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post Jul 8 2007, 05:22 PM
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Is anyone/everyone up for another Shadowrun fiction contest?

Do people want to read submissions?

Are there potential authors out there?

Can we get it done in time for me to deliver prizes at GenCon? It would be nice to avoid the shipping expense and it would be nice to meet the author. The problem being, will the winner even be attending the con? And is just over a month enough time to get a number of submissions and pick a winner?

If I do this, are there any suggestions for doing it better than past contests? (See the link in my sig.)
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post Jul 8 2007, 05:53 PM
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i'd put something together for it, and i'd like to read the submissions. i'm not hitting GenCon, this year, but i'll hopefully be there next year.
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post Jul 8 2007, 09:50 PM
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I would like to join this fiction contest, if it gets off the ground. I saw the link in your sig before and wondered to myself, I wonder if he is going to be doing another one of these things sometime? It seems my wish like wonderings actually work and here one has the possibility of coming up.
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post Jul 8 2007, 10:04 PM
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I may have something submit...
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post Jul 8 2007, 10:08 PM
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I might be able to submit. Any specific guidelines?
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post Jul 8 2007, 11:14 PM
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Well, I don't think I'll submit anything this time around. Tisoz doesn't like my style at all.
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post Jul 8 2007, 11:30 PM
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QUOTE (Wounded Ronin)
Well, I don't think I'll submit anything this time around. Tisoz doesn't like my style at all.

That is not quite true. I just did not think the lone story I got was a winner, and the feedback from the community agreed with me. I even pointed to some of your earlier work where I thought was more appropriate. Believe it or not, I am not holding a grudge against you. I would love to see you ente a piece, especially one that you put some of your '8os, ninja passion into. If you recall, my tastes and awards are pretty much aligned with the DS mob, or at least the poll results. So imagine the furor if you entered a brilliant piece and I snubbed it. Of course I would cave, just as I did when reasoned with about the referred to contest.
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post Jul 9 2007, 12:03 AM
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Guidelines...

In the past, I have asked it to be third edition, but I do not think that really matters.

I have asked that the story conform to SR rules, but that has been kind of ignored and/or sidestepped by at least one prize winner.

I asked them to be long enough to make their point and short enough not to lose our attention, but I think I'd like them long enough to tell a story. To be eligible for a prize, I have asked that the story be original and not posted elsewhere on the 'net, and have only noticed one that I had read before. (There are a lot of Dumpshockers surfing the net, hungry to read fiction, and you had better believe they would love to rat you out. ;))

Multiple submissions are ok, but I have heard that if you enter 2 strong pieces and there is another contender, you tend to hurt yourself by splitting your vote.

I have asked that submissions be Titled. And that the PM you send me have the title in the Message Title box. It makes it so much easier to keep track of them, to find them when you send me an edited version, and to represent in the poll so you can get a vote.

Yes, edits will be accepted until contest is concluded. (Meaning even after I have posted them and established the poll. The earlier you get them, the better chance people will understand you.)

I have asked that you Personal Message submissions to me here at Dumpshock. Include the Story title in the submission (or as the message header.) The Personal Message Function can be quickly reached by clicking on the new messages button at the top of the page. One of the features is automatically saving a copy for yourself when you send the PM (I suggest doing this.) I should be able to use the quote function to easily cut and paste without having to go through and format things like paragraph breaks and italics.

It looks like there is interest. GenCon starts August 16th, so I think a deadline for entries will be the 12th. This gives more than a month to create a story, a few days for everyone to savor them, and time for me to deliver the prize in person should the winner be attending the convention. (I may even make a production out of awarding it so you can meet fellow Dumpshockers, and they can see what a freak you really are. Ok you may not think your freaky looking, but I have been a bit surprised to put faces to names, and to find Critias actually does not have horns and cloven hooves. ;)) In the pleasant event there are many submissions, I will either stop the contest when I get 10 entries (meaning if you quickly submit 10 stories, you are guaranteed winning, I will list them in separate polls and we will have more than one winner. The whole reason of having the 10 limit is that is the most poll entries the site accepts. If this optimistic situation occurs, I will divide multiple entries between polls.

I post the submissions without the author's name, hopefully to avoid bias and/or cronyism, and create a poll for the DS community to help choose.

And I am open to suggestions for improvement.
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post Jul 9 2007, 12:42 AM
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QUOTE (tisoz)
QUOTE (Wounded Ronin @ Jul 8 2007, 05:14 PM)
Well, I don't think I'll submit anything this time around.  Tisoz doesn't like my style at all.

