The Twist in a Short Story Writing Contest [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]

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posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 06:50 AM
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The Twist Short Story Contest






    Rules:

  • Submit as a seperate thread in the Short Story forum.

  • Title MUST contain [TTSSC].

  • Story must contain a radical twist in the plot. It can happen in the middle or the end of the story, but I'm looking for something that takes readers by surprise. The bigger the surprise, the better chance the judges will pick your story for a winner.

  • No restrictions on themes. Use any situation you like for your story line, but T&C's apply.

  • Contest runs until midnight on October 4, which is a Friday.

  • Submissions must contain at least 500 words.

  • One story per contestant. Member can replace story submissions at any time and as often as they like. Please U2U me for replacements.




    Prizes:

  • 1st place - 30,000 ATS points
  • 2nd place - 25,000 ATS points
  • 3rd place - 20,000 ATS points
  • Undetermined number of honourable mentions - 5,000 ATS points each



Note:

  • All successfully entered submissions will receive Writer Status.

  • The contest is open to all members of Abovetopsecret who have their 20 initial posts.

    Please enjoy this blast from the past while you consider:

    vid removed - no longer available.

    [edit on 13/5/10 by masqua]




  • posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 07:03 AM
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    Ok, im up for this...


    I have a story in mind already, with a nice little twist.

    Good luck everyone.

    Cheers,

    JQ.


    If you want to put me down as a judge for future contests, I dont mind. Not this contest though..


    See ya.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 07:09 AM
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    Originally posted by John Q
    If you want to put me down as a judge for future contests, I dont mind.


    Noted, John Q


    Just U2U whoever will be running the future contest. Keep a keen eye out for the requests.

    It's not an easy job to pick winners but it CAN be an enjoyable one.

    Looking forward to your submission since you are currently involved in collaborative efforts. Practice does make for perfection.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 07:37 AM
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    reply to post by masqua
     


    I did want to ask, I had tried to post in a writing thread previously but a message came up saying I do not have permission.

    How do you gain permission?




    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:24 AM
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    reply to post by XXXN3O
     


    There are two writing forums. One is the Short Story forum which you just posted in and the other is the Collaborative Writing forum where you were not allowed to post.

    That forum is reserved for those members who have gained Writer Status.

    The best way to obtain Writer Status is to submit a story into the writing contests. The contests run in the Short Story forum which, obviously, is open to all members.

    sp



    [edit on 3/9/09 by masqua]



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:30 AM
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    reply to post by masqua
     


    That explains it.

    Thank you.




    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:40 AM
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    reply to post by XXXN3O
     


    You're very welcome.

    I hope to see a story from you in the near future and then you will be able to participate in both forums.




    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:48 AM
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    I love stories that have a twist almost as much as Chubby Checker!

    This is going to be fun.

    Count me in.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:50 AM
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    reply to post by antar
     



    Another expert Writer joins in!



    Looking forward to your entry, antar.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:55 AM
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    I love writing contests. I have been writing for 27 years. I already have some ideas. Do you do this every month?
    Will you have a halloween themed contest?



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 09:01 AM
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    We've resolved (mrwupy and I) to have a new contest every month and you can count on a Hallowe'en contest. We do that every year.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 10:59 AM
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    Just a note:

    I'm not going to 'top' any of the submissions to this contest in the Short Story forum until mrwupy's contest is completed with the judges picks made and the winners announced.

    It would be better not to mix them up with his contest.

    This does not mean your story isn't accepted. I'm keeping a list of all entries and will 'sticky' all of them as soon as the coast is clear.

    So far, successful submissions are:

    www.abovetopsecret.com...
    www.abovetopsecret.com...

    I will also award writer status as the submissions come in.





    [edit on 3/9/09 by masqua]



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 11:28 AM
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    Very cool idea for a writing contest! I cannot wait to begin formulating a twist for a story line of our own making. This gives us a lot of freedom here. I am listening to the Chubby Checker video and dancing along. Come on baby, let's do the twist...



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 11:31 AM
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    And another great writer steps up to the plate.


    Yeah, that Chubby Checker vid sure sounds great, doesn't it? I loved the looks on those kids faces when the camera zooms in on them too.

    And those hairstyles!!!




    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 11:39 AM
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    What are you saying man, kind of looks like the hair style I am sporting now! Just kidding. This is a great idea for a writing contest.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 11:46 AM
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    I'm wearing a Brylcreem slicked downducktail haircut, tight black jeans and pointy black shoes while this contest runs its course.

    I've also been playing that video continually and doing the twist. It's driving my wife and cat nuts.

    "what's that honey?"

    "I can't hear you..."

    "So. c'mon baby. Can you do the twist!"

    "What, honey?"

    *whack*

    "ouch!"



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 01:47 PM
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    I liked the idea and the exercise brightened my mood. Submitted for your consideration



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:08 PM
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    Glad you enjoyed the experience. Nothing like a revolution for helping those creative juices flow.




    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:29 PM
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    Looks like I'll be submitting something for this one. Great idea for a contest and I can't wait to figure out just what I'm going to write.



    posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:36 PM
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    No doubt it'll be another fine submission, mrwupy.

    Looking forward to seeing it up.





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