I won the audience award! You like me! (sniff) You were shamed, guilted, and/or pressured into admitting you really like me!
Thanks, everyone, for voting for me.
Didn’t get the judges’ prize but I did get into the top ten, which means I also won entry into NYCMidnight’s 2009 Creative Writing Contest, which starts this Friday night. Forget Father’s Day, kids, daddy has to get his write on.
The new contest is a bit different, and only slightly less complicated than a March Madness betting chart made with a Spirograph. It works on a points system.
Once again I’ll be in one of several writer groups. Starting this Friday night, we’ll be given a location that must be featured, an item that must be included, and a specific genre, and we’ll have 2 days to write a 1,000 word short story.
The judges will read them all, put them in order of preference and award points for our placement (#1 gets 25, #2 gets 22, etc). We get more locations, items, and genres and we write another 1,000 word story in July. Our points get added together, and the top 10 writers in each group move on to the next round.
We get reassigned to new groups, do it all over again in August, and the top ten from each group gets points but only five writers from each group move to the next round, based on the top three stories along with the next two highest point-total writers.
The last round is in September, all the writers left get a location, an object that must be in the story, and a genre. The judges choose the best 15, points get assigned, and then a variety of prizes get awarded to the top writers and the top points-holders. More details here.
Got all that? Me, neither. I plan to just write whenever they tell me to and see what happens. The prizes are decent, the challenge is a fun one, we get critiques on everything we write, and we get our own forum to tear each other apart help each other out.
I’ll keep you posted, whether you like it or not, and continue posting my stories here. So, heads up.