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Message to Readers

19 entries so far; 1 day left to enter

i'm having a contest - #raincontest

September 19, 2019

FREE WRITING

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i found this trend sort of annoying at first but i really need to start writing more reviews, and i realized that hosting a contest is an opportunity to give important feedback to people who deserve it.  so, without further ado, my first and perhaps only contest.

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general: include #raincontest in the title.  i will read each entry carefully all the way through, like it, and leave a short comment.

prompt: write about something mundane or everyday (whether object or element) that symbolizes something darker.  you can go pretty much anywhere you want with this - be as creative as you see fit.  no word limit, so you can make your piece as short or long as you like.

limitations: poetry and prose are both fine.  however, i will not accept essays or works of informative nonfiction.  true stories are fine, but they should have similar plot construction to fictional works.  i’m looking for pieces that tell stories.

due date: september 20.  anything finished later will not be accepted.

criteria for judging: i will select a top three based on the following:
-i generally won't consider writing that does not include proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar, unless the errors are clearly for artistic purposes.
-story setup matters greatly: a working plot that flows over the course of the piece is generally important.
-i also consider writing style to be of importance.  i prefer pieces that include distinct and fluid writing.

prizes:
first place - two reviews (your choice)
second place - one review (your choice)
third place - five detailed comments

please note that all of my reviews are incredibly detailed - i use the highlight and question sections to their fullest extent and carefully analyze the piece in question.  each review usually takes me around an hour to complete.  though two reviews may not appear to be a significant first prize, it is likely that i'll spend hours working on them.  if you really want deep, meaningful feedback, enter this competition to have a shot at getting it.  this is why i'm doing this.

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if i left anything out, please let me know.

happy writing.

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33 Comments
  • Juliana

    Since the contest ends today, can I still enter? I hope so...In case you're wondering what my object/element is, it's reading (and then I have a sub element which is brushing one's hair).
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/126153/version/248253


    4 months ago
  • Maryam Q

    Whoa, this is hands down the best prompt I've ever seen. Here's my entry: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/128840/version/247621


    4 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    @ajamwal thank you for responding! i'm actually not sure; maybe you could look some up? so glad i could help!


    4 months ago
  • ajamwal

    thank you for your feedback and I really appreciate that you gave me this feedback, do you know any platforms in which I could post my study blog on?


    4 months ago
  • Juliana

    I’m actually gonna join for once! I should have it finished today.


    4 months ago
  • Rachel Bryan

    Thanks so much for hosting this, I really enjoyed writing this prompt.
    Here's my entry: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/128320/version/246637


    4 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    thank you for all of the wonderful entries!


    4 months ago
  • jeily

    super sorry but I revisited my piece and changed a little bit, again sorry if this is a bit confusing. Hope you enjoy it :) https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127482/version/245823


    4 months ago
  • jeily

    This is such a great contest! Sorry my piece is a bit long, but I really hope you enjoy it :) https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127482/version/245796


    4 months ago
  • V-Rose

    Awesome prompt. Here's my entry:
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127792/version/245753


    4 months ago
  • Dmoral13

    This prompt took it out of me.....i've tried writing this piece for days so now i'm just entering what i have given up on. great contest! :)
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127613/version/245413


    4 months ago
  • MarSan

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/free_writing/127443/versions/245109
    Just finished writing my entry! Thank you!


    5 months ago
  • Julius Caesar

    here's my entry :D
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/126990/version/244505


    5 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    Thank you, @r|A|i|N, for hosting this competition. Here is my submission!

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127018/version/244352


    5 months ago
  • The Bubbling Pen

    Thanks so much for holding this contest - what a wonderful prompt! Here's my entry: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/126912/version/244222


    5 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    the lowercase is totally fine! definitely counts as artistic purposes. you’re talking to someone who uses lowercase for every piece they write :)


    5 months ago
  • New York_dreamer

    I did have one question about my entry... my poem does not capitalize each line because my poem's tone is meant to be quiet and mysterious. Do you accept that at "artistic purposes"? Let me know so I can make changes if needed! :)


    5 months ago
  • ajamwal

    I drafted my piece for this prompt, could anyone give me some advice, I feel it is too short.


    5 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    won't consider it for the competition. thanks for asking!


    5 months ago
  • SherlockRlz

    here's my entry
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/124008/version/237925


    5 months ago
  • SherlockRlz

    do you mean you won't consider writing with bad punctuation etc. as being bad or you won't consider it as part of the competition?


    5 months ago
  • Mary Wall

    So going to enter! Got inspired to write something for this by @Ursa Rover's breathtaking piece.:)


    5 months ago
  • Ursa

    I tried something, I don't know if it's coherent or any type of good but here it is
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/126466/version/243518


    5 months ago
  • weirdo

    im gonna try to come up with something. this is gonna be a tough one, considering all the amazing writers who are entering *sweats*


    5 months ago
  • _nsbb

    :)


    5 months ago
  • astrobhbe

    Just published my entry 'My Kind of Story | #raincontest'


    5 months ago
  • Upsidownpenguin

    woohoo! I'm sure a lot of people are/will enjoy(ing) this contest. I'm still not sure if I'm coming back, but I'll be sure to enter if I am. Thanks for all you do for this community.


    5 months ago
  • loveletterstosappho

    looking forward to trying this--i actually started writing but then it spiraled and didn't follow the prompt and i'll probably unpublish it later because it's hella personal but this prompt helped me get back into the swing of writing so thanks


    5 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    @and-peggy stylized poetry is completely fine; i understand that poems can often be lenient on grammar rules for artistic purposes. it's fine so long as you know what you're doing.


    5 months ago
  • and-peggy

    About proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar, does that include writing styles for poetry/prose that don't capitalize the first letter of lines and include little punctuation? I was just wondering because that is the style I like to write in, but I don't have to if it is prohibited.


    5 months ago
  • Anha

    hope you don't mine blasphemous pieces ;)
    this is my entry titled 'pomegranate seeds': https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/125915/version/242458


    5 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    will read! thank you so much.


    5 months ago
  • New York_dreamer

    I just posted my entry! "Shaded Glass #raincontest" Hope you enjoy! :)


    5 months ago