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Old July 4th, 2013 (10:55 PM). Edited July 11th, 2013 by bobandbill.
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Small Writing Competition
Judged by bobandbill, Cosmic Fury and Cutlerine



Welcome everyone to the Small Writing Competition! Ready to write a story based on this year's prompt that will impress the three judges and the rest of PC? Great!

But first, a few rules to keep in mind.



Rules

1.) Follow PC's rules and Fanfiction and Writing's rules.
2.) The stories written for this competition must be completely new. In other words, they must not have been written before and not posted anywhere else until judging is over.
3.) You must PM your entries to all of the judges. (This is so if someone loses their PMs the others still have them and so forth). The judges in question are bobandbill, Cosmic Fury and Cutlerine. You also must post in this thread when you send your PMs so we can confirm you did send us an entry.
4.) One entry per member only, sorry.
5.) You have until 11:59 pm EST, July 10th to get your entry in.
6.) The story can be based on Pokemon or be original fiction. Note the judges may not all be familiar with any other fandoms.
7.) The entry can only be a completed one-shot as this is a small writing competition - no chaptered entries, please!
8.) Please don't publicly post your stories until the competition is over! Once the scores are posted and the competition is over, you may post your story in Fanfiction and Writing so that others may see it. Make sure to add [SWC] to your title if you do!

If you have any other questions, ask away!


Scoring

Each entry can have a maximum score of 30, with the points broken down into three categories equaling 10 points in total like in previous years. The categories are:

Spelling and Grammar
Characterization, Plot, and Description
Relevance to Prompt


The prompt is union/unity, so good luck with making use of that in your story!


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Old July 5th, 2013 (07:10 AM).
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Nice prompt for just after July 4th, when us Americans were celebrating how we escaped union/unity with England! :D

I'm definitely in this year. Here's for a good contest, and may the best writer win!
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Old July 5th, 2013 (11:50 AM).
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Is there no word limit/word minimum we need to abide by?
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Old July 5th, 2013 (01:18 PM).
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Quote originally posted by SetheKing:
Is there no word limit/word minimum we need to abide by?
(Not on the staff this time, but answering anyway. :P )

Nope! It can be as few as your story needs, or as many as you can write in the time limit.

I suppose you'll want it to be at least as many as the post minimum for after the contest, so I'd advise somewhere between 25 and a million words. (Of course, Cutlerine's the only one here who can write a million words in three days, and he's judging this year.)

Good luck!
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Giovanni Destroys the World and Everything in It (2012), By What Right? (SWC 2013 1st place), Back in the Day (SWC 2014 1st place)


Family (kind of?): Strange person who calls me strange names

If the pen is mightier than the sword, the keyboard is mightier than the ICBM.
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Old July 5th, 2013 (01:19 PM). Edited July 5th, 2013 by Cutlerine.
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Quote originally posted by SetheKing:
Is there no word limit/word minimum we need to abide by?
Nope. Your story doesn't need to be ridiculously long, and we're not setting a minimum limit - though obviously a story that's very, very short might have a worse chance of scoring highly in all the categories. And a very long story might not fit well with the premise of a 'small' writing competition, as this is. So, in short: your story needs to be just as long as it needs to be to tell the story, but we aren't expecting you to pull a Tolstoy and enter a War and Peace.

EDIT: Alas, I have been ninja'd by icomeanon, but somehow all the sting gets taken out of it when the ninja incorporates a compliment. Or at least, something I choose to accept as a compliment. (On a side note, I can't do a million words in three days, but I can do fifty-five thousand, five hundred and forty. I counted.)

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Old July 6th, 2013 (06:27 AM).
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I think I'm gonna give it a shot o3o
Seem like fun :D
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Old July 6th, 2013 (08:56 AM).
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I'll be sure to give this a go, I mean why not right? aha
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Old July 7th, 2013 (05:52 AM).
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So yeah... entry submitted :3
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Old July 7th, 2013 (06:54 AM).
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Yes, I've made a note of that in the first post. =)
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Old July 7th, 2013 (03:42 PM).
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Alright, given the lack of entries so far, there's going to be an extension. Possibly two days minimum, depending on how many extra we get.

