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The Eighth TV Tropes Writing Contest:

Seeking for Light
Hello writers! Want to give yourself a challenge? Interested in seeing what others think of your writing? Want to have fun? Then consider participating in the eighth TV Tropes Writing Contest!

Rules

  • Entries must be 2000-5000 words.
  • Original work only.
  • Entries must be submitted by the deadline: May 24, 11:59 PM.

Theme

It's the execution that counts. Everyone uses the same first sentence and the same last sentence in their story. The challenge is to come up with a story that flows well with those sentences.
  • Opening sentence: I've always said I wouldn't regret my decisions — not even this one.
  • Closing sentence: And now I stand proudly in the one place I never meant to be.

Submissions

When your story is complete, upload it to Free Text Host. Do not include your name anywhere in the document. Then PM the URL to the submission handler.

The submission handler compiles an anonymous list of the entry links and PMs that list to the judges when the submission deadline passes.

Judging

Judging is anonymous. Each story will be scored by each judge on a 25 point scale, elaborated below. Judges generally also include brief comments on/critiques of each story.
  • Conventions: 5 pointsnote 
  • Theme: 5 pointsnote 
  • Overall: 15 pointsnote 


Ready to write? Then go sign up!

Participants

Submission Handler: danna 45

Judges

Note that we need at least three judges to be able to hold the contest. Judges generally have two weeks following the submission deadline to return their results.

edited 27th May '13 9:41:17 PM by Nocturna

Dapper Gentleman
Huzzah, it begins! Part of me wants to offer to judge this, but then again, I really want to enter this time...
"And every life is a special story of its own." —The Stargazer, Mass Effect 3
 3 Oh So Into Cats, Wed, 17th Apr '13 5:39:28 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I am participating!
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
I may? It depends on if I can think of a good idea or not.

(And if there's a list of participants, please don't put me on it yet.)

 5 Psyga 315, Wed, 17th Apr '13 7:13:28 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Nanako The Narcface
I'll bite.
"An MMORPG without a logout button? That's a bold decision, man!"
 6 chihuahua 0, Wed, 17th Apr '13 9:04:06 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Put me as a judge, please. I should be on summer vacation by that time.

edited 17th Apr '13 9:04:22 PM by chihuahua0

 7 danna 45, Wed, 17th Apr '13 9:40:08 PM from Wagnaria Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
UNREAL BLACK THINGS
Like last time, put me as submission handler, if you're fine with it.
"And you must be Jonathan Joestar!" - Sue
Seeking for Light
[up] Are you competing, too?

 9 danna 45, Thu, 18th Apr '13 1:29:30 AM from Wagnaria Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
UNREAL BLACK THINGS
Nah, I never seem to be able to put anything from my head onto paper/word processor anyways.
"And you must be Jonathan Joestar!" - Sue
 10 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 18th Apr '13 1:36:57 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Wait...

No, I don't know. The stuff I'm writing is inappropriate.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
I would like to participate

 12 montmorencey, Thu, 18th Apr '13 5:46:11 AM from the quaint town of Grimm, Bismarck and Gauss
So...yeah.
I will be participating.
Complicated - because simple is simply too simple.
 13 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 18th Apr '13 7:13:38 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Uh, I think you copied the closing sentence incorrectly. It's ungrammatical now.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
Seeking for Light
[up] Hm?

Dapper Gentleman
[up]I thought I remembered it as being "...the one place where I was never meant to be." Either is grammatically accurate, but the meaning is different. I could be wrong, though.

That said, I shall hereby officially declare my intent to enter this contest. In the event that nobody volunteers to be a third judge, I could be talked into doing that instead so that the contest might go forward, but I'd prefer to write this time around.

edited 18th Apr '13 7:46:52 AM by BrotherMycroft

"And every life is a special story of its own." —The Stargazer, Mass Effect 3
 16 Khantalas, Thu, 18th Apr '13 7:49:19 AM from ((Not actually a creepy adorable little girl.))
Creepy adorable little girl
Are there any qualifications required for being a judge?
"Be mine, dear big brother."
[up][up][up]Many consider starting a sentence with an 'and' (or any other conjunction) to be ungrammatical - personally I would play things safe and avoid using such constructions in a formal letter, but for fiction it's perfectly acceptable.

edited 18th Apr '13 8:05:19 AM by imadinosaur

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Seeking for Light
[up][up][up] I'll double-check that.

[up][up] The ability to read, the ability to fairly evaluate the stories even if they're not in your preferred genre/style, the time to read through and provide judgements on all the entries (we generally get 8-15, I think), and a willingness to provide a thoughtful critique of or comments on each story (although it doesn't have to be a long critique). As long as you think you can do all those, you're qualified. You can check towards the end of the past threads to see what judges generally do.

EDIT: I double-checked the final sentence against the concepts thread, and what is there is what was proposed in that thread. If most of the contestants would prefer to add the "was", though, I don't see any reason why we couldn't do so (provided it wouldn't mess up anyone who'd already started work).

edited 18th Apr '13 8:16:28 AM by Nocturna

 19 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 18th Apr '13 8:43:18 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Wait, no.

It's not ungrammatical. The two sentences have entirely different meanings.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 20 Ars Thaumaturgis, Thu, 18th Apr '13 9:56:06 AM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
I'm interested in signing up, but not sure that I'll manage to both get around to sitting down and writing something for this, come up with something based on the lines (although I'm reasonably confident in that) and manage to finish in time, so... if I sign up, is it acceptable for me to drop out? I don't want to hold anything up if I end up running late, or if I decide that it's eating up time that I want to assign elsewhere, etc... :/

Seeking for Light
Anyone who doesn't get their work in by the deadline (which often gets extended) is automatically dropped out. And you can drop out at an earlier time, too, if you want. Registration is more to get an idea of the number of contestants so the judges know about how many entries to expect and so that we can socialize as the contest goes on.

 22 Psyga 315, Thu, 18th Apr '13 3:30:23 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Nanako The Narcface
What happens if you're finished early? Like, really early? Like... Before May even comes?
"An MMORPG without a logout button? That's a bold decision, man!"
 23 Ars Thaumaturgis, Thu, 18th Apr '13 3:44:00 PM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
[up][up] Fair enough, and thank you for the clarification, and for adding me to the roster above. ^_^

 24 chihuahua 0, Thu, 18th Apr '13 3:48:38 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
[up][up] Then you've avoided the #1 problem in writing contests: putting off your entry until the very last minute. tongue
 25 Tehpillowstar, Thu, 18th Apr '13 5:19:08 PM from the Land of Pillows and Stars Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Soft and fluffy
Does the premise in the story have to be original? Can I write fanfiction as long as the story itself is written by me?

What if I wanted to upload the story after the contest in some semi-obscure writing site? As long as I don't pimp my work, would that be aloud?

I'm considering joining this contest. Sounds really interesting.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." -R. W. Raymond
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