How can we best improve the writing contests?

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

  1. Mark Burton

    Mark Burton Fried Egghead Supporter

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    I suggest having a slider for the number of votes in the various competitions on the front page to show voting progress to encourage members on the home page (welcome page) to click into it to see the entries in the competition(s).

    The trouble is, at the moment, the links to the competitions are static and there's nothing to say, unless you're on the competition page itself, that there's a vote going on or that a competition is currently open for new entries. I suggest making that information in-your-face up-front on the homepage with an easy link to the relevant current competition (one click, not the 3 or 4 with scrolling it currently takes).
     
  2. matwoolf

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    The next 12 months should see the exciting evolution of the 'app facility,' and this [finally] genuine and fair assessment of past contest entries, finally analysing raw data, and put to rest the issue of who among us has voted for themselves in any previous contest. I [for one] have nothing to hide and welcome the shaming of those who have tainted the integrity of the majority, the sincere contest entrants. Transgressors could be literally anyone asides from @Iain Aschendale for reasons stated. With a level playing field we might allow air to clear, a re-commencement of contests for, I suggest 2020? Only then will the awards system recover from this 'fake valour' conspiracy that has damaged us all.

    I suggest the same spearhead party that organised the much heralded cut/paste to bin operation of 2017?
     
  3. exweedfarmer

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    Yes! It is a heavy burden of guilt that I am proud to cast off! I voted for myself, assuming that everyone else would as well and seeing no rule (and I looked) prohibiting it. I just re-read the forum rules and still didn't see it. Shame me, banish me, put me to the lash! I can stand the guilt no longer. On the other hand, I wrote the only story that was started after the prompt and was actually ABOUT terrestrial tumbleweeds. Further, although I did not vote for myself in this contest because it said "don't vote for yourself"' on the prompt page I wrote the only poem to the "chess" prompt that had anything to do with playing chess. It was a poor excuse for a poem and I am no poet, but I did spend a lot of time playin' with them funny lookin' checkers in my youth. I here-by surrender my shiny gold dot and throw myself of the mercy of the mob.
     
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    With a heavy heart I shall request the necessary sanctions. A quite shocking confession. Happy Christmas @exweedfarmer & God have mercy on your twisted nib.

    Sicko.
     
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  5. davidm

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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.
     
  6. exweedfarmer

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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!
     
  7. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Non-practicing American 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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