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The War Story Contest

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:46 PM


The 2012 War Story Contest

"What you learned at West Point doesn't apply here, Lieutenant. But what you do here will be taught at West Point."

Welcome to the first official (possibly annual) War Story Contest run by yours truly with the help of the generous and clever CJWilde, and in conjunction with crit-eek !

:bulletblack:What Is It?
The War Story Contest is a literature only contest that is open to all of DeviantArt. If you can write and submit to dA, you can participate here.

What is the point of making a contest about war? I want to see people write about it, how it affects people, from the home front to the front lines, I want to see us all explore it and take it apart and live in it. The more we know about it the better a chance we all have of avoiding it.

:bulletblack:What Are The Rules?
They are simple. The theme is: War. Any war. All wars. Specific wars. We don't care. The war doesn't even have to be the center of the story, just as long as it is somewhere from the periphery to the foreground, we'll accept your entry.

So what should you do? Make sure the war is somehow present. It doesn't need to be the plot of your story but it needs to be touching on the lives of your characters in some way shape or form. Otherwise, you're free to include the war as much or as little as you want.

Specific guidelines:

:bulletgreen: Is it just prose? No! We accept both Poetry and Prose. The prose word count limit is 8,500 words. I don't mind reading longer things if it is worth it. Poetry has no line limit.
:bulletgreen: Can it be any war? Yes! Any war, historical to modern. Alt History is acceptable. Also, fantasy and sci/fi is also acceptable if you care to invent your own war.
:bulletgreen: What will it be judged on? Several things: Historical accuracy (if it is historical), character accuracy (meaning that you wrote what we feel is a real, thinking feeling solider and not a stereotype), grammar and spelling, and general storytelling.
:bulletgreen: All decisions made by CJ and myself are final. We are the sole judges.
:bulletgreen: We will not be accepting fanfiction. We want your original work and characters, please!
:bulletgreen: Typos always happen but we will not accept anything that has numerous grammatical or spelling mistakes so please review your work before submitting it. Also, we only accept entries in English for now. Sorry :c

:bulletblack: How Do I Submit?
All you have to do is write your entry, then upload it to dA. In the artists' comments please state why you think writing war fiction is beneficial, or why you personally have an interest in it. Then, Note both doughboycafe and CJWilde with a link to your entry and it will be added to a contest folder.

Contest deadline is Dec. 9th, 2012, 00:00 (midnight) GMT.</u>

:bulletblack: And The Prizes?
Keep a sharp eye out because these prizes will likely expand. But for now:

First Place
- A 6 month premium membership from doughboycafe
-  150+ Points! (100pts from doughboycafe, points (yet undetermined) from CJWilde, 40pts from VFreie and 10pts from Classically-DePunk )
- A critique night hosted on dAchat in your honor by crit-eek
- Critiques from doughboycafe and CJWilde
- 6 Features!  (from doughboycafe, CJWilde, Sammur-amat, LiliWrites, IrrevocableFate, and crit-eek )
- Llamas from Sammur-amat
- One illustration from Sammur-amat

Second Place
- A 3 month premium membership from doughboycafe
- 85+ Points! (75pts from doughboycafe, points (yet undetermined) from CJWilde, and 10pts from Classically-DePunk )
- A critique night hosted on dAchat in your honor by crit-eek
- Critiques from doughboycafe and CJWilde
- 6 Features! (from doughboycafe, CJWilde, Sammur-amat, LiliWrites, IrrevocableFate, and crit-eek)
- Llamas from Sammur-amat
- One illustration from Sammur-amat

Third Place
- 60+ Points! (50pts from doughboycafe, points (yet undetermined) from CJWilde, and 10pts from Classically-DePunk )
- A critique night hosted on dAchat in your honor by crit-eek
- Critiques from doughboycafe and CJWilde
- 6 Features! (from doughboycafe, CJWilde, Sammur-amat, LiliWrites, IrrevocableFate,  and crit-eek )
- Llamas from Sammur-amat
- One illustration from Sammur-amat

:bulletgreen::bulletblack:Do you want to donate prizes? We'd be happy for any contributions anyone can give. Leave a comment here or send me a note with what you care to provide!:bulletblack::bulletgreen:

Stay tuned to hear more about the crit-eek end of the contest!

