 : Expert Princess
ieryana
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12/28/2018 12:55 am
Level 45 : Master Giraffe
yelloe
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12/27/2018 11:41 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Toast
SmolFairy
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Here is my entry! It's 2044 words~ If you have time, I would LOVE your feedback. I kind of got a surge of inspiration and did the whole thing today, and I'm hoping it's not awful!

Another Day
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12/27/2018 6:56 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Taco
ChocolateGhast
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Ok, I'm finished!! Here it is! If you have time, I would like feedback, but it doesn't need to be to in depth.
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12/27/2018 5:28 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Taco
ChocolateGhast
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I know its late and Ill have to hurry, but can I join?
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12/27/2018 6:04 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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If you can get something in we'll judge it, sure.
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12/27/2018 6:07 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Taco
ChocolateGhast
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Thank you!! I love writing, so I think I can make the deadline.
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12/27/2018 4:17 pm
Level 24 : Expert Button Pusher
CrazyChicken1
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https://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/the-little-details/


I've finally brought myself to start the story today. As I usually do, I also finished it. It's not what I've initially planned, and I don't know if it fits the theme as well as it should but I just went with the flow.
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12/27/2018 5:55 pm
Level 24 : Expert Button Pusher
CrazyChicken1
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I realized I never reread my little story right after I posted this. Do I did and found some grammar mistakes which I fixed (I am on the phone so I may have missed 1 or 2) but it was only The firstfpart which had those few mistakes. Sorry for posting it before reading it lol
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12/27/2018 6:04 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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That's fine, we'll read it again when we judge so make whatever changes you need.
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12/28/2018 5:43 am
Level 24 : Expert Button Pusher
CrazyChicken1
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That's very good to know, thanks.
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12/23/2018 6:36 pm
Level 44 : Master Dinosaur
DinowCookie
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My entry is finished:
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12/17/2018 12:24 am
Level 38 : Artisan Professor
Peridot XJ9
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Great news! I managed to not procrastinate my blog this time, and for this season, I've came up with an ingenious way to store this season's blogs inside a giant blog so that I don't have to make a seperate blog entry for the next round (Which I may or may not be able to make, who knows.) I hope you'll enjoy it! :3
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11/28/2018 6:14 am
Level 24 : Expert Princess
ieryana
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Whew I can't wait!
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11/27/2018 12:19 pm
Level 23 : Expert Mage
Xaphanx
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What a lovely theme, I really like it o:
- time to get started <3 I already have two drafts so far o.o'' hopefully they'll turn into something x'D
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11/25/2018 2:30 am
Level 25 : Expert Geek
PsychoticDaze
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Missed the "signups" just by half a day! Though GL to all of the writers!
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11/25/2018 4:05 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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I can write you down to contact before next season if you wish.
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11/25/2018 9:04 pm
Level 25 : Expert Geek
PsychoticDaze
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Yes Please!
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11/24/2018 6:24 pm
Level 42 : Master Enderdragon
TheSilentWind
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Can't wait to do this! However, I hope you wouldn't mind if I do it during winter break, as I have a lot of real-life work that must be done. <3
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11/24/2018 6:04 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Dolphin
SushiKay
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I have a question, if I write my story on googledocs, do you know a way for me to figure out how many words I've written?
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11/24/2018 6:48 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Wolf
Artsy_Lady
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If your doing it on a PC or a laptop, you hover over tools, and press word count, and the number next to "words" not characters will show how many words you have written.

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