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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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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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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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