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SCHEDULE

The PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VII will begin on October 4, 2021!

We received 260 stories in total (huge shoutout to our authors, you guys rock), which means Round 1 is going to be brutal. As such, I have decided to split stories into 20 groups (10 groups of 14, 10 groups of 12). These groups will be initially released in batches of 4 each week. That means, on October 4, 70 stories will be released for your voting consideration. The initial round will be open for votes for 3 weeks to give everyone time to read each story.

This is an attempt at a balance between getting the stories out there and giving everyone enough time to make it through all 260 stories.
Please pace yourselves! Voting fatigue is real

Round 2 will consist of 5 rounds of 12 stories each and polls will be open for one week.

The Semifinal round will consist of one group of 9 stories and one group of 6 stories. Polls will remain open for one week.

Our Final round will consist of 6 stories and the poll will remain open for one week.

Some rounds may be delayed in the event of tiebreaker runoff polls, which will be posted as soon as the poll ends and remain open for 3 days. All in all, the contest will run from October 4 to approximately December 16. The full schedule is posted below, click on it for the full-size image.


UPDATED SCHEDULE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kTdCoOjVF_eXxPLUqh_N7Ds6wLSBfhtND4z1ZWxA5qU/edit?usp=sharing
There will be no more semifinal round. Instead, the 15 stories that would have participated in two semifinals will now go straight to a final round, where three stories will be picked over the course of one week. This poll will be open from December 1 to December 8.

Dates, as always, are subject to change in lieu of tiebreaker runoff polls.

May the best stories win, and I hope everyone has as much fun reading as I do running this lovely contest!


RULES

A special Flash Fiction contest portal will be open on Moksha and will close at midnight as August 31 changes over to 9/1. If the portal disappears, submissions are formally closed and will not reopen.



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. This is an anonymous contest. You are not allowed to claim ownership of a story while it is still in the running, and you may not send your friends in to vote for your story.

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.

Winners will be paid $0.08 per word, making this a pro sale.

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

* Note: In close cases with word count and Google Docs (ex. 501 words), alternate wordcount services may be employed such as https://wordcounter.net. Discrepancies usually happen due to novel uses of punctuation that Docs counts as a word, etc. You won't be disqualified just because of a header that 'confuses' Google Docs slightly over the wordcount. It's the spirit of the law, not the letter!
« Last Edit: October 14, 2021, 05:19:53 AM by Bdoomed »

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #1 on: August 30, 2021, 10:37:25 PM
When are these going to start being posted (October, IIRC?) and when does voting close? Thanks!



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Reply #2 on: August 30, 2021, 11:04:49 PM
When are these going to start being posted (October, IIRC?) and when does voting close? Thanks!

Depends on the number of entries. But the bulk of the event will be in October, because it's the best month of the year.

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”


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Reply #3 on: August 31, 2021, 03:28:35 PM
[But the bulk of the event will be in October, because it's the best month of the year.

Indeed it is! Thanks.



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Reply #4 on: September 01, 2021, 05:17:26 AM
Hey there! I finished my competition piece and went to submit it before midnight, but the portal was closed when I arrived. The thread says midnight so I wasn't exactly sure which time zone was required; I'm in the central time zone, and I did finish it before midnight CST. Is there any way I can still submit my piece? Was the deadline in EST? Usually most competitions I've been in close at midnight PST so the rest of the US can submit it before midnight. Thanks for helping to clear my confusion.



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Reply #5 on: September 05, 2021, 07:26:04 AM
Guys. I don't... I don't know what to do.

265 submissions! This is actual insanity. I legitimately don't know how to contain them all in small enough group sizes to allow for easy voting and few enough groups to avoid voting fatigue. Anyone have any bright ideas? Seriously.

(axellazuli please DM me)

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #6 on: September 05, 2021, 10:52:23 AM
I don't know if this would work but how about 18 groups consisting of between 14 and 15 stories each. Maybe vote up to 4 stories per group.
All the groups are posted at once and all stay up for 2 months. That would eliminate the pressure of a time limit.
People can then choose to read them in whatever order they want.
It wouldn't matter if some people didn't read all the stories because people always drop out regardless.



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Reply #7 on: September 05, 2021, 03:12:13 PM
Guys. I don't... I don't know what to do.

265 submissions! This is actual insanity. I legitimately don't know how to contain them all in small enough group sizes to allow for easy voting and few enough groups to avoid voting fatigue. Anyone have any bright ideas? Seriously.

