Sorry I've been a bit off the grid lately; life is happening and not always as planned.
I'm promising to be back more though and to kick that off it's time for another contest.
Maximum 1500 words
Write a new piece
Any type of writing allowed except novels (no chapters)
Use one theme
Participate in one of the Review Chain topics
Review another entry
Deadline is 25 July
I always get someone asking me how much I'll stretch the word limit, so I'm going to put it straight down now. You can go to 1550 and I won't say a thing, or if you ask nicely you can stretch it to 1600. Send me a brownie and it's unlimited.
You must participate in the Review Chain at least once and also review another entry. If you don't do these two things, I will cut your entry. So, go to one of the topics (novels, poems, etc.), go to the last comment on the last page, leave them a constructive review and then you get to ask for your own work to be reviewed. Also, you must review another entry. I would love for everyone to review everyone's entries, but I know that's not going to happen. I'm just making you review one, to be helpful and encouraging to fellow contestants. There is a list of the other entries in a separate topic.
You don't have to do either of these things before you enter, they just have to been before the contest ends. This type of thing is usually where I have the most problems and questions so if you're in the slightest bit uncertain about this please send me a message first.
- AROUND IN CIRCLES
You can take the themes as literally or as broadly as you like. It doesn't have to follow the typical idea of what people would usually think. I enjoy seeing creativity and imagination, so don't be afraid of going a little out of the box. However make sure that the theme is evident, I should be able to know what theme it is without you telling me.
To enter either send me a message or leave a comment underneath here with the title of your entry.
The winners can pick their prizes from this list:
- One constructive review
- I'll promote you on my profile page
(I'm also open to suggestions of a different type of prize you might want)
First Place- 3 choices
Second Place- 2 choices
Third Place- 1 choice
Good spelling and grammar always helps.
I read the entries as soon as they're submitted, not at the end of the contest, so make sure it is ready when you submit it to me. You can upload it, get other people's feedback and then tell me, but as soon as I know what it is I'm reading it.
Putting the word(s) of the theme doesn't count as using it enough. The theme is something which should be seen throughout the whole piece, not just mentioned. This is not your chance to enter a different piece you've been working on and just throw in a word.
Use one theme well instead of both themes substandard. You don't get bonus points for both themes.
Ask me questions if you're uncertain instead of just trying your luck and hoping you've done it right. No question is stupid, I don't mind answering any questions at all. I'd rather a minute to answer your question than take ten minutes fixing the mistake. If you do get something wrong though, I will send you a, hopefully, gentle message to correct it.
That should be all. Please send me any questions you have. I hope that you all enjoy the themes and get creative with them, and have a fun time with this contest.