October 1, 2018 at 10:54 am #1961DaedalusParticipant
On the former Word Cloud forum, there was a monthly competition. This was not a prestigious affair, but it was a way of helping members improve their writing or just have a bit of fun. It was a genuine community affair as, initiated by a member with the delightful name ‘Wrathnar the Unreasonable’, the competition was set and judged by members. The winner of each month’s competition would set the theme for the next month, judge the entries and select a winner – and so on. It is a tradition we are delighted to continue on the Den. Generally speaking, entries were flash fiction, depending on the whim of the setter, but poetry and non-fiction was also welcomed. The format was generally:
– A theme or prompt would be suggested (examples ranged from as general as ‘the sea’ or even ‘humour’ to something as specific as ‘write me something inspired by the video of Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”‘)
– A word count (a maximum of 300 to 500 words seems to work well, but whatever suits the judge, goes)
– Fiction, poetry or non-fiction entries welcomed
– Occasionally an additional wrinkle would be added – e.g. you had to mention an elephant
In general, though – use your imagination!
We aim to keep guidelines to a minimum to help ensure as much freedom as possible, but in order to keep things running smoothly, we would be grateful if you could abide by the following:
1) If your entry contains any material that might cause emotional distress or hurt to anyone reading it, please include a specific content warning telling people what to expect. ‘May upset some readers’ is not sufficient – you need to let people know what they might be letting themselves in for
2) Please post the word count of your entry after the main text, just to help the judge out. Also, please do your best to abide by the rules they set, as it isn’t fair to the other entrants otherwise
3) Please don’t comment on individual entries on the thread itself before the end of the competition, so as not to influence the judge unduly. If an entry really worked for, feel free to post a comment after the judging (or if you want to do so right away, post as a status update tagging the individual)
4) If you enter the competition, please make sure you check back at the end of the month to see if you’ve won it! If you set the competition, please make sure you tag the winner (write ‘@username’in the post) to let people know
5) If you win, please try your best to set the next month’s competition on the first day of the month. If you can’t, please let someone know. If the winner can’t be reached for four or five days, the judge can choose another entrant to set the next month’s competition
6) If you are the judge, you don’t have to leave feedback for the entries, but if you want to, go right ahead
7) If in doubt, ask an admin
That’s it – have fun and good luck!
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