(axellazuli please DM me)

That's like 16 groups of 16. Actual insanity, indeed.

Something worth considering is only have two stories move up from the first several rounds instead of three. That would contract the schedule quickly.

For future flash fiction contests, we may have to consider a cap on the number of entry slots to keep the competition manageable.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2021, 03:14:24 PM by Fenrix »

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Reply #8 on: September 06, 2021, 04:55:56 AM
Encourage people to only read every second group in the first round?
That is awesome, but oof.



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Reply #9 on: September 06, 2021, 10:03:54 PM
Split the stories into two separate and complete competitions. When the first competition ends have a month's rest and run the second competition.



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Reply #10 on: September 07, 2021, 07:09:14 PM
Guys. I don't... I don't know what to do.

265 submissions! This is actual insanity. I legitimately don't know how to contain them all in small enough group sizes to allow for easy voting and few enough groups to avoid voting fatigue. Anyone have any bright ideas? Seriously.

(axellazuli please DM me)

Is it too far outside the spirit of the contest to let the editors select their top n entries and run the voting based on those? Some stories would miss out on potentially valuable feedback, but the engagement might be stronger with a tighter set of entries?



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Reply #11 on: September 07, 2021, 10:45:59 PM
Is it too far outside the spirit of the contest to let the editors select their top n entries and run the voting based on those? Some stories would miss out on potentially valuable feedback, but the engagement might be stronger with a tighter set of entries?

I was thinking that - for future contests at least! It's difficult to know what's best with one that's already running.



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Reply #12 on: September 08, 2021, 03:26:27 AM
Is it too far outside the spirit of the contest to let the editors select their top n entries and run the voting based on those? Some stories would miss out on potentially valuable feedback, but the engagement might be stronger with a tighter set of entries?

For me, that would defeat the purpose of the competition. There'd be no point in running the competition as you can just submit to the regular slush pile. And it would add a lot of extra work for someone.



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Reply #13 on: September 08, 2021, 10:02:38 AM
I don't think this is as scary as you think (and for Pseudopod, scary is good, no?) - last Escape Pod flash had 22 heats!

If you want to go the "easily divided" route, you could do 16 groups of 16, with people voting for top 3?

That reduces to 4 semi's of 12+ (there may be some equal scores, joint 3rd etc, especially if you don't get so many voters. If you allowed top 4, you'd end up with 16+). Again, top 3(with joint 3rds) from each proceed.

One final of 12+

This is "harsher" in terms of drop off than normal - previous Pseudopod contests have had quarterfinals as well - but otherwise things do tend to drag on.

The challenge will be to incentivise people to read more than a group or two. Or perhaps, to encourage feedback - the primary benefit for those who don't actually win. You could have a "voters" prize - an award made to someone who has been particularly helpful, or (better) a lottery of anyone who (say) comments on at least 32 stories (two heats). The latter encourages many, whereas SOMEONE will read and comment on them all, even without prize.

I wouldn't do a "pre-cull" round internally, because, for those submitting, that seems to break the unspoken contract - this is a peer-judged contest.



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Reply #14 on: September 08, 2021, 03:33:49 PM
I'm thinking some kind of hybrid approach -- multiple groups posted at once (Iike 3 or so) open for longer periods of time, and yeah vote for top 3, skip quarterfinals. I need to map it out still but I think it's doable.

I agree with Xart, having editors pick their top stories defeats the purpose of the contest and puts a lot of work on the editors to make those decisions. That's up to you all to decide, not us!

Hoping to get the whole thing planned out this weekend and have an official announcement by Sunday/Monday. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #15 on: September 08, 2021, 10:46:30 PM
I would not be opposed to a prize for a certain number of commenters, by volume or lottery. I do love a good lottery. I have a nice rock saved up for the next one. I have some cool PseudoPod lanyards that I could mail out to winners.

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Reply #16 on: September 09, 2021, 03:02:26 AM
I don't know how many groups there will end up being but I get fatigue where there are more than 10 stories in a group. Maybe others are similar. Perhaps something to consider when setting up the groups.



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Reply #17 on: September 09, 2021, 06:39:22 AM
I would not be opposed to a prize for a certain number of commenters, by volume or lottery. I do love a good lottery. I have a nice rock saved up for the next one. I have some cool PseudoPod lanyards that I could mail out to winners.