Please post what sort of time extension you would like to have, and/or if you are intending to enter so we have a better idea of interest! If you're not normally a writer, jump in anyway - do it for the fun/challenge of it!
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Old July 7th, 2013 (07:29 PM).
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34 minutes remaining until the original deadline, and my submission is in!

Interested to see how this one takes; I tried to go out of my comfort zone in a few ways and I'm hoping it pays off. :)

So come on, people, write stuff! It doesn't have to be Tolstoy, just give it a shot!
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There's Always Tomorrow (SWC 2009), A Matter of Stubbornness (SWC 2010), Left by the Roadside
(SWC 2011 1st place),
Giovanni Destroys the World and Everything in It (2012), By What Right? (SWC 2013 1st place), Back in the Day (SWC 2014 1st place)


Family (kind of?): Strange person who calls me strange names

If the pen is mightier than the sword, the keyboard is mightier than the ICBM.
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Old July 7th, 2013 (09:19 PM).
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I think I'd like to get in on this, too. I should be able to write a story by Monday night or Tuesday afternoon. The story might be a little on the serious side; I hope that's okay.
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Good to hear!

At the moment, it's been extended by another three days (so the new deadline is 11:59 pm EST, July 10th), but it's a flexible deadline.
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Thank god the deadline has been extended haha. I haven't even started yet because of time constraints and general laziness.
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I'm so happy this has been extended! Gives me something to do tomorrow!
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Old July 10th, 2013 (02:12 PM).
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My entry is in - might have sent it twice by mistake, apologies.
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Old July 10th, 2013 (05:07 PM).
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Got your entry.

Sure hope other entries come in soon, guys, the extension isn't worth much if only one other entry came in.
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I just realized the deadline was 11:59 pm EST, not PST. Whoops. I don't suppose you could excuse my idiocy and allow me to submit my entry before 11:59 pm PST (2:59 am EST)? It's taken longer than I thought, but I'm almost done. If not, oh well; there's always next year.
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Quote originally posted by AllergicProductions:
I just realized the deadline was 11:59 pm EST, not PST. Whoops. I don't suppose you could excuse my idiocy and allow me to submit my entry before 11:59 pm PST (2:59 am EST)? It's taken longer than I thought, but I'm almost done. If not, oh well; there's always next year.
It should be fine, just crank it out quick.
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(SWC 2011 1st place),
Giovanni Destroys the World and Everything in It (2012), By What Right? (SWC 2013 1st place), Back in the Day (SWC 2014 1st place)


Family (kind of?): Strange person who calls me strange names

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Old July 10th, 2013 (09:25 PM).
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It is not a problem in the slightest. Send it away when it is done!

Going to have to put a formal close on the deadline, but if you suddenly have a story idea and write it out during the next day/were still working on your entry, we're still going to accept them, given the circumstances.
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Alright, my entry's in. Sorry if this was inconvenient; it took longer than I predicted.
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Entry is received!

I'll also mention that once judging is over you can post your entry in the FF&W section, which I'd advise doing. =)
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All entries received here, too. I'll also add my support to bobandbill's suggestion that you post your entries in the FF&W section; I'm building up quite a lot of notes as I read through these, and I'll be able to give them all as more detailed feedback in the context of a review. Or perhaps I'll just condense them and stick them in with the results; that'll probably get them to you quicker.

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When does this contest end?

And do the fanfictions have to end or can they also have open endings?
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Quote originally posted by PinkSapphire:
When does this contest end?

And do the fanfictions have to end or can they also have open endings?
Well, we don't really have a set end date now that we've gone past our second deadline, but if you have a story in mind, scribble it down in the next day or so and enter!

We will only accept completed stories, but, you know, if you wanted to have a Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels-style ending where the outcome is ambiguous, that would be totally cool. What we can't accept is a story that reads like Chapter One of a much longer story - it does have to be a complete, self-contained entity, ambiguous ending or not.

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