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.
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.