Can confirm, the lanyards are great. I've had mine on my keys for many many months now.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #18 on: September 09, 2021, 01:12:44 PM
Alas, alak, I've had to withdraw my entry for the best possible reason - it has found a home elsewhere! (Timing not so good - if the voting was open already, I'd have turned down the acceptance (or asked them to wait) and if subs were still open I might have been able to replace it with another story, but I can't really complain!)



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Reply #19 on: September 09, 2021, 02:08:49 PM
Eyyy congrats Liam!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #20 on: September 13, 2021, 03:31:33 PM
Hello hello. Schedule has been posted (edit to the first post)! It's a bit weird, but I'm weary of dragging the contest on too long, and 260 stories is a lot. But I'm pumped and I hope you all are too!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #21 on: September 14, 2021, 12:30:00 AM
Ack the image didn't post correctly, I'll have to fix that when I get home! Sorry folks!

Edit: image fixed
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I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #22 on: September 15, 2021, 06:46:28 AM
If there are only 15 stories in the Semi Finals, couldn't that just be the Finals?



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Reply #23 on: September 15, 2021, 03:52:26 PM
Apologies if this is a daft question - is it considered acceptable to participate in the voting if you've entered a story?



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Reply #24 on: September 15, 2021, 05:35:13 PM
Can't wait to see all the lovely works!



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Reply #25 on: September 16, 2021, 06:11:18 AM
You can absolutely vote for stories if you're a contestant. You can even vote on your own story! You cannot get others to vote on your story by claiming it as your own publicly or by telling others in private which story is yours :)

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #26 on: September 16, 2021, 06:24:36 AM
If there are only 15 stories in the Semi Finals, couldn't that just be the Finals?

That's... not a bad idea.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #27 on: September 16, 2021, 10:50:11 AM
Apologies if this is a daft question - is it considered acceptable to participate in the voting if you've entered a story?

It certainly is!



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Reply #28 on: September 17, 2021, 09:18:33 PM
You can absolutely vote for stories if you're a contestant. You can even vote on your own story! You cannot get others to vote on your story by claiming it as your own publicly or by telling others in private which story is yours :)

Excellent! Thanks for clarifying. Despite being a long-term Pseudopod listener/subscriber, I've never really observed the existence of the forums before and the whole nature of the flash contest has been a little tricky to figure out :-)



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Reply #29 on: October 04, 2021, 04:28:05 PM
Groups 1-4 have been released! Let the voting begin!

There will be a change to the schedule -- I'm going to combine the semifinal into one 15-story final round (brutal, I know). I'll have a new schedule drawn up sometime today/tomorrow along with a link to the file itself if anyone wants a text version.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #30 on: October 05, 2021, 04:25:43 PM
Obligatory first post, and looking forward to reading!



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Reply #31 on: October 07, 2021, 03:49:33 AM
FYI, the next set of groups are to be posted on the 11th. I have a flight that day so they'll be a little late getting posted!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #32 on: October 07, 2021, 10:42:20 AM
Groups 1-4 have been released! Let the voting begin!

There will be a change to the schedule -- I'm going to combine the semifinal into one 15-story final round (brutal, I know). I'll have a new schedule drawn up sometime today/tomorrow along with a link to the file itself if anyone wants a text version.

Question: at risk of sounding a little daft, I'm unsure where the stories for these groups will be available to read. Am I missing a link?



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Reply #33 on: October 07, 2021, 12:15:48 PM
They are in the Arcade section of the forums under Pseudopod Flash Fiction contest VII;)



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Reply #34 on: October 08, 2021, 01:17:09 AM
Excited to catch up on all of these submissions!



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Reply #35 on: October 09, 2021, 12:26:17 AM
Not sure how to actually place my vote. I get to the screen that says pick your 3 favorite stories in the group. When I click on one it appears to just take me to that story...



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Reply #36 on: October 09, 2021, 05:58:36 AM
Not sure how to actually place my vote. I get to the screen that says pick your 3 favorite stories in the group. When I click on one it appears to just take me to that story...

You shouldn't even be able to see the stories before you make a post in the forums - there was a permissions problem that allowed you to do that. I've changed the perms on that - so if the stories disappeared for anyone, just make a post and they'll be back!

And! You should have checkboxes next to all the items in the poll to allow you to vote for three stories.



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Reply #37 on: October 09, 2021, 07:25:51 PM
Thanks for the clarification! I am new to this whole forum thing.... Excited to join the digital age!




