2012 Forum Anthology Contests

Discussion in 'Writing' started by N. E. White, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. AZimmer23

    AZimmer23 Things Fall Apart

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    Whoa. I'm just stating my intention. My story is plotted, but not done. You always get in really early, with very quality work! Maybe you should change your user name to Quickdraw? : p
     
  2. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Submissions Open for Earth Contest

    Yes, HE beat everyone, as per his usual M.O. And it clocks in at just under 4,000 words.

    Our first submission, folks! Woohoo! :D

    Now, for the official announcement:

    The first of three contests is now open for submissions. Your stories must be apocalyptic and somehow involve an earth-related disaster. Stories can be in the science fiction/fantasy genre of your choice.

    Submissions will be accepted from May 1st (today) until June 15th. Stories must be within 2,000 and 5,000 words. Please submit in .doc, .rtf, or .gdoc format to nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Submissions will be posted June 16th in the Stories sub-forum and a voting thread will be posted at the same time.

    If you have any questions, please ask here or contact me through the private messaging system on this forum or via email: nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Good luck and happy writing to all. :)
     
  3. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Hey Tennessee,

    Take your time coming up with a story. You have until June 15th for the current contest (earth-related disaster).

    As Zimmer pointed out, the end of the world is supposed to be on the Winter Solstice, which is usually the 21st or 22nd of December. I hope to have the anthology out before then for our collective 15 minutes of fame before the end of the world. ;)
     
  4. Daddy Darth

    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    I totally want to get in on this! I am thinking I need to go to a dark place - suits me fine.
     
  5. AZimmer23

    AZimmer23 Things Fall Apart

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    Kinda fitting considering your avatar and user name, eh DD? :p
     
  6. Daddy Darth

    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    I tried writing something funny once - it bombed! I love a tortured soul.
     
  7. tennesseemcvay

    tennesseemcvay Fictional Mountain Man

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    Oops. Shows how much I know about mayans and their calendars. Honestly if they had put more pictures of puppies in adorable situations I would probably pay more attention. Anyway, I think I have Earth and Wind figured out. Fire is going to be the tough one.
     
  8. AZimmer23

    AZimmer23 Things Fall Apart

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    Quick question, NE. What are the "ratings" you're looking for with these? I don't plan on writing anything sexually or violently graphic (the former actually embarrasses me while I'm doing it and the latter always just seems gratuitous), but I've got a couple of characters who won't be believable without foul mouths, possibly even including a few f-bombs.
     
  9. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    That's a very good question. I did think about this, but didn't come up with an elegant solution.

    This site is PG-13, or supposed to be, but that doesn't mean our anthology need be PG-13.

    I'm okay with R-rated material in the anthology, but let's all stay within the spirit of this forum.

    What say you all?
     
  10. AZimmer23

    AZimmer23 Things Fall Apart

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    Works for me. I'll try to tone it down a little without breaking the spirit of certain characters. F-bombs may not be as common as I think, because I do work in a bar where I hear them all the time.
     
  11. Wilson Geiger

    Wilson Geiger Greymane

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    Should this be stickied?
     
  12. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    I'm gonna say no, right now. This forum has a lot of stickied posts already. I could move this over to the Stories sub-forum and sticky it there, but then it won't get as much traffic as it would out here.

    As long as someone (me?) keeps posting, it will stay on the front page.

    Okay, minions, you now officially have

    40 days
    until Friday June 15 2012​

    And I may have an exciting announcement to make soon...stay tuned. :)
     
  13. Sarunus

    Sarunus Registered User

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    I'm in, and I've got my idea.

    I didn't realize the site was PG-13. I've had an R-rated story or two posted. :eek:
     
  14. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Over in the Stories Section (versus the Stories Sub-forum)?

    I think it is a little different over there. We just like to keep the forums somewhere around PG-13. No one has complained about them, so I'm sure they are fine.

    I have very exciting news to announce, but I'm waiting to hear back from someone for confirmation, but...but it will make this anthology SHINE! Oh! I might not be able to contain myself, but I'll try...

    Anyway, you all have...

    34 days
    until Friday June 15 2012​
     
  15. Sarunus

    Sarunus Registered User

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    In.

    I'm a little worried that my theme bends the rules a bit, but we'll see. If it's a no go here, I'm sure I'll find use for the story somewhere else.
     
  16. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Okay, everyone. Since someone just got scooped with their big announcement, I thought I'd scoop me, and beat myself to announcing my big announcement! :rolleyes:

    So, I mentioned somewhere in these threads that I wanted to do something special for the anthology. Something that would make it shine, and really make folks excited about reading it.

    Mind you, it is not that I don't think you all can make it shine. I know you all can. I've read some great stories for each and every one of you. Stories that deserve to be seen by a wider audience. This is one reason I wanted to put this anthology together.

    Anyway, it occurred to me that one way to attract readers to anthologies is to hook fans of published writers. It is an established approach among anthologies, and I thought, well, why not? Why not ask three forum members who are published to contribute some re-prints that fit the theme or even a new story? The worst they can say is no and we'd publish without them. So, I started asking...

    And one of 'em said yes...

    No, I don't have the names of the other two yet. I had wanted to announce all the authors at once, but I do have THE ONE that I'm really excited about. And I hope it will excite you, too.

    HUGH HOWEY

    Yes, that Hugh Howey that just sold the rights to his Wool series to RIDLEY SCOTT (yes, that Ridley Scott) and STEVE ZAILLIAN (yes, that Steve Zaillian) for a film option, yes, him, has agreed to submit a story to OUR anthology!!!!!!!!

    (Did I use enough exclamation points?)

    So, write from the heart. Grab inspiration from the sky. Polish those short stories. Because, dear gentle writer, you may find yourself published with Hugh Howey.

    (In case you all don't remember, Hugh participated in one of our forum contests way back when. Here's the story he submitted about a couple of years ago.)
     
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  17. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Thank you! :) I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I'm sure it fits the theme, but if not, then I will let your fellow writers/voters make that decision.
     
  18. CMTheAuthor

    CMTheAuthor Life is fantastic, yes?

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    So Hugh Howey is participating in this one. No pressure, right? :rolleyes:

    Almost finished with my story, but still some work to be done. I should have plenty of time, unless tmso gets so excited by Hugh Howey she moves the deadline up. :p
     
  19. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    My apologies. It was meant to inspire. :(

    Please, take your time and enjoy the process of writing.
     
  20. CMTheAuthor

    CMTheAuthor Life is fantastic, yes?

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    Note to self: Avoid using sarcasm emoticons when you don't know what they are. (Either that, or get SFFWorld to get a better emoticon for it, because it hardly looks sarcastic.)

    Either way, I was joking, of course. I'm actually not all that familiar with Howey (I read a lot more fantasy than sci-fi), but it's nice to get someone well established in on this.