Welcome to the SFF Writers' Guild Writing Contest! This was first talked about in great depth Here and as a result of that discussion we got the First ever SFF writing contest hosted by the Dorkman. After that our ex mod Droideka took on the mantle and brought us the second contest I have volunteered to take the next (and future) contests so we now arrive with CONTEST THREE RULES: - Entries must be entirely original stories written by the submitting author within the contest period, based on that month's prompt (see below). - Entries must be either science fiction or fantasy stories. Either genre is acceptable, as well as subgenres. - Fan fiction (stories based on pre-existing characters or worlds from film, television, or books, including but not limited to Star Wars) is not accepted. - This contest is open to all registered posters of the Jedi Council Forums. You do not have to be a regular poster in the SFF Writer's Guild thread in order to enter this contest. - Entries must adhere to the JC Terms of Service. If you have a question if your story or a story element is within the TOS, PM the host or a sponsoring moderator to ask. Stories that violate the Terms of Service in any way will be disqualified. Keep it clean! - From the date of the prompt (July 8th) you have approximately one month to write you story (deadline is August 12th). You may submit your story any time, but it is recommended that even if you finish early, you take the remaining time to revise and strengthen your story, you may also enter multiple entries if you so wish. - Final entries have a minimum wordcount of 2000 words, and a maximum wordcount of 10000 words. - Entries must be submitted in a common text format (Microsoft Word, .txt, or .rtf) and emailed to the contest host at firstname.lastname@example.org JUDGING: - Entries will be judged by a group of volunteer judges, to be selected by the host. The number of judges will be no fewer than 3. Ideally, I'd like to have 5 or 6 or even more. - Entries will be distributed to the judges without the names of the authors. - Judges will score each entry out of 10 possible points in several categories: Overall Creativity Writing Ability Grammar/Mechanics Use of the prompt Entertainment Value The scores for each story will then be averaged, and the story with the highest score will be deemed the winner. - Along with the score, each judge must write a brief paragraph describing why s/he chose their particular scores. These paragraphs should be honest, but constructive. - Judges must read all stories assigned to them in full. - The judging time will depend upon the number of entries. As a basic rule I will be looking at 3 entries to be judged per week so if we have 5 entries we'll have a two week judging period. All judges will be told when their submissions have to be in by when they get the entries sent to them. - Any judge who does not fulfill his or her commitment will not be allowed to participate in the contest in any form the next time around. People were counting on you! - Judges may submit an entry for contest period in which they are judging but they will obviously not grade their own.. DISCUSSION: - Once judging has concluded, the stories will be made available for public viewing, unless the author specifically requests otherwise. This thread will then facilitate any discussion about any of the stories, until the next contest comes around.