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Reply #38 on: October 09, 2021, 08:20:41 PM
When the heat winners go through to the next round, it might be nice/sensible/fair if they don't have to compete with those they've already competed with. I.e. if winner of group 1 goes into the first 2nd round group, and the 2nd place goes into the 2nd 2nd, and the 3rd into the 3rd, and then the winner of group 2 goes into the second 2nd round group, and so on, (striped, if you like) then each story will compete against new opposition. Just an idea!



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Reply #39 on: October 09, 2021, 08:26:58 PM
Excited to participate. Thanks for explaining the rules!



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Reply #40 on: October 09, 2021, 11:00:37 PM
Not sure how to actually place my vote. I get to the screen that says pick your 3 favorite stories in the group. When I click on one it appears to just take me to that story...

You shouldn't even be able to see the stories before you make a post in the forums - there was a permissions problem that allowed you to do that. I've changed the perms on that - so if the stories disappeared for anyone, just make a post and they'll be back!

And! You should have checkboxes next to all the items in the poll to allow you to vote for three stories.

I was wondering where the stories had gone!



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Reply #41 on: October 09, 2021, 11:25:11 PM
Sorry, folks

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #42 on: October 10, 2021, 11:23:19 AM
Do people usually submit stories that haven't been beta-d by anyone to preserve anonymity? Or have beta readers but don't tell them about the competition? I feel like the Venn diagram of the friends I have that I would swap critiques with and the ones who would get a lot out of this competition is a circle.



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Reply #43 on: October 10, 2021, 05:01:59 PM
Thanks! I was wondering what happened 😊. Excited to participate this year!



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Reply #44 on: October 10, 2021, 11:30:04 PM
Do people usually submit stories that haven't been beta-d by anyone to preserve anonymity? Or have beta readers but don't tell them about the competition? I feel like the Venn diagram of the friends I have that I would swap critiques with and the ones who would get a lot out of this competition is a circle.

Zeke, members of my writing group don't show each other stories they plan to submit to EA contests. 



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Reply #45 on: October 11, 2021, 12:42:18 PM
Are the new groups up? I think I mistakenly got to them earlier when I clicked group 1 but it went back to normal.



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Reply #46 on: October 11, 2021, 01:40:05 PM
Thanks for the clarification! I am new to this whole forum thing.... Excited to join the digital age!
I thought I was the only one. Excited for to be a part of this



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Reply #47 on: October 11, 2021, 03:23:56 PM
You shouldn't even be able to see the stories before you make a post in the forums - there was a permissions problem that allowed you to do that. I've changed the perms on that - so if the stories disappeared for anyone, just make a post and they'll be back!

Thanks for clarifying that!



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Reply #48 on: October 11, 2021, 05:51:45 PM
More groups being posted today? I just see last week's 4.



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Reply #49 on: October 11, 2021, 07:25:11 PM
Wasn't today supposed to be the second set of Round 1 groups?

My concern is that stories that end up in later groups are already at a disadvantage due to review fatigue, and not having them show up on the advertised day makes it even more likely that these later stories won't be voted on as much as the earlier ones.
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Reply #50 on: October 11, 2021, 08:16:01 PM
Hi! As I posted earlier, I was traveling today and the next groups are going to be a bit late. Working on them now!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #51 on: October 11, 2021, 08:36:16 PM
Alllright, sorry for the delay, folks, but Groups 5-8 have been posted!

My concern is that stories that end up in later groups are already at a disadvantage due to review fatigue, and not having them show up on the advertised day makes it even more likely that these later stories won't be voted on as much as the earlier ones.

Yes, voter fatigue is a thing. Unfortunately, I'm human and while I endeavor to get groups posted around midnight when they're scheduled to appear, life happens. These groups will be available for voting for 3 weeks. I don't think a few hours on the front-end of that is going to tank the vote.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #52 on: October 11, 2021, 08:43:37 PM
Note: schedule has been updated in the first post, and you can also now view that schedule here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kTdCoOjVF_eXxPLUqh_N7Ds6wLSBfhtND4z1ZWxA5qU/edit?usp=sharing

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #53 on: October 11, 2021, 09:37:40 PM
Unfortunately, I'm human and while I endeavor to get groups posted around midnight when they're scheduled to appear, life happens.


Sorry, didn't mean to appear as if I'm complaining!  This is awesome, and I'm so glad to be a part of it.
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Reply #54 on: October 12, 2021, 03:54:08 PM
Hooray for new entries!



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Reply #55 on: October 13, 2021, 11:42:36 AM
Zeke, members of my writing group don't show each other stories they plan to submit to EA contests.

Thanks Languorous Lass! That definitely seems like the better way to go.



