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    Announcement Summer writing contest: a picture is worth 1000 words

    Discussion in 'Writing Contests' started by Wreybies, Jul 9, 2015.





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    A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

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    The prompt (or theme) is what you see in the image below.
    You must incorporate it into your story in some central fashion. Genre is wide open.
    The photograph was provided by our own Obsidian_cicatrix. :)

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    The voting phase of the contest will run until midnight (GMT -4), August 14, 2015.

    The winner of the Summer Contest will receive an Amazon Gift Card valued at fifty (50) US dollars.
    Runner-up will win an Amazon Gift Card valued at twenty (20) US dollars.

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    Can you send me some summer for inspiration, please :-(
     
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    As soon as I saw the picture, I had 1000 words ready at my finger tips.
     
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    @A.M.P. Glad to hear it. I was hoping it would provoke that kind of reaction. :D
     
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    I think I got the wrong kind of reaction...
    I know I will lose just due to my theme :s
    I wrote it without thinking on how it will affect the readers of this contest >.>
     
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    You wrote with abandon, then? Did you dare to rockoutwithyourcockout*? Oh, my..... :whistle::-D

    *Do the young folk even do that anymore or has the Church of Political Correctness stolen that from us too?
     
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    I don't think people ever said that >.>
    Something about swinging penors is inappropriate or something *shrug*
     
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    Oh, we most certainly did say this and do this. ;) So, I guess the answer to my question is yes, this too has been taken from us. :unsure:

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    Guess I was born too late to enjoy it.
     
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    That was pre-facebook partying. We didn't have to worry about waking up with 400 replies to the graphic photo of us barfing into a bush or turning up a fifth while partially dressed.
     
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    Themz were the days. :superyesh:
     
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    I was wondering if someone could enlighten me: those things on the ground, are they common? Can anyone tell me what they are specifically? They look like raffle tickets but am not sure. It may not matter, but was curious if they were common and obvious in other cultures?

    Thanks.
     
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    Yeah, they look like raffle tickets to me as well, or maybe something a cloakroom attendant might give you when you submit your attire.

    I have a idea brewing in my noggin for this competition, but it's not quite there yet.
     
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    I know what they are, I found it by research, but I don't think we are supposed to discuss that kind of thing. What say the mods?

    On second thought, I'm not going to say. It might ruin how a story reads if the author imagines the papers on the ground to be something they aren't. Better to read the stories with people's various interpretations.
     
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    I only asked because if I post a picture from Australia that everyone in Australia recognises, but noone else, it seems only fair to say what it is, given that the people voting for stories are more likely to recognise entries where the item in the photo is not endemic or is mentioned out of context.

    If everyone is told or knows what it is, then the likelihood of differentiating authors based on geography is diminished. And they don't look as dumb for getting it wrong.

    If it's not a common item in other countries that's fine, and we can ignore the detail.
     
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    I have an idea of what they are, but I need to know what the mods say about it.
     
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    I believe they're little raffle ticket type things that you buy sealed, and on a board are the prizes attached to number. You buy the ticket, rip it open and see if you won a prize. I remember them from school festivals when growing up in Australia... :)
     
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    It doesn't matter what they are so long as you use the picture somehow in your story.
    Are they tickets, raffle vouchers, calendar notes?
    Doesn't matter, it's up to you to decide what they are and how they're used.
     
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    Close but not exactly.

    For the record, I've never seen them before. I put two and two together from researching a few search strings.
     
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    Maybe they are some kind of currency from an alien civilization? ;)
     
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    It's probably more fun not to know. Once you know, your story options narrow unless you want to ignore it and make something up anyway.
     
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    Yeah, on closer inspection many are identical. You're right. A quick Google search and I found out too.
     
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    yea, hey, this is fiction. If I have to stick with reality I'll write a technical manual. Maybe they're condom wrappers, maybe they're tickets to the superbowl or maybe those are the last tickets to get away from Earth before the Vogons destroy it to make way for a space super-expressway. Live a little, if we can't make shit up in our heads what's the point in writing fiction? Enjoy the writing.
     
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    Chill, bro. Someone asked a legit question. It's hardly that restrictive if you know what they are. Besides, depending on how 'out there' you go, the picture almost becomes irrelevant. Maybe they're alien beings with weapons standing amongst spent cartridges on the ground, their colour depicting the type on incendiary device fired. I think it's still pretty open to use your imagination even if you know exactly what they are, and probably more relevant to the challenge. If you can't make up a story with such guidelines, what's the point in writing fiction? And more importantly, what's the point of the picture?
     
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    Personally I do think it is something that should be shared with everyone, as if it is a regional thing, those people that live their have the advantage. What if someone wants to write a realistic fiction story? It could be important.
     
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