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Old December 6th, 2013 (08:45 PM).
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What about, I don't know, say like 4-5k?
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Quote originally posted by PhantomX0990:
What about, I don't know, say like 4-5k?
That's probably when I'll start docking points. I can only speak for me, but 4k is pushing it. You can still turn it in by all means, but just don't be surprised if a couple points are deducted.
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Old December 6th, 2013 (10:37 PM).
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Let me just reiterate that Slayr might be the only judge to dock points for going over the word limit. I will not be counting words. This means that you'll get points from me based on the quality of your story, and you can go as high as you need to without fear that I will be docking points from you.

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For me, the challenge is to write a story in that as stated in the first place. I personally am not the greatest fan of such limits (something I'd blame on school, I suppose), and believe that the story should be as long as it needs to be to, well, tell the story. So I won't dock points unless it really is too short, or the more likely scenario of being noticeably way longer than 2000 words. I'm willing to be even more (or less) lax with that, but that's how it stands for myself.
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Let me just reiterate that Slayr might be the only judge to dock points for going over the word limit. I will not be counting words.
Yeah. I mean, what's the point of rules if you're not going to enforce them? There's already been a "debate" about the prompt (which, now that you can completely ignore Christmas/winter in the "Winter Writing Competition", seems quite useless), and now a disregard for the word limit (or at least a major flexibility to the point of disregard).

Which other rules can we break?
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Old December 7th, 2013 (12:32 PM).
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Yeah. I mean, what's the point of rules if you're not going to enforce them? There's already been a "debate" about the prompt (which, now that you can completely ignore Christmas/winter in the "Winter Writing Competition", seems quite useless), and now a disregard for the word limit (or at least a major flexibility to the point of disregard).

Which other rules can we break?
I would just like to say that this is my first time running a writing competition. Since this is my first time, I don't want to create impossible boundaries that no one can follow. That's why I'm being so lenient with everything. Plus, I want to get as many people to join as possible. FF&W isn't the most popular board, and lately it's had a reputation of only being for the writing types. Meaning, if you don't take writing seriously, you aren't allowed. I hate the stigma and the best way to break it down is through fun, little events like this one. Like I said before, this is my first time running a competition and I want to avoid creating impossible boundaries. In other words, this is sort of a test for me. Once I feel more confident with running competitions, you can be sure I'll reinforce the rules a little more strictly because I know that they will be fair. In the meantime, however, I'm just testing various aspects.
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Just to address the general sentiment in this thread, the idea of a word limit is two-fold. The first is that it makes it a bit easier on the judges because they don't have to either a) read through a ton of text or b) deal with entries that clearly demonstrate a lack of effort. The second is that staying within a word margin is challenging. A big part of writing is choosing your words carefully and cutting out everything that doesn't need to be there. It would be easy to word-vomit a story out for a competition like this and send it off. It requires a lot more care and attention to stay within the boundaries, which typically produces much better work.

In terms of breaking rules, Slayr has stated he will enforce the word limit. You will lose points if you break said limit. The penalty may not be very harsh since only Slayr is docking points for that, but the result is you won't be eligible for the maximum possible score if you go over or under.

Therefore, everyone's going to have to decide whether they can write a "better story" with more (or less) words, possibly earning more points overall than they lose for length. It's a tradeoff.
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To be honest, I'd rather people send in something that's outside of the word limit then not try at all. The point of this competition is not to prove you are the best writer in the forum or anything, it's just a fun activity to try and drum up activity, is all. I don't really see much of a problem in the word limit not being a major loss of points if you write a good story anyway out of it, and give it a go. So why try and discourage people and go against the point of the event? So I think it makes sense - you go out of the limit significantly, you may get some point reduction. Nothing that will rule you out of winning if you do a great job with the story, but if you're in the limit, you won't face the penalty from at least some judges.

And as txt said, it is preferably if you don't give us a epic to judge so we can get the results done sooner. =p
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Alrighty people, judging for the stories will begin in one week! So be sure to get them in sometime in the next seven days if you plan on participating! :D
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Would it be okay, if I made a story under all three of these prompts.

If so here's a mock story:

Prompt: Loneliness.
Rating: R

The Lonely Waffle

There was once a lonely waffle.

Astinus: <sniffs> You're a superb writer.

bobanbill: Best story ever.

Slayr231: The deep psychological impact that story has on you is mind blowing.

Rukario: Here, i make you the owner of PC.

TD: Woohoo!
That was the best story I've ever heard in my life. Also the saddest.
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Posting to say that I got the entry sent in by Kiddinq.
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Old December 9th, 2013 (08:58 PM).
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Um, when is the deadline for this? I want to enter but am busy until Winter Break.
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Old December 10th, 2013 (07:57 AM).
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All entries are due December 14th. If there is a lack of entries, an extension on the deadline will be given.
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Quote originally posted by Slayr231:
All entries are due December 14th. If there is a lack of entries, an extension on the deadline will be given.
Okay, thanks. Don't write fafication much but will try to get something in.
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Posting to let y'all know that I am participating and will get my entry in before or on the deadline date. :)

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Okay, thanks. Don't write fafication much but will try to get something in.
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Posting to let y'all know that I am participating and will get my entry in before or on the deadline date.

Best of luck to those who enter!
Sounds good to me! I look forward to all of your entries! :D
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I'll try to have my entry in before the deadline, but I'm suddenly busy at work with the Christmas Rush, so I can't guarantee it.
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I'm working on my entry, fingers crossed I get it done in time!

Just curious: how many entries have been sent in so far? Just the one all the judges confirmed getting?
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Quote originally posted by Incinermyn:
I'll try to have my entry in before the deadline, but I'm suddenly busy at work with the Christmas Rush, so I can't guarantee it.
Well I sure hope you can get it done in time!

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I'm working on my entry, fingers crossed I get it done in time!

Just curious: how many entries have been sent in so far? Just the one all the judges confirmed getting?
Since you are supposed to comment here once you have submitted your entry, it is a good chance if a story has been submitted, a comment about it lies here. So yes, only one entry so far.
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I don't think I'll be able to finish my story by Friday as I have exams. So I guess I'll be dropping out. If there is a deadline however then I'll try to get my story up.
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lol i just saw this seeing that i'm not really active in this section of the forums XD

I'm just starting now and seeing that I have exams next week and a couple of tests later this week I don't think i'm gonna finish in time but, if it does so happen that the deadline is pushed back hmu so I know :3
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o___o -suddenly feels pressured- DX I'm teh only entry T__T
That just means you'll automatically win! XD

Don't worry, if there is a deadline push, I'll let everyone know via VM.
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