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Discussion in 'Story Competitions' started by Ched, Oct 8, 2018.

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  1. AlbusPHolmes

    AlbusPHolmes The Alchemist

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    Speaking solely for myself - I voted for an entry and fully intended on writing at the time. However real-life interfered and I got a promotion at work right around a time that made it very much a dubious honor because i got rapidly overworked and basically crashed every second i wasn't at work.

    I also did toss around a Shacklebolt-mentors-Tonks-during-a-her-first-haywire-assignment type deal, as well as a Headmaster Harry gives a gifted 3rd year a intro to curse-breaking, but neither coalesced beyond a cool scene into a standalone short story nearly in time for me to write.

    So real life + my inability to plot out a story beyond a scene kinda held me back.

    Incentives - the advertising works. I saw it every day I logged on. Some sort of cool badge for contest winners AND entrants as someone suggested would be dope too. I also fear given that some of the recent prompt polls have been neck-and-neck means people banking on having their vote win may be a little discouraged from writing if they just lose out. So maybe having two prompts for each competition might theoretically mean about 1.5-2x more entries than usual?

    This might already exist - but also having a separate discord chatroom where possible participants can workshop ideas anonymously with each other night help getting creative juices flowing? Not sure how the anonymity thing jives with Discord or most chat platforms, or if they'd be concerns about possible plagiarism, but i know I'd have benefitted greatly from having a couple someones to bounce ideas off of and help them gestate into full stories (I'm notoriously bad at plotting). Feel free to point out if this type of support system already exists readily here - I'm not quite as active here as i used to be and might be unaware.

    Hope this helps.
     
  2. soczab

    soczab Groundskeeper

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    I like the idea of listing past winners. I also tbh (said it before) think it would help to not have it be a sub forum inside a sub forum.

    Other idea that might not be feasible... for the longer stories (18k plus)... what if every once in a while it was broken up. Like you could do a part one submission by x date and a part two by y date? That might be an idiotic idea, but it came to mind because this competition i meant to submit but procrastinated too much and then it was like "well, I cant pull together the 18k words it will take to do this in so short a time period."

    It might be interesting though because it lets you incorporate the feedback from round one into round two.

    The draw back might be you'd lose people between rounds.
     
  3. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    We have the announcement page that lists all the winning entries. Clicking on a winner tells you who wrote it but I guess I could add that to the page.

    Is that what you meant by that specific suggestion Selethe
     
  4. sirsavagethe21st

    sirsavagethe21st First Year

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    Ngl I didn't even know this was a thing until today, although that could be due to my relative newness. I think Selethe's idea of a badge or perhaps a different colored name would be a good incentive for some. Or maybe make like a separate "hall of fame" sort of thing at the top.

    In regards to advertising I think just added incentive would be enough to get more entries in. Personally I just ran out of time for this comp, although I will definitely try again in the next one. The prompt was a bit constricting and the ideas didn't flow until it was too late.
     
  5. Selethe

    Selethe normalphobe

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    x_x same as sirsavage, that page somehow slid right across my smooth brain and I forgot it existed. My main point is that I think competition winners might enjoy some wider recognition for winning. As is, most people don't know who has won a competition, or if they've won multiple times. I personally believe the story competition is awesome enough that the winners themselves deserve to be known and remembered unless they want to stay anonymous. I think adding a section at the top (alongside Groups, Members, Rules, etc) with a Hall of Fame like sirsavage suggested would be really cool.
     
  6. H_A_Greene

    H_A_Greene Professor –§ Prestigious §– DLP Supporter

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    I'm in a similar boat to AlbusPHolmes in that work beat me down into exhaustion. I'd sit down to try and write and there would be nothing happening. I really wish I had stuck with the Triwizard do-over with Harry and Fiona now though. The announcements worked fine as far as I am concerned, I was well aware of the competition there just wasn't any juice to back it.
     
  7. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    After reviewing (and discussing) competition suggestons / etc with staff we're going to...

    (1) temporarily move the sub-forum to be visible from the main page
    (2) encourage advertisement more by members, though this has been done in the past
    (3) discord will have a special 'color' for the current winner

    And in the background I'll PM / encourage some of our regulars to participate in some form or format.
     
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