Amph SFFBC Writing Contest v.6 - we have a winner!!

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by NYCitygurl, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. Sanctimoniously Jedi Grand Master

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    Dec 28, 2005
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    Looks like this might be an all-nighter.

    EDIT, question regarding the PM in which the stories will be sent? What should be in the Subject line of the PM?
  2. Ultima_1 Jedi Grand Master

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    May 16, 2001
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    Also, do we need to have a title for our entry?
  3. JediNemesis Jedi Master

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    Mar 27, 2003
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    In! :D I'm away all day tomorrow so tonight was the effective deadline for me . . .

    And because I'm a dreadful procrastinator I ended up doing it all today. But hey, I did it.

    And now I'm going to sleep.
  4. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    The subject should say "SFFBC writing contest" or something like that. Basically, I should know what's in the PM.

    No, you don't need a title, but you can send me one if you'd like :)

    6 hours until the deadline, and I've got two entries.
  5. RX_Sith C&G Game Host

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    Unfortunately, I am not going to make it. I was overly involved in another project and did not really ever get time to do this. Maybe next time.
  6. Randy1012 Jedi Knight

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    Jan 26, 2007
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    Yeah...I've got a story idea, but I didn't know about this contest until a little less than two days ago, so I had no time to write anything. Curses! :p
  7. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    We ended up having three entries. Thank you very much to those who sent them in and to those who tried :)
  8. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    Feb 5, 2005
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    [:D] Apologies for promising to do it, and then backing out, Nat. You can have a word woth my essay-happy teachers if you like. :p
  9. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    [face_laugh] Yeah, they need to let up 8-}
  10. Ceillean Force Ghost

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    Nov 13, 2001
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    I'm extremely sorry for having backed out. I wasn't home over the weekend to finish my crappy story, didn't really like it anyway. :rolleyes:
    Good luck for those who sent in their stories!
  11. Ultima_1 Jedi Grand Master

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    Good luck to the other people who entered.
  12. Sanctimoniously Jedi Grand Master

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    **insert violent curses at work and my older brother here**
  13. Ultima_1 Jedi Grand Master

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    Well, it's been a week since the last post. Just want to check the status on this.
  14. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Judges are still working; I should have the results in a couple days :)
  15. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    And I've finally got the scores. Thanks to The_Face. Akexis_Wingstar, the_wandering_shadow, and Souderwan for judging.

    All four judges divided the scores up as seen below, and two wrote comments.




    Entry One, The Decision: Ultima_1

    Overall Creativity: 7
    Writing Ability: 10
    Grammar/Mechanics: 10
    Use of the prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 9

    Total: 46

    Overall Creativity: 8
    Writing Ability: 8.5
    Grammar/Mechanics: 10
    Use of the Prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 8

    Total: 44.5

    Overall Creativity: 6
    Writing Ability: 8
    Grammar/Mechanics: 8
    Use of the prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 6

    Total: 38

    Overall Creativity-6
    Writing Ability-8
    Grammar/Mechanics-9
    Use of the prompt-10
    Entertainment Value-6

    Total: 39

    Overall: 167.5

    The thing I liked best about this story was the emotion of it, the reality of it. It was very heartfelt. However when the end came I was disappointed somewhat. It seemed like the story had hardly begun and it was over. This could be the introduction of an interesting novel, I think.

    The characterizations were excellent, even the minor characters had personality.



    ENTRY TWO, The Lords of the North: Jedi_Nemesis

    Overall Creativity: 9
    Writing Ability: 10
    Grammar/Mechanics: 10
    Use of the prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 10

    Total: 49

    Overall Creativity: 9
    Writing Ability: 9.5
    Grammar/Mechanics: 10
    Use of the Prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 8.5

    Total: 47

    Overall Creativity: 9
    Writing Ability: 9
    Grammar/Mechanics: 9
    Use of prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 9

    Total: 46

    Overall Creativity-8
    Writing Ability-8
    Grammar/Mechanics-8
    Use of the prompt-10
    Entertainment Value-7

    Total: 41

    Overall: 183

    What a well thought out story! The world of mediaeval rivalry and intrigue sprang to life wonderfully. Admittedly I tripped over some of the names, but I?m like that sometimes too. I can only pronounce some of my names because I made them up? The scene after the wedding, wow! I should have seen it coming. I definitely don?t believe I could have won had I entered against this contest as I?d so wanted to. The ending was not a true ending. However I could see this ripening further, and I hope it does. Excellent job!

    Very intriguing plot, and excellent characterization.



    ENTRY THREE, Just Therese: SoA

    Overall Creativity: 5
    Writing Ability: 8
    Grammar/Mechanics: 4
    Use of the prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 8

    Total: 35

    Overall Creativity: 8.5
    Writing Ability: 8.5
    Grammar/Mechanics: 9.5
    Use of the Prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 8.5

    Total: 46

    Overall Creativity: 6
    Writing Ability: 7
    Grammar/Mechanics: 6
    Use of Prompt: 10
    Entertainment Value: 6

    Total: 35

    Overall: 116

    Overall Creativity-7
    Writing Ability-6
    Grammar/Mechanics-7
    Use of the prompt-9
    Entertainment Value-5

    Total: 34

    Overall: 150

    This was an interesting little story and it had the best clear cut ending of the lot. There were at least a handful of mistakes, some just typos, and others could have been typos too or mistaken grammar, and that took away from the piece a bit. But I guess that is understandable if you conjured this up really fast. I didn?t really see much of a fantasy or sci-fi overtone, or even an undertone for that matter, either.

    Good characterization, fun dialogue. I suggest getting a spell checker. Also, at least for these boards, putting a space between paragraphs is a good idea because it's hard to read otherwise.


    First Place: Jedi_Nemesis
    Second Place: Ultima_1
    Third Place: SoA
  16. SoA Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 2, 2008
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    Man, both my beta and I combed that thing for typos, and I do indeed have a spellchecker that seems to be operational. I guess some slipped through. It was good fun to write anyhow! Alas for under-appreaciated realistic fantasy.

    Congrats to you two as well. I'll definitely try one of these again when it comes around.
  17. Ceillean Force Ghost

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    Congratulations everyone! =D=
  18. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    Congratulations! :D I hope everyone had fun doing this!
  19. JediNemesis Jedi Master

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    [face_dancing]

    The field was pretty close, though. Gratz to Ultima_1 and SoA as well! [:D]
  20. Ultima_1 Jedi Grand Master

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    Congratulations Nemesis.

    Yes, it does look like it was close.
  21. The_Face Ex-Manager

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    Feb 22, 2003
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    Congrats, Nemesis! And everyone who got something put together for it. I enjoyed the chance to read all your work. =D=
  22. RX_Sith C&G Game Host

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    Congratulations JediNemesis, Ultima_1, and SoA. =D=
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