The One that Binds Us - Short Story Contest

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Welcome one and all, to the One that Binds us. So, this is my very first contest. I’ve been on Booksie for quite awhile now and recently decided I should probably try hosting one. I am hoping this
will be fun, challenging and most of all, rewarding, so read below for the details and to whoever decides to join, thank you all very much :D

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The One that Binds Us

Welcome one and all, to the One that Binds us.

So, this is my very first contest. I’ve been on Booksie for quite awhile now and recently decided I should probably try hosting one. I’ve got this mental list for writer like things I must do. NaNoWriMo one day, hosting a contest and (hopefully) being successful, haha, and getting published eventually, but before that comes actually writing a proper, publisher worthy book…. But wait, this is a contest for you guys, not an article of all the different things I’m going to attempt in my writing life.

Aannnnyyywwaaaaayyy, I am hoping this will be fun, challenging and most of all, rewarding. Contests are actually a little hard to do, since being me, I want to make it as different as possible from all the other great contests that have been hosted on this site. The one thing I’m worried about doing is overdoing it, as I tend to overthink things. Just gotta simplify things sometimes, but let's give this a shot, shall we? :)

First of all, this is a Sci-Fi, Fantasy Short Story contest, meaning, only short stories can be entered. Pieces must be new and under five thousand words. Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy must be the main genre. It can include a bit of romance, mystery, or any other genre as a subgenre.

First, you are to pick one of the four elements. Fire, Water, Air, Life (or Terra, which is pretty much Earth, but you likely won’t be writing on Earth, haha.) You must comment which element you picked below, where I will then privately message you a prompt. Think of it as a prologue to your story. After you receive it, you can choose how you wish to proceed with it. It could lead you down any road you want. In your prompt, this character will at some point appear, so I’ve provided a picture below :D

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Right, onto the next thing :D Ruuulllleesss.

Rules:

  • Must either be Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy, with a sub-genre if you wish. I’ve already said this above, but now I’m bullet pointing it.
  • Must be a short story. No novels. No poems. As much as I love reading poems, I just cannot leave decent comments or review them as equal since I’m not much of a poet.
  • It must be a new piece
  • There is no real minimum as long as it includes the information it needs.
  • The maximum is 5000 words long. I think this is fair enough for a short story, and if you can’t finish it in 5000 words, then I will look forward to an epic sequel, haha. Just the first story will be rated though, but I will gladly read the second either way if it happens. :)
  • Please include a word count. It can be at the bottom of the story or just in the summary, or both if you so desire.
  • Also, please minimise your strong language. I’m perfectly fine with swearing even if I don’t swear myself, but if you are to use it, make it count. I admit, there may be a few moments where a swear word can really impact a story, but if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t really need to be there.
  • And no erotica please, or anything extremely graphic. I mean, if it’s gore graphic, I’m fine with that. I’m also fine if people manage to terrify me, in fact, try to. I don’t read much thrillers or horror.

Well, I think that was the last of my rules, haha, now for the deadline.

Due Dates:

Deadline: After you finish and publish your short story, comment below its title before the 4th of December. Anytime after the deadline and you will be disqualified. I will remind authors one week before it is due.

Results: I’m allowing myself one week in order to look through all the stories and rate them, so the results will be up on the 11th of December.

Scoring:

Every writer has the chance to get a score out of 100. There will be several factors in which I will take into account when it comes to rating them all. Basically, I will treat scoring as if I were reviewing. When all's said and done, I will pay each story a visit, read them and leave a comment with their score.

And finally, Prizes. :D

Prizes:

So this is where I hope the struggle was worth it, haha. My prizes are a little different than the usual fan and reading requests, although they’re included, haha, but I’ve got quite a few more than just that, so hopefully, there is at least one you like. So, I’m going to have first place, second place, third place, as well as three runner-ups. Hope enough people enter for this to really take off, haha.

First, to any and all who submit a story, you will receive, come voting day, a longish comment on your piece, with how I rated it. Comments will hopefully be relatively thought out, so if you don’t want a comment with me nitpicking at it, you might not want to enter. I can get very into it, so no telling how long the comments will be, haha. Anyway, think of this as a prize for just getting your story in. It’s a good prize for those who want to know ways to improve.

For first place, you will receive four reading requests. Aside from your entry, I will read four other pieces of your choice. This can either be the first chapter of a novel or short story. If it’s a poem you ask me to read, the comment will be short most likely, but on a novel or short story I will leave a reasonable comment, saying what I thought about it. None of my comments on short stories or novels will ever be two worded, I can guarantee that. These are redeemable at any time. I will keep track of any and all prizes to be given out. You will also get a fan from me if I’m not already your fan. PLUS, I will give you a ‘Booksie Logo’, as I call them. This applies to people who I haven’t already made one for. It will also be put on my profile for all to see. You can see all the examples at the bottom of my homepage :D

Also, for being first, you are the first to pick out of one of these extras.

