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Winners Hall of Fame



2013SS1


1st place: :iconmardefune: with fav.me/d66hvap
2nd place: :iconsouthernwriter2: with fav.me/d652a8r

2013SS2


1st place: :iconmeloannechen: with fav.me/d6kapqx
2nd place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/d6kgghx
3rd place: :icona-wakefield: with plynwfire607.deviantart.com/ar…

2013SS3


1st place: :iconbonfirelights: with fav.me/d6vexwu
2nd place: :iconsouthernwriter2: with fav.me/d6ule9s
3rd place: :iconrhaevyn: with fav.me/d6twae7

2014SS1


1st place: :iconmardefune: with fav.me/d78e674
2nd place: :iconwhippedblueicecream: with fav.me/d77k30t
3rd place: :iconnicolaigrey: with fav.me/d72xq4k

2014SS2


1st place: :iconsouthernwriter2: with fav.me/d7lanhz
2nd place: :iconwhippedblueicecream: with fav.me/d7lrvo7
3rd place: :icondobbyscookiesock: with fav.me/d7k6ofp

2014SS3


1st place: :iconypplejax: with fav.me/d7y7og1
2nd place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/d7y2u9k
3rd place: :iconnicolaigrey: with fav.me/d7xwgy9

2014SS4


1st place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/d8851di
2nd place: :iconsouthernwriter2: with fav.me/d884bed
3rd place: :iconbrodskales: with fav.me/d89eara

2015SS1


- 1st place: :iconmodji-33: with fav.me/d8han00
- 2nd place: :iconkt-munson: with fav.me/d8jwytw
- 3rd place: :iconpeacekeeperd: with fav.me/d8kv178

2015SS2


- 1st place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/d8vwlmb
- 2nd place: :iconareksandura: with fav.me/d8vrx44
- 3rd place: :iconanimaraven: with fav.me/d8vtr2j

Deviants

First and Foremost: Happy New Year!    

A big round of applause :clap: to our writers brodskales, clara-01, Lugal, Ancusmitis, PeaceKeeperd, and SouthernWriter2
Their stories are located> writers-guild-da.deviantart.co…




*Our book trailers are backed up due to a severe computer death epidemic (first mine gave up on life and died, then my editing partner's did the same, crashing and leaving us in a terrible state of limbo) - SS2 winners Futuristic Sci-Fi requires about 2 more CGI renders and a final color grading pass before completion.  The SS3 winner has been informed production on their trailer was stalled due to the holidays and school commitments among other things (see computer death epidemic above).  SS3's director (Moses Bernal) has been given both chapters of the story that won that quarter and is in the pre-planning phases.

screenshot from SS2 "Only a Whisper":

book trailers are published to: vimeo.com/iicoins if you'd like to see more

The prizes for the 4th quarter are as follows:
FIRST PLACE:
1) 60 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

SECOND PLACE:
1) 30 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

THIRD PLACE
1) 10 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

*A book trailer was not offered for the 4th quarter since the winter holidays are a busy time for all of us and our availability to film decreases during this time.  However, this benefits us in the long run since we can now use this time to catch up on our backlog.  Once SS2 and SS3 trailers are complete I will update and post links here for everyones enjoyment ;)




Below in this order: SS4 Reviews: SS4 Winners Announcement: 2016 SS1 Contest Rules and Deadlines

SS4 Reviews:




“Lightning Strike” by PeaceKeeperd at fav.me/d9k9by1
I like the intro, there was a nice set up with the interrogation and the dialogue had a satisfactory transition into the flashback like a scene from a movie.  There was an excellent use of the Cyrillic alphabet for the Russian speaking characters.  It is great for immersing readers and setting the tone for the stories atmosphere.  Depending on the tone of voice you give the characters when they're speaking, you don't always even need to translate the meaning to English to get your point across, for example the Russian character I wrote that I told you about before: fav.me/d9mjebu.  The labels on the cargo of course we would want translated so I'm glad you included those.  Good attention to sentence structure as well, for instance "They are being moved by way of truck," instead of saying "they are moving by..."  putting the 'ing' on "to be", instead of move is something we associate with Russian speech patterns.  I think there is on overuse of formally addressing each other by name before making statements for two men who are supposed to be close and long time friends, but I think this might have been a safety net for readers so we don't confuse the characters who were interacting with multiple characters.  Small note: [spoiler alert] there is a minor continuity error with where Andrei was shot between the flashback which says in his stomach, and the present day where he says he spent a week in hospital with a bullet in his chest.  Otherwise I can't think of anything else technical to mention that wasn't already covered.  The story answers a lot of the questions we were left with in "Association" at the cliff hanger ending, and its great to get that information!  I feel like this was a well rounded lead into what will very likely be the climax of this series of shorts.  I can't wait to find out what that will be.  Awesome entry for the SS4 of 2015.  

