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Comedy: February 07, 2024 Issue [#12342]

 This week: The Sky Is Not The Limit
  Edited by: ❄️GeminiGem🦊
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Hello! I'm ❄️GeminiGem🦊 one of the regular editors of the Comedy Newsletter. Let's talk about contest word count limits from the contest judge's point of view.

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Letter from the editor

The Sky Is Not The Limit

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Do you love or hate contest word count limits?

Yeah, me too.

It doesn’t matter how you answered the question, I agree with you. I have a love/hate relationship with word count limits found in most WdC contests. I have covered this subject in a newsletter before, in "I'm Calling You Out strictly from a writer’s point of view. I believe I issued a challenge at the end of that newsletter. Did anyone take me up on that challenge?

(Cue the sound of crickets chirping.)


Okay, I’m going to assume that we are still hating on the word count limits rather than embracing the challenge they present, as I suggested in that other newsletter. That’s okay, even though they aren’t going away anytime soon.

You leave me no choice but to talk about it from the contest judge’s point of view. Let me just reach over here and grab my judge’s hat and place it on my head at a jaunty angle. Nice. Now I’m ready.

It might help to remember who the judges of the Writing.Com contests are. They are members of the site, just like you. Yep, just like you. Okay, maybe not JUST like you. They can have black, yellow, blue, or purple cases, but they are still volunteer members of the site. Just like you are.

In any given month, there are somewhere around 40-50 writing contest actively open and running, each being judged by one or more members. Don’t believe me? Check this out for the list of open contests, etc. "Contest Clues.

When do the judges do the judging? They judge the contests when they aren’t working a job, taking care of home and family members (of the human and critter varieties), managing their health, running errands, participating in non-WdC activities, and probably not when they are sleeping. Just guessing about that last one.

Wait, did I say that WdC judges might be involved in other activities outside of WdC? Why yes, yes I did. I looked it up. It’s allowed. Shocking, I know.

So, in other words, judges have a life outside of WdC and we all know that time is a precious commodity. Word count limits help safeguard this most precious of commodities. If volunteer judges can’t squeeze the extra time in their busy lives to judge, you won’t have a contest to enter. It’s as simple as that. The least we can do as writers is respect that time.

Another side benefit (still got the judge’s hat on) is that the word count limit forces writers to tighten up their prose. I know, I know, I can hear the groans from here. As a writer, I feel your pain. As a judge, I say, “Suck it up, Buttercup, those limits are there for a reason.”

I can think of only ONE time in the decade I’ve been on WdC when I advised a writer (again with the judge hat) that they should have taken advantage of the word limit they were given to flesh out their story more. ONCE.

Nope, low word count is not the most common struggle. Typically, once the story gets rolling, it can be tough to throw the brakes on that runaway train. Think of the word count limit as a kind of backup braking system.

One bit of advice I wish to throw out to the universe, though, is to be careful what you are cutting out of your story when it comes time to do that. Yes, I told you to tighten up your prose. Just make sure it isn’t at the expense of vital storyline or character development.

Remember, once the contest is over, you can return to your piece and make it as lengthy as you’d like.

Editor's Picks

Since this newsletter is from the judge's point of view, I am featuring CONTESTS.

The Comedy Club Contest  (E)
A Contest For The Funny Side Of Life. CLOSED
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Here are contests running just for February

I Heart WdC Contest  (13+)
OPEN - I'd love to read your story!
#2077827 by Gaby ~ GoT Game? #456789

The Lodestar Contest  (13+)
Looking for a guiding light. The February 2024 round is closed. Next round is in May!
#2130938 by Satuawany

Love is in the Air (PETS)  (13+)
Are you a Animal lover? if so, you can write a poem about your furry friend.
#2169111 by Beacon's Nights Watch

Search for a WDC HeartThrob Poet   (E)
A contest for the heart season- (Poetry Contest) OPEN!
#2110571 by Samberine Everose

Feeling romantic? How about this one:

The Weekly Quickie Contest  (18+)
Can you excite in 969 words? Romance+ Contest, February 2024 Theme: Bro Code Violations
#1355442 by Dawn Embers

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Ask & Answer

From "The Overcommitment Committee

My mind is on speed dial sometimes. Especially, when I first wake up. So... I say a mantra over and over again, until my mind settles down. It goes like this. Let Go - Be Free
It seems to work. And my day just keeps getting better.
Nice! My mind is usually a sluggish quagmire when I wake up, lol

Thank you, Oh. overcommitted one, for including my eight liner in this weeks newsletter. You obviously didn’t make any New Year resolutions to relax, chill out and learn to say, “No.”
We appreciate all that you do anyway.
Cheers Sue
Thank you, Sue, and you are correct, no resolutions. I typically don't bother with them, being the panster that I am.

🌕 HuntersMoon
The conversion from pantser to plotter should, at least, give you fodder for your next Comedy newsletter. *Laugh*
Laughing at my foibles is what I do best, Ken...besides laughing at yours. *Rolling* Cheers, my friend!

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