Another Side
        by J. B. Anthony   (j.b.anthony@Writing.Com)
Another Side
A Contest for the Weird and Unusual

Sponsored by the Dark Side to Magic

Please visit our (temporary) home page for more information about the Dark Side to Magic: sites.google.com/sites/writingdarkside


         Welcome to Another Side, a writing contest geared toward authors who can take a common or cliche topic and write something interesting and unexpected. This contest will feature bi-weekly prompts in two-month schedules, and winners will qualify for entry into "Invalid Item, where the grand prize is publication in an anthology. Good luck!

DARK SIDE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF REVAMPING ITS CONTEST SYSTEM. THIS CHANGE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED SOME TIME IN THE COMIG WEEKS, AND THE CONTESTS WILL RETURN IN THE NEW FORMAT FOR THE NEXT ROUND ON THE 18TH OF FEBRUARY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE DURING THIS PROCESS, AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOUR SUBMISSION IN THE UPCOMING ROUND.


CURRENT CONTEST SCHEDULE:
January - March


Round 1: January 7 - 18; Results Jan. 20th
Round 2: January 21 - February 1; Results Feb. 3rd
Round 3: February 4 - 15; Results Feb. 17th
"Invalid Item Begins April 1st


*QuestionV* How will the contest be structured?

         Every round, there will be three two-week-long primary rounds. Winners of these rounds will be eligible to enter "Invalid Item, the elite level for Dark Side contests.

         Each round is open for submissions for two weeks, ending the second Friday; Judges will deliberate on the second Saturday, and results will be released on Sunday. Each week's prompt will be available starting at noon on the previous Saturday.


*QuestionV* What will the prompts consist of?

         Prompts for this contest will be fairly detailed. They may include styles of writing that entries should emulate or genres into which entries should fit. In general, the prompts will focus on taking something cliche, well-known, or commonplace and making it new and exciting. Submissions can fall into any genre and/or style. Once per schedule, we will feature open prompts.


*QuestionV* What are the rules?

         Entries to this contest must adhere to the following rules:

         *Bullet* Entries should be prose (short story, narrative, dialogue, etc.). Poetry will not
                   be accepted.

         *Bullet* Entries are due by 11:59 WDC time on the end date. Results will be announced two days later.

         *Bullet* Entries should fall within a word limit of 1000-5000 words. Some leeway may be
                   given, but submissions falling outside of this range may be subject to
                   disqualification.

         *Bullet* Entries should be rated no higher than 18+.

         *Bullet* Each author is limited to one submission per round.

         *Bullet* Entries cannot be edited after the submission period (see schedule above).

         *Bullet* Entries do not have to be newly written for this contest; however, the prompts
                   will be unique enough that it will probably be necessary.

         *Bullet* If there are less than three entries, the contest cannot be judged. Instead, each
                   each entry will receive the equivalent of an Honorable Mention and be entered
                   into the next open-prompt round.

         *Bullet* A single story cannot be entered into this contest more than once in a two-month
                   period. The same piece can be entered into the next two-month schedule. However,
                   stories entered into "Invalid Item, regardless of placement, cannot be reentered
                   into any Dark Side contest.

         *Bullet* Authors of first place entries will be emailed the PassKey to enter "Invalid Item.

*QuestionV* Need any help?

         Dark Side runs multiple contests on a weekly basis. GP donations are greatly appreciated. Donations should be sent to [#] "Invalid Item. Our most generous donors will receive a Merit Badge in thanks.

*QuestionV* How does judging work?

         Submissions will be judged by Dark Side members (find their bios and contact info at sites.google.com/sites/writingdarkside/membersl). Each judge will consider every submission based on their own criteria, and the judges will collaborate to choose the final placement. Results will be announced each Sunday.

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RESULTS

Open Prompt!

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 ID: 1915898
Invalid Item 
This item number is not valid.
by Not Available.

 ID: 1915368
Invalid Item 
This item number is not valid.
by Not Available.


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ID: 1913653 (18+)
Whistle 
A short story about fear, karma and an ominous melodic whistle.
by hope75


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 ID: 1916214 (13+)
The Wooden Pen 
Katy has a bad case of writers block and a wooden pen brings her more then she expects...
by DL ~Page



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Congratulations!

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CURRENT ROUND:
Round 2: January 21st - February 1st; Results Feb. 3rd


Submissions for this round are being accepted now. Entries submitted after 11:59 WDC time on Feb. 1st will not be accepted; results will be announced on the 3rd.

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ROUND THREE PROMPT:


Round Three has been canceled to make time for some in-depth renovations. Come back on Feb. 18 for the next prompt!

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SUBMISSIONS:

"Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
"Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor

Note on submissions listings: Last round, the automated email system that informs me when a piece was submitted did not do so properly; this is an issue that's under investigation. Nonetheless, the submissions were received and judged normally.
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JUDGES:
This round's other judges will be announced soon.

J. B. Anthony
Kruzwei
Maharani Leech

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ROUND TWO PRIZES:

First Place:
20,000 GPs | OR | 25k Awardicon | OR | Merit Badge + 5,000 GPs
Entry to "Invalid Item

Second Place:
15,000 GPs | OR | 10k Awardicon | OR | Merit Badge + 2,500 GPs

Third Place:
7,500 GPs | OR | Merit Badge

Honorable Mention (Awarded at Judge's Discretion):
2,500 GPs

PRIZES MAY BE INCREASED PENDING SUFFICIENT DONATIONS

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