“The Eleventh King” by SouthernWriter2 at fav.me/d9kb6rh
It's always fun to read a character like Holly that matches the description on the cover art.  The relationships Sean creates between his characters have a way of seeming very real and believable which is also nice.  The entire King family was well established, with unique characters that stood apart from each other (which is incredibly hard to do!)  I was amazed by how interesting and fleshed out each one was. They stayed within their own personalities and bantered well with Scott and Holly as well as each other in ways that remained entertaining paragraphs later.  It's easy to forget you're reading a detective story when you are tagging along as an unexpected dinner guest to this fancy party with the protagonist.  By the time I caught up with the fact this was a murder mystery, the table had been set, the characters drawn and it was a fun game of clue!  Rather than feeling shocked at the final reveal, I was left kind of confused about the real culprits motives.  It kind of got lost in the action when we had conceived a motive for everyone else to counter with their alibi but didn't get either from him.  It was speculated by another suspect that he was guilty of the embezzlement but that alone wasn't grounds to accuse others before him, and at that point no one seemed to really care about the money anyway.  As a reader though looking for the resolution after the climax it was the only piece I felt we still needed to feel resolved.  If you don't know whether or not you agree or which character I'm talking about, then you haven't done your reading and should promptly click the link above and get spun up on this incredible murder mystery!!

“the Wasp King's War" by Ancusmitis at writers-guild-da.deviantart.co…
My initial reaction to this story was how much the style reminded me of old fables like the Grimm Brothers tales.  By the time I got to part two, I was already creeped out and had sworn off sandwiches for a while (just in case).  Ancus Mītis does a great job illustrating visuals with words, the spider slaves predicament with the wasp grasp on its brain, the way he explains the 'lung books' etc. are all eerily visual.  The one part that took me out of the story as a reader (and this could just be subjective for me) was the wasp USB input thing.  I don't know why I was willing to suspend disbelief for a full size man made out of a swarm of wasps, yet couldn't digest the technological cross over of a wasp stinger to a USB port.  In the deviation description Ancus explains he likes both horror and humor and at that I think he succeeds. The very notion that sandwiches are the evil arch nemesis of wasp hives was so outlandish it was funny.  Very simple plot with a satisfying amount of hurdles before reaching the culmination, but I felt the resolution was a bit flat and would love to come to a more fulfilling ending.  Excellent first time entry to the Short Story Quarterly Contest.  I hope to see this writer back again!

“The Devil Below” by Lugal at fav.me/d9jldy6
I read with shock, awe, and glee as Andrew unraveled every detail from the cover and interpreted them in the story.  There is not only an entire world within this short, there is an entire universe, and at no point in time did it feel stretched thin.  Due to the nature of short stories, a lot of extravagant world building can leave readers with a shallow immersion into something not fully fleshed out.  Other times (regardless of length) writers tend to get so involved in their world building that they bore readers to tears with the technicalities.  Neither one of those fallacies played out in "The Devil Below".  In fact, the very cultural reference to "the Devil Below" was brilliant.  I could even see this story being adapted into a series of fully fledged novels and lining the walls of B&N.  I'm gushing right now, but that's because I was so entertained by what I read.  I was saddened not to know the fate of [spoiler alert!] the Doodad in the end, but I could definitely appreciate the realism in not sending any of the other characters back for him because they were not invested in his well being and to do so would have been out-of-character for them and taken readers out of the story due to disbelief.  Confession time: I totally read Kirmizi as "Kermit" the whole time.  I laughed out loud too when she went SPLAT! on the cargo runner.  If anyone reading this doesn't know what Im talking about, then they're reading the wrong thing.  Go to the link, read the story, come back for the review ;) You'll be glad you did!

“The Arkesyyan Chronicles” by clara-01 at fav.me/d9i97n0
The first paragraph alone shows you how beautifully written this story is.  The environment is thought provoking and well designed.  Visual cues were like gorgeous landscape paintings.  Getting into the story development, while it can be fun to break the forth wall with omniscient narration, sometimes it can come across as patronizing the readers.  In this case specifically when a hint was dropped of a special breed, then the story teller abruptly stopped and said " we are not ready to introduce them just yet. One more part must be told."   At the heart of the story is this intergalactic council, which gave me fond memories of the Ellimist Chronicles by K.A. Applegate and while not at all the same, the genre and appeal of both come from the same thread in a vast literary tapestry.  (if you aren't familiar with the book, amzn.com/0439217989) The 'specials' never were explained which was a little disappointing, but I got over it once they began negotiations over universal long term interference.  Its a brain teaser concept and I love how much thought went into the schematics. I would like to see a little more happening though in the short itself.  This quarters entry felt like the footnotes of a very complex novel, exposition for all the action we never actually read.  But the cleverness of what we do read is satisfying in and of itself.  Perhaps what it needs now is another chapter or a fully fleshed out novel to engage what was outlined here.

