Let’s shake things up briefly and do a small 2k challenge before we tackle the larger 4k one. For the moment, let’s focus on brevity. We started with a dialog contest, to help us focus on bringing our characters to life. Then Dark/Light for a wider range of possibilities. Now let’s sharpen our sense of the big picture. And that’s easiest to do when that big picture, is small.
Writing a ‘short’ story is an excellent training exercise for writers. And it’s easier to do and don’t take much time. Plus it forces us to focus on important things.
So this next challenge is a strict 2000 word limit (based upon Word or Pages word counts, not what this website reports. This website is a bit buggy and adds 5% or so, so just ignore that).
And to further shake things up, we will try something completely different in terms of voting/awards. Basically they will be completely visible and in the comments.
So how does it work?
Well you read a story and whatever like about it, you give it a written ‘award’ about that.
For example say there are two stories. ‘Mary’s Haircut’ and ‘The big Rock’.
‘Joe the reader’ reads these stories. He likes how Mary’s Haircut ‘started’ and also the ‘dialog’. So in the comments he types.
Mary’s Haircut (comment section)
“Great Start Award, Good Dialog Award.”
Then Joe read the second story, The Big Rock, and noticed that it had an excellent ‘Ending’ and a ‘good start’ as well. Plus he really liked the ‘character’. So he assigns some awards.
The Big Rock (comment section)
“Good Start Award, Excellent Ending Award, Likeable Character Award.”
There is no limit to the awards. You can dish out as many as you want, even the same award to multiple stories, without any limitations. And you don’t have to wait until you read all the stories first. You can Award instantly after each story is read.
This is helpful because it lets the writers know what they are doing right. And also, by what we omit, indirectly lets writers know where they can improve. Awards are only ‘positive’ statements.
So the focus is 2000 words max. As always, we expect to see a little skin in the game but it doesn’t have to be the main focus.
There really is no limit to how often and how much readers can heap on the awards to any story, so go crazy!
Here are some award examples: (But creative awards are also welcome)
Great Start Award
Great Character Award
Amazing Dialog Award
Fun Atmosphere Award
Good Location Award
Great Conflict Award
Great Ending Award
Classic ENF Award
Note: Writers should try to refrain from giving themselves awards. 😉
Rules: It should be a stand alone story. Not a chapter in some longer story. It needs a proper ending. To enter the contest just put (2k) in the title. The contest starts NOW and will go for one month until
June 15th (changed to June 19th).