That is not quite true. I just did not think the lone story I got was a winner, and the feedback from the community agreed with me. I even pointed to some of your earlier work where I thought was more appropriate. Believe it or not, I am not holding a grudge against you. I would love to see you ente a piece, especially one that you put some of your '8os, ninja passion into. If you recall, my tastes and awards are pretty much aligned with the DS mob, or at least the poll results. So imagine the furor if you entered a brilliant piece and I snubbed it. Of course I would cave, just as I did when reasoned with about the referred to contest.

Fair enough. I don't feel like I have any ideas this moment, and I might get busier in the future, but if things come together I'll consider submitting.
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post Jul 9 2007, 12:49 AM
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I'm going to ask a friend if he's interested in finally finishing up a SR piece that he's left hanging for a while; while the first bits of it are already on the 'net, the rest would obviously be new; would that be acceptable?
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post Jul 9 2007, 01:24 AM
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QUOTE (bibliophile20)
I'm going to ask a friend if he's interested in finally finishing up a SR piece that he's left hanging for a while; while the first bits of it are already on the 'net, the rest would obviously be new; would that be acceptable?

I'm sure everyone would appreciate reading a finished story. My concern is about what percentage posted to what percentage anticipated length until finished? Or how much is going to be new compared to pre-existing?

Also, to clarify, submissions would be accepted and posted, but if it turns out it was a pre-existing (or substantially pre-existing), I would not award a prize for it. Part of the reason for this decision is I would like some new fiction. I do not feel like "paying" for fiction I and everyone else has already had an opportunity to read.
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post Jul 9 2007, 01:43 AM
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Well, I just sent him an email letting him know about this thread, so we'll see if he's even interested.
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post Jul 9 2007, 05:06 AM
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i'm up for it, my only question is the following:

is it just a general SR story or is it going to be type specific
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post Jul 9 2007, 07:09 AM
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QUOTE (warrior_allanon @ Jul 8 2007, 11:06 PM)
is it just a general SR story or is it going to be type specific

General SR universe story, hopefully involving shadowrunners, explosions, shooting, mayhem and hilarity.
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post Jul 9 2007, 12:02 PM
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Sounds fun. Not sure I have a story in me at the moment though. I enjoy reading the entries though, so s'all good anyways.
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post Jul 9 2007, 12:53 PM
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I might look into tossing something together.
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post Jul 9 2007, 04:42 PM
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I'll submit a story to your contest. I don't need or want no prizes (unless they're really cool, of course), but I'll submit for the fun of it.

And if you e-mail people, please, for the love of god, don't try to contact me at the e-mail address on this user account. I use it for spam catching.
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post Jul 9 2007, 07:09 PM
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QUOTE (Adarael)
I'll submit a story to your contest. I don't need or want no prizes (unless they're really cool, of course), but I'll submit for the fun of it.

The prizes for all of them so far have been out-of-print Shadowrun books (back to and including first edition stuff). To most folks around here, that's officially "really cool." :)
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post Jul 9 2007, 08:07 PM
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That's pretty cool.
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post Jul 9 2007, 10:42 PM
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Yes, I should mention prizes. They consist of a choice of Shadowrun book. I ask the winner to pay shipping, so if someone international wants to enter, I don't go in debt shipping it. In this case, I hope to be able to deliver it in person at GenCon for no charge. Critias won the first contest and chose Native American Nations Volume 1. If Luke Hardison is listening, he needs to remind me which book he chose. warrior_allanon, do you remember what you requested? I recall that on the default win where there was but a single submission I limited the choice to 3 books, if Wounded Ronin or hyzmarca recall what was chosen I am not going to deny it. Critias won the last contest and IIRC, or from another post, he chose Bug City.

We have a couple of former winners stating interest, so polish those stories well.
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post Jul 10 2007, 12:39 AM
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I just got the first submission, so what are the rest of you slackers waiting for? ;)
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post Jul 11 2007, 02:58 PM
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To suddenly develop anything which might resemble the abilty to write?
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post Jul 11 2007, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE (tisoz)
I just got the first submission, so what are the rest of you slackers waiting for? ;)

Inspiration?
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post Jul 11 2007, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE (ninjajester)
QUOTE (tisoz @ Jul 9 2007, 07:39 PM)
I just got the first submission, so what are the rest of you slackers waiting for? ;)

Inspiration?

You could check some of the linked threads to find possible topics that were considered for prior contests.

What interests you? What type of character would you like to write about?
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post Jul 11 2007, 06:52 PM
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I always have tons of ideas for writing. It's the actual process of taking those ideas and turning them into something more concrete than ideas that stymies me. No worries, though. I'm excited about this, and that always helps jumpstart the creative process.

I'll have something turned in before the due date. I swear it!

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