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kylefitch1
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Hey everybody! I'm going to start a story competition!

I'll post a category, and you have a week to write stories in that category. At the end of the week I'll read your stories and decide whose is the best. I will also provide feedback on each story. Here are the rules:

1. You cannot use inappropriate content or swear words. If you do, you will have NO chance of winning, no matter how good your story is.
2. No plagiarism! Make up your own characters and settings! Plagiarized stories will not win.
3. No blood and gore. I don't want any graphic stories that have too much description. Saying like 'she was bleeding' or 'blood dripped from the wound' is all right, I suppose, but don't go into the gory areas. And do not have carnage! Bloody and gory stories will not be chosen.
4. Try to have good grammar and spelling. If your story is spelled well and if it has fewer grammatical errors, it slightly increases your chances.
5. Try not to make your story super long.
6. No stories where everybody is killed!
7. Have fun with your story and let your creativity shine!

This week's category is:
Magic
Write stories where mages and wizards abound!

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pangtongshu
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Any reason for rules 1 and 3? Seem quite restrictive for a person's creative freedom...as I assume the answer surmounts to "I don't like it"

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i will tell that rule 6 is the same has the rule 3 but im agree with pang if youre creative you can create wahtever story you can

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Well, pangtongshu, I am a Christian, as you will see if you go to my profile, and inappropriateness and swear words, in my family, just are not okay. And I would not advocate them by choosing a story with inappropriateness and swear words as a winning story. It's the same with blood and gore. I don't mean to restrict creative freedom, but I also don't want to advocate things that, in my family, aren't okay.
I don't mean to offend anyone, and I'm sorry if I have, but I can't change the rules.

kylefitch1
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And, minecraftsniper, I can understand how they seem the same, but they really aren't, because in a story everyone can be killed but not have it be gory. Also a story can be gory without everyone being killed. I just would not like either element, because of my Christianity.

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Any reason for rules 1 and 3?

To an extent, gory descriptions and explicit depictions are against the site rules, and you can use less "expressive" words as interjections (darn, crap, shoot), but we'll know what you meant.

I don't mean to restrict creative freedom, but I also don't want to advocate things that, in my family, aren't okay.

I'd assume that advocating murder of any magnitude isn't okay. Why does it only count against the author if "everyone is killed"?

I just would not like either element, because of my Christianity.

I don't see how a story where everyone dies conflicts with that, considering that there are plenty of biblical stories involving mass death. For example, Samson committing suicide while killing thousands around him. If a story was written here paralleling that event, why would it not count?
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Adding to what has been said, this is a PG-13, not G. I don't believe you can filter out gore and swears very fairly because they can very much be used in good taste.

kylefitch1
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I just would not like either element, because of my Christianity.

I don't see how a story where everyone dies conflicts with that, considering that there are plenty of biblical stories involving mass death. For example, Samson committing suicide while killing thousands around him. If a story was written here paralleling that event, why would it not count?


EmperorPalpatine, you're right! I didn't think of that, thanks for putting it in that perspective! And, you are right about the murder thing... I didn't think of that either. I'm not that good at thinking of everything. Rule 6 can be abolished, but I'd prefer it if not everyone was killed.

And Salvidian, I already explained that, and EmperorPalpatine also said this:
To an extent, gory descriptions and explicit depictions are against the site rules, and you can use less "expressive" words as interjections (darn, crap, shoot), but we'll know what you meant.


Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 still stand!

And rule 7 isn't really a rule, but whatever.
Also, I don't mean to be rude or anything, and I'm sorry if I am, it's hard for me to tell, but could people start posting entries for the contest instead of just complaints and things like that?

Thanks!
Salvidian
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Your values don't dictate whether a story is good or not. =|

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Anyway, my entry.

As the curtains pulled up the valiant steeds raced out with the magnificent knights on back, the lion's den on the opposing door rattled creakily open. The loose sandstone blew all about the place as the two factions drew closer and closer. After some time, and much bloodshed, there but two factors remained: a blue soldier sin horse and a great tiger. The tiger leaped forward as the knight fell to the ground crying. Within a few seconds its entire body was gone, leaving nothing but a grotesque pile of bones. It was at this time when the bell rang, and a tiny man ran out of the lion's den with a stick in a hand. He took the stick and ate it, and instantly the bones vanished. The blood was cleaned, the audience was switched, and sun had gone to moon. And once again, the door to the lion's den began creaking as the horses ran out...

pangtongshu
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Ah religious reasons...I feel ya. Well just to let you know..very rarely do people in AMW actually put such content within their works..so you shouldn't find it to be such a big issue.

Salvidian
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Yes, for the most part we pretty much avoid extreme gore and swearing. It is a little odd for us to see someone create a criteria like that though.

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Alright, here's my entry:

The old man sneered, as another fool walked in. "Come, sit right here." stated the former, setting down the newspaper he was reading. The shop had been open for quite some time, much longer than most would think. After some thought, the customer decided what he wanted. "Do you have any card tricks?" inquired the patron. Holding back the urge to spit at the man, the owner simply said yes. With a sleight of hand, he pulled out a deck of cards. The young man took out his wallet, but was stopped. "That won't be necessary. Please, take the cards." the shopkeeper urged. Surprised, the man took the cards, and left the shop. Chuckling, the old man began to lock up.

The next day, the man opened up the store, picking up today's newspaper on the way in. He sat down, and began to read part of an article.
Murdoch Louis Andrews died of internal hemorrhaging last night. As there were no witnesses, the cause of this was unknown. When asked what they though, the lead investigator for this case said, quote "We don't think it was murder. There are no signs of foul play, and for all we know, he could have just tripped and fell." Is this true? The only pieces of evidence that were found are inconclusive. One of the other detectives revealed that, "All we found were a deck of scattered cards and a broken glass." More on this story as it develops.

The old man chuckled at this, as another fool walked in.

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*thought not though.

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Quick question: You're basing your guidelines off of Christianity, but you want the story to be about magic? Do you know what the Bible says about witchcraft and sorcery?

Old Testament: Magic is forbidden and witches/wizards are to be executed.
Exodus 22:18
Leviticus 19:31
Leviticus 20:27
Deuteronomy 18:14
2 Kings 9:22

New Testament: Magic is sinful and wicked.
Acts 8:9 (explained in Acts 8:21-22)
Acts 13:10-11
Galatians 5:20
Revelations 22:15

So, yeah. I'm a Christian and I'd appreciate it if you added magic to your list of banned subject material.

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Well even so, it's not like he's going to use the same category twice.

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