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Q4 2021 - Holiday Flash Writing Competition

Discussion in 'Story Competitions' started by Ched, Nov 30, 2021.

  1. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    For who can write so fast as men run mad?
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    Q4 2021 - Holiday Flash!
    Writing Competition

    Topic -- Setting must be Hogwarts
    Your story MUST be set at Hogwarts - stories disqualified if more than 1/4 of the
    story takes place outside of Hogwarts! Otherwise go wild.

    Alright y'all - we're doing one more quick competition before the year's end. This was intended to be a full length competition, but Q3 went rather long due to lack of entrants and we had to delay it twice. Then I slacked a bit on finalizing it, c'est la vie.

    But. BUT. My friends and fellow degenerates, we have had good luck with flash comps in the past. Let's knock this one out of the park? We'll get back to the specific ones for the longer competitions in January.

    Winner gets a star for their profile, but the 'winner's banner' is going to keep hanging out with the last winner of a full competition until the next one ends.

    Xiph0 and I may know your identity but otherwise you'll be kept anonymous unless you choose to claim your story after the competition.

    Word Count: 750-1500 words
    Due Date: 10 January 2021 (send your stories via pm to @Xiph0)
    Voting (estimate): 10 - 30 January 2022

    This is a flash competition so you aren't required
    to leave a full 200+ words of review - just give your
    thoughts and try to be helpful! Voting will be done
    either via poll or via point distribution depending
    upon number of entries.

    Authors MUST review/vote but cannot
    VOTE for themselves!

    Distribute five points!!


    Note: We'll be starting the next competition
    around the time we're still voting on this one!
    It will be a full length one, up to 17.5k, roughly
    through March.
     
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  2. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Clarification on "what is Hogwarts" --

    The Castle itself, obviously. The grounds also count as "Hogwarts" - so Hagrid's hut, the lake, the Quidditch pitch, etc. Where students are allowed / expected to be located in general. We'll count the Chamber of Secrets also, even if students aren't generally supposed to be in there.

    The 'spirit' of this prompt is about Hogwarts the school. It's students and faculty and nooks and crannies and ghosts and it's history as a place of enrichment for it's inhabitants. You are free to follow the letter of the prompt instead of the spirit, of course.

    The Forbidden Forest does not count, nor does Hogsmeade, the Train Station at Hogsmeade, or the Shrieking Shack (the Whomping Willow is on the grounds though). Recall you can have a little of your story non-Hogwarts locations, if these are vital, but the bulk of the story needs to be at Hogwarts.

    Edit: I realize that the Forbidden Forest is technically on Hogwarts grounds, so I am open to including it if anyone would like to make an argument for it in the next week, but I think this opens the prompt in ways that might not be in the right spirit (i.e. authors could set their entire story in the forest and avoid anything to do with the school).
     
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  3. Ched

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    Disclaimer - Your story is NOT required to include a holiday. The competition is during holidays for most of us, hence the name.
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Slight extension!

    Have until I’m back at work on Jan 10th - come on folks ! It’s flash! Why not try?
     
  5. Mr. Mixed Bag

    Mr. Mixed Bag Fourth Year

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    Were there not many entries submitted? That seems surprising, considering how many people turned out for the last flash comp.
     
  6. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    I like to have at least three entries. There were not.
     
  7. Erotic Adventures of S

    Erotic Adventures of S Denarii Host

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    Holidays are messy times.

    But guaranteed medal placement for anyone who enters.
     
  8. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    I mean not really if the entries roll in but sure!
     
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    Mr. Mixed Bag Fourth Year

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    I take it the extension didn't see a flood of new entries?
     
  10. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    I think it did, waiting on Xiph0 to confirm/post. I'm not really involved in that portion. Soon!
     
  11. Erotic Adventures of S

    Erotic Adventures of S Denarii Host

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    Do we have idea on next Comp theme while we wait? More time to think.
     
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    Lol that's on me guys, Ched reminded me but I've been working nights and it fully slipped my mind until exactly right now. Everything is up, I can only apologize.
     
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    2 points to entry 2.
    1 each to entries 4, 6 and 7

    Thanks for entering, everyone.
     
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    1 to #4
    2 to #6
    2 to #7

    All three were kinda close and slightly better than the other three so here we go.
     
  16. Erotic Adventures of S

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    3 points to 7 and 2 for 6.
     
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  17. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Need to use 5 points total
     
  18. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Poll will be up in the next day or three before voting ends. Back to the longer word count.
     
  19. Erotic Adventures of S

    Erotic Adventures of S Denarii Host

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    I wasn’t sure who, the next few are tied. Should I randomly pick one or give 3 0.333 each?
     
  20. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Neither - make a choice, or give one of the ones you liked best 3 instead of 2. No decimals!
    :D