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Reply #56 on: October 14, 2021, 11:37:39 AM
Not going to suggest how anyone votes, but as this is quite a long contest, and I've been picking off commenting on those stories with no comments, because I feel the feedback is a major part of this, and sometimes there seems to be a reluctance to be first up to comment. That said, the last stories with no comments are quite likely to be... trickier? Slightly unloved? But if you are diving in and can spare the feedback for the lonely stories, then go for it!



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Reply #57 on: October 14, 2021, 11:53:28 AM
Feeling’ a little dumb, I can’t seem to find these stories? I was able to view the first round right in this forum.

Edit: by some coding sorcery, I was able to view right after I posted which would be my first post. Lesson learned; I’ll pass it on to my next life.
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Reply #58 on: October 15, 2021, 01:52:23 AM
Feeling’ a little dumb, I can’t seem to find these stories? I was able to view the first round right in this forum.

Edit: by some coding sorcery, I was able to view right after I posted which would be my first post. Lesson learned; I’ll pass it on to my next life.

What is this sorcery? Because I've had the same problem the whole time. I can not for the life of me find the actual stories.



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Reply #59 on: October 15, 2021, 06:10:01 AM
What is this sorcery? Because I've had the same problem the whole time. I can not for the life of me find the actual stories.

You need to be logged in and have posted on the forum at least once and then go here:  Escape Artists > The Arcade > Flash Fiction Contest VII - PseudoPod (http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?board=478.0) and you should see the groups of stories posted so far (at the moment 8 groups). Click each and the stories are there. If not, then there's some problem.



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Reply #60 on: October 16, 2021, 05:47:41 PM
This is helpful information.  Currently I can't see the stories, but maybe posting this reply will reveal the magic.



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Reply #61 on: October 16, 2021, 10:25:09 PM
Do people usually submit stories that haven't been beta-d by anyone to preserve anonymity? Or have beta readers but don't tell them about the competition? I feel like the Venn diagram of the friends I have that I would swap critiques with and the ones who would get a lot out of this competition is a circle.

I myself turned to friends who don't participate in this contest to help proof-read my submission. My writing group has at least two members who are active here and it wouldn't be fair. It's good to have multiple writing friends/people willing to read your work even if they aren't writers. It is interesting to see the reactions of my other writing friends whom I don't normally send horror to, though!
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Reply #62 on: October 18, 2021, 05:31:29 AM
Groups 9 through 12 are live! Now go do that voodoo that you do so well!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #63 on: October 18, 2021, 11:22:25 AM
Groups 9 through 12 are live! Now go do that voodoo that you do so well!
I’m curious, how are you finding participation with the new format compared to the previous way of releasing stories? Are the stories getting similar views/comments? Has it helped with reader drop off?



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Reply #64 on: October 18, 2021, 11:27:24 AM
I like the new format of how stories are appearing in batches a week apart. It feels less pressured.



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Reply #65 on: October 18, 2021, 02:25:25 PM
I haven't done any analytics on it yet. I'm waiting for a full set to close out before I start on that whole project. I'm definitely curious to see how the new format is working though. It'll be a learning experience either way.

At this moment, I feel like I made the right decision -- it just *feels* like there's more time to read each story before another bunch roll out, unlike previous contests where it was every other day you'd get another load of stories.

Hopefully the numbers will be clear enough to draw conclusions. It's hard though, since there are sooo many other factors that could influence these numbers. But we'll see :)

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #66 on: October 19, 2021, 01:48:58 PM
Looking forward to reading these...



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Reply #67 on: October 20, 2021, 10:17:21 PM
Hello, just learned that I had to register here to see the FF contest stories (including mine), and also that I have to post something first so my newborn account is not purged. I have no idea if this will work, so I'll just post and see.



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Reply #68 on: October 21, 2021, 01:51:05 PM
It's easy, just make a post & you will be activated



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Reply #69 on: October 22, 2021, 02:30:21 PM
Yes, it is easy...



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Reply #70 on: October 23, 2021, 01:57:21 PM
By thisse post I do make thy incantacion to reveal the horror!



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Groups 13 through 16 have been released!

Also, Groups 1 through 4 polls have closed! (Woo!). Winners of these groups will be officially announced later today.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Hello, just learned that I had to register here to see the FF contest stories (including mine), and also that I have to post something first so my newborn account is not purged. I have no idea if this will work, so I'll just post and see.

Thanks for this, I have been trying figure out how to read the stories!