posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 10:05 AM
reply to post by SubAce
SubAce, you have touched upon a few things in a more supportive and encouraging fashion, and I commend you for that.
My point is this: The story that is currently leading in an ATS writing "contest" consists of 8 paragraphs, a handful of lines of dialog, and a
YouTube video at the end. As SubAce pointed out, there are numerous fundamental errors that are difficult to overlook.
I have a hard time respecting a "short story writing contest" where the most basic principles of composition are disregarded, and errors are
rewarded. I am not a writer, but I can imagine that these guidelines would upset a real writer who has taken years to hone their craft and develop
command over language.
This is by no means
personal in any way. I was simply stating the obvious - that the criteria for "winning" must not be based on the
composition, but on something else, which disappoints me.
Now I have to write a story because I opened my big fat mouth about the contest. I haven't written in years and I've set myself up for anything I
submit to be brutalized. This should be fun!