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Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 01:49 PM Reply

First, I would like to apologize for the results being so late. We had some complications, and hopefully we'll be able to post the results much faster in the future.

This was a really amazing turnout! We had a total word count of around 30,000 words. That's about half as long as Pride & Prejudice. I really had fun reading the entries, especially the more creative ones, and I could tell the authors had fun writing them. It was really great seeing people experiment and try things outside of their comfort zone.

We had short stories, poems, poetic stories, twitter stories, stories within stories, comical self-referential stories, and others too esoteric to describe.

Stories were judged with a special emphasis on creativity, which of course is subjective, so don't feel discouraged if you didn't place! We make these contests because we love to write, and we love to have other people read our creations and visit the worlds that, only we as writers, can find the words to describe.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:

1st Place: RIGg0rMORtis
2nd Place:bunivasal
3rd Place:nietzlawe
4th Place:Kyjote
5th Place:silverspecks

Congratulations to the winners! The top 3 stories will recieve $25 each in store credit.

Thanks to Tom for providing the prizes!

I'd also like to thank The-Great-One and Writersblock for giving their time and effort as judges.

Even though it didn't place, my personal favorite story was Bryce Dillard (roadguy2)

Reviews will be posted shortly.

I hope to see you all again in April's contest!

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 01:50 PM Reply

Whoops, forgot the link to Bryce Dillard (roadguy2)

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 03:33 PM Reply

Congrats to all the winners! Big thanks to 4urentertainment for organizing this and picking such a fun topic.

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 06:21 PM Reply

Awsome, I placed. I may not be getting any money, but honorable mention still feels good. I planned to use winnings to become a supporter, but that's okay. I'll just use my own money. I had fun writing Reminiscence. If anyone who read it figured out the story's unstated truth, please let me know. Grats to the other winners.


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 06:47 PM Reply

Congrats to all the winners! Those were all great stories! (although I admit I've only read up to Amaranthus' entry. :P)

Hopefully, in the April contest, I won't wait till the last minute to do it.

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 09:25 PM Reply

Congratulations to the winners. Even though there weren't that many judges, I think it's weird my top five stories were exactly the ones listed here. I didn't have a specific order for the stories 2-5 though, as I gave them all the same rating. To everyone else, just keep practicing. Experience is a surefire way of improving, so the more you write, the better you'll get. And as someone who is always reading (and writing) stories that push the boundaries of genre, it was great to see some really innovative storytelling in this bunch.


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 21st, 2013 @ 11:09 PM Reply

Wow, I am really flattered...

I can't believe I got an honorable mention!
Thanks to everyone who read and participated!


OH GOD WHY?!

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 21st, 2013 @ 11:34 PM Reply

Congrats to everyone who won! I hope we have just as good a turnout next time!


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 27th, 2013 @ 01:04 AM Reply

Congratulations to all the winners! It was truly a treat to read all of your stories!


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Mar. 27th, 2013 @ 07:33 AM Reply

Holy fucking fuck. The turnout for this contest is amazing, both in quality and in quantity. Some of the entries are mind-boggingly fantastic. I bow down to you, 4UR, for coming up with such a amazing topic for this MWC. It certainly helped.


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 03:46 AM Reply

At 3/27/13 07:33 AM, tinytim12 wrote: Holy fucking fuck. The turnout for this contest is amazing, both in quality and in quantity. Some of the entries are mind-boggingly fantastic. I bow down to you, 4UR, for coming up with such a amazing topic for this MWC. It certainly helped.

Thank you very much! This contest would have been a failure without all the amazing people who participated. So thank you again everyone who submitted a story!

Here are the reviews, sorry for being so late. The new contest will be posted in the next couple of days.

The Merchant by Jasonpick

The story was really short, and I felt the characters had no depth. Ending was sort of a let down. I liked the intro though, and the rhyme.

Untitled by Lympha

I liked how you switched narratives and the contrast between them. Story starts out nice, and I feel it has potential, but it cuts too short and I couldn't make too much sense out of it. I feel this could be built upon. Overall, it's a good attempt.

Untitled by cryo5

Quite a surreal piece. I liked the language and the heavy use of metaphors.

Possesed by Zag

I call this a "Rhyming Story". I like how it's not actually a poem, but it's not a normal story either. Your rhymes felt well-placed and not forced. It feels written. My only suggestion is the plot could be expanded upon better, feels a bit generic of a story-line.

Cicero by Amaranthus

I really like how this started. You captured the mood and atmosphere very well, and I was just starting to get into the world when it ended. I felt like you never actually told a story though. There was no climax or conflict. Feels like it's incomplete. Character development was nice though.

I'll be home for Christmas by RightWingGamer

I really liked the way you switched narratives, and while I'm not usually an advocate of happy endings, I felt myself really hoping for one throughout the story, and I got goosebumps as it ended.

Untitled by bunivasal

This was a really creative entry! It was actually fun to read. I *really* love that line about the TV's flickering. I think this could be part of like a "Fun/Interactive" genre. Really awesome work!

Poem by theamazingjamez

I've never been a fan of poetry, but I really enjoyed reading this! It made me laugh quite a bit. I think comedy writing is one of the harder genres to write in, so kudos on that! I also like how the poem references itself and the characters break the fourth wall.

Try this one by silas-stingy

This one was really confusing. There were a lot of run-on sentences and I couldn't really make sense of anything. Not sure if it's made to be intentionally confusing or it's just me.

The box by Bryce Dillard

A very riveting story! Had me on the edge of my seat. The narration switching was not jarring, and felt natural. The switch was almost unnoticed. I *really* loved that director scene. I also loved how you humanized the narrator, allowing him to make mistakes. I wanted to read more, and I found the ending to be beautiful. This had a lot of innovative concepts. Please don't stop writing!

