posted on May, 9 2014 @ 01:45 PM
So the writing contests sort of fell off the map the last few months. My apologies about that.
I've caught up on the recent contest and now I think it's time to make another. Short stories are getting a little boring however, so I came up
with this idea. I hope you all like it and please provide feedback if you think there's something that could change.
This contest will be open to members who already have the Writer status, as it will be done through the collaborative writing forum.
Next month's contest will continue as normal, will all members being able to participate.
Here's how this works.
I will play nature. I will create an opening post laying the framework for a world, time and place where your character will be.
The contest will run in 3 stages, with members being disqualified based on the scoring.
You will create a character based on guidelines I will put in the OP. Your first entry will be an introduction to your character. A back story, a
general idea of what the character looks like and what he or she is currently doing in the setting that I've provided.
This portion will NOT be collaborative in nature. Members at large will vote for which 6 members did the best at their introductions and those
members will move forward to part 2.
At this point the members will split into teams of two.
Nature will create a circumstance for you all to deal with. The order in which you will post will be determined by the scoring of the previous round.
I haven't yet worked out if first will be last or if last will be first though, so more on that later.
This portion WILL be collaborative. You will need to create a post for yourself and your partner together, drawing on what nature has put in front of
you as a means of driving the story forward.
Members will vote for the 3 best posts, and those members will move forward to part 3.
Nature will again force you to react to a given circumstance, based on where the previous posts have taken the story. This portion will consist of
two posts per member, drawing on each others posts as well as anything else that's been set in the thread.
It's going to be more complicated than your average contest that's for sure. The membership will then vote for the overall winner and they will be
crowned the ATS Collaborative Writing Contest Winner.
If all goes well, we can run one of these every 3months as I would like to give them about 6 to 8 weeks of run time with a 2 to 3 week break in
So, I leave this in your hands, let me know what you think.