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Exciting news!

I wrote some Christmas cards this weekend!

I'm either a little behind or a lot ahead. *Bigsmile*
Of course, you are ahead, right?
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Unless you celebrate Christmas in July, you are in good time.
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Rima ~ Irregular in WDC is our latest finisher on

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#2109126 by Schnujo


How about some MBs from those in awe of her persistence?

It takes a year, but it's worth it!

Congratulations, Rima ~ Irregular in WDC! *BalloonB* *ConfettiO* *BalloonB*
The GPs have been sent, PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace!
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Wow.... What a way to start a morning... Thank you for all the love guys... You got me spellbound...

Lots of love to all
And congratulations to Jody for running such an unique contest...
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Thank you! *Heart*
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Want to run a contest?

To be deemed a contest instead of an activity, but be sure you mention that you are judging on skill and not just picking your favorite entry.

Here are the rules for something to be a contest:

- The typical entrant creates a piece of writing in an item in their own port.
- The entering process must happen here on the Writing.Com site.
- There must be competitive judging of the writing based on the skill of the entrant.


Here is part of what it says about being an activity:
Use the Activities page for events where any prizes are awarded by any means except competitive judging; for example: by Virtual Dice, by order of entering, by popular vote, for the host's favorite (ie., a popular vote of one), for participation, or for achievement. (Note: I added the bold here)

The above quotes are taken from https://www.writing.com/main/books/action/view/entry_id/794829 Be sure to check out the link if you are creating a contest!


In reality, I think most contests involve the judge picking their favorite, based on certain criteria, whether the criteria are specifically stated or not. In many cases, the criteria may not even be fully understood by the judge. I have picked a winner based on the fact that it touched me. Why did it touch me? I have no idea. I just liked it better than any other. Even with specific judging criteria described, this why contests with multiple judges often don't have unanimous results. Each person picks their favorite. Otherwise, only the most highly trained members of WdC could judge a contest.

Here's what I think often happens in a typical WdC writing contest. There are 2 (or more) entries. One appeals to the judge's emotions and the other doesn't. The one that appeals to the judge's emotions has a couple of minor grammatical errors and the other doesn't. They pick the one that appeals to their emotions. They picked their favorite. I don't think it's wrong. I think it's a fact of life and being able to appeal to the judge, even if neither the writer nor the judge can't specifically explain why, is what I think makes a winner and makes the judge (rightfully) pick it as their 'favorite.'
Oh, I thought this was another thread. lol

I'm okay with this inconsistency, though it's inconvenient. But it can be worked around. *Smile* This was honestly intended to be an educational post so people don't get their contest put in the Activities section based on 1 wrong word ("favorite"). *Bigsmile*

The one I think could stand a little reviewing is when it's not a contest if it involves book entries or direct forum posts, especially for short contest entries. I don't think people should have to create a whole item just to enter "Twenty-Five Words or Less or "Tweet Me a Story or similar contests. *Smile*

Yes, I know I'm exhausting. Try being me. *Laugh*
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Jeff  
Particulars like how contest entries are submitted (e.g., as static items, book entries, etc.), judging criteria, and things of that nature are the purview of the contest organizer. Unless there's something that's in clear violation of the site's terms and conditions, the staff and moderators don't tend to step in and dictate how members should run their events.

If there's a particular situation you're concerned about, please feel free to email me with the details (including the item in question and what, if anything, was communicated to you about it) and I'll be happy to look into the matter... because I'm fairly certain that "submissions in the form of book entries or forum posts mean it's not a contest" is not an official position that the site enforces. *Wink*
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THANK YOU, JEFF!!! *Heart*
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Next month in

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#2109126 by Schnujo


I'll be featuring mostly a bunch of super short contests.

I will also be featuring

 
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A prompt based contest for new or old entries! Revised and extended until 7/9/19.
#2176984 by Charity Marie is working hard!


because it's an anniversary contest, so it's not like I can just feature it another month. *Wink*

Anyway, I've decided to give away one of these next month.

Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge
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Congratulations on your new merit badge! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We sincerely appreciate it! -SMs

Anyone can qualify--Even first time participants!

I don't want to tell the rules yet, but have decided not to do my usual featuring of just 3-5 contests. I'm going to feature every quick and/or easy contest I can find (that I get permission to highlight). That's where you guys come in.

Help me find (and get permission to feature) each contest you think qualifies as fast and easy. I'm thinking anything that requires 300 words or less for a short story or 10 lines or less for a poem. This post is already almost 150 words, so I think 300 or less makes for fast and/or easy. *Wink*


So far I have...

