Fun Writing Competition – The Rules

Things are moving quickly. We now have our judges who are:

Wren, Kris, TJ, Tam, Simsala, Ingrid, Lily, Pam, Jenre and Beth C. John will be an alternate in the paranormal/historical/science fiction category.

THE RULES
1. Anyone can enter as long as you’re not a published author by July 1, 2010 when the contest officially starts
2. Stories must be a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 3,000 words and must be M/M. If you are either under or over you’re disqualified – no exemptions because you can’t count. Submissions can be in any word processing program that counts the number of words e.g. Microsoft Word, and must be double spaced with a large enough font size because some of the judges can’t see very well.
3. Your story must be funny or it will be disqualified. Your story must contain one sex scene and have some dialogue other than grunts and groans.
4. One story per person please. Don’t try to cheat by using different emails
5. No bribing the judges by offering to sleep with them. Each judge has only one vote so that won’t do you any good – you would have to sleep with the whole lot to guarantee being in the finals
6. If you’re a judge you can’t submit a story in the same category you’re judging – that’s called cheating. 🙂
7. Entries must be received by midnight July 15 to qualify
8. The judges have 3 weeks to read and rate the stories on a scale of 1 to 10. They are not allowed to rate any story as zero because that’s unkind.
9. You must show clearly on your submission whether the story is contemporary or paranormal/historical/science fiction so that I’ll know which judges will have the honour of reading your works of art or whatever you want to call them. 🙂
10. There will be a winner in each category and the 2 semi finalists will go head to head on the site and YOU, dear readers, get to pick the winning entry
11. The prize – I haven’t figured that out yet but there will be a prize. Maybe I’ll get a sponsor or 2 to pony up
12. The winning entry will be published on the website for everyone to read so your fame (or infamy) will go far and wide. 🙂

Christian is setting up a special email under Navigation where you can send your entries (more on this later)

I don’t believe that Katiebabs was volunteering to be a judge, she’s too busy writing about a hot gay vampire and his unaware virginal boy toy. That woman has even more imagination than Tam. 🙂

If I have forgotten anything I’m sure you’ll tell me.

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budajsguy

Question in re Rule 3: Your story must be funny or it will be disqualified. Your story must contain one sex scene and have some dialogue other than grunts and groans.

Are we talking a comedic story or one with humor sprinkled in among the darker elements (ya know, as dark as 3000 words can get)?

Miranda

Oh, a serious question now. I’m not spamming, I promise. What if you don’t have a typing program with word count? I have Textedit and use Nanocount.

Wave

Miranda I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe you could send your story to a friend who uses Word and they could tell you the word count. That should work. 🙂

Dilo

online word counters:
http://www.wordcounttool.com/
http://www.allworldphone.com/count-words-characters.htm

The first one counted higher than Word – about 100 words more for mine (2600 vs 2700). I think Open Office also does that, in comparison to Word. Perhaps they treat contractions differently. Just a guess.

Miranda

*big smile* My upper middle class conservative highly religious parents are helping me! *snort giggle snort*

Wave

Miranda you can write anything you want as long as it fits into the rules. 🙂

Miranda

Wave, just WHAT are you suggesting about my character…? *mumblemumblesowhatifitmightbetruemublemumble*

CherieNoel

Ooooh! This sounds FUN! I’ve already started my story…hope my twisted sense of humor is funny to more than just me…*glances around* well, the cats always seem amused…

Wave

The judges are going to have a field day with this competiton. 🙂 Good luck.

ebi

I start writing and then…………….. Yes, that’s right, nothing. Writer’s block in capitals. I think i’m hinged on “funny”. I can do some humour but the overall tone in any story I’ve tried writing for this competition is serious.HmmpH! I’m thinking of waiting for another competition for more serious stuff but my daddy didn’t raise no quitter! Alright, no more gash. I’m off to start another one. Wish me luck and colour me funny! 🙂

Wave

Ebi
Your story MUST be funny or it won’t pass the eagle eye of the judges. 🙂

Miranda

Hot damn! Guess I better get writing *nibbling her fingernails* I’ve never written m/m before! 😀

Wave

Don’t forget the rules Miranda. No canoodling (sp.)with the judges. 🙂 this is strictly M/M – no girl cooties allowed.

Dilo

Questions!! These might be silly, but taking the rules literally, I need to ask.
Can it be m/m/m? I’d hate to send one guy home.
Can there be more than one sex scene?
Thanks.

Wave

Hi Dilo
You don’t have to send one guy home – three or even four are okay. 🙂
You can have more than one sex scene but I don’t know how you’ll do it within 3000 words and still have a story and some prose and dialogue. This will be interesting. 🙂

Ingrid

Janey, they should be quick as I will be going on holiday the 11th of July till the end of the month.

Wave

Ingrid
How will you be able to judge if you’re going to be away? The competition doesn’t close until July 15 and the judges have to read the stories in the 3 weeks following.

Janey Chapel

Sounds like *someone* wants some summer beach reading! 😉

Joking aside, this sounds like a lot of fun, and I’ll pimp it in my LJ as well! Hope you get lots of fabulous entries!

Wave

Janey
Thank you. I think it will be a lot lof fun for everyone, even the judges who have to read and rank the entries.

Summer beach reading. YAY.

katiebabs

I’m so in! How about a 3k sex scene? 😉

Wave

Katiebabs
You have to have a STORY not just sex. We must have prose and dialogue and well formed characters. What do you think this is, PWP? 🙂

katiebabs

Uh oh, I can’t take part. I’m already published 🙁

Wave

Damn!

I was so looking forward to reading about t”he hot gay vampire and his unaware virginal boy toy.”

I know, maybe you can collaborate with someone who is not published. That won’t be cheating will it? As you can tell, I really wanted to read that story. 🙂

katiebabs

Or I could just do it for fun? 🙂

Libby Drew

Sounds like great fun, Wave. I’d love to pass the word along via my blog and website. Any objections?

Wave

Libby
I would love for you to pass the word along. The more the merrier. This will be a real challenge to see who can write a funny sexy M/M story in 3000 words or less. I can’t wait. 🙂

Tam

Are we getting a picture inspiration or are those boys it? And you need to tell me what category I’m judging again so I don’t write the wrong thing. 3000 words is short for me. Ack!

Wave
Tam You have to learn control. 🙂 3000 words is a lot. Remember, the judges have to read ALL the entries in a particular category so I don’t want them burning the midnight oil. They are supposed to be having fun, not do another job. You get your own inspiration based on what I’ve seen so far and I would love for you to write a paranormal story, but because not many of the volunteers want to judge that category I would say you are probably one of the ones I would like to judge it, going by the hamster… Read more »
Tam

Got it. I’ll write contemporary. Although I was kind of looking forward to writing an alien hero with no mouth. 😛

Wave

If he had no mouth how would he perform oral sex? 🙂

Re the 3000 word count, you have 2 weeks to polish your story and edit, edit, edit.

Tam

If he had no mouth how would he perform oral sex?

Ah, but that’s where the skill of a true author comes to light. 😀

I’m actually down in the DC area next week from Tues to the following Monday for an extended drunken birthday weekend, so I’ll have to write like the wind when I get back.

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