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Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:32 pm
by swamp
I just wanted to plug the new flash fiction contests that will be rolling out over at the Escape Artists forums. There will be a contest for each podcast over the next few months. PodCastle is up first, accepting submissions starting April 1st. The stories will be posted anonymously and voted for by forum members.

Two entries per contest, 500 word max. So think of it as 5 drabbles, or like 20 twabbles or so. Here's the link to the official rules.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:31 pm
by dreamrock
Hm, interesting. I think I'll have to wait for the EP thing because I don't have any story ideas for Fantasy or Horror in those lengths. The prizes for winning are quite awesome.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:35 am
by moonowl
Man, I wish i could write! :)

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:58 am
by ROU Killing Time
moonowl wrote:Man, I wish i could write! :)
Don't make me throw a ball of yarn at you...

Maybe you are right, and your brain is full of insipid boring prose no one would ever want to read.

Or maybe it's not that you can't write, it's just that you don't write, instead doing other things.

Either way, there's a good solution to the desire to write.

(I only toss this out because up to the age of 29 I used to often say "Man, I wish I could write." Then from 30-45 or so I didn't because my first attempt coincided with other more pressing issues.

In the end, while I may have proved to myself (and the rest of the world) that I'm no Billy the Shakes, I at least have gotten over that internal "Man, I wish I could write!" dialog.

Still working on "Man, I wish I could write well" though, but practice helps.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:10 pm
by swamp
Yeah, what better place to practice writing than the Drabblecast forums, or a contest like the ones coming up at EA. Even if you don't think you will win, It's fun and you may just get some useful feedback. Regardless, it's practice.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:22 pm
by strawman
Heck, moonowl, they're right.
You don't say, "Man I wish I could weave good selvages" and let that keep you from weaving. And the expression 'spinning a yarn' isn't just a coincidence. The very Fates themselves are Spinners.
Pick out your most intriguing warp yarns, configure an interesting heddle count pattern, then pull in that weft. If you go for organic pigments and alpaca, I bet you'll produce something uniquely you: a sweater that will warm hundreds or thousands at a time.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:19 pm
by StalinSays
Yeh, this is our wheelhouse. Someone who isn't me but frequents this forum oughta go house this mess. Raise the flag with 8 tentacles!

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:28 pm
by strawman
Yeah, we've got exclusive rights to Bo.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:29 pm
by F5iver
I am keen on this one.

I shall have to kick Mr. Writer's Block to the curb and climb back on that ol' keyboard.

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:41 pm
by munsi
oh, i'm definately in on this one, i'm pumped up. Fantasy's not my usual thing, but EP and Pseudo i'm already banking my flash fiction for it. should be a blast

Re: Flash Contests at Escape Artists

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 4:18 pm
by swamp
The Podcastle contest is in full swing. You can now vote on your favorite stories as they are posted.

Submissions are being accepted now for the Pseudopod contest until May 31.