We ran this the first time what seemed like last year but was actually back in 2012.
The thread was here
And the results thread was here
If you fancy yourself as the creative type or reckon you can spin a good yarn then this is the competition for you.
Stories must be minimum 500 words up to 2500 words.
You will have up to May 31 2015 to write your story.
To the winner goes the title CW short story champion and you will get your story published in this thread.
You will email your completed story to email@example.com
I am looking for 2-3 volunteer judges. Judges will receive the stories from me with the author names replaced by random numbers to avoid any bias in the judging. After they have finished judging they will be told who wrote each story.
Please respond in this thread indicating if you are in. Or if you would like to be a Judge.
I have had expressions of Interest to compete from GIMH, Heef and Spark so far.
It should be noted that GIMH won last time and will probably provide stiff competition again this time.
Must be your own work. But I will allow stories inspired by something you have read or seen in a movie just don't rip something off.
You can make quotes of books if they don't exceed 5% of the word count.
Yes you can brush off an old story you have written for another purpose. So long as you do brush it up a bit for this competition.
Topic Choice - you can pick anything you want but it should be fiction.
Between 500-2500 words. Please include your word count in your covering email.
Any disputes or other rulings will be settled by myself in consultation with the judges.
Scoring Guide as follows:
Scores out of 10 for each section unless otherwise noted:
Beginning (out of 5): Does writer engage the reader's attention immediately? Is tone, setting and characters established quickly?
Characterization: Are characters believable, well-rounded? Actions and interactions consistent and well motivated?
Plot: Is the story interesting and compelling to read?
Style: Is writing fresh and free of cliches? Is there a strong/creative use of the english language and a compelling writing style?
Mechanics (out of 5): Is grammar and punctuation correct?
Bonus points for any Kane Williamson and Trent Boult fan fiction