BurningMidnightOil

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Message to Readers

Apologies for reposting; I want everyone to have a chance at entering! READ FOOTNOTES CAREFULLY.

Also, please unpublish any drafts of your work by September 20th! It makes my job easier:)

My First Contest!! #hearmyvoice

September 20, 2019

FREE WRITING

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Hello, WtW writers, poets and story scribblers!

I am hosting a contest to give back to the writing community.
Details are as follows:

GUIDELINES (IMPORTANT!):
I will not consider pieces with poor grammar. I’ll leave a comment for you to have a chance to fix those mistakes. If nothing is done or improvement is limited, you will not be considered in the running.

Your piece(s) should be impacting. It should make me, as well as everyone else, feel SOMETHING. I generally like pieces that have imagery, syntax, and diction *hint, hint*.

PROMPT (limit one entry per prompt. Five total entries allowed.)

1. What inspired you to write? What gave you LIFE?

2. “Abstraction is often one floor above you.” Also include the following words/concepts: magick, robotic arm, radio

3. It’s the French Revolution. What is happening? Put your own spin on the historical event.

4. A man was murdered at dusk. Must include the following phrases/concepts: vintage car, batman comic, crab apples

5. Nonfiction (must be prose)—our world is dying. What can we do as young adults to save the planet? Give us stats, quotes, etc.

WORD/LINE LIMIT (no more no less, no exceptions)

Prose: 500-1500 words

Poetry: 10-25 lines

TYPE: Prose and/or Poetry 

DUE DATE: September 20th

PRIZES (same for each prompt. Meaning there will be 3 winners along with the HM for EACH prompt)

1st: follow, 5 detailed reviews (of your choice), 5 likes of my choice, 5 comments

2nd: follow, 3 detailed reviews (of your choice), 3 likes of my choice, 3 comments

3rd: follow, 2 detailed reviews (of your choice), 2 likes of my choice, 1 comment

Honourable Mention: follow, 1detailed review (of your choice), 1 like

RESULT DATE: September 30-October 10th (approximate dates. I will keep you all updated.)
If you are entering the contest LIKE this.

TAG YOUR PIECE (#hearmyvoice) SO I CAN FIND IT!!

PUT IN THE FOOTNOTES WHICH PROMPT YOU USED!

Once you are done, POST LINK(S) IN THE COMMENTARY BELOW. 

Happy writing and best of luck:)

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23 Comments
  • FoxLilly106

    I edited the old one (Got rid of that comment btw T-T) Here's the new link:

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/130593/version/251047

    Not too much is different, but I hope it's more to everyone's liking...


    4 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    @FoxLilly106,
    Welcome to WtW! Let any of us users know if you have any questions or need help navigating the site, we’d be happy to help. Also, you’ve got until 11:59 tomorrow night to submit your entry. Best of luck:)


    4 months ago
  • FoxLilly106

    I'm almost done with mine LOL. (I'm new to this btw)


    4 months ago
  • hi i'm jackson ;)

    okay crap i messed up on the word limit
    i didn't see that part
    sorry about that


    4 months ago
  • hi i'm jackson ;)

    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/130262/version/250322

    part of this is inspired by Les Miserables, if you know what that is


    4 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    @r|A|i|N,
    I look forward to reading your take on the prompt. Regarding your concerns: as long as you mentioned the required parts of the prompt, you’re fine. Creativity is key! I shall take great care in reading;)


    4 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    ok, so this is my piece -
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/129374/version/249790
    it's for prompt 4, but it uses the prompts and keywords really subtly - "a man is murdered at dusk" is used when vic tells the girl that his father stumbled on the train tracks; "crabapple" is used to describe blood; "car" is used to describe will vera; "batman comic" is briefly mentioned to be clutched by the girl. i didn't do a great job with the prompts, and if you would prefer to take mine out of the running because of that, i totally understand. also, i might decide to make a major edit later, because i'm not sure the piece portrays the message i wanted it to and i was kind of confined by word limit. anyway, i hope you enjoy. it's a tad lengthy, but i hope you read it carefully - there are a lot of double meanings and things that are easy to miss. thank you for hosting this contest!


    4 months ago
  • Harlow

    Prompt 2!!! Kinda random. Really abstract.
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/129714/version/249395


    4 months ago
  • Artburger

    Here is my piece on prompt 4. It is titled silence. Enjoy!
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/129168/version/248298


    4 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    @r|A|i|N,
    Regarding your question, yes, pieces that are specifically written without proper grammar for artistic purposes will be considered. However, please let me know in the footnotes just in case my non-existent brain doesn’t catch that! I hope you enter, looking forward to your submission! Thanks for asking!


    4 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    i may enter, but i'm curious about your "no poor grammar" policy - what about pieces that decide not to use proper grammar for artistic reasons?


    4 months ago
  • Saadia

    I will be entering! Sending link soon.


    4 months ago
  • and-peggy

    Thanks for your comment on my contest! The hashtag thing made me feel better, since I had a stupidly hard time coming up with one. You've earned a gold star for commenting, and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy writing!


    4 months ago
  • pym

    Dead Poet in Construction
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/free_writing/126915/versions/244145


    5 months ago
  • Dmoral13

    Why do I write?
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127477/version/245172


    5 months ago
  • MarSan

    Just finished Prompt 4! Thank you!
    Title: The Night Chicago Died
    https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/127110/version/244593


    5 months ago
  • and-peggy

    Title: Still Waiting
    Prompt: 1
    Link: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/126913/version/244364


    5 months ago
  • New York_dreamer

    Just posted my entry! Prompt 4, title: When the Sun goes Down (#hearmyvoice) Hope you enjoy! :)


    5 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    @and-peggy,

    Yes, you may. However, please keep them at a minimum. Best of luck!


    5 months ago
  • and-peggy

    Can I use swear words?


    5 months ago
  • BurningMidnightOil

    @ajamwal, @New York_dreamer,

    I’m glad the instructions made sense. I want everyone to understand the rules and guidelines. Far too often, I see contests but pass them by because of the vague instructions.

    I look forward to both of your submissions; I’m sure they will be fantastic!


    5 months ago
  • New York_dreamer

    Hopefully I can come up with something good! Also, I agree with @ajamwal, your instructions are much appreciated! :)


    5 months ago
  • ajamwal

    Thank you @BurningMidnightOil, by the way, thank you for being very clear on the instructions I really appreciate it.


    5 months ago