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Old May 7th, 2022, 02:00 PM
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Summer 2022 Story Competition!


Short Story Contest - Summer 2022
Submissions & Details Thread


Open to everyone. Please post your entries as replies to this post. At the deadline Aethera, unless RealLife™ strikesa staff member will gather all entries and put them forward for voting in a separate thread. The winner of each contest may, in turn, help choose the topic for a future contest. We're trying something old yet new again this summer, with a longer submission timeframe and different themes. (We'll be discussing later on whether people are interested enough in restarting this contest, but at a quarterly cycle instead of monthly.) Happy writing!

Story Genre: Any Original Fiction

Since this is a gaming site, it seems only appropriate to have a d20 involved.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to roll a d20 and write based on the prompt.
(Please spoiler all rolls.)
Copy/paste this or similar into a post below: [spoilerbutton=d20 Roll][dice]d20[/dice][/spoilerbutton]
 

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Theme: Summertime (Any Interpretation or Rephrasal Valid)
Challenge: Somewhere in your story include: wishful thinking, simplicity, and wasted ice cream

Suggested Word Limit: 500 - 3000 words.
Deadline for entries: July 15th, 2022

Rules:
  • Word Count: There will be a 10% word-limit leniency at both ends of the scale (450-3300). Please try to stick within the limit. Any piece outside of the suggested limit will not be entered into the voting.
  • Themes and Prompts: Feel free to reinterpret/rephrase these however you like. As long as it works, literally or figuratively, go for it.
  • Entries: Submissions may not have been previously posted on this site, nor may they be previously published elsewhere. Only one entry per contest please.
  • Chapters: You may submit chapters IF and ONLY IF the chapter can stand alone as a short story. What do I mean by stand alone? It can be read without depending upon earlier chapters, and it concludes a plot line with beginning, middle, and end all included within the chapter. Some authors can accomplish this, but it depends entirely on the person and the story. Some stories will not manage this, and I would recommend you submit as an [Ongoing Story] in the main Library. That's what it's for.
  • Voting: The poll to decide winners is for any site member to vote on. If a user account was created after the poll was opened, it doesn't belong in the voting.
  • Advertising: Please, while encouraging others to vote for the best story, make it neutral. "Come pick the best story!" is better than "Vote for me!", please and thank you. Publicity is always welcome.
Please feel free to use bold or italicized text in your documents, but keep in mind some of our readers are on mobile phones. Images and fancy formatting may not be in your best interest.

There is a maximum of 30 entries total in this contest (due to poll limitations). If there are more than 30 entries in any one contest a staff member will decide which are entered into voting based on adherence to the suggested word limit and relevance to the theme. This will not necessarily be on a first come, first serve basis.

When posting your story, please remember to give your piece a title and give its word count in brackets at the top of your story. And please remember to include your name/username!

If there are any questions, please PM Aethera or just post in the Coffee Shop. Please do not clog up this thread with questions or comments. This thread is for submissions only.

Thanks and good luck!

This is an example of how your submissions should be formatted (at minimum) before posting them for review. Please do enclose the story in a spoiler button so we don't wall-of-text everyone.

 

Happy writing!
~The Story Fairy

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Old Jun 1st, 2022, 10:27 AM
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I am absolutely in.

 


Took way longer than I liked, but I think I've got it done. Might do minor tweaks between now and the deadline. No promises.

 
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Old Jun 1st, 2022, 10:14 PM
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Why not, plenty of interesting ideas in the prompts.

 

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Old Jun 2nd, 2022, 12:09 AM
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And complete! This was a fun one!

 

Last edited by Aethera; Jun 19th, 2022 at 12:09 PM. Reason: merging dice and story for one entry instead of looking like two
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Old Jun 2nd, 2022, 01:23 AM
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I’ve never done this before, so let’s give it a try.

 


 
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Old Jun 2nd, 2022, 03:40 PM
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Oh this looks fun! I think I'll try my hand at it!

 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2022, 03:57 PM
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Not committing to anything, but feeling intrigued...

 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2022, 04:05 PM
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I'd like to try!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2022, 09:33 PM
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Old Jun 4th, 2022, 03:39 AM
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Old Jun 4th, 2022, 07:36 PM
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Been a... LONG long time since I've participated in anything RPGC related... I get to get back on the (proverbial) horse! Here goes nothing!

 
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Old Jun 5th, 2022, 02:32 AM
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Been a while since I've attempted something like this. Not sure how far I'll actually get, but I'm curious to see what prompt I'll end up with. Let's see what the ol' D20 has to say.

 


Ooh, interesting!
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Old Jun 7th, 2022, 05:21 PM
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Old Jun 7th, 2022, 10:39 PM
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Old Jun 16th, 2022, 01:05 PM
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Well, I think I'll be going with the Theme and Challenge. Thank you for the opportunity.

Theme: Summertime (Any Interpretation or Rephrasal Valid)
Challenge: Somewhere in your story include: wishful thinking, simplicity, and wasted ice cream

 
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