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  • Creative Writing Contest: #DCShortStory

    "If you are receiving this email, CONGRATULATIONS! You have been approved to host a CVE at Def Con 24! "
    WE ARE OFFICIAL!
    Write!

    Deadline: May 30th, 2016, midnight(00:00 UTC -7/PST)
    COUNTDOWN TO DEADLINE HERE: https://tinyurl.com/j74qpeu

    Poll Opens:May 31, 2016, midnight(00:00 UTC -7/PST)
    Poll Closes: June 7th, 2016, midnight(00:00 UTC -7/PST)

    Prizes approved! First place: Two badges
    Second place, One badge
    People's Choice Award, One badge.
    Theme: #RiseOfTheMachines (See DEFCON.ORG for suggestions of movies, books, etc, see @DCShortstory for additional links!)
    Twitter: @DCShortstory (If you don't follow, you miss most of the contest information!)
    Email: DCShortstory@gmail.com


    Short Story
    noun

    a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
    ?Short Story (1,000 - 7,500 words): The 'regular' short story, usually found in periodicals or anthology collections. Most 'genre' zines will features works at this length.

    Da Rules:
    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. That means a file no less than 1,000 words and no more than 20,000. If you feel you have a story worthy of, and requiring, additional length(or works just fine as a haiku), include your plea in your submission email.
    Leave the manuscripts and 404 page novels to your publisher and agents.


    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.
    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. These publishing deadlines are set by the conference and are used to create the contest deadlines.
    Time permitting, the winners will walk the stage and/ or be recognized at Contest Closing Ceremony.


    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.

    *IN CASE OF NON-CON ATTENDANCE BY ANY WINNER, REAL NAME AND SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR POSTING OF BADGE*

    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.

    *IMPORTANT: Communication/Updates/Contact at Con will be done through the Twitter account @DCShortstory. Follow it or you will miss things that are relevant to the contest.*

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

    Addendums and reminders:
    Pay attention to the deadline. Emails received after the deadline will not be judged! We cannot take responsibility for slow servers, power outages, whatever other excuse to explain why your story was received 1-30 minutes late or 24 hours later. Schedule time to submit, use the deadline countdown page.
    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.
    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!
    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

    Contest organizer: Eris
    Reading Judges: FrozenFoxx and PrincessLeah (previous contest winners!)

    Last edited by eris; 04-27-2016, 04:50 AM.
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  • #2
    Those are some pretty cool prizes! Thanks for the contest again this year!
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    dopest dj in the galaxy. *mwah!*
    www.dj-jackalope.com
    send in the drop bears!
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    • #3
      Thanks! Much appreciation for the good graces and efforts of Nikita and DarkTangent, of course!
      Last edited by eris; 04-14-2016, 02:26 AM.
      "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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      • #4
        Soooooo Excited to try again! Thank You!
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        • #5
          I cannot wait to see what the stories are this year!

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          • #6
            And the 2016 Creative Writing Contest is now over! People's Choice winner, along with first and second place winners, to be announced June 8th! This allows our judges to read, discuss, review and decide in a timely manner as well as a review of the polling process. Thank you to everyone who submitted, and to those who voted as well! Good luck to everyone!

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            • #7
              Thanks everyone for the submissions!
              A fox in a box of bricks and blocks.

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