How can we best improve the writing contests?

Discussion in 'Writing Contests' started by Daniel, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. davidm

    davidm Senior Member

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    Well, one very basic way to improve the contests is to conduct them on time. The end of voting for the chess-themed poetry contest was Dec. 15. Apparently voting is still open. The deadline for submissions to the latest poetry contest, the theme the color green, was also Dec. 15. Apparently it is still open to submissions. Yet today is Dec. 26.
     
  2. exweedfarmer

    exweedfarmer Contributor Contributor

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    STORIES! There are stories in the contest this month, and they seem to be breeding like rats in the sewer! YEAH!
     
  3. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Evangelizing Athorist Contributor

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    Standards. Accepting a 221 word story in the Short Story Contest (1200-5000 words) shouldn't happen. Letting members judge if a story fits the prompt is fine, and I don't expect that the contest admins check each and every story, but when something comes in at less than 20% of the required length, admins should have the ability to simply boot it.

    December 2018 Short Story Contest
     
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  4. EightyD

    EightyD Member

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    I think if writing contests were in a separate category on their own with a more prominent formatting rather than being just another bullet point in a long list it may have more success attracting traffic.
    You can also add links to each category of contest in the other pages addressing those topics. Ie general fiction short story page will have a link or banner on the top of the page for the contests. The pages y at naturally attract the most attention should have links or reminders to the contests.
     
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  5. John Calligan

    John Calligan Contributor Contributor

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    I'd be 100% more likely to vote in a contest if I got an alert telling me to do so.
     
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