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How long should the short story contest last?

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  1. Torana
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    Short Story Competitions

    Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by Torana, May 24, 2007.

    I noticed that we used to have short story competitions here not so long ago now and was just wondering if they are going to start up again?

    You could do either short story or fast fiction pieces. Just thought I would throw that out there and see what other people think.

    ~Torana
     
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    Sounds like a good idea I wouldn't mind a crack at it.
     
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    Sounds great to me. I don't really get very inspired to write poetry; I came here to improve my prose.
     
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    I think its a great idea, and I don't see any problem with it at all. Would it work in the same way as the poetry contest? With like a week (give or take) to write a story on a specific theme and then vote?
     
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    I could also see short story competitions with directed themes, like the recent Afterlife competition (which was over before I joined)
     
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    Well I think maybe fortnightly for the story ones, but really you would have to get suggestions on that from the members that write short stories here.
    But yeah you would run it basically like the poetry contests, I think the old short story contest thread are still in the same forum as the poetry contests to give you an idea on how they should be done.

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    Okies, how about if I add a poll to this about how long they should be left open?
     
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    I participated in a few, back when they were still done weekly, and wouldn't mind lending a hand that way.
    They were weekly, and were limited to about 500-1025 words-ish.
     
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    I'm thinking maybe making it a nice round 2 weeks... with 10 days to write one and submit it and then 4 days to vote. What do people think to that? Went ahead and added a poll, so you can vote for how long you want :)
     
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    Well I think it is a great idea. ^ ^
     
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    It was set-up as a week both ways, back when I did it. A week to week to vote. Personally, I think the only change that should be made is that as soon voting begins, start another competition to go while the other is still being voted on.

    Also, a member, who is still relativity active, was put in charge of them way back when, so we should probably talk to him.
     
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    Since Hulls raven has done the others Will Hulls raven be running this one too?
     
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    I don't know, we could wait for him to get back and ask him or I could run it until then? Who used to run them?
     
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    Shperical Time used to run them, but I think the best bet is to get them up and running and maybe ask a member in the forum to run them for if the mods don't have time.
    But I would say to get them up and running if there is enough call for it and you can sort out who is going to continue running them at a later date possibly.
     
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    Yeah, that sounds fine to me :)

    I'll leave this poll open for another day, just to see what people think about how long they should have and anything else they want to say and then i'll set it up provided there are no objections.
     
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    Sounds just right to me. Enough time to develop an idea, write it, mull it over, revise it, and revise it again; but still short enough to keep the creative pressure on.
     
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    Two weeks is the best thought gives us ideas. You'll have to ask Hulls Raven when he gets back this is usually his field
     
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    I don't think he'd mind if we started without him, besides it was only yesterday you lot were complaining that he's the only one that does anything...
     
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    True enough. But in his credit we ask for things and he does get straight on the ball and sort the threads out. Its just strange his abscence has never been 6 days long.
     
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    Well I agree.

    I also think its best we do a two weekly cycle because remember someone has to read the stories and write them its not like poetry 5 mins and finish stories take longer so i say we opt for a 14 day cycle.
     
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    I think that 2 weeks would be good, gives everyone a chance to join in that way.

    No, bad reviewer, bad. No es chatspeek. lol.
     
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    I think its pretty clear that most of you want it to be two weeks, but is that two weeks to actually write and submit your story, or two weeks including voting? :)
     
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    2 weeks it is then.
     
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    I think that 2 weeks all up would be fine Kit.
     
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    Yes, a full 2 week cycle, so we don't have a creeping start/end day of the week. 10 days submission, 4 days voting. At least, that's what I would vote for.
     

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