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Title: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on July 28, 2017, 07:25:57 PM
A special Flash Fiction contest portal will open on Submittable (https://pseudopod.submittable.com/submit) at midnight EDT on 8/15 and close at midnight on 9/15. If the portal disappears, submissions are formally closed and will not reopen.



In order to be a valid submission to the contest, each story must adhere to the following rules:

1. The story must be no more than 500 words long, not including its title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.  

2. The story must adhere to the general Pseudopod submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a horror story; other genres, including science fiction and fantasy, are discouraged. As a general rule, we will take a very liberal view of what constitutes horror, but authors should note that past experience shows that stories which attempt to skirt the genre restriction tend to fare badly in the voting.

3. The story must be original and previously unpublished. Stories will be posted on a members-only portion of the forum, so first publication rights will not be spent if your story does not win.

The person submitting the story must be the story's author (or acting for the author with express permission) and hold full publishing rights to the story. A story that is derived from a previous published work in another format (i.e. not a short story) is fine (assuming doing so isn't in violation of copyright, obviously).

If you are not sure whether your story counts as published or not (for example, if an earlier version has appeared on your blog but nowhere else), please write (PM or send a query to brian@escapeartists.net with the subject line "QUERY") and ask before submitting. Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.

4. The story should be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. We may or may not allow minor typo corrections if those slip in, but as a general rule, we will not allow authors to submit changes to stories, especially not after submissions are closed.

5. Each author may submit only one story.

6. Entries in the contest will be judged completely anonymously, with all authors on equal footing regardless of whether or not they are already published elsewhere or if they have any association with EA. In the interest of transparency, the following people have access to the submission portal, and can see the names of authors (and therefore are prohibited from participating): Graeme Dunlop, Shawn Garrett, Alex Hofelich, Brian Lieberman, and Dagny Paul. Note that staff on EA's other podcasts, and other forum moderators, have no access to this information and may choose to participate if they wish.

Included the body of the submission should be the title and the text of your story. Any byline will be stripped when the stories are posted in the contest, and will be revealed when either the story fails to advance, or ultimately wins. Feel free to request a pseudonym for the byline, but we will need a legal name if you win for prize purposes.

Please blog, tweet, email, send postcards, telephone, summon demons, and otherwise get the word out.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Ronan on August 18, 2017, 07:19:39 AM
The Podcastle competition isn't even over yet and I'm already excited about this one.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: shawnproctor on August 24, 2017, 10:33:36 AM
This is a lot of fun. Like writing Cthulhu's name on a grain of rice.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Schrodingrr on August 31, 2017, 05:29:10 PM
Just submitted my entry! Can't wait!  ;D


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Glass_Figurine on September 04, 2017, 08:07:54 AM
Submitted! I'm excited about this one.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Chicken Ghost on September 05, 2017, 07:46:26 AM
Next contest will be 250 words. 


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 06, 2017, 06:30:29 AM
Next contest will be 250 words. 
Interesting, I wasn't aware of that.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: hollyberry29 on September 06, 2017, 07:28:07 AM
Entered, fresh off the PodCastle FFC, haha. Here we go again! Good luck writers!!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Chicken Ghost on September 06, 2017, 09:26:35 AM
Next contest will be 250 words. 
Interesting, I wasn't aware of that.

One after that will be 0 words.  It will be very competitive. 


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Thunderscreech on September 06, 2017, 10:17:36 AM
Next contest will be 250 words. 
Sweet Christmas. 

Welp, we survived the drop from 750 to 500.  Maybe we'll weather this too. 

"For sale: Baby shoes, partially digested."

Hey, maybe I can make aggressive limits work for Pseudopod after all.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 06, 2017, 01:48:50 PM
Take a look at my previous work in the poll threads for past PP contests. Gaze deep into the abyss.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 06, 2017, 01:49:06 PM
AND DESPAIR.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Not-a-Robot on September 06, 2017, 01:50:58 PM
Next contest will be 250 words. 
Sweet Christmas. 

Welp, we survived the drop from 750 to 500.  Maybe we'll weather this too. 

"For sale: Baby shoes, partially digested."

Hey, maybe I can make aggressive limits work for Pseudopod after all.

Ha!

How about this one.

"The ever-shrinking word count: True horror."


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Not-a-Robot on September 06, 2017, 01:53:30 PM
AND DESPAIR.

