Professional Writing Contest

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Contest.

Professional Writing Contest:

  1. Hello, all old and new Booksie writers. I, future author, have returned to host another contest. This contest was inspired by my Fiction Writing/English professor who is a published author. In other words, most of the guidelines come from him, the professional. My goal is to spread his expertise in hopes to make all of you inspiring writers better at what you do. So here goes.
  2. Read everything below carefully.

Guidelines:

  1. You are free to write about anything you want. Whatever your creative mind comes up with, write it down. (No points).
  2. However, your task is to use this idea and create a flash fiction story out of it. A flash fiction story is a short story generally 1,000 words or less. (20 points).
  3. Use a third person limited omniscient point-of-view. Writing in third person is using he/she and writing in a limited omniscient point-of-view gives you access into a singular character’s head ( their thoughts), so your story should focus around the protagonist and what he or she experiences with the environment and/or with other characters. (20 points).
  4. Avoid any and all clichés. (20 points).
  5. Do not use any “to be” verbs. This includes: is, was, were, am, are, be, being, been, etc. Instead, use active/action verbs, as they will help you tone your writing. The only possible exception to this guideline is in dialogue, but even then these words should be used sparingly. (A single point will be marked off for every one seen, excluding dialogue).
  6. Do not use any –ly adverbs. Again, these should be replaced with active/action verbs. (A single point will be marked off for every one seen).
  7. Since your task is to write a piece of flash fiction 1,000 words or under, limit your story to a specific timeframe. This could be anywhere from a couple of minutes to a whole day. (20 points).
  8. Since you are all writers, your grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. should be top notch. Your story should be clear, and as error free as possible. Make it professional, in other words. (20 points).

Grading:

  1. Your stories will be graded based off the guidelines above. The total number of points possible is out of 100. A single point will be marked off for each of the “to be” verbs (excluding dialogue) and –ly adverbs found. The rest will be scored out of 20 points. The highest score will win.

Due Date:

  1. You can submit your story to me at any time between now and Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
  2. I will then read each submission starting Thursday, January 1, 2015 until the moment I am finished and will post the results thereafter.

Prize:

  1. What else is there to offer on here besides reading requests? Not much. Let’s see, you can tell me what you want in the comments below that way I can get some good ideas. So this will be decided.

In other words…

  1. Have any questions? Ask me here. No question is a stupid question.
  2. Good luck! I can’t wait to read what you come up with.
  3. I will add more when I need to.

 


Submitted: December 04, 2014

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Maggie Williams

Hmmm...this looks really interesting. I will certainly do this, if I have time.:)

Thu, December 4th, 2014 1:44am

Author
Reply

Yay. I hope you do have the time. I will be looking forward to your story. Good luck! :D

~future author

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 5:46pm

Ben A Vanguarde

Let me suggest that in order to make this contest more interesting that you offer as first prize, a new car, as second prize, a seven day Caribbean cruise for two, and as third prize a set of steak knives. How about it? If you are wondering about the set of steak knives, take a look on YouTube for Alec Baldwin Glengarry Glen Ross sales speech - from one of the best acted movies ever.

Thu, December 4th, 2014 12:52pm

Author
Reply

As much as I would love to offer those up as prizes, we all know I'm not wealthy enough to offer such things. Otherwise I wouldn't be having this conversation with you because I would be too rich to care about this contest let alone website. But that is not the case. Would you like to participate in this contest, then?

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 6:06pm

sparrow01

Does it have to be a new piece?

Thu, December 4th, 2014 7:16pm

Author
Reply

Yes.

~future author

Thu, December 4th, 2014 4:57pm

Kenisha Liyanage

I think I will give it a try.

Sat, December 6th, 2014 2:50am

Author
Reply

Thank you. I hope you have fun. :)

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 6:08pm

Ever A. Darling

I'm thinking I may try this. It'll be hard, but I love a challenge :) lol

Sat, December 6th, 2014 12:52pm

Author
Reply

Thank you. I hope you have some fun with this. :)

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 6:09pm

sdd6040

I'll probably try it, too. I'm definitely going to brainstorm hardcore about this one.

Sat, December 6th, 2014 8:37pm

Author
Reply

Thank you. I hope you have some fun with this. :)

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 6:09pm

The Novelist

I have returned from the dead with my new laptop to accept your challenge! I am already writing my story and I hope you will enjoy it!

Sun, December 7th, 2014 4:27am

Author
Reply

I'm glad to hear it! It's been a while, friend. Anyway, I hope you have some fun with this. :)

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 6:10pm

Charlie Montgomery

This would be to easy to win. I could write a story that is incredibly boring but I'd win if I didn't write anything that broke the rules so no -ly or to be words. Etc. so absolutely no good content. But then I could right the best story you've ever read, and I could lose because I used the the words her best friend WAS INCREDIBLY brave and would WILLINGLY help other without care to himself. This doesn't give credit to the important parts of a story. It's to focused on an academic standpoint. I'm not trying to be rude in any way, and if your a writer then if it is rude you don't respond with anger.

Mon, December 8th, 2014 10:24pm

Author
Reply

All I've got to say is you'd be surprised. I've taken a class on how to make my writing better and these guidelines have helped me. Yes, it's a college course, but my professor has used it for his own writing and he is published, as well as a professional. And the stories my peers have written for the class are not boring. To be verbs and -ly adverbs are boring. This contest was meant to be different, challenging, fun, and a chance for amateur writers to learn something new. With that said, would you like to participate?

