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The Sixth TvTropes Writing Contest:

 1 Parable, Wed, 1st Feb '12 3:35:24 PM from California Relationship Status: In love with love
Many Faces
Greetings, Writers! Welcome to the Sixth TvTropes Writing Contest! Want to give yourself a challenge? Try something New? Show off your skills? Win the praise and respect of your peers? Just want to have fun? Here is a chance to try all of the above! Write your story for everyone to see and a few to judge and see how you fare with reviews and critique. Looking forward to it? Hope so, because the Sixth Tv Tropes Writing Contest begins now!

Rules
  • 2000 - 5000 words.
  • Original work only.
  • Meet the deadline - March 9, Midnight Pacific Time.
  • Stick to the theme.
    • Contestants must provide the name of the musical piece they are using and a link to said music.
    • Music with lyrics must also provide a link to the lyrics.
    • Nursery Rhymes and such are allowed.
    • For the purposes of this contest, John Cage's "4'33" will not be allowed.

Theme:
Music. Contestants are to choose a song or piece of music and write a story based on that. Judges will grade this writing based on how well the story fits the music. Now this can actually be a bit trickier then it looks. Choosing a song like Gettysburg - 1863, The Devil To Pay, which is literally the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg told in song, will give you a ready made story that just needs some fleshing out. On the other hand, that really restrains your creativity and what you can do with your story. Coming at it from the opposite way you can do a story based on music without any song to accompany them. This certainly allows more of a write-whatever-pops-in-my head style, but when I hear The X-Files theme and I think spooky and mysterious, I better hope I can write something spooky and mysterious, and that the judges will agree with that sentiment. Both are totally acceptable and so is everything in between. With that said, do your best and have fun with it!

Judging

Judging is anonymous. When your story is complete, upload it to Free Text Host. Do not include your name anywhere in the document. Then you will PM the URL to the designated handler, jewelleddragon, who will in turn PM all the entries to the judges.

The stories will be scored by each judge out of 25 points according to the following scale:

  • Conventions: 5 points.
  • Theme: 5 points.
  • Overall: 15 points.

Get it? Got it? Good. Now sign up and get to writing!

Contestants:
  • jewelleddragon
  • feotakahari
  • chihuahua 0
  • Luthen
  • Fancolors
  • Hydrall
  • Freezair For A Limited Time
  • animemetalhead
  • Euodiachloris
  • Fallen Legend
  • Specialist 290
  • Hermiethefrog
  • Doktorvon Eurotrash
  • Eio
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Nocturna
  • Aniventerie
  • John Deerley
  • Culex 3
  • Journeyman
  • i Dreams
  • Leradny
  • Mecha Jesus
  • lu 127
  • Ryusui
  • Bur
  • Battle Born

Judges:
Come on, we really need you!)
  • Parable
  • Snowy Foxes
  • Terminal Optimist
  • Flyboy
  • nrjxll

edited 9th Feb '12 6:56:34 PM by Parable

The flowershop gig wasn't enough to pay for my video games.
Also known as Katz
I'm in, of course. I'd like to enter this time; however, in the event that we don't have a guaranteed minimum of three judges, I will drop out and judge instead.

 3 feotakahari, Wed, 1st Feb '12 3:40:16 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Signing up.
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
 4 nrjxll, Wed, 1st Feb '12 3:41:45 PM Relationship Status: Not war
For the purposes of this contest, John Cage's "4'33" will not be allowed.

Curses!

I have some interest in acting as a judge.

 5 Snowy Foxes, Wed, 1st Feb '12 3:44:42 PM from  ಠ/// Д ///ಠ` Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Tee hee hee.
I'm judging until further notice.
Life was simpler when I thought I was a cat.

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 6 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st Feb '12 3:57:22 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
 7 Luthen, Wed, 1st Feb '12 4:06:04 PM from somewhere very warm
Hello again
Signing up!

Now just to find a song...
You must agree, my plan is sheer elegance in its simplicity! Blog. Fanfic.
 8 Terminal Optimist, Wed, 1st Feb '12 4:09:48 PM from The Mighty Jungle
ಠ_ృ You called?
I'm really torn between entering and judging, but I think I'll judge and eat your babies.
 9 Fancolors, Wed, 1st Feb '12 4:19:28 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
Hello, I'm here to sign in.
Behold! Grammer Nazis, behold the sigh of Engrish mine!
Also known as Katz
[up] *hands over clipboard*

 11 Flyboy, Wed, 1st Feb '12 4:49:05 PM from the United States
Decemberist
Judging.
"Shit, our candidate is a psychopath. Better replace him with Newt Gingrich."
 12 Hydrall, Wed, 1st Feb '12 5:28:54 PM from The Lambdadelta Sector Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
The Republic Lives
Definitely signing up as a writer. Since I get most of my inspiration from songs, this should be easy!

I'm pretty much fucked now, aren't I?
I miss RPing.
Responsible adult
Ohooo... I like the theme. Sign me up, baby.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
 14 animemetalhead, Wed, 1st Feb '12 5:53:39 PM from Ashwood Landing, ME
Runs on Awesomeness
Totally want in on this. Already got a song or three picked out.
No one believes me when I say angels can turn their panties into guns.
 15 Leradny, Wed, 1st Feb '12 6:35:00 PM from Alameda, CA
Signing up.

Edit: As an entrant.

edited 1st Feb '12 8:00:03 PM by Leradny

Euo will do!
I'll sign up. I hope I'll actually have time to do it, mind. But, I'll work to the deadline. smile

EDIT - now I'm in trouble. I'm tempted towards some Johnny Clegg... But, I don't have much hope anybody will find it. tongue

edited 1st Feb '12 6:38:00 PM by Euodiachloris

"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
Element of love
I want to participate smile
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
Terracotta Soldier Man
Signing in as an author. Third time's the charm, hopefully...

Signing up! I've had two ideas I could go with since the music theme started getting bounced around.

 20 nrjxll, Wed, 1st Feb '12 8:10:27 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I'll confirm from above that I'd like to sign up as a judge, though I'll warn in advance that I'm not a music person.

 21 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st Feb '12 8:12:05 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
[up] I have to warn you that last time half of the stories were in present tense. You had said you have a peeve for present tense, so I'm just giving you an heads-up.

edited 1st Feb '12 8:12:25 PM by chihuahua0

 22 feotakahari, Wed, 1st Feb '12 8:57:45 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
^, ^^: Does this mean I should write my story in past tense to avoid being marked down?
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
 23 Chubert, Wed, 1st Feb '12 9:12:31 PM from California
highly secure
I would like to tentatively say that I'm in; in the last competitions, I just say "I'm in" and I committed. I'm avoiding that this time. Presently, I am not committed. If events go one way or another, I could go all in or drop out entirely.
Whatcha gonna do, little buckaroo? | i be pimpin' madoka fics
 24 nrjxll, Wed, 1st Feb '12 9:16:14 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Well, it depends on how much that kind of subjective judging is allowed.

...If it is, I'd say it's you who needs a heads-up.

 25 Snowy Foxes, Wed, 1st Feb '12 9:29:20 PM from  ಠ/// Д ///ಠ` Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Tee hee hee.
I feel that using lyrics is lazy; can I mark down a point or half a point for that?
Life was simpler when I thought I was a cat.

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