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Chiaroscuro Writing Contest - Round 2 | Season 3

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created 01/12/2019 1:14 pm by Chiaroscuro
last reply 01/14/2019 10:14 pm


The Rules

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

  1. Entries are due on 14 February, 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 at least 500 words in prose. Please leave a word count somewhere on your submission.
  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 this round is “New Beginnings”. The love stories we love generally describe a disenchanted couple who rediscover their affection or a person obsessively and single-mindedly chasing another to the ends of the Earth, pleasant but fanciful. They’re all the same stories, with different names and settings. So for this round, you’ll be doing the same.

For this challenge, use the outline provided to write your story. You must follow the outline exactly and you may not change any plot points to your convenience. Try to differentiate yourself from your fellow competitors by finding your voice and trying out new ways to tell stories.

Outline

  1. It is the first week of college. Person B sees Person A at a gathering, but Person A does not see Person B.
  2. A couple days later, Person B approaches Person A on the sidewalk.
  3. The two Persons begin to spend more and more time with each other.
  4. Person A becomes ill and consequently leaves the college.
  5. Persons A and B slowly drift apart.
  6. Over the span of two years, Person A occasionally checks in on Person B but conversation is brief.
  7. Person A reaches out to Person B and they start talking again.
  8. Person B confesses romantic interest toward Person A, but Person A only wants friendship.
  9. Over time, Person A realizes their romantic interest, but Person B is already acting as a friend.
  10. Person B confesses again, and Person A agrees to a relationship.
  11. Persons A and B meet again.

The Contestants

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

Xaphanx
ieryana
DinowCookie
SmolFairy
TheSilentWind
Yelloe
CrazyChicken1
Ivain
lilyaa

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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01/14/2019 1:11 pm
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SmolFairy
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I have an idea... would it be allowed for me to basically take the same plot as my last story (which was kind of a cute love story anyhow) and make this a sort of "5 years later" continuation with the outline? It will be on it's own post, but have a link back to the first story. Let me know :)
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01/14/2019 10:14 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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As long as it follows the outline, then it works for me.
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01/13/2019 7:41 am
Level 22 : Expert Mage
Xaphanx
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Oh my, not sure how I'll do at this one x'D Romance have never been my best~ Anyway, I'll give it my best! c: good luck everyone!
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01/12/2019 1:37 pm
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CrazyChicken1
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Love story?

I am so dead xD
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01/12/2019 5:03 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Ivain
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Quick question, I'm not sure about an expression you used when describing an entry requirement. What exactly is meant by "In prose"?
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01/12/2019 5:07 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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Prose is just regular everyday writing, or just not poetry.
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01/12/2019 5:07 pm
Level 23 : Expert Blacksmith
striker107
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Probably this "Prose is a form of language that has no formal metrical structure. It applies a natural flow of speech, and ordinary grammatical structure, rather than rhythmic structure, such as in the case of traditional poetry. Normal everyday speech is spoken in prose, and most people think and write in prose form." (Ripped straight from google)
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01/12/2019 1:41 pm
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CrazyChicken1
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Btw, a few questions

1 - What do you mean by "Meeting"? Meeting between who and in what way?
2 - By ill, what kind of illness are we talking about here? An incurable illness?
3 - What do you mean by "meet again" at point 11?
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01/12/2019 1:59 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Chiaroscuro
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1 - "Meeting" as in gathering, I'll change that.
2 and 3 - Both are up to you to decide
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01/13/2019 8:58 am
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CrazyChicken1
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Thank you !

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