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    November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:17 am

    Well, here it is everyone! Literary Lounge’s first writing contest! In fact, it’s Literary Lounge’s first contest!

    This contest will happen every other month. The next contest will be in January.

    [Contest]

    I’m going to give you an image, theme, song or poem and you have write a story, description, poem or song that has something to do with what I give you.

    If I gave the theme of magic, you could write a story or description about a witch or wizard.

    The goal of the contest is to be creative, original and unique. Your chances of winning will greatly increase if you can score those three points in your writing.

    Creativity – How your written piece is written – description, use of humour, dialogue etc. (This depends on what your written piece is – story or a poem etc.)
    Originality – How you define the image, theme, song or poem. Bend the boundaries.
    Unique – Is your story going to be different to every other members story?

    [Points]

    Everyone who participates will receive points. Here are the points that you will receive:-

    Winner – 24 Points
    2nd Place – 18 Points
    3rd Place – 12 Points
    Participating – 6 Points

    If you win and receive winning points, you will not receive participating points as well.

    [Entering]


    To enter, simply post your story, description, poem, or song in this thread. The judge(s) will judge and if there is a tie members will get to vote.

    [Rules]


    1. If I give you a poem to base your writing piece around you cannot enter a poem. The same applies for a song.

    2. For stories and descriptions, the minimum word count is 70. [Note: Each contest will have the word count increased by ten until we reach a point in between 100 -150 words.]

    3. You can have a maximum of three entries. You can edit and swap your entries for other entries up until the deadline.

    4. Members can C&C on all the entries submitted. Please make it constructive: “It’s good” and “It’s sucks” are not allowed. “It’s good but your spelling needs some work” and comments similar to that are allowed.

    5. Have Fun!



    For this contest I'm going to give you three things just to make sure someone can find something to write about. You can include all three things or just one but remember you can't write a song if you're using the song as the given thing.

    ~ Fireworks
    ~ This Image
    ~ This song


    Enjoy ^^


    Last edited by Roxanne on Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:32 pm; edited 1 time in total
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Estrella on Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:55 am

    Two quick questions:

    1.) Are haikus allowed?
    2.) Is there a minimum word limit for poems?
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:36 pm

    1. Yes they are. Any form of poetry is allowed. ^^

    2. I figured giving poems a minimum word count might make it a bit too hard so there isn't a minimum word count for poems.
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Estrella on Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:41 pm

    Ok then, here's my entry! It's for the beach picture. ;D


    The warm sea water
    Calmly laps against the shore
    Kissing the soft sand
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    RE: November's Writing Contest

    Post by Christina on Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:46 pm

    My Entry!

    As the first explosion sounded, I was giddy awaiting the beautiful colors. Soon reds, greens, and purples began to fill the peaceful night sky, and everything seemed so perfect. Even amongst the concerns that each day brought, those small sparkles of color filled my heart will hope and happiness, and I knew that somehow, everything would be alright. As each blast of color went up into the sky, I was awed by how such small moments could seem so sacred. So there I sat watching as each burst of color came and went in all of its beauty, wishing that this day would never end.


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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Subaru7 on Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:47 am

    Ok, I chose the beach. i'm writing a song to Miss independent music, only on verse and chorus. It's called Just Like We're At the Beach.

    I'm looking around, I'm seeing the perfect wave for me.
    The sand and the trees, a vision of beauty.(beauty)
    There's something about, the way the trees sway in the wi-i-ind.
    Can't figure it out, just something about it.

    Now is the time,
    This time is mine,
    Got to take my chance, while the swell is still fine,
    The breeze is heavenly-y.

    I'm on the board,
    That's when you call,
    Yeah, that's the voice- that'll make me fall.(fall)
    And you're right there next to me.

    (Chorus)
    That's how it goes now,
    You're all I can see,
    Day and night baby,
    Just like we're at the beach.

    You're all I know now,
    I know we're meant to be,
    It's Like I am the beach
    And you are the sea.

    Half of it doesn't make sense and it goes horribly off the topic of a beach, but I tried.
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:31 pm

    The contest will be closing soon, 5 days to go ~

    30th November
    Midnight
    GMT

    Don't forget you can have more than one entry, up to three (yes I edited it), and the more entries the better =D!

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    Ivy moved quickly into the house hoping not to be caught. She had borrowed Melody’s bag again. Melody flicked on the light in the hallway revealing that she had been waiting for sometime for Ivy to come home with her bag. Like a firework that had been lit and was ready to fly she shrieked two octaves higher than usual. “You used my bag without asking again!”

    “You weren’t here for me to ask,” Ivy stated simply. She emptied the bag out and threw it to Melody. Melody caught it but didn’t seem satisfied.

    “So, that’s it, you think it’s okay for you to borrow my bag without asking just because I’m not here!” she was still shrieking slightly. Ivy nodded and Melody’s face turned a bright red. Like a firework she took off soaring into an even deeper anger. Melody screamed as loud as she could as she stormed up to Ivy and yanked on her hair bobble pulling out some of her hair in the process.

    “Ouch! You little…” Ivy yelled. Ivy took off similarly to Melody, like a firework. The two girls yelled and screamed at each other. The fireworks exploded and the screaming died down both Ivy and Melody sat on the floor in the hallway sobbing. The colourful explosion rained down before disappearing without a trace.


