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The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:16 pm

THE OFFICIAL SHOCK TOTEM FLASH CONTEST RULES

To gain access to the contest forum, please send a PM to one of the mods and someone will add your username to the group. However, you must participate in order to remain an active member of this group.

GENERAL

The most important rule is to have fun. But you must read and adhere to the following rules. We do not have time to babysit.

The monthly flash fiction contest is a prompted contest. The prompt—a photo, subject matter, quote, whatever—must be integral to your story and not just vaguely referenced.

We will have a contest every two months—January, March, May, July, and September. In October we will hold a separate contest for the previous winners. The winner of that contest will have their story featured in an upcoming issue of Shock Totem.

To keep things more intimate and beneficial to each writer, if more than 30 people sign up any given month, we may split entrants into groups. The winner of each group will then move to the final contest in June or December.

The contest will run for one week from the date its prompt is posted, which should be the first day of each month, barring any unforeseen circumstances. At the end of one week, the entry thread will be locked and the reading/voting period will begin.

The maximum word count for all entries is 1,000 words or less. No exceptions!

Shock Totem team members may participate in the contests, as the contests are about supporting writers and promoting growth and not just about prizes. In the event that a team member's story is chosen as the First Place winner, the monthly prize will go the Second Place winner and their story will be in the running for inclusion in a future issue of Shock Totem.

In the case of a tie for First Place (excluding Shock Totem team members), there will be no tie-breaker. Each story wins.

Winner(s) will also get to choose from a variety of prizes.

SUBMISSIONS

Please e-mail your entry to contests@shocktotem.com, with CONTEST in the subject line. Include your personal info, as well as forum username. Double-space between paragraphs. For everything else, follow our main submission guidelines (link). Any contest entry sent to our normal submission e-mail address will be deleted.

Stories submitted will be posted anonymously in a non-public forum, viewable to only those given specific access—generally an accepted safeguard against giving up First Print rights.

Once the voting is complete, the authors' names will be revealed, so please do not submit the stories anonymously.

Once the contest is complete, the thread containing the stories will be removed. However, the feedback for those stories will remain.

Please do not submit previously published work, or stories we have previously rejected. If you do, you will be disqualified.

VOTING

Each entrant is required to vote on their top three.

Votes for First Place will receive five (5) points; votes for Second Place will receive three (3) points; and votes for Third Place will receive (1) point. Yes, this means that there is a chance that a story with more Second and Third Place votes will beat a story with more First Place votes—but as flawed as it is, it's the best system to use.

Do not post your votes to the forum. Please PM them to Ms. Contesta McDinglenuts (link).

Voting will continue until all participants vote or three weeks pass, whichever comes first. Results will be posted thereafter.

You may not vote for your own entry, and only that month's participants may vote.

If you do not vote, you will be disqualified and will not receive any feedback on your entry. You will also not be allowed to participate in the next contest.

FEEDBACK

All participants are encouraged to read and comment on the entries.

Do not post your feedback to the forum. Please PM feedback along with your votes to Ms. Contesta McDinglenuts (link).

As mentioned, feedback of any kind is encouraged not required. But please consider that feedback will help each writer strengthen their work, thus making the contest worthwhile for all.



These rules are subject to change. Thank you and good luck!


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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Laurah213 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:29 pm

I want in!! I can't wait to write a good short story!!! Hey Ken -- give me access!!!

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:32 pm

Reword that, my sweet friend. Ken is rather pervy. But yay! This will be fun!

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by kaolin on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:43 pm

By "first five" do you mean "top five", or the five winners from the first five months of the contest running? Smile

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:53 pm

After five months of the contest, we'll choose a winner for publication in Shock Totem.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by andrewkempster on Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:58 pm

Oh I wanna play! Lemme in, Ken.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by shadowflame1974 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:22 pm

May I please be let in also?

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by shadowflame1974 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:26 pm

*knocks on door* Please?

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Laurah213 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:32 pm

fine -- I want access to the secret hidden special exciting new forum

HAPPY NOW???? LOL

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Laurah213 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:33 pm

quick question... sorry about posting so many times -- can we submit every week or just once or only 5 times, etc? And if we don't submit can we still vote???

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:35 pm

shadowflame1974 wrote:*knocks on door* Please?
Settle down! Laughing

You guys have been given access. You should see it underneath The Fine Print section. There's nothing in there yet.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:38 pm

Laurah213 wrote:quick question... sorry about posting so many times -- can we submit every week or just once or only 5 times, etc? And if we don't submit can we still vote???
What do you mean by every week? You mean for each contest? If so, then yes, you can have an entry in each contest. Hell, you can win each contest, too. Then your own stories will battle it out at the end. It'll be epic! Haha.

As for voting, it'll only be for those who participate. It's a more intimate contest, so to speak.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:38 pm

You may submit one story per contest. That is one story a month. Only people who have submitted a story to that month's contest can vote.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:58 pm

The contest rules have been updated. See the first post. Any questions, just ask.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Paula Ray on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:49 pm

I would like to participate...my I be permitted?

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:52 pm

Paula Ray wrote:I would like to participate...my I be permitted?
You've been added.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Balor on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Hey Ken and Merk, I've actually never written a flash piece before (go figure). It'll be good practice, I think. Count me in...

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:50 pm

Balor wrote:Hey Ken and Merk, I've actually never written a flash piece before (go figure). It'll be good practice, I think. Count me in...
I remember when I first participated in a one-hour flash challenge; I wrote a story that literally was 99% complete. It was about 900 words long and, for whatever reason, it just flowed perfectly. The time limit had me so focused it was ridiculous. When I finished, I was shaking! The adrenaline was pumping like crazy.

This isn't an one-hour challenge, but a week is fairly short. Hopefully it keeps everyone focused. I'd like to try a one-hour challenge here at some point.

Anyway, you're in.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by kaolin on Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Kenwood wrote:
This isn't an one-hour challenge, but a week is fairly short. Hopefully it keeps everyone focused. I'd like to try a one-hour challenge here at some point.

I do a weekly challenge (well, once in a blue moon I actually make it) that's an hour and a half from time of prompt. Some impressive stuff comes out of it, sometimes. :)

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:01 pm

kaolin wrote:
Kenwood wrote:
This isn't an one-hour challenge, but a week is fairly short. Hopefully it keeps everyone focused. I'd like to try a one-hour challenge here at some point.
I do a weekly challenge (well, once in a blue moon I actually make it) that's an hour and a half from time of prompt. Some impressive stuff comes out of it, sometimes. Smile
I've seen it. You just have to focus your chi. Or something.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by JaymGates on Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:31 am

I joined JUST FOR THIS! (Ok, and because I love Shock Totem and ya'll rock.) Please count me in on this? Pretty please? I already bribed Mercedes...

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Kenwood on Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:29 am

JaymGates wrote:I joined JUST FOR THIS! (Ok, and because I love Shock Totem and ya'll rock.) Please count me in on this? Pretty please? I already bribed Mercedes...
You're in.

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:32 am

She totally did! She's sending me pretty gifts in the mail! AND a gorgeous masked picture for my blog. What have ya'll done for me lately? Razz

I'm so glad you're here, Jayme!

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Tall Tyrion on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:29 pm

You didn't run the masked picture I sent, Mercedes...

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Re: The Official Shock Totem Flash Contest Rules

Post by Mercedes on Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:09 pm

I thought that was for my personal files. Razz

Send me something, TT. I'll run it in April.

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