~future author

Mon, December 8th, 2014 5:38pm

Charlie Montgomery

i never said the stories written this way were boring now did i? i said this competition COULD be won by the most boring story. in fact i bet all the stories would be entertaining. but where are the points for creativity? no where. that was my point. Its not really giving credit to the TALENT of the writers but how well they can follow the rules. who is your professor, what books has he written? im not targeting him with anything but those who write textbooks are published professionals too.

Tue, December 9th, 2014 4:24pm

Author
Reply

I can add points for creativity. I didn't add them to begin with because I didn't want to be biased. My professors name is Nicholas Morris. He has written a book of horror short stories called Tapeworm. I don't believe he has published any textbooks, but he does wrote something new every day. You know, I only started this contest to make it fun. I've been with Bookie for a while now and for the most part people have been generally nice. But I'm starting to regret my return to the website. If you don't like the contest, you don't have to participate. But you don't have to be so critical about it either. That is all.

~future author

Tue, December 9th, 2014 10:37am

Charlie Montgomery

I'm not being critical im voicing my opinion. And judging a story must be biased but if you don't want it to be biased solely by you have multiple people vote on it. I just wrote for Naught. It doesn't follow the rules or at least I wrote without that in mind, and it's probably not the best but I wrote what I felt. The best literature in the world comes from where? The heart, and that's what I'm trying say, in just few words as I know. Honestly I doesnt make to much sense and it's not meant to be rude to you at all but. The majority of people on booksie write what they want to write, it's a freedom or at least that's how it is for me. I just feel this contest would... Give more to people if there weren't these rules. We go through nearly 10 years or more following schools rules for writing... Maybe I'm just in a passionate mood today, so I apologize for that. I'm honestly not angry or even annoyed at anyone today.

Tue, December 9th, 2014 6:59pm

Author
Reply

You're not really making sense... I'm not going to have people vote for this. That just takes too much time and effort. I understand that some of the best literature comes from the heart, but while using these guidelines, one can still write something amazing. The point of not using to be verbs and -ly adverbs is to replace them with action verbs instead because they make your story sound more interesting. This is a contest, meaning if you join one, you've got to follow the guidelines. It's not about giving people the chance to write however they want to. On that note, I have given people the opportunity to write about whatever they want to, there are, however, restrictions. That's the point of a contest. I'm done having this conversation with you. If you're going to join, then go for it, but if you still dislike my contest, then you don't have to participate. Just please let me decide how to run my contests. Thank you.

~future author

Tue, December 9th, 2014 12:59pm

declan mckimm

Hi! How have you been? You've probably noticed that I've stopped writing for a while, I have other commitments such as school and university applications, and plus I'm struggling to find the motivation to write. But it's great to see you back online again, I'll stop by and read some of your work some time! :)

Thu, December 11th, 2014 7:29pm

Author
Reply

Hello, I've been well, thank you. I have just returned to Bookise, though it doesn't feel the same as it used to. It seems as if I have moved on which is sad, but true. I too have school and work to deal with, which makes me busy. But it is nice to hear from you again! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:55am

Archia

Oh I'd love to enter this, it seems like such a challenge.

Thu, December 11th, 2014 11:51pm

Author
Reply

Thank you! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:56am

aspiringarmstrong

I'll give it a shot.

Fri, December 12th, 2014 6:24pm

Author
Reply

Thank you! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:56am

aspiringarmstrong

I'm new to BOoksie, how do I actually "Enter"?

Fri, December 12th, 2014 9:13pm

Author
Reply

You're fine. Just send me the title of your story here. Thank you!

~future author

Fri, December 12th, 2014 7:12pm

Archia

I've got my entry up. I don't think I've ever had to write anything more challenging than this was to write. I thought it was going to be easier at first but then I saw how many times I used 'was' and realised it wasn't going to be so easy. But it was a lot of fun, I was surprised actually. Anyway it's called 'The Knight Boy' Here's the link
http://www.booksie.com/other/short_story/archia/the-knight-boy
Thanks so holding this contest too, it's a pretty good one

Tue, December 16th, 2014 4:42am

Author
Reply

Thank you for making an attempt. I'm glad that you had fun. I can't wait to read what you have. Good luck! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:57am

Kenisha Liyanage

My entry is published. It's called "Bullying".

Tue, December 16th, 2014 8:20am

Author
Reply

Thank you and good luck! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:58am

sdd6040

My entry called "Darkness Falls" is submitted. :) I tried my best with the guidelines, but I may have made a few mistakes. I tried to be careful.
http://www.booksie.com/flash_fiction/contests/sdd6040/darkness-falls

Wed, December 17th, 2014 1:15am

Author
Reply

Thank you and good luck! :D

~future author

Wed, December 17th, 2014 9:58am

Obscure

I'd love to enter, I'm working on a piece as we speak, or . . . as I write :)

Mon, December 22nd, 2014 6:06pm

Obscure

May I just ask, how will you be scoring timeframe? Couldn't a specific timeframe be any amount of time, a minute, hour, day or even year, so long as it was specific? Also when scoring grammar, will it be strict grammar, or is there room for the intentially misuse of it, like fragments for effect, etc.? Thanks. P.s. just an idea as a prize, you could provide an edit for a piece or something.

Tue, December 23rd, 2014 1:39pm

Obscure

Thanks for this, I had real fun writing it, there's a couple adverbs in there that I only realised after I'd published it, and another in internal dialogue that, for better or worse, I couldn't seem to delete. After writing this, I've come to the conclussion I depend on the word 'was', but I think I've got rid of them. Anyway, here's the story -- http://www.booksie.com/thrillers/short_story/obscure/eve:-the-devils-playtime , I hope you enjoy it :)

Wed, December 24th, 2014 6:18pm

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