:bulletblack:Things You May Find Helpful
- Grammar and Your Story
- A Guide to Military Fiction
- OokamiKasumi's Writing Tips

So good luck, soldiers: Go and write the war! :salute:

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: On Writing - Stephen King
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Missed it. :facepalm: Thought it wasn't over until the 15th for some reason.
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh no, there was an extensionyou still have time. Sorry, I forgot to put the notice here!
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:icontreo-legigeo:
Treo-LeGigeo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Writer
The link I got only went to this page ...thank god we have until December 15! Definitely writing away for this!
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
:D Great! If there really needs to be another extension, I'll consider it, so, no worries.
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:icontreo-legigeo:
Treo-LeGigeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Writer
Whoops, the person who commented below was me. Friend borrowed computer, didn't log out.
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
No prob. I'm thinking of extending it. at least 4 people have asked for it.
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:icontreo-legigeo:
Treo-LeGigeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Writer
Do you have a specific date?
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:iconwhichwhowhy:
whichwhowhy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Ok, uh, I'm going to be a little whiny and ask, what's the latest possible I could get my entry in? Because I've been rather swamped and have had a few problems with the story itself.
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:icontreo-legigeo:
Treo-LeGigeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
I have a few exams coming up so won't have much time, but they'll be done in a week. I've got an idea, though not a solid plan yet. But will write asap!
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:icongeistlicher:
Geistlicher Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
actually put down the bar bones of this a couple nights ago, hope youll like it whn I flesh it out and junk
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Writer
:la:
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:icontuomaskoivurinne:
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Started to scratch some papers for this...
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm so happy and excited to see what you'll come up with!
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:icontuomaskoivurinne:
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So am I. Also slightly terrified...
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Writer
of your writing or of your content or of monsters in your closet?
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:icontuomaskoivurinne:
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not much of a writer, but lets not ruin that surprise...
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:iconrobostorm:
robostorm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sounds totally awesome!!! I have just the poem...
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Fantastic! We haven't had many poetry entries yet so by all means!
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:iconpjohootkc:
pjohootkc Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh. Sounds fun (not the war, the contest ^^;). And I have a perfect idea for it. :D
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Great, I look forward to seeing it! :D
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:iconpjohootkc:
pjohootkc Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconevelyntaliette:
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Writer
Hmm, I'll definietely enter this contest. Come to think of, war is something I really should have written about before, considering nearly everyone I know is obsessed with it
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad to hear both that you'll be entering and also that this will give you an opportunity to write something different.

Though I am curious to know -- why is everyone you know obsessed with war, and in what way?
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:iconevelyntaliette:
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
Well, nearly every male in my family line has gone to war, or, if not, studied various historic wars down to the weapons that were used, how they were built, who invented it, and so on. I find it fairly ridiculous.
Meanwhile, my boyfriend is obsessed with the opposite- he wants to serve in the peace corps along with several of my friends.
Everyone's either wanting to start wars ("Goddamm <insert country here>") or pleading for world peace
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, then I suppose you'll have plenty of inspiration to draw from, from either side!
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:iconevelyntaliette:
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Writer
Hmm, I'll suppose I'll try to combine the two somehow. Wish me luck!
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Writer
sounds interesting! best of luck!
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:iconvfreie:
VFreie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Heh. Guess who's got two thumbs and writes war stories even when she doesn't want to?
So hoping I won't tumble down a dearth of ideas right after this bold statement. :paranoid:
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I really don't think that will ever happen. You're kind of doomed to always write about wars.
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:iconcharmquark:
CharmQuark Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Oh gosh. I have lots of war stories buried in the files, but we'll see if I can come up with something new, different and exciting for this...
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
:la:
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MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Writer
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Hey, thanks very much! I love free advertising. You've got a really helpful group running, I will definitely scope it out.
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:iconclassically-depunk:
Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I be able to donate some prizes? Perhaps 30 points to which place you deem fit for?
Also, if I do donate, am I still allowed to participate in the contest?
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Writer
That would be very generous of you. Of course you can donate, but I prefer that you pick which place you'd like to donate. And yes you may donate and participate.
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly, thank you ever so much!
Perhaps I could donate 10 points per each place? 10 for 1st, 10 for 2nd, and 10 for 3rd?
This contest will be enthralling, and I believe I will write a fictional representation of war, possibly with the fantasy novel, perhaps some contemplation from Dieter.
Or a historical representation, possibly with Dyusha, perhaps after Austerlitz in 1805.
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
alright, I posted your addition! thanks again, and good luck in the competition.
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:iconclassically-depunk:
Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, Jen!
This will be a smashing way to flex my writing muscles again.
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:icongeistlicher:
Geistlicher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FFFF things I want to do 8U!
Is there a word count limit?
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Yep look at the green bullets!
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:icongeistlicher:
Geistlicher Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fff I'm blind 8I
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:iconviking-american:
Viking-American Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Writer
This looks amazing! I can't wait to start writing! Though I'm wondering if "War" can be expanded to include any sort of armed conflict? Eg: revolts, revolutions, raids and ect.
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Hmm. Let me think about it and talk it over with CJ. Can't wait to see what you cook up!
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:iconviking-american:
Viking-American Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks! I have an idea that's a little unorthodox since it would be mostly fictional, if historically plausible and based on what few facts we have of culture at the time, but would sort of rely on that expansion. It would involve soldiers and violence inflicted by both sides, but I'm not sure if that violence is defined as war. I can provide more detail if needed. :)
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:icondoughboycafe:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Ok, tell me more about it in a note.
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