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Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« on: August 03, 2008, 03:46:34 AM »
The Fourth annual Cafe Doom writing competition is hereby underway. This year we’ve teamed up with Scott McCoy of Necrotic Tissue Magazine and Matt Schwartz at Shocklines to make the prizes even better than usual and, as per usual, it’s free to enter.

The winning story will receive a professional rate of pay ($0.05 per word), and will be published in the January issue of Necrotic Tissue Magazine. Matt is going halfers with me to award the first two runners up with Shocklines vouchers to the value of $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd. Plus, depending upon how generous he’s feeling, I’m told Scott might throw a few NT T-shirts around, here and there.

Now the hard bit – you have to write a decent horror story. Note the word ‘horror’ here. Dark is not enough. It has to be dark and scary. Give us nightmares. The theme is open, so just send us your best story. Please read and abide by Necrotic Tissue’s EZine guidelines in respect of the story criteria for works they will and will not accept –

Necrotic Tissue EZine Guidelines:

We are into horror, both speculative and psychological. We assume all stories submitted are fictional, so if they aren’t, don’t ever tell us. Any cross over genres with a strong horror element will be considered. Dark humor, that is done well, (how is that for subjective?) is always appreciated.

…dark is not enough.

What the heck does that mean? Well, besides sounding cool, it means that there are plenty of dark, edgy stories out there, but we require more. It's a short way to say first, the story has to be plenty dark to even be considered, and second it has to knock our socks off.

To get your story accepted, you need to meet the following criteria:
Stories should be well crafted, have merit and make an impact.
1st person will be considered, but are less preferred.
We will not take any stories that deal with the abuse, torture or rape of children or women. Also, stories that depict woman as helpless or powerless victims stand little chance.
We don't like memoir or journals, it would have to be incredible to be accepted.
No deus ex machina, that is rank amateur and you can do better.
If you have THE best serial killer story ever, maybe. Gore for gore’s sake is not our thing, but this is an ezine for adults, so if it is intrinsic to the story, do it well. Slasher stories where only the virgins live is not ok, sex is a necessary evil.”

We’re sticking with the same format as last year, which is a fairly unusual way to run a comp, because all the entrants get to have their say about the stories and pick their favourites. What happens is each entrant has to join the Cafe Doom forum (if they’re not already a member), then send their entry to blunted (at) cafedoom.com via an e-mail attachment in .rtf or .txt format, single spaced, line breaks instead of indents to denote paragraphs, and use BB Code to format any italics, etc. In the body of the e-mail, they must state their forum name and the title of their story. On 31st October, the day following the closing date of the competition, all the stories will be posted anonymously on one forum thread by the forum admin. Thereafter, and for the following seven days (may be extended to fourteen if we’re swamped with submissions), the entrants must read the entries, and vote for their top three favourite stories on another forum thread. Failure to vote will result in the entrant being disqualified and their story being stripped of its points. Scott McCoy will choose the winning stories from the top ten entries.

To summarise –

Prizes as follows:

1st place - Pro rate of pay, plus publication in January’s edition of Necrotic Tissue.

2nd place - $100 Shocklines voucher.

3rd place - $50 Shocklines voucher.

Theme – open.

Word limit - 2,500

Closing date – 30th October 2008

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You can find the story thread here - http://www.cafedoom.com/forum/index.php?topic=2207.0

You can find the voting thread here - http://www.cafedoom.com/forum/index.php?topic=2208.0

Both threads are locked for the time being and are off limits to guests - you must join the forum to view them.

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Please feel free to ask questions and comment on this thread.

Finally - good luck, everybody :smiley:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008, 05:30:05 AM »
Great stuff, Ed!

But, excuse me if I seem dumb here, but who/what are Shocklines?

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008, 05:48:38 AM »
Glad you like it :afro:  Shocklines is a lot like Amazon for horror fans. They sell all sorts of stuff from T-shirts to Novels, and they have quite an active forum for fans of the genre. The website 'about' page is here - http://shocklines.stores.yahoo.net/abshoc.html Personally, I think it's a great place :smiley:

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 05:43:08 PM »
Sweet. Looking forward to this.
Kudos to you Ed for putting in some over time organizing it and getting some nice prizes.
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008, 06:12:54 PM »
Thanks - I'm looking forward to it, too :smiley: Last year's comp was a blast, and I think this year's might be even better.
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008, 02:31:31 AM »
Thanks Ed. I had a feeling it might be something like that, or somewhere to subscribe to horror mags. I can put it in the news item now too.

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008, 06:05:36 PM »
Good stuff, Ed. I've posted the comp details over at The Write Idea.
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 02:07:41 AM »
Thanks, Donna :smiley:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 07:30:55 AM »
And I've just put them on my blog and on my comps calendar, as well as sending a short news item to WF. If you don't get many entries, Ed, it won't be through lack of us all trying.  ;)

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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008, 01:53:31 PM »
Thanks, Sally :afro:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 02:19:43 PM »
I've posted it at UKAuthors, Bibliophilia and Worlds of Fantasy (a big Yahoo forum)

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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008, 02:51:56 PM »
Good man - thanks, Geoff :smiley:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008, 04:29:59 PM »
I've posted the details at my local writers' circle (for whom I recently set a horror comp!) and SlingInk (although, as with TWI, there's a fairly significant overlap of membership).

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008, 04:47:10 PM »
Lovely job - thanks, Jon :smiley:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fourth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2008, 01:56:29 AM »
Oh wow, I wonder if I'll have time for this. Thanks for the email, Ed. Good luck everyone.  :afro:

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