Untitled by Black-Deuce

It's short, but it was a nice, metaphorical tale about arrogance/ambition. I feel this could fit into a genre of, well I can't find a word for it, but "Stories with a moral lesson to be learned" works.

The corruption of Hersa by Michkoch

This was too short. It felt more like a description to a story than an actual story.

The Human Specture by greyhawk241

As with many other stories, this was really too short. It felt more like an introduction to a plot than an actual story. It sounds interesting, but you need to build things up more, and elaborate. You presented a conflict, then ended the story. There should be a climax, and an ending.

Reminiscence by silverspecks

It was an enjoyable read. Your characters were likable. I think I must have missed something, because I felt it ended too abruptly. I didn't feel like I took away anything from the story. Like the ending left me unsatisfied, unquenched.

untitled by nietzlawe

Annoyed at first, confused. Loved wordplay. Not sure how to categorize this, loved Tim the sequel. A lot of things didn't make sense but I guess it's part of the ride.

Trip To The Sea by Alsnowman

It was nicely written. I feel this could fit very snugly in the middle of a larger story. Like, it only captures a snapshot. Although showing off the fantasy world and ghouls, and the crashing it onto a sad and morbid reality was a nice touch, almost caused me to cringe.

Search for: Bridgeford by RIGg0rMORtis

Although it should have been quite obvious, it took me a while to realize you were constraining your story to bursts under 140 characters. I love how this can totally be a contest theme of its own. "Tweet a story".
This must have been really fun to write.I got goosebumps towards the end. I really really liked this.
There's a lot that can be said about this, implying who is reading the tweets, how the conspiracy was created, piquing the readers interest with what's happening and not letting it down by revealing it.

Grunge Fiction by TheInnerScience

It was nicely written, and I liked the pacing. The characters felt realistic despite the fictitious tale. But I'm not sure what to take away from the story. Like, you started out the story, presented a conflict, it reached climax.. and that's sort of where it ends. The ending left me hungry, not satisfied.
I do like your character work though. I would have loved to read more about the peacekeepers, these seemingly strange creatures casually acting like humans.

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 03:47 AM Reply

Icy Origin by Kyjote

I liked how you told a story, within a story...within a story.Your descriptions of the harsh environment were quite vivid, I could feel the icy cold as I read your story. I really liked the story of the two ghosts, is that an actual folk tale or did you come up with that for this story?

Click by Samastol

A bit short, but I liked the concept! It makes me wonder how, as implied by this story, that you could end up at your "destiny" regardless of what paths you take, that you're always going to do what you're supposed to do.

Something I think that would have been really awesome with the time shifting, is to spend more time describing the contrast between the time periods/dimensions. But more importantly, if you had changed the way the characters themselves talked, or even the way the narration talks, to match the dimension, that could have really added to the story, to make the reader feel he is being taken to all these strange places.

Hope by jennaskook

I have to say, that was really heartfelt. I got goosebumps towards the end. I really liked this.
I only wish you could have developed your characters more, I feel like the story moved and ended too fast.

The Lies of Material Feeling by acebullet999

There were several grammatical errors, which was somewhat annoying. I'm guessing your telling of the story in the present (or near future) tense was your explaratory genre, although I feel it didn't really add much to the story.

I did like the premise though. However, your story ends right as you present a climax. I didn't really take away anything from the story, not a good way to make an ending.

Huh? by starwarsjunkie

Another great entry by one of my favorite authors.

That was definitely unexpected! I totally braced myself for a super dark and morbid story filled with gore and then...fluffy town!
And I really did end up getting my gore-filled story, but in a more surreal way. The world you described was really creative, and I felt I wanted to be there. This could really make for a creative adventure game setting.

I almost groaned as you shrugged it off in the end with "Oh it was just a dream" until I read the final sentence.

I was actually expecting something different. If you remember, in a story you submitted in a halloween contest a while back, with this devil creature, who was omnipotent such that he could read the narration of the story itself. That was *really* creative. You could have expanded on that, making a character not only read, but maybe even alter the narration. But I guess if you had re-used that concept, you wouldn't have a chance to do try something new.

As always, I enjoyed reading this!

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 01:32 PM Reply

If there is hope... by FlyingColours

This was an amazing story. I can really see you put a lot of effort into this, and I'm a sucker for evil, Illuminati styled plots. I see you took your time and gave the deaths of the characters the appropriate pacing this time :P

I can definitely see how it was hard to fit such a storyline in the world limit, but I feel the pacing was nice. It's one of those stories where I think I would like to read a longer, more elaborate version. Good work on this!

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 8th, 2013 @ 08:28 AM Reply

At 4/2/13 01:32 PM, 4urentertainment wrote: If there is hope... by FlyingColours

Thanks for the review! Sorry I hadn't replied earlier because I haven't really be checking the writing forum. I saw you've put up April's already, so I'll try thinking of an idea for that one...

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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 13th, 2013 @ 10:48 PM Reply

Hope by jennaskook

I have to say, that was really heartfelt. I got goosebumps towards the end. I really liked this.
I only wish you could have developed your characters more, I feel like the story moved and ended too fast.

Thanks for the review, I'm glad you liked it! I'll keep that advice in mind.

...Anyway, congratulations to the winners!


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Response to Mwc13: February: Results! Apr. 20th, 2013 @ 10:18 PM Reply

At 4/2/13 03:47 AM, 4urentertainment wrote:

Holy crap I haven't been on here in a long time! Thanks for the feedback!


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