Short Story Contest 157 Submissions & Details Thread Theme: "The Bechdel Test" courtesy of @LordKyleOfEarth The current contest winner has not gotten back to me with a theme so I chose a recent one from the the suggestions thread. Submissions will be open for 2 weeks. IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ! If you wish to enter the contest please send your story via 'A Conversation' (aka a PM) to me to enter the story via this thread. Don't post the story here directly or it will not be counted as entered into the contest. This is to ensure anonymity, and to make this contest fairer for all - having each story judged based on their merits. This contest is open to all writingforums.org members, newbies and the established alike. At the deadline I will collate all entries and put them forward for voting in a separate thread. The winning entry will be stickied until the next competition winner. As always, the winner may also PM me to request the theme of the subsequent contest if he/she wishes. Entries do not have to follow the themes explicitly, but off-topic entries may not be entered into the voting. Word limit: 500-3000 words Deadline for entries: Sunday the 22nd of June, 2014 1600 (4:00 pm) US Pacific time There is a 10% word-limit leniency at both ends of the scale. Please try to stick within the limit. Any piece outside of the suggested limit may not be entered into the voting. If we reach 20 entries, the maximum number of stories for any one contest, I will consider splitting the contest into two. Only one entry per contest per contestant is permitted. Try to make all your entries complete and have an ending rather than be an extract from a larger one and please try to stick to the topic. Any piece seemingly outside of the topic will be dealt with in a piece by piece basis to decide its legitimacy for the contest. A story entered into the contest may not be one that has been posted anywhere on the internet, not just anywhere on this site. A story may not be posted for review until the contest ends, but authors may seek critiques after voting closes for the contest. Members may also not repost a story anywhere, or bring attention to the contest in any way, until the voting has closed. I believe with the new board software, italics and bolding are preserved when I copy/paste, but justification is not. If I have to do too much by hand to restore the entry to its entered formatting, I reserve the right to ask the author to adjust the formatting. Please remember to give your piece a title and give its word count in brackets [ ] at the top of your story. If there are any questions, please send me a PM (Conversation). After the entries close, posting in the thread is open for comments. ***And thanks to even more long hours put in by our very special mod/member@@Wreybies, winners are now awarded with olympic style medals displayed under their avatars. Thanks, and good luck! **New information in red: If you wish to edit your story after you've submitted it, send the newer version to me in your 'conversation'. I will replace it one time with the edited version if submitted before voting has begun.** ** Notice!! Re corrections: arguments with the contest admin are not OK. I will replace the whole piece, or a single block of text. I will not make additional line by line corrections, even if it's just one. Give me something I can cut and paste one time! It's not too much to ask, especially when I ask politely and the author posts more text arguing than it would have taken to just make the one clean correction. Thank you. ** **Note: corrections of copy/paste errors do not count toward your one time edit allowance. Be sure to check your entry after I post it and let me know if there were errors when pasted. Usually such errors involve extra line spaces or italics or bold errors.