You can either get a ‘Shada Comment’, as a few people have called them. This is basically the longest comment you can ever imagine. They get as long as 2000 plus words, filled with any and all thoughts that come to my mind. This is great for those who are willing to listen to my views on how you can improve your writing and want long comments. They are made to be highly critical, so be warned.

But maybe option 2 grabs your attention more, here, I’m offering a collaboration opportunity. Want to collab with me? Great! :D Don’t want to collab? Well, maybe option 3…

Option 3 is a drawing. (Note: It may turn out slightly cartoony and the quality will, of course, depend on what I’m drawing, like, I don’t often draw people very well, but I will be willing to give it a try if you want a character drawn).

Don’t want a drawing? I’ve got one last option, option 4. This is where a character of your very creation is featured in my upcoming pirate novel. If you pick this, I will private message you a detailed form for details on character, including the fate and stuff you want me to give them.

That’s the last of my prizes, but what about if you get second.

Well, Second place will receive three reading requests aside from your entry. The details are the same as first, just less in number. You will also get a fan from me if I’m not already your fan. plus, I will give you a ‘Booksie Logo’ as well, and whatever the first place winner doesn’t pick out of option 1, 2, 3, or 4, you get to choose. So you’ll have three options to pick out off.

As for third, you will receive two reading requests aside from your entry. The details are the same as first, just less in number. You will also get a fan from me if I’m not already your fan. plus, I will give you a ‘Booksie Logo’ as well, and whatever first and second place winner doesn’t pick out of option 1, 2, 3, or 4, you get to choose. So you’ll have two options to pick from, meaning one option won’t go to any winner. This is just so third (hopefully) doesn’t get stuck with something they really don’t want. Instead, maybe something they mildly don’t want? Hahaha.

Last but not least, all three runner-ups will receive one reading request aside from their entries. The details are the same as first, just less in number. They will also get a fan from me if I’m not already a fan, and I will also give you a ‘Booksie Logo’, but you do not get to pick out of any of the options like the others do.

Well, that’s all the prizes. If you’ve made it this far, then that’s fantastic :D

Here I will put the contestant's names, the name of their piece when they enter it, and the element they picked.

Contestants: Not in order.

Katilly - Air - Clouds to Storms

https://www.booksie.com/530749-clouds-to-storms-part-one

Hullabaloo22 - Fire - Remnants in Ash

https://www.booksie.com/527478-remnants-in-ash

K. Alexander - Life - Nature of things

https://www.booksie.com/528567-nature-of-things-prolog

Miss Midnight - Water - Crying Water Lilies

https://www.booksie.com/528448-crying-water-lilies-prolog

C A Sechler - Life - Life: Elysian 

https://www.booksie.com/530369-life-elysian

Reaper - Fire - The Orb of Eternal Fire

https://www.booksie.com/527752-the-orb-of-eternal-fire 

MELEL - Water - Pachu'a

https://www.booksie.com/529162-pachua

LeParadisNoirPoetique - Life - The Silent Love Story 

https://www.booksie.com/530471-the-silent-love-story-prolog

rickybelmont- Fire - The World Can’t End Here!!

https://www.booksie.com/527432-the-world-cant-end-here

JW - Water - Hydro

https://www.booksie.com/528194-hydro

ShadowLight - Air - Distorted Perfection

https://www.booksie.com/530827-distorted-perfection-prolog

 

Results

Winners:

1: JW

JW wrote an amazing piece with realistic characters despite the fantasy setting.

2: LeParadisNoirPoetique

As a reader familiar with Dexter's style, this was one of his I must have enjoyed the most. I truly got into his dark and tradgic plot he came up with to go with the prompt I gave him.

3: MELEL

MELEL did a fabulous job with this story. It was so engaging and I really enjoyed it. The Dawn in this story was the true Dawn. That's the theory my brother came up with, since she was aware of exactly what she was doing, jumping from life to life, story to story. My brother said her true motive was to erase all other Dawn's from existence so she was the only one left in the multiverses. Haha, but anyway, trust me when I say, it was hard picking a winner.

Runner-ups:

C A Sechler, Miss Midnight and ShadowLight120 all wrote incredible stories, and I loved them, along with those who didn't place, very much.

Okay, so my scoring system turned out to be a little messed up, but I ordered them in how much I enjoyed the overall story. Everyone really deserves 100 out of 100, haha. Everyone deserves first place really, for you all wrote amazing pieces and I am so lucky to have had you all participate in my first ever contest. Thank you all so much :D

Prizes are above. First place, pick out of the options, then I'll message second place what they get to choose out of whatever is left, and so on for third. Again, thank you all so much for making this possible. You're all awesome :D


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