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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 !
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. All decisions made by CJ and myself are final. We are the sole judges. We will not be accepting fanfiction. We want your original work and characters, please! 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
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>
And The Prizes? Keep a sharp eye out because these prizes will likely expand. But for now:
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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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.
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.