“Kings Like Me” by brodskales at fav.me/d9cdqf8
I am going to go on a limb here and give my own interpretations for this entry.  I think our main character is a modern character who has usurped the French throne and has become king, but he doesn't seem to know anything about history, where he is, how he got there or what to do with his newly acquired power.  It's not written sensibly, think of an Alice in Wonderland kind of wacky, with all the strange happenings with all the strange creatures doing and saying unexpected things.  It starts off similar to some of Aleš Brodský's other stories, but the rhyme scheme and rapping fade out somewhere along the line to actual dialogue. There are a couple of meta-moments that were worth a laugh, for instance:  "Well sir you don't control Italy". "What do I control?" the king asked the wheelman. "France sir". "France Sir! What a magical sounding place, France Sir home to the mighty Russian Tsars". "No sir". "No sir what?" "No sir France isn't home for mighty Russian Tsars, in fact France will later invade Russia in 1812".  I still couldn't tell you what this story is about, because I could not find the plot, inciting incident, culmination or resolution.  What I can tell you though is it rings in at exactly 1002 words, and narrates some comical scenes that would be delivered well in a cartoon (such as the flying off the balcony scene)!

There was a fantastic turn out for the winter, and sadly I can only chose three of them for the winners.  I am always inspired by the Writers-Guild-DA community and the amount of participation we have in our quarterly contest. I hope you keep pursuing your writing and come back again for future quarters!


The SS3 of 2015 contest winners!



- 1st place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/d9jldy6  
- 2nd place: :iconpeacekeeperd: with fav.me/d9k9by1
- 3rd place: :iconsouthernwriter2: with fav.me/d9kb6rh


The prizes for this quarter are as follows:
FIRST PLACE:
1) 60 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

SECOND PLACE:
1) 30 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

THIRD PLACE
1) 10 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame


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2016 SS1 - Schedule of Events:  



Submission Starting Date: Jan 3rd Submission Deadline: Mar 3rd
Review and Award Reveal Date: Winners will be announced by Mar 31st, and we will begin the 2nd quarterly challenge of 2016!!!

2016 SS1 COVERS OF THE QUARTER:

A Mystical Something by Comical1 and Blue Phoenix by Comical1


RULES

All entries have to follow these rules:
1) No fewer than 1,000 word count | No more than 10,000 word count, based on the image of the quarter (writers choice of two pre-made covers each quarter).
2) The title of the cover you select needs to appear somewhere in the body of the text for your entry to count toward the contest.
3) Must mention contest its being submitted for in the deviation description.
4) All entries must be submitted to the SS Comp Entries album in the group gallery.
You choose one of the two covers and write a short story around it that meets the 4 rules (the 4th rule tells you where to submit it).  If you win, you are awarded the prizes listed for your placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd).  No covers are awarded. We award short story reviews, DA points, and free publicity via journal announcements about your work.

The prizes for the 1st quarter are as follows:
FIRST PLACE:
1) 60 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

SECOND PLACE:
1) 30 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

THIRD PLACE
1) 10 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA journals
3) Featured on the Writers-Guild-DA wall under winners hall of fame

Important Information about the timeline
I know most if not all of our contestants are always anxious to hear the results, so I felt a little breakdown of how the timing is planned was in order:
-There is a reason why everything is spaced out exactly the way it is. Firstly, each contest last 3 months total, making it possible to have 4 quarters per year.
-The writing and entry portion of the contest last the first 2 months, providing ample time to contestants to get their entries finished
-The judging portion of the contest last 1 month, allowing the judge(s) time to read all the entries and make a fair decision for the winners
-Prizes other than DA Points are awarded between the day the winners are announced and the end of the following quarter *DA Points are awarded immediately

-ALL aspects of the breakdown per quarter provide excess time for irl issues that can and do come up. (Not just for the contestants, but for the host as well)

HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!!!
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Neo128 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
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TIA-45 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015

Hey all,

A friend and I are attempting to start up a new (free!) e-published magazine featuring all kinds of writing arts! We are currently looking for submissions to be featured in the first issue, details can be found here: anaphorablog.wordpress.com/

If you would like a chance to be featured in the first issue, see the link and consider contributing (guidelines for doing so are included on the blog)!

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ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear writers, 

How do any of you, who love to write and have started a story. How do you deal with the situation that your characters, or plot my relate to another story plot or character you have seen in television, read in a book, or seen in a video game?
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BagCartel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Student Writer
It's certainly a concern.

The way I deal with this is the reality that there is no such thing as a "truly 100% unique idea". Every idea, to its core, has been influenced by nature or already-existing ideas.

It's simply up to the creator to make something unique through their own idiom. A storyteller derives fiction through some bit of truth, just through their own perspective, their own experience and whatever ideas they feel like integrating.

So fiction, to me, carries some reflection of the writer. And it is the writer that makes a story unique and interesting.
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ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, I have been told as long as its my own story creative and unique in its themes and ideas that I shouldn't think to much into it. 
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BagCartel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Writer
Yeah, that's essentially what I'm saying :P
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ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello again... once again I am wondering if any writers here can help me with understanding something. I am currently writing something, a story and i have come to the issue of POV and a protagonist is there anyone here who i can talk with about my issue i am having, I fear it may be to big a topic to discuss though comments. Help is greatly needed and would be appreciated by a more seasoned author. 
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animeloving97 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student Writer
hey! i would love to help you! i dont know if you're still in need of help, but just send me a note with whatever doubts you have! i've been writing fanfictions for almost a year now and original works for almost 4
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ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Any new information about writing in third person Limited if very helpful and appreciated! 
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Neo128 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Thanks for accepting my latest submission. :woohoo:
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