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  • DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

    The contest is now open and will close Sunday, June 1st, 2014, 00:00(midnight) LOCAL LAS VEGAS, NV, TIME ZONE.

    People choice poll will be opened on June 1st and it will close June 7th, 2014 00:00(midnight) LOCAL LAS VEGAS, NV, TIME ZONE. This will be a "public" poll, with results viewable by all.

    All winners will be announced on forum June 14th, 2014.

    WHAT WE WANT:

    Please submit to DCshortstory at gmail dot com.

    Please submit ONLY in a .txt file. You may include line breaks, specific formatting you feel is important to the tone of your story. "Bad" language is not proscribed, but do remember, your winning story will be published for all ages to read.

    Please keep your short stories an actual SHORT story.
    Leave the manuscripts and 404 page novels to your publisher and agents.

    THEME FOR THE CONTEST 2014: The Future is Now! As evidenced by CES and the constant stream of kickstarters, indigogos, even privitized space travel programs, science and technology is moving forward at a pace never seen before in human history. We all have a favorite we are paying attention to, be it the evolution of 3D printing, the "peep hole into Shrodinger's cat's box," or heads up displays built into contact lenses. Maybe it is GMO foods for you, or bioengineering of pets or farm animals. Whatever it is, expand on it. See the future of it. Write a story about the world you see it in, and how it is being used there. And send it to us.

    Please keep your stories in tune with our community, we want stories about hackers hacking, science, technology, nerdy things, geeky things, zombie things, making things work the way they were never intended to work, you all know the drill.
    Story must include the DEFCON convention in some way, either located at it, or influenced by it, or populated by characters connected to it, as a few examples.

    WHAT YOU GET:

    We will be putting ALL of the short story entries on the Conference DVD and we will be listing the winners in the Conference program in a short blurb, letting everyone know they can check the forums and dvd to read more.

    The winners will get recognition in the printed program, there will be no event at DEFCON Closing Ceremony.
    NOTE: TO AVOID LAST YEAR'S ERROR THE CONTEST WILL CLOSE EARLIER TO ENSURE ENOUGH TIME IS AVAILABLE TO MEET CONFERENCE PRINTING SCHEDULES.

    First place winner will receive two human badges, received at con, onsite.
    Second place winner will receive one human badge, received at con, onsite.
    Peoples choice winner ( voted by the community) will receive one human badge, received at con, onsite.
    Everyone will get their story on the DVD, and the winners will be announced in the program.


    Tips for winning:

    Spell check, grammar check, watch your tenses and your "voice." Double check your dates, your math, your facts. We are paying attention. If you misspell on purpose, make sure the reader can tell it's on purpose!
    Follow the rules as mentioned above.
    Write a good story.
    Bribing the judges sometimes works but since this is an online only contest the payment accepted is dogecoin.*

    Best of luck to all of you! Now get writing!





    *Much Sarcasm. Wow!
    "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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    Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

    Addendum:

    One entry per author. Please do not spam us with the "thousands of resumes sent out is sure to get me an interview!" technique. Write one GREAT story, not lots of MEH stories.



    To confirm, illustrations and graphics are not accepted. This contest is about the beauty of the written word. We don't want graphic novels. Show me a picture in my head that is painted with your vocabulary. Sexy!
    "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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    • #3
      Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

      Please remember when submitting to include the TITLE OF YOUR PIECE and the AUTHOR NAME you wish to have published. Real or handle, that is up to you but include it in your .txt file. I can't be chasing you down for titles and names. It will go in as "Untitled" or "Author Unknown" if you do not. Thank you.
      "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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      • #4
        Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

        Contest closes in less than 30 days. We have received two submissions. No writers out there this year? No one interested in getting into con for free? To have their writing featured on the convention DVD giveaway? To have their name attributed as "author" in the con schedule pamphlet? You folks do realize how many people would be reading your work...right?
        "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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        • #5
          Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

          Please ignore/delete, I posted this to the wrong thread. My apologies.
          Last edited by FOXX; 05-22-2014, 02:01 PM. Reason: Posted to wrong thread

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          • #6
            Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

            A big thank you to all participants! Contest is not CLOSED. Poll to be posted for Reader's Choice award soon. Reading and Judging has commenced!
            "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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            • #7
              Re: DefCon 22 Short Story Contest Now Open

              Fixed it for you:

              Originally posted by eris View Post
              A big thank you to all participants! Contest is now CLOSED. Poll to be posted for Reader's Choice award soon. Reading and Judging has commenced!

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