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    Hello fellow roleplayers and all around creative geniuses! It's that time of the year again!!




    National November Writing Month
    NaNoWriMo


    In honor of NaNoWriMo, FaeblightUnited.enjin.com will be having another SHORT STORY CONTEST!


    We have taken the information from last year's contest and are using that to streamline this contest and make it all the better!
    • Timeframe: The contest will start on November 1st, and will close December 1st at midnight!

    • Where to post: Make a new thread for your short story on this forum: http://faeblightunited.enjin.com/for...post/last#last

    • Story size: No limit!

    • Story theme and parameters
      your short story should be a fantasy/Sci-fi genre
      have atleast three Rift references
      and if you are using other people and/or their characters in your story, you must change their name to keep them anonymous!
    • Judging: Voting will be done by the population of FBU along with judges. Judges will be listed soon!
      Last year we had some issues with people creating multiple accounts for voting...that is not allowed!
    • By posting up a story, you are indicating that this is your original work and has not been taken from anyone else, with or without consent.


    Prizes will be announced at a later date. If you wish to donate prizes for this contest, please send an enjin mail to Margot.


    But most of all, let's share our stories and creativity with each other and the community! HAPPY WRITING!
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    We have our judges!

    The Lady Bard, Iktena
    Haar from Lost Legion
    Nemexia from Storm Borne
    Jesseline from Born on the Vaiyuu

    (All on Faeblight)

    Thank you all!

    Each judge will fill out a template for a short story. Stories will be evaluated on a ten-point scale for each category below, and the categories are weighted as seen. Story submission deadline is December 1st at midnight, and then for one week after people can vote on the forums. Judges can put in their evaluations at any time after the story is posted.


    Criteria
    10% Premise/Concept
    10% Presentation
    10% Structure/Plot & Pacing
    20% Characters & Dialogue
    10% Theme
    20% Style/Tone
    20% Forum Votes



    Name of story:
    Name of author:
    Name of judge:

    Premise/Concept
    The idea behind the story. What the story is about. The “hook.”
    Score (1 -10):

    Presentation
    Correct use of tense, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage, etc.
    Score (1 -10):

    Structure / Plot & Pacing
    The framework of the story. Effective use of three-act (Beginning, Middle and End), odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression. The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability). The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.
    Score (1 -10):

    Characters & Dialogue
    Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals. Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
    Score (1 -10):

    Theme
    The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
    Score (1 -10):

    Style/Tone
    Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, interesting, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the story. This portion is where points are awarded for exceptional stories.
    Score (1 -10):

    20% – Forum Votes, compiled at the end for a week.



    Happy Writing Everyone!
    Rivvka / Murrbella


    Come stand a little bit closer, breathe in and get a bit higher
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    Added to the guidelines (pretty obvious, but just to be thorough!): By posting up a story, you are indicating that this is your original work and has not been taken from anyone else, with or without consent.
    Rivvka / Murrbella


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    Voting poll for the short story contest is up! Please visit
    http://faeblightunited.enjin.com/for...ry-poll/page/1
    to cast your vote!
    Rivvka / Murrbella


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    Voting closes in two days!
    Rivvka / Murrbella


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    Hats off to all who submitted a story, I know we all greatly enjoyed reading your work! And now, the votes are in! We have four judges who are guild leaders from different guilds on Rift and are known to be active parts of our community:

    The Lady Bard, Iktena
    Haar from Lost Legion
    Nemexia from Storm Borne
    Jesseline from Born on the Vaiyuu


    And then of course forum votes so all of our forum members could have a voice in the judging! The following template was used:

    Criteria
    10% Premise/Concept
    10% Presentation
    10% Structure/Plot & Pacing
    20% Characters & Dialogue
    10% Theme
    20% Style/Tone
    20% Forum Votes

    The donated prizes:

    1st place: 1-REX <The Blackwood Company>
    2nd place: 1-Obsidian Armored Spindrel (Svajoti)
    3rd place: 1-Crabnarok lock box (Svajoti)

    And the results are in!

    1st place with a score of 78.0 A shrouded Refuger by Savign!

    2nd place with a score of 77.6 The Lady of Shadows by Karinea!

    3rd place with a score of 75.6 Flatline by Rimase!

    All the scores were very close with all of these fantastic stories! Entrants who didn't make the top three will be receiving Fae Yule gift boxes, as well as the Judges! Thank you everyone, and Happy Gaming!
    Rivvka / Murrbella


    Come stand a little bit closer, breathe in and get a bit higher
    You'll never know what hit you when I get to you

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