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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Estrella on Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:13 am

    Rox, why does it say that the contest is closed on the 30th of December? =L

    Ahem, I'm going to put in another entry because the admin who posted above me kept telling me to over MSN. So, here it is:


    Beach Memories

    Remembering the good ol’ days
    When the water was warm
    When the sand burned our feet
    When we danced around
    Not a care in the world
    I miss those days
    Those days of pure bliss
    Those days with family
    Those days with friends
    Those days on the beach.


    Do you miss them too?




    And... yeah. Great entries everyone!
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:22 am

    Because I'm special and I have December on the brain.

    It's edited now. ^^
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Subaru7 on Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:19 am

    I have a last minute entry for all three of them.

    In a time most innocent,
    When the breeze and the wind and the water was all we heard.
    Through a time in which the only thing that shone brighter than our love,
    Was fireworks,
    You disappeared and left our story...
    Unwritten.
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Kasumi Light on Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:20 pm

    Lame attempt, kthx. For the fireworks.

    Colors raining down
    So many, so beautiful
    All the explosions
    Impossible to hate them
    I hear the popping
    The smell of hot dogs too
    The Fourth of July


    It's kinda like an elongated haiku. =/
    At least I get the points for trying. ^-^
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:08 pm

    That's it guys! I'll get the admins all to judge within the next few days - obviously any admins who entered won't be able to judge their own piece.

    If we have a tie we'll have a vote on the tied pieces. ^~^






    I have like this special way of deciding score so sorry if I look like harsh person it's just the way I've always judged. D:

    Estrella - 1 - 10/15

    Estrella - 2 - 11/15

    Christina - 1 - 11/15

    Subaru7 - 1 - 9/15

    Subaru7 - 2 - 11/15

    Roxanne - 1 - Void

    Kasumi Light - 1 - 9/15

    If you wish to know why you got those marks drop me a PM.

    I feel kinda harsh now ;-;


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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Arctic Wolf on Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:20 pm

    Ok, well might as well post this before Roxanne nags me to death.

    Estrella 1- 9
    Estrella 2- 11
    Christina 1- 11
    Subaru7 1- 10
    Subaru7 2- 12
    Roxanne 1- 11
    Kasumi Light 1- 9

    It's pretty much the same as Roxanne's judging. IF you fell like knowing why you got this score then let me know and I'll explain.
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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Christina on Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:46 pm

    Sorry if mine seem harsh but I'm grading on a scale different for each genre, so some may be more harsh than others Wink. I'm also gonna explain in the post cuz my judging may seem...weird.

    Estrella 1 - 10/15:
    Spoiler:
    I like the idea of a haiku, it's short but sweet. I really like this one but in comparison it just wasn't as good as a few of the others

    Christina - Void

    Subaru7 - 8/15 :
    Spoiler:
    Sorry but I love music a ton and am sorta a harsh person when it comes to the lyrics, they have to sound just right to me. This one is good but I just don't feel the lyrics, in songs especially you have to feel the emotion. I don't feel emotion and it feels more like a song explaining something instead of trying to put feelings into words, which is what I look for in a song.

    Roxanne - 10/15:
    Spoiler:
    I like how you didn't write directly about fireworks, it's a very unique idea. However, I feel like you could have described Melody without using the word firework/firecracker. One thing that always is really cool about some short stories is when the title says something that isn't directly stated in the story, almost like a taboo word. Perhaps you could describe Melody using the qualities of a firework and name the story "Firework" to let the reader make the connection Wink.

    Estrella 2 - 11/15:
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    I think this one is better than your last one, the emotion is really beautiful. One thing is the word choice, I like when sentences are more mixed up and I feel as though at the end the four sentences that all start the same lose the reader's interest. You could have started with Those days on the first sentence and ended the poem? with Those days and in the middle said something like: Days with.... or mixed the sentence up Wink.
    Subaru7 - 12/15:
    Spoiler:
    I've always been a fan of stories/poems that tell about love and losing love but relate it to something more material. This piece does a great job of doing that. However, I feel as though you did drive-by dropping, you just kind of plopped Fireworks in there. Maybe you could have described how the fireworks shone in the sky?
    Kasumi Light - 10/15:
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    This one is to the point and plainly describes the Fourth of July. I like it, but the hot dogs phrase feels out of place to me, it just doesn't seem to fit quite right. Besides that I like the description, especially the first sentence Wink


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    Re: November's Writing Contest!

    Post by Roxanne on Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:53 am

    Estrella - 1

    10/15 + 9/15 + 10/15 = 29/45 = 64%

    Estrella - 2

    11/15 + 11/15 + 11/15 = 33/45 = 73%

    Christina

    11/15 + 11/15 = 22/30 = 73%

    Subaru7 - 1

    9/15 + 10/15 + 8/15 = 27/45 = 60%

    Subaru 7 - 2

    11/15 + 12/15 + 12/15 = 35/45 = 87%

    Roxanne

    11/15 + 10/15= 21/30 = 70%

    Kasumi Light
    9/15 + 9/15 + 10/15 = 28/45 = 62%

    ~~~ *** ~~~


    Winnner ~ Subaru 7 - 1st Entry
    2nd Place ~ Estrella - 2nd Entry AND Christina - 1st Entry
    3rd Place ~ Roxanne - 1st Entry

    We can vote between Christina and Estrella is you want (one would stay on 2nd place and the other would have 3rd place instead) or we can leave it like that ~

    I will sort out the points on Saturday. ^^

    Points have been given out -

    ~ Thread Closed ~

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