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4th Grand Malazan Short Story Contest It has been too long.

#1 User is offline   Shinrei 

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:53 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been too long since our last official contest. The time has come once again for Fist Gamet to defend his perpetual 2nd place title. :thumbsup:

Authors who submitted works to the first three contests are, of course, invited to participate again. Obviously, they must submit a different work.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 1st, 2012. The competition deadlines have previously been set 5-6 months after the announcement, and this seems to have worked well.


Original rules as follows:
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Authors may choose between

a) Public Display of their submission in the writing forum.
b ) Private submission directly to judges.*

*Grand Prize submission will be made public on MalazanEmpire.com/forums regardless of how the work was originally submitted.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE TO: malazanwriting@live.com

Submissions sanctioned for public viewing will be posted in the writing Forum in a special thread created for the contest. Link: (to be created later)

Submission guidelines (short version):

a) Original work of the person entering the submission.
Any subject matter/topic is allowed. The work does not need to be fantasy or science fiction.
c) 7,500 words or less.
d) English language only, except where other language is necessary for storytelling purposes.

OFFICIAL RULES (long version):

1) Volunteer Judges are not eligible to submit short stories for the contest.
2) Any previously published works and works currently considered for publication will not be accepted for this contest.
3) All works must be original creations of and by the person submitting them for the contest. NO THIRD PARTY SUBMISSIONS ALLOWED.
4) Any professionally edited (by editors, professors, english teachers/tutors) are not eligible. This will be on the honor system, so if you have submitted a story for review in a magazine, newspaper, college or high school english course, it is not eligible for this contest.
5) Works must be 7,500 words or less (per Wikipedia's short story definition). This is not a hard and fast number, if you submit 7,563 words this is not an issue.
6) A submitted work can be a story the author has already begun at the time of this announcement, IF the work has never been professionally edited or submitted for publication. Therefore, works not started specifically for the purpose of this contest ARE eligible. (If you've had something sitting in your computer forever but have never finished or edited it, this is your chance).
7) Only standing members of MalazanEmpire.com/forums are eligible. User ID's created after the date of this rules post will NOT BE ALLOWED to submit works. (Exceptions made under special circumstances, please contact me via PM).
8) If a volunteer judge opts to be anonymous and informs Shinrei via Private Message of this desire, Privacy of said judge's ID will be honored.
9) Maximum of 1 submission is allowed per user ID. Single ownership of multiple IDs necessitates that ONE ID must be chosen under which to submit the work. In other words, only ONE SUBMISSION per ONE PERSON regardless of number of User ID's held.
10) Submitted works are intellectual property of the owner and author. Copyright will be honored and any reproduction or use of submitted works without express written consent of the owner/author is prohibited.


Prizes:

TBA

In the past, top finalists have received Amazon vouchers up to 25dollars/pounds and original artwork by MalazanEmpire artists.


Volunteer Judges Are:

the more interesting wade-newb
loki
HD

Past winners have been:

1st Contest: Yellow
2nd Contest: jitsukker
3rd Contest: Riot

This post has been edited by Shinrei: 28 June 2012 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:02 AM

1st Contest

2nd Competition

3rd Contest Submissions

This post has been edited by Shinrei: 26 April 2012 - 05:02 AM

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:03 AM

People interested in judging, please be aware that your time will be needed in November.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:57 AM

I'm torn between wanting to enter and volunteering to judge :/
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

Well, you've already won it once, so you could be our first multiple winner if you try :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:43 PM

Oooh, now you got me :thumbsup: Right, settled! I'm gonna enter! Tremble in fear, all ye who look on my works, and despair!
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

If you're still getting spam at that email, replace it with something like this malazanwriting(atsymbolhere)live(dotcom)

That will probably help prevent any new spambots from finding you.

I'd judge, but that's Nanowrimo season!
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

I won't have enough time to enter, but I'll gladly judge :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

Finished, and submitted. :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

*cracks knuckles* time to break out the bengay again! :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:09 AM

Y'all are way behind, SylvanShade has already submitted. :thumbsup:

One note for submitters, please let me know if there are important parts of italics or underlining or whatever, since I have to hand edit that after I copy/paste. I may not notice otherwise.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

Given that the deadline is October, I feel comfortable not having submitted. I wonder if SylvanShade submitted something he'd already completed? Dude? Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course -- I plan on completing a half-finished project myself and using that as my entry. But turnaround is always going to be faster if you've got something ready to go.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

I had already written the first 200 words of the story I submitted. When I saw this thread, I went back through all my unfinished crap and picked one out, refined it and submitted. It was an unusual bout of creativity that I haven't had for ages, and it felt pretty damned good...

I do have a few reasons for just submitting early, but they are menial and unimportant. :)
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Let us hope the judging is fair as I cannot take being robbed a fourth time... :)
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

Hah! (x infinity)
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

Dammit, this bloody story is growing and growing. Nearly 5000 words currently, and I'm about 2/3 of the way through. Will have to cut drastically to make the limit.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:51 AM

^^I often find that it's a good place to start revisions, unless your writing is very economic to begin with :doh:

I hope I will have time to finish something, but my already rather slow creative machinery is bogged down by workshops and thesis writing atm. It's a generous deadline though, so maybe.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:14 PM

Finished! First draft, and am happy enough with it. Came in at a smidge under 8k in the end, so will revise and trim over the next week or so, and then submit. Woo-hoo!
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:35 AM

I'm looking forward to reading it! :D
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:07 PM

Oooh you guys are doing writing contests now? Count me in!
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