Oh Bdoomed, king of kings, ye mighty.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: starktheground on September 12, 2017, 09:49:01 AM
So excited for this contest again! I had so much fun last time I did it.

Now, I just have to cut another 250 words ...


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Feverwood on September 12, 2017, 12:41:04 PM
There is a unlimited word count but you may only use each character once.


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Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Feverwood on September 12, 2017, 12:45:54 PM
Or

Without hesitation, repetition or deviation write about the creature you struggle not to become for one minute; GO!


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Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: FireTurtle on September 12, 2017, 01:45:40 PM
**Wanders off after something shiny sometime in early August. Returns and finds horror upon horror - three days to write new flash.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: hwaffle on September 13, 2017, 09:04:51 AM
Not much of a horror writer but mine is in! Is it bad that I'm hoping for less submissions than the last round? That was a LOT of submissions, ha.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: prestond on September 13, 2017, 09:12:41 PM
I'm in. Looking forward to a big, horrifying slush-pile!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: JohnAMcColley on September 13, 2017, 10:46:18 PM
The fantasy one that just finished was my first Escape Artists contest, but I'm back for round two. Hopefully my horror game is at least as good as my fantasy game. Let's scare some people!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Black Dahlia on September 14, 2017, 04:36:35 AM
My flash is in. Look forward to reading everyone's stories. Good luck, writers!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: CaseySE on September 14, 2017, 12:08:09 PM
Submitted my flash story. Looking forward to reading all the others!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Obleo21 on September 14, 2017, 08:55:57 PM
Done! I normally hang out in the flying castle, and now the magical theater (CoW) but this is my first trip down in the mire...


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: ACreamer on September 14, 2017, 09:45:58 PM
And submitted.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: mjarvis on September 15, 2017, 03:00:58 PM
Looks like the competition is going to be fierce! Looking forward to all the stories!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Schrodingrr on September 15, 2017, 03:33:26 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 15, 2017, 05:31:25 PM
5 hours left! We have a ton of entries and this is going to be so fun.

Cheers.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Thunderscreech on September 15, 2017, 08:37:36 PM
Juuuuuuuuust squeaked in under the guillotine.  This is not a genre I'm comfortable in so this was difficult but damned if I'll miss an opportunity to grow as a writer.  I mean....  the kind of growth I can get without taking classes or reading writing books or all the other things serious writers do to improve.  I'll never miss an opportunity....  to do the minimum effort?  Because I'm a hack, I guess?  That sounds less commendable the more I read it.  Oh, I know, I'll just hit 'Post' then the painful introspection can go away.


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: dwarzel on September 15, 2017, 10:51:11 PM
In with ten minutes to spare...


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Constance on September 15, 2017, 11:27:30 PM
Good luck everyone! I can't wait to be horrified.  :D


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Ibba Armancas on September 16, 2017, 01:05:18 PM
Stoked to get out of my narrator zone and write something! :D Can't wait to read everyone's submissions!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Constance on September 16, 2017, 02:24:35 PM
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  :)


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Obleo21 on September 16, 2017, 02:53:29 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Schrodingrr on September 16, 2017, 05:34:57 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?
Are you telling me that you've never once wondered why every member of Pseudopod's staff is made entirely of spiders?


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 16, 2017, 10:43:51 PM
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  :)

You're not missing anything. Each voting round will list the 'three votes' rule (and restrict you to that number even if you try to vote for more).

And if you know the author of another story, you must refrain from voting for it (either by skipping that round entirely if you feel it necessary, or simply by voting for other stories)


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Bdoomed on September 16, 2017, 11:17:16 PM
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.
That will narrow it down to 54 stories for the second round, divided up into 6 groups of 9.
Semifinals will be 18 stories, so 3 groups of 6 which will give us 9 stories for the Final Round.

I hope you're all ready for a long journey!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: ACreamer on September 17, 2017, 12:26:37 PM
...We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun)...
I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

Looking forward to reading everyone's work!


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: Not-a-Robot on September 17, 2017, 03:20:51 PM
...We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun)...
I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

Looking forward to reading everyone's work!

Ditto


Title: Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest V Rules and Other Horrors
Post by: astrokath on September 19, 2017, 04:38:12 AM
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.

Whoa, that's a lot of reading! Are you going to be opening groups daily, or every 48 hours like Ocicat did for PodCastle?