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Contests & Activities: October 19, 2016 Issue [#7923]

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Contests & Activities

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  Edited by: Elle - on hiatus
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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

For a lot of people, October is about Halloween and all that the occasion inspires. As someone who comes from a country where Halloween is not widely celebrated or considered important, I find it interesting to see what else is out there. And the most obvious (apart from the exciting fact that the huge fireworks extravaganzas of Guy Fawkes Night are on their way!) is that it is National Novel Writing Month in November and so all the novelists (and would-be novelists) are in full preparation mode. What has the site got in store for those doing NaNo this year, and what about those who aren't?

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Letter from the editor

National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) is understandably a big deal on a writing site like Writing.com. We have our share of published and unpublished novelists, and even more wannabe novelists who are still hoping to complete their first novel. Currently, most of those planning to participate are busy working on outlines, developing characters, and stocking up on microwavable dinners in the hope that they'll manage to write 50,000 words of their new novel in November.

There are a number of NaNoWriMo-themed activities around the site, including the "October Novel Prep Challenge which has been running full steam since October 1st. I'll list some more activities you might like to check out below.

But what if you're not doing NaNoWriMo? Don't despair! *Laugh* There are still plenty of things going on in late-October and November for you too. There are, of course, a number of Halloween-themed contests that close on 31 October. There are also heaps of monthly activities and contests that run continuously throughout the year.

Just a tip from someone who has sat through a few Novembers on this site... November is typically a quiet month for contest entries. If you're a little shy about putting your name forward, this is the perfect time, because the competition is not quite as fierce as it can be. *Smile*

Editor's Picks

These contests and activities close at the end of October:

 New Merit Badge Commissioning  (13+)
Would like a specific community MB commissioned but can't afford it? Come on in!
#1148751 by Gaby

Short Shots: Official WDC Contest  (ASR)
Use the photo to inspire your creativity. Write a short story and win big prizes!
#1221635 by Writing.Com Support

The Grim Reaper Contest - Closed!   (13+)
This is a Horror Flash Fiction Contest. See you on October 2022!
#2046245 by Fictiøn Ðiva the Wørd Weava

Other Worlds Contest  (18+)
Science Fiction Short Story Contest. Open: 1st - 31st January 2022
#2078460 by A E Willcox

Magic Words Contest   (13+)
A fantasy short story contest. Fantastic Prizes. Open 1st- 31st December 2021
#1871010 by A E Willcox

#2060065 by Fangus

Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest  (13+)
Round 48 Open December 2021.
#1971713 by 🌑 Darleens lost in the Dark

The Place for Seniors!
#427318 by Monty

Check out these special November contests and activities:

Gangsta's Paradise Contest  (18+)
The low down and dirty story paradise
#1080342 by Gaby

NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon  (ASR)
A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
#1546312 by Jeff

Paranormal Romance Short Story Contest  (13+)
A Monthly Romance Contest -- a 2016 & 2020 Quill Award Winner & 2020 Quill Award HM Winner
#2089860 by Jim Hall

30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - See you in January for another Official Round!
#1786069 by Fivesixer

Journey Through Genres: Official Contest  (E)
Write a short story in the given genre to win big prizes!
#1803133 by Writing.Com Support

And these contests are regular or ongoing, but definitely worth checking out!

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Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)  (E)
Write a heartfelt poem based on the prompt and form provided.
#2093224 by Lilli, the Coffee Elf ☕️

Supernatural Writing Contest - Closed  (18+)
With a monthly prompt, the Supernatural Writing Contest returns!
#1771874 by Shaye

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Weekly SCREAMS!!!   (XGC)
A Terrifying Contest Of Horror And Three Time Quill Award Winner!
#2020439 by Fangus

#1986337 by GeminiGem💎

The 4 Controversies Contest  (18+)
OPINIONS? Groovy! The 4C's is a 3X Quill Winner! Enter Your Non-Fiction Next in SUMMER '21
#2083509 by Whata Knows Black Cats Rule!

WDC Teen Contest  (13+)
A teen- themed contest FOR EVERYONE! NEW ROUND- March/April
#2036804 by Dragyn

A Romance Contest  (13+)
A short story contest for the Seasons of Romance: Summer
#1892844 by Osirantinsel

The Dialogue 500  (18+)
Dialogues of 500 words or less.
#941862 by W.D.Wilcox

A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by Beacon - Light 4ever

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The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best STORY OR POEM in 24 hours and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by SoHoHoHophy

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