Author Topic: Cast of Wonders Flash Fiction Contest VII Submissions Rules (and Other Info)  (Read 603 times)

Languorous Lass

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Hey all—it’s time once again for Cast of Wonders’ Flash Fiction Contest!

The window for submissions opens August 15 at 0:01 am EDT and runs through August 31 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Stories will be submitted through a special Moksha portal here.  When the portal magically disappears, submissions are formally closed and will not reopen.

* WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR. As always, we’re looking for stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. All submitted stories must be original—that is, they must not have been published elsewhere.  Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.

* WHAT YOU'LL WIN.  The three winning stories will be purchased at our usual payment rate, USD $0.08 per word, and the stories will be run together as an episode of Cast of Wonders. Authors under 18 are welcome. By submitting, any author under 18 asserts they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian with whom Escape Artists, Inc., can enter into a contract, and who will receive payment, on behalf of the author.

Note that for voting purposes, stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so first publication rights will not be expended by participating in the contest. And it’s easy to become a member! In fact, you can do that right now, while you're here on the Forum.

Here are the rules:

* Each story may have a maximum of 500 words, not including the title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.  If the word count for a story using Google Docs is a close case (e.g., 501 words), we may use an alternate wordcount service, such as https://wordcounter.net.

* Each author may submit ONLY ONE STORY. If multiple people will be submitting from the same household/IP address, please let us know by emailing backstage@escapeartists.net, so your stories don’t get flagged.

* Stories must comply with CoW’s standard guidelines. You can find them here.

* The story should be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. Please proofread carefully! 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. Either British or American spelling/punctuation conventions are welcome, but please be consistent.

* Please do not use italics to emphasize words in your story.  Instead, please use underlining.  This will make it much easier for the Cast of Wonders team to see the formatting you want to use.   

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

After the submission period is over, the CoW staff will take some time to remove the authors’ names, format the stories, and post them in the Forum for voting. Depending on how many stories are submitted, they’ll be posted in groups and rounds (e.g., Groups 1 through 8 first round, Groups 1 through 4 semi-final round, etc.). Forum members will have the chance to discuss and vote on the stories (more on that process when we’re closer to voting).

Authors are allowed to vote in the contest, including for their own stories! However, no one else who knows which story is yours is allowed to vote for it! This includes friends and family members. If you are sharing a computer, living space, or router with someone else who will be voting or creating an account, make sure to message me, Languorous Lass, here on the forums, and include who else is voting and if they know anything about your story. Failure to do so may result in your story being disqualified.

Authors of the stories that don’t advance to the next round will be revealed at the end of each round. All author names will be revealed at the end of the contest.

Again, you’ll find the Moksha submission portal here, starting on August 15 at 0:01 am EDT!

So get writing!  We’re excited to see what you submit!

Denise Sudell/Languorous Lass and the Cast of Wonders team



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Where do we go in the forum to vote?
Thanks!



Languorous Lass

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Hi -- sorry, but we aren't ready for voting yet.  As the original message above states, the behind-the-scenes crew needs to finish reviewing the stories, stripping them of the authors' names, formatting them, and dividing them into groups before we're ready to post them in the Forum for voting.  We hope to finish that process soon.  Just think of this period as time to build your antici . . . pation!



DanPeacock

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Excited for the contest! :D



dhenrickson

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Hi, new guy here.  An interesting and scary way to run a contest. Interesting in that the membership gets to read all the stories and do the deciding. Scary that everyone gets to read what you've written. Hopefully this won't be too painful.