Post by ScintillaMyntan on Jan 31, 2023 21:55:27 GMT -6
Our first Casual Contest brought us seven entries, all of which happened to take a fantastical approach. Voting is closed, and results are in! Thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated in writing or critiquing.
1st place: Raveneye "Of Mice and Emancipation"
2nd place: Alatariel "With Eyes Open"
3rd place: Foxxglove "Bequeathed"
Badges are coming soon. The image-hosting site seems to be down.
Edit: I've also just realized that poll results are visible, when I said they wouldn't be. Sorry about that, and I hope no one's too bothered. I've taken the poll link off the voting thread.
Honor points 1st Place takes 200 Hard HP (for a total of 300) 2nd and 3rd take 100 Hard HP (for a total of 200) All contestants take 100 Hard HP for entering (for a total of 100).
Now that it's over, what did people think of the contest? The prompt, the timeframe, the voting system?
Er, huh??? I'm speechless. Didn't see that one coming. Well, this makes my day. Thanks, all! Absolutely blown away by this. I know my story needs a lot of work, so I really do appreciate ya'll for seeing potential in it and for your great feedback that will only make it better.
ScintillaMyntan - as for your questions -- "Now that it's over, what did people think of the contest? The prompt, the timeframe, the voting system?"
Loved the voting system. The poll made this really enjoyable. Even though numerical averages helped me put the stories in some kind of order, the poll was really nice and clean. I'll be considering using it for later contests, for sure. As for the timeframe. The month-long writing period was a HUGE relief. A month for voting seemed a bit long and drawn out given there were only 7 entries. If we'd had twice that many entries, a month for voting woulda felt more balanced. I think we coulda got the voting done in two weeks, but the point of this contest was CASUAL, so never mind!
The prompt itself was challenging--which made it wonderful. I had real trouble making it work, and my story totally reflected that. Some other contestants nailed it, however.
Scintilla - I really enjoyed the casual contest. I liked the month-long timeframe to get a story together, as well as the prompt. Although I'm saying this as someone who still waited basically a few days prior to get something together, lol. Next time, I'm hoping I won't have so much going on that I can actually take advantage of having the extra time.
I agree with Raveneye, I think the voting process could maybe be 2-3 weeks (depending on the number of entries).
I loved having a month to write. Voting could be a shorter period depending on how many entries there are (under 10 gets 2 weeks maybe?) and I liked the poll. I did miss the scoring aspect but that was only because I had NO IDEA how well or not well my story was doing or being perceived. Made it very ambiguous but that was just my own problem. I liked leaving more casual feedback, less structured.
I'm pretty much echoing other sentiments here, but I also liked the extra creation time that afforded the opportunity to give my often errant muse a poke or two in the ribs to get her thinking. I also got along much better with the less structured form of commenting. Critiquing in general is far from my strong suit....assuming I even have such an animal...!!! As for the voting timeline. I had no problem with it. Perhaps it was a little lengthy but better that than having to rush through in order for the choices to qualify.
At the risk of sounding like a whiney child....did I miss the post where we can go collect the badges? I do love me some badges.
(No surprise there I'm sure....see the collage below...)
I'll get to them soon. Last I checked the image hosting site wasn't working. And maybe I'm overthinking the design aspect, heh. Does the winner part of the badge also get the vertical ribbon? Centered name or left or right aligned? And is the alignment relative to the whole thing or to the part divided by the vertical ribbon!? I'll see if the image hosting is back up this evening.
pelwrath: My break and dinner at work will be busy with first read throughs.
Aug 21, 2023 11:27:43 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: I'm so bummed! I was trying to get an entry in, but inspiration didn't hit until the last minute, and I just wasn't satisfied
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:28 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: So instead I will read all the amazing entries and wish y'all luck
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:40 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: First look at all the Photograph entries makes for an amazing read. Gonna have a tough time voting, that's for sure.
Aug 22, 2023 11:03:09 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New Rolling Weekly just dropped! Check it out and enter HERE
Aug 27, 2023 10:55:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Whew, back from vacay, and I'm exhausted. No rest for the weary, though. I've got a lot of critting to catch up on.
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:39 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: And a new Weekly! Yay!
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:49 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Ooo! A great prompt word too! aaaaaOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Aug 29, 2023 11:52:46 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if there are any members from Florida but please be safe as that hurricane bears down on you.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: I like that prompt as well.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER THIS WEEK'S ROLLING WEEKLY.
Sept 1, 2023 11:45:54 GMT -6
Mazulla: I am too excited, just got a copy of Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland by W. B. Yeats!
Sept 1, 2023 17:09:08 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New 100 Weekly just dropped! Come submit your entry HERE
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:17 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Apologies for the delay. Holiday weekend has my head on upside down
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:40 GMT -6
pelwrath: My mind has finally settled on what stories/books I want to start writing. A werewolf story with witches, warlocks, and other along with Sundowners 3.
Sept 4, 2023 9:56:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: I’ll pat myself on the back. I posted a link to a recent review of my first book in the boasting thread in the Accepted thread.
Sept 6, 2023 7:28:20 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: 6 HOURS LEFT TO VOTE
Sept 9, 2023 14:59:10 GMT -6
pelwrath: An FYI but ball parking my score, looks like 4th place for me. No surprise there and I do hope Raveneye does consider her entry in the W,P, and S even if she was the host.
Sept 10, 2023 1:18:59 GMT -6