Most writing contests give you a writing prompt or at least a couple of words to work your idea around, which is why I decided to host a slightly different contest.
A constrained writing contest
Instead of being given an idea or a writing prompt, you are allowed to choose the topic completely by yourself. But, varying from week to week, you will face different challenges that limit your writing.
You will be required to omit certain words, use a specific word in every second sentence, use a given sentence unchanged, write a story with a certain amount of words... or a combination of all.
Winners of constrained writing contest #23
The winners of this week’s Constrained Writing Contest are:
svashta’s note: @spalatino usually excells at character development, but with this week's constraint, even a master such as himself found himself in a struggle. But fear not, for once again, @spalatino delivers! This week @spalatino came up with a blue human-eating giant who barely speaks, but @spalatino still managed to make him feel very real, despite the constraint - the writing and talking both. His story also carries a valuable lesson about the importance of standing up to our suppressors. Definitely a story well worthy a read!
svashta’s note: @metzli touched a topic often discussed, but rarely taken seriously enough - frauds. Not only do you receive (e)mails that promise to give you tonnes of money, you also receive (e)mails that require you to send a great sum of money, or else they "Insert scary reason like unplugging electricity here". A great story with a great message!
I found a slip-up (or two) in her story, but with the difficulty of the constraint, all is forgiven.
svashta’s note: In the story, @tiempoyesp speaks about a man who is bored to tears with his life, then suddenly witnesses a murder happen in front of his very eyes. With all the faulty accusations happening, the man must now step up and tell what he witnessed.
Like in @metzli's story, I found a slip-up (or two), but with the amount of effort still put in and the difficulty of the constraint, it is forgiven.
Sadly, you have failed to even attempt and follow this week's constraint. The story in itself has potential - the idea is okay - but the execution is, even without following the constraint, clumsy at best.
With that out of the way, onto constrained writing contest #24!
This week @metzli contacted me and asked to come up with her own set of rules.
Here is what kind of a story she wants you to write for this week;
- Write a story about a birthday party without using the words "happy", "older", or "year".
- The story must be at least 250 words long and in English
And as for the usual mumbo jumbo, here's the rest of the rules just about every contest has:
- Upvote this post
- Post a link to your entry in the comments below
- Include tag #constrainedwriting among your other tags
- Should you wish to help raise awareness of the contest, please consider resteeming this post (it is by no means compulsory)
- 1st place: 45% of post's payout
- 2nd place: 27% of post's payout
- 3rd place 18 % of post's payout
- Judge takes 5 % for his/her efforts
- I will take 5 % for hosting, writing and editing the contest
*Note: In case I receive any donations for the contest, the payout percentages apply to the donation itself as well.
This week I am the judge of the Constrained Writing Contest I am responsible for picking the winners on my own discretion, but I promise to try my best and be as objective as possible.
*Disclaimer: I will only allow fellow writers as judges to keep the competition high quality.
- Entries are accepted until this post's payout
- Your entry post must be newer than this post