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Cards Against Authors  (18+)
Finish the card game based on the famous Cards Against Humanity. Opening February!
#2045467 by Shaye Lorraine


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Haiku Hunt Contest  (E)
Haiku Poem Contest with Prompt. New Round March 1.
#1969492 by eyestar~


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Tweet Me a Story  (18+)
Write me a story or poem in the equivalent space of an 'old-school' tweet-140 characters.
#2040737 by Sally


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The Prompt Me Contest  (13+)
The simplest contest ever! Send me a prompt, I pick a winner! Please read all the rules!
#2000519 by Cubby


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Picture a Story  (18+)
Send me a title and synopsis of your story idea, prompted by the picture.
#2003926 by Cubby


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The 75 Word Contest  (E)
Can you write me a piece of flash fiction of 75 words or under?
#2187255 by Sally


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Prompt Me Trekly  (13+)
Write a poem or story inspired by the title of Star Trek episodes
#2048721 by Andy~~getting back to WDC


Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  (13+)
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
#896794 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon


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24 Syllables  (E)
Can you write a poem in just 24 syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith❆


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The Keenest Joker  (13+)
Win 15,000 gift points for being funny in three sentences or less. Monthly contest.
#1944443 by Jreese


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SugarCube's Weekly Random Contest!!  (13+)
A New Contest Each Week!
#2175732 by IceSkating SugarCube


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Second Time Around Contest  (E)
Have you entered previous contests that you didn't win? Do you feel cheated? Step inside.
#2164876 by Choconut ~ is 4!


 
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Twenty-Five Words or Less  (13+)
Contest scheduled to reopen June 1st!
#2127482 by ruwth


And assuming he creates the appropriate poetry form requirements...

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Bi-weekly Oriental Poetry Contest  (E)
This will be a bi-weekly contest.
#2106425 by Chris Breva - 6 Years at WDC!


Note that I have not gotten permission to use all of these yet. If your contest is listed, please let me know if I have permission to use it, either here or via e-mail. Some appear closed, but if you want to reopen a contest just for this, feel free. *Bigsmile* Thank you!

So, what contests am I missing (anyone can suggest one) and do I have permission to use yours?
Just noting that some of these super-short contests need to be plugged on the Activities page rather than the Contests page.

The criteria for deciding which page you need to use is listed in the section titled "I want to promote a member-run event item. How do I decide whether to post it on the Contests or the Activities page?" in Community Activities from Writing.Com 101 .
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Northernwrites, do you mean because some of these want you to post your entry directly in the forum instead of requiring an actual item in their portfolio?

1. I'm not that picky, so I don't care. It looks contest-y enough for "The Contest Challenge. *Wink*
2. I think that rule was created before anyone thought about a contest requiring entries as short as many of these do. Surely it's not realistic to require port items for contests where the entire entry can be 100-200 words and often a lot less. Sure, for Premium members, it's no big deal (minus the annoyance of having to create it), but for Free or Basic members (which includes most newbies), it uses a valuable item space and limits the number of people that are willing to enter. I wouldn't enter a contest with such a short entry that required a new item (and still regret creating a whole book for a contest I entered only a couple of times--I don't want a book to have a bunch of different/random things in it). And Free and Basic members can't even create a book. Sure, folks could create, then erase the item, but I don't think most folks want to do that, either, especially if it won. *Smile*

Thanks for the link to the rules! I didn't know about the fact that it has to require an item to be a contest. I'm going to go post in the Suggestion Box that we change that rule because I don't think it fully encapsulates the spirit of what a contest is. *Bigsmile* Life changes. Rules change.
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Upon reviewing the criteria for contests vs. activities, I want to be sure there aren't some misunderstandings. Here is the link again.

https://www.writing.com/main/books/action/view/entry_id/794829

Be sure that your contest specifies that you are using the writers' SKILL to choose your winner and you are not just choosing your favorite! This is a specific criteria mentioned as something that qualifies as an activity and NOT as a contest. See below:

"Use the Activities page for events where any prizes are awarded by any means except competitive judging; for example: by Virtual Dice, by order of entering, by popular vote, for the host's favorite (ie., a popular vote of one), for participation, or for achievement." (Note: I added the bold.)

Yes, in reality, we almost always choose the winner because it's our favorite. Do we always know the criteria that make it our favorite? Nope. But that doesn't mean it's not a better piece, even if we can't always explain why. And what judge picks a winning piece that isn't their favorite? *Laugh* Okay, it's probably happened somewhere, but still... *Think*

Even if you don't really know the criteria you are using, I would think things like choosing an item that touches your emotions, choosing an item that doesn't have a large amount of errors unless it is known to be written by a non-English speaker, choosing an item that is creative, choosing an item that flows and makes sense, things like that could be criteria for choosing a winner. With these criteria you don't have to be a writing expert to be choosing something that will still be your favorite, yet also has set criteria that should be met without impeding the writer or the judge in their duties.

