View Poll Results: Best of Sept/Oct Seasons/Transition Stories:

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  • Syphilisation

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  • Henchmen

    0 0%
  • The Son of Saveina

    3 42.86%
  • Swordseason

    1 14.29%
  • Spring is Coming

    1 14.29%
  • Her Command

    2 28.57%
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    It could be worse. ~tmso Moderator N. E. White's Avatar
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    VOTING THREAD for the Sept/Oct 2014 Short Story Writing Contest

    Please read the following stories and then vote for the one that you feel is exceptional and addresses the theme.

    Winner runs the 2014 Nov/Dec Short Story Contest.

    Entries are (in order of submittal):


    Syphilisation by Luka Datas
    Henchmen by Reece Ran
    The Son of Saveina by Sarunus
    Swordseason by R.J.
    Spring is Coming by Jaigon
    Her Command by Alexander T. Woodworth (Atw)


    May the best story win.

    Voting ends at the stroke of midnight (or thereabouts) on November 2nd, 2014.
    Last edited by N. E. White; October 31st, 2014 at 12:34 PM. Reason: changed the date

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    Really wanted 6 votes. (heh heh)

    Had to go with Spring is Coming though because in spite of it's flaws it was still very moving and totally Epic.

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    Why are so few vooooting on this one?!

    My vote goes to The Son of Saveina, that was pretty well written except it didn't work hard enough to pull me in with the opening paragraph, which felt a bit documentary-ish to me if you catch my drift.

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    I have one more to read, then I'll vote. However, in the meantime, I have to cram/speed read the flash fiction entries to vote in time for that one (if I haven't already missed it).

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    I thought Son of Sevenia, Swordseason and Her Command to be the three best. It was tough choosing between them, as I thought they all did a very good job. Sadly I only had one vote, so I had to go with Son of Sevenia. This one piqued my interest as it had excellent world-building and a nice overall story.

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    My vote goes to Swordseason, but it wasn't an easy pick. All the entries had something, even if I found some of them rougher around the edges than others. Nice work.

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    This is not easy. I've got a busy day ahead of me, but I'm torn between two entries. Still no vote just yet...but it's coming.

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    Voting has been extended!

    Until...until...until I get a chance to read the last story. Let's say, Sunday?

    Please read and vote until then. Thanks!

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    Voting has been extended!

    Until...until...until I get a chance to read the last story. Let's say, Sunday?

    Please read and vote until then. Thanks!
    No, thank you! I've got all this Halloween stuff to do...still undecided.

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    I actually enjoyed reading all the entries, even if I had problems with some of them. But the one's that I particularly enjoyed were Swordseason, Spring is Coming, and The Son of Saveina. (The letter S is coming for yoooouuuuuu)

    I voted for The Son of Saveina. Because despite some clarity issues I had at the start, the worldbuilding, writing, and characters dragged me into the story. And I loved the heck out of it.

    Once again, great job to everyone. And thanks. This is a lot of fun.

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    Congrats Sarunus.

    Nice job and well deserved win.

    All the stories motivated me to try harder and write better too.

    Looking forward to Nov/Dec.

    EDIT

    Oh hang on. I've jumped the gun a little and it's only Sat 4pm in LA. Still it'd take a natural disaster to topple Sarunus lead at this point me is thinking.
    Last edited by Luka Datas; November 1st, 2014 at 07:17 PM.

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    It came down to Swordseason and Her Command for me. I really agonized over these two, and came out with Her Command as my choice. I have a real soft spot for things Native American, and so I really loved the setting. I thought the choice of characters was bold. There were a couple of minor points I could quibble about, but at the end of the day, I enjoyed this one the most. Of all the stories, this one took me there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka Datas View Post
    Nice job and well deserved win.

    All the stories motivated me to try harder and write better too.

    Looking forward to Nov/Dec.

    EDIT

    Oh hang on. I've jumped the gun a little and it's only Sat 4pm in LA. Still it'd take a natural disaster to topple Sarunus lead at this point me is thinking.
    If this thing winds up going that way, I'll be a wee bit surprised!

    I know there are at least a few votes left out there. This was a solid crop of entries and I really had a hard time narrowing them down, personally, so I was grateful for the extended deadline.

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    I declare a winner: The Son of Saveina by Sarunus.

    Congrats, Sarunus! Well deserved.

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    I declare a winner: The Son of Saveina by Sarunus.

    Congrats, Sarunus! Well deserved.
    Wow! Thank you and thank you to all who voted for it, and to those who provided some great critiques!

    Going to post the next contest ASAP.

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