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Boc 12-12-10 10:17 PM

Monthly Competition Idea
Hey all,

On another forum I frequent, we have a monthly competition called Read in a Rush.

Basically, the idea is for the contest host to present a theme, normally 1 word, that the community writes a 900-1100 short story on, based either in the WH40K or WHF worlds.

Each author responds to the monthly competition thread with their story and a word count. Once the roughly 3-week competition period has come to an end, a new, voting thread is opened.

The last week of the month will be voting, each contestant as well as any random readers (as any are free to vote) will be able to vote for their favorite three stories. Once the voting period is closed, I will post up the winning story into a Winners' Compilation thread.

This post is just to gauge interest, so please vote either Yes or No if you'd be interested in having a fun, monthly competition here on Heresy.

Examples of past entries in a comparable:

Theme "Fury"
Pip: A Good Man
Boc: Awakening
Mossy Toes: Doll (Gives a Kiss)

Theme "Victory"
Boc: Vraks

Theme "Judgment"
Boc: Betrayal

Theme: "Atonement"
Boc: Nothing Left
Mossy Toes: Padre Sawbones
Eremite: The Prodigal Son

Theme: "The Edge"
Mossy Toes: Take Your Medicine!

Theme: "Desperation"
Mossy Toes: Help Me

Boc 12-12-10 11:38 PM

Oh, and of course, I wouldn't be starting up the competition until the New Year, simply to keep everything in a nice, organized at-the-beginning-of-the-month manner.

Any other questions on the RiaR Competition, ask away!

Shogun_Nate 12-13-10 02:07 AM

Eh..I was thinking today while driving about something similar to this. A 500-word count short story based on a theme. Something to help folks practice (myself mostly LOL) while challenging them to create something with so few words. But, since you voiced this, I think I shall simply nod and agree with you and go about my merry way!

Good luck and good gaming,


Davidicus 40k 12-13-10 03:29 AM

Even though I'd probably fail in this type of competition (since my creativity, or lack thereof, at times is my main weakness), I meant to vote Yes. It's a good way to practice.

Mossy Toes 12-13-10 12:49 PM

Want. RiaR hasn't been that steady over on the Bolthole the past few months, so another area in which to explore ideas might be nice.

Boc 12-13-10 01:06 PM

Aye, Mossy, that's why I was trying to bring it over here. It'll be run pretty much identically.

Bloody Mary 12-13-10 03:33 PM

I'm all for. It'd be a good way for people to practice writing.

warsmith7752 12-13-10 04:39 PM

Would you have to participate every month?

Boc 12-13-10 05:28 PM

There is no mandated participation with it, just a fun monthly comp. If you manage to enter a story each month, great. If you can only do it once every three months, great. Its all about practicing your writing with these shorts that can be read... well... in a rush.

Another great byproduct of this is that people seem more inclined to comment if its in a competition, so it serves as a fairly reliable way to get feedback on your work.

But yeah, no pressure to enter each month, and anyone that does not write will still be more than welcome to vote.

warsmith7752 12-13-10 05:41 PM

Then definitely a yes from me,

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