If no one has said anything about your contest, great, but if they think it needs to be moved to the Activities page, be sure you didn't mention that you are picking your favorite.
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Hey Schnujo,

I like your haiku, Saving Sand Piper Prints.
Thank you! I hadn't written a haiku in a while, but really like them so I wrote this. I need to get better at knowing the 'rules' of writing a haiku, but still think they are fun. *Bigsmile*

Thank you for your kind comment about "Saving Sand Piper Prints!
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Last day for

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An auction to celebrate the four seasons.
#2115288 by Rhoswen - Relentless Victory


There are some pretty awesome packages over there! I should know--I keep trying to bid on some, only to rediscover they were donated by me.
*Laugh*
There are a couple of bargains here.
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May's round of

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#2109126 by Schnujo


has some pretty awesome contests...as usual. *Bigsmile*

Have you checked out

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Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest  (E)
Test your skill and talent in the art of traditional poetry in this monthly contest.
#2055137 by Brenpoet


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


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SugarCube's Weekly Random Contest!!  (13+)
A New Contest Each Week!
#2175732 by IceSkating SugarCube


"Paranormal Romance Short Story Contest has been a little neglected, for those of you who like to participate in the underdog contests. *Bigsmile*

Enter one of the highlighted contests each month (contests rotate monthly) for 12 months in a row or for 12 out of 13 months. Post proof of entry each month with {post:XXXXXX} and get 2 exclusive MBs in the end!

Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge
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Congratulations on your new merit badge! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We sincerely appreciate it! -SMs         Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge 1
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Congratulations on your new merit badge! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We sincerely appreciate it! -SMs
Remember last May when I was offering free Premiums for folks interested in participating in a year of

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#2109126 by Schnujo


Well lots of people took me up on the offer, but not everyone was able to carry through. Sometimes life happens.

But for those who were able to endure a whole year of "The Contest Challenge I decided to reward them with another Premium. This was a reward, not a bribe for another year of effort. And for those who came close (9 or more months), I gave them 6 months of Premium for their hard work.

Who are these lucky souls that struggled for the last year?

🌜 Huntersmoon
celticsea
Choconut ~ is 4!
Prosperous Snow Globe
Jayne
PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace
Paul D
sindbad
Sally
Pesky Amanda is away for now.
Hannah ♫♥♫
innerlight is praying
eyestar~
LegendaryMasK❤
just krista
ruwth
Angus
Warped Sanity
Dragon is Thesis writing
Rima ~ Irregular in WDC

Congratulations to everyone on all their hard work! While I probably won't be giving out a bunch of free Premiums again, you can see that joining "The Contest Challenge does have it's rewards! *Bigsmile*
Generally, things are difficult to put into words, but...

"Jody, you are SO naughty but SO generous and kind."

That's so spot on it should be entered into a contest!
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I'm glad you like, Mastiff !
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Thanks, everyone. I'm naughty? Did you read the story I reviewed this morning? Is that why you said that? Hahaha! Kidding...well, it was a naughty story, but well written. I recently read that folks who write naughty stories get lots of reads, but almost no reviews, so I thought I'd do a review. And yes, that was the purpose of reading it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. lol
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In keeping with the theme of what all "The Contest Challenge has accomplished here, I thought I'd list many of the contests that have been highlighted during the challenge's running. If something doesn't look familiar, click on it and give it a try. At the very least, save it as a favorite. *Wink*

Numbers and A-C
"The 4 Controversies Contest
"5 Biggest Crimes Against Humanity
"24 Syllables
"The Annual Poem Team Challenge. - CLOSED
"The Bard's Hall Contest
"Bi-weekly Oriental Poetry Contest
"Character Flaws Contest
"The Christian Writing Contest
"The Comedy Club Contest

D-H
"The Daily Poem
"Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
"The Dialogue 500
"Distorted Minds Contest
"DreamTime Dragon's Poem Contest
"Endings are the New Beginning Contest
"Grim Blunt Trauma Contest - Closed
"Haunted Houses Short Story Contest
"Historical Fiction Short Story Contest
"Holiday Short Story Contest
"The Humorous Poetry Contest

J-M
"Jesus Praise
"Just One Point of View Contest
"The Keenest Joker
"Kit'z Higher Ratings Contest
"The LGBT Writing Contest
"The Lodestar Contest
" Magic Words Contest
"Metamorphosis Contest
"Monthly Poetry Contest
"The Monthly Script Writing Contest
"Movie/TV Mashup Contest

N-P
"The Newbies + Open Poetry Contest
"No Dialogue Contest
"Once Upon A Contest
"Open Expression: A Poetry Contest
"Other Worlds Contest
"Paranormal Romance Short Story Contest
"The PET NEWS CONTEST
"The Pink Fluffy Unicorn Contest
"Plot Support - Results announced!
"Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest
"Pond Poetry - ON HIATUS!
"Pretty Pesky Prompts
"The Prompt Me Contest

R-S
"Rebel Poetry Contest
"A Romance Contest ~~ Open for Spring
"Science Fiction Short Story Contest
"SCREAMS!!!
"Second Time Around Contest
"SENIOR CENTER FORUM
"Show, Don't Tell Contest
"Sinister Stories Contest
"Spirits At Lighthouses Poetry Contest
"Spiritual Fiction Writing Contest
"Steampunk Detectives Character Contest
"Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest
"A Story-Poem Contest!!!
"SugarCube's Weekly Random Contest!!
"Supernatural Writing Contest

T-Z
"The Taboo Words Contest
"Ten Minute Misconduct Contest
"Tweet Me a Story
"Twenty-Five Words or Less
"Verdant Poetry Contest
"The Weekly Quickie Challenge
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