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2020 is finally over and now we are onto a new year which will hopefully not suck as much! The stores have already gotten rid of all the Christmas candy---I checked, no freaking sales or anything---and the Valentine and Easter crap is out. On that note, it's time for THE VALENTINE'S DAY WRITING CONTEST!!!!!
VALENTINE'S DAY THEME: Any Other Era
Maybe it's just that I hated 2020 THAT much---Your story will need to take place at least 50 years prior to right now or 50 years in the future, and yes, it should be a romance story. This is Valentine's Day.
I'll be looking for these main components:
- a setting that feels pre 1970s or post 2070s (The year of course does not need to be stated, you develop this as part of your setting)
- Your romance does not have to have a happy ending. You can have a happy story, a tragedy, a comedy---whatever you'd like---as long as it's a romance and takes place in the past or future. Your story could involve time travel and take place in both! Go crazy!
- This one will be trickier than you think. I'm 100% dead inside. Whoever can make me feel something wins $100!
February 15, 2021 (I gave you until the day AFTER Valentine's Day, because you'll be busy loving on your S.O. on V-Day of course!!!)
$100 to 1st place
$50 to 2nd place
$25 to 3rd place
As of right now:
Please write!!!! I absolutely play fair. So if I’ve ever banned you before, write anyway. If we hate each other’s guts, write anyway. Don’t skip out on the contest because you have a ban record or have had a thread deleted. Please write! I’ll read it! (And I trust my other judges to do the same. I had 2 good judges the last contest, I have 2 good judges for this one!)
Submit multiple pieces or just a single piece. While I don't necessarily mind multiple pieces, it would be nice to see the effort and time put into a single work instead.
Please write original pieces. While I wouldn't really know that you pulled up an old piece of writing you made years ago it does kind of defeat the purpose of the competitions. (To write!) If I find it posted on the internet anywhere else I will assume that it is plagiarized and it won't be entered into the competition.
Short story format only please. The last couple of years I've also allowed poems, but we find out that no matter how well written a poem is it never places against a well written short story.
Other than that, no word count or topic limitations. Just make it a romance that takes place in another time!
It's a good idea to write in your preferred program and then copy/paste into notepad to get rid of some of the weird formatting between Word and newgrounds that can happen. Whenever I post I write in word, copy/paste into notepad, then copy/paste into an old newgrounds blog page to make sure the format look good before posting.
Try to keep your story posted together. It just makes for smoother reading. If you see someone else posting their story please wait until they've finished.
If your story will be multiple posts it's not a bad idea to write "continued on next post" or something similar to help judges and other people who are posting stories stay organized.
@fro was the original person starting writing contests on here and I stole these rules from him.
In the spirit of love, here's a favorite of mine by the extremely talented @Potatoman
@TomFulp please add the Valentine's Writing Contest to your events calendar and please pin this thread to the top for me and also please let me out of my cage, it's been 13 days, thanks