The Walking Read - Contest Rules:
Contest begins the 1st of every even month. It lasts approximately 45 days. Judging follows, making it a semi-monthly contest. There will be no prompt, but a genre may be selected.
Non-winning and rejected work may be resubmitted if it is edited.
Short stories from 2000 to 5000 words. Leeway in length can be asked and given during the contest, by the judge assigned to the work.
Unless you are very confident, have another person review for edits. To give a thorough review, a judge has to mark for bad grammar and such. If we intend to review up to 5000 words, misspellings and common errors need to be avoided as much as possible..
Contest judges can decide to pass on any item review without a full read. Work will be judged on several categories:
1 - Grammar and Punctuation
2 - Plot
3 - Character and Setting Development
4 - Strong Opening
5 - Judges Discretion
If a story is rejected by a judge for any of the first four criteria, there will be an explanation of why it was not accepted and some, hopefully, helpful advice. For example:
Your piece “Melody of Gas”, was rejected because I found four grammatical errors and three misspellings in the first two paragraphs. It looked interesting, but I suggest a strong edit, by you or someone else, and resubmit the work.
I read six paragraphs in to your story, and I’ve got no idea where we’re headed. My suggestion is to streamline the plot of “Dancing Basselopes” down to one or two of the main threads and focus on them instead of branching out in too many directions.
The judges discretion, which may include protagonist strength, word usage and over usage, and generally personal preferences, is not a reason for exclusion. Though judges may prefer to review certain items over others.
No entry is promised a full review. However, before any item is rejected, other judges may select to do a full review or add helpful advice.
I have no idea about prizes.