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Novemebr 2018 Short Story Voting

Poll closed Dec 15, 2018.
  1. An Unplanned Exit

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. The Heretics of Salsola

    2 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. The Wings of Pegasus

    2 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. Oasis

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  5. The Paladin

    2 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. Wreybies

    Wreybies Arroz Con Admin Operations Manager Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Closed Voting November Short Story Contest Voting

    Discussion in 'Monthly Short Story Contest Archives' started by Wreybies, Dec 1, 2018.

    Read the entries here: https://www.writingforums.org/threads/november-2018-short-story-contest.159911/

    Voting will close at midnight (GMT-4) December 15.

    You can use whatever criteria you like to choose a winner. If you want some guidance, the criteria we used for the 10th-anniversary contest was:
    • Technical ability (spelling, grammar, etc)
    • Entertainment
    • Originality
    • Use of the prompt
     
  2. Mark Burton

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    I didn't get to finish my story for this one as I ran out of time. At least I don't have to be diplomatic about talking about the stories given that none of them are mine!

    The wings of Pegasus
    This was an interesting Sci Fi take on the image. I'm not sold on the anthropomorphism of Death in this Sci Fi setting, though. It sort of headed off on this tangent at the end that didn't quite gel for me.

    The Heretics of Salsola
    This was an interesting portrayal of a cult and the relationship between two teens caught up in it. I would have liked it to be a bit more tightly coupled to the given image prompt though.

    The Paladin
    This was a close second in my book, a coming of age story about standing up to bullies with a modern twist. I liked the portrayal of portability of game skills to the real world. The ending was a bit confusing and I may have missed some clue about the real world persona of Mach.

    Oasis
    A person turns into a tumbleweed. The imagery was good and I was definitely transported to that place. The ending was a little abrupt for my liking. This was the story that stuck with me more than the others, so it got my vote.
     
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  3. dbesim

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    The story I voted for this time round:

    The Wings of Pegasus - I thought the idea of the MC bounding lonely around space in his isolation was a romantic concept and interested in all the thoughts that crossed his mind in this rare scenario. When death came along later on, there was also some humour there and it had me chuckling a little when Death said he’s got to obey the laws of physics too. I’d say that was somewhat true. Alternatively, you can also assume that the MC is going nuts in his isolation and imagining it all. I also thought that his overall desperation to find friendship - and finding it with Death of all things - was somewhat sad yet still somehow funny. A very imaginative story.
     
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  4. exweedfarmer

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    Tough prompt. Everyone just seemed to write around it. I thought it was a toss up between the last three entries.
    I thought the Paladin was the best written but it had nothing to do with the prompt.
    Oasis: Again, well written and I got the feeling of the desert but I don't understand it at all. A guy turns into a tumbleweed? Well, it was probably Thursday.
    The Wings of Pegasus: Didn't take place on Earth so that kind of lets the idea of tumbleweeds out. He was dead so it didn't matter what he was riding.
    Very readable all three, which is high praise from me.
     
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  5. Sam 69

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    Can’t work out how to use the spoiler so no comment.
     
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  6. exweedfarmer

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    Top of the reply box, forth icon from the right, marked "insert" to get the spoiler option. Please read and vote.
     
  7. Artifacs

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    Or just write (without spaces inside brackets) [ spolier ] TEXT [ /spoiler ]
     
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    Real sense of emptiness and loneliness in Oasis which was my vote.
     
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    Thanks Artifacs..
     
  10. dbesim

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    I’m glad you worked it out. Also I’ve included a thumbnail of a screenshot of the page and circled the button you’re supposed to tap (for spoilers). You could already do it now, though, so you might not need it :D


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  11. exweedfarmer

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    Congratulations Davidm on another well deserved win.
     

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