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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2009, 04:16:00 AM »

Hello there . Got around to registering . I do hope to send something, which is corected (I'm not english) . I hope you like it, though I have to re-read how to send it .
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2009, 04:33:51 AM »

Hi Lobo - I very nearly didn't let you in, actually. We get a lot of spammers from the former Soviet republics, and it's only because I recognised your name that I guessed you weren't one. I had another person try to join from your country the day after you, but their user name looked a bit iffy, so I didn't let them in. If it was somebody you know, tell them to try again and if you can tell me their name I'll let them in. Thanks smiley

Good luck in the comp.
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2009, 09:49:29 PM »

Hey, Ed. Looks like a great contest! I just started a piece to enter. As soon as it's finished I'll let it set a couple days and then put it through a few more drafts! Good luck to everyone! Yee-Haw!

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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2009, 02:40:25 AM »

Thanks - glad you like the look of it. I think, judging by past comments, most people who enter enjoy the process. It's more fun than conventional comps, because it's so transparent. Most of the time you'll send your entry off and that's the last you hear of it until the results come out - where's the fun in that? smiley
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2009, 04:52:07 PM »

I think I will give this one a shot:).

I'm new to Cafe Doom, Are there any stories online I can read to get a better feel of the type stories you guys like?
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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2009, 05:53:10 PM »

Hi Ubernox, and welcome aboard.  smiley

It's not so much what we like as what's popular with the reading public and with James at Dark Discoveries. A strong opening with a hook to make us need to keep reading, good characterisation, realistic dialogue, a viable plot, good use of language, a good compelling story. Twists are OK, but must be supported, rather than out of the blue. Just the usual stuff. First prize is publication at a pro rate of pay, so the winning story will have to be of a professional standard.
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2009, 02:40:53 AM »

Slightly worrying - only twelve entries so far, with just three weeks left before the deadline huh
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« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2009, 02:49:18 AM »

You'll get a load of entries at the eleventh hour, I have no doubt. In the meantime, I suggest you keep this thread bumped up to the top. I couldn't find it yesterday. Ended up googling the competition to find the rules.  scratch
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« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2009, 04:16:11 AM »

This one's haunting me. With eleven entries I think I ought to take a punt - not because there's less stories to compete against, but because there's less stories to read. I'm really nervous about submitting an entry, only to discover I've commited to read twenty, twenty-five stories, in a (relatively) short period of time.

I guess it all really depends on whether or not I get a killer idea between now and the deadline!

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« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2009, 05:17:48 AM »

I really want to write something new for this, but can't think of anything that wouldn't be too obvious as my work to anyone who's read any of my stuff (wanted to do something using the character from my latest published piece  Wink )....I do have other, older stories to choose from  though...I dare say I'll end up leaving it quite late to enter, in case I do come up with an ace idea at the last minute  azn
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« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2009, 06:35:49 AM »

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Is having a recognisable style not a good thing?

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« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2009, 07:18:03 AM »

Just what I was thinking.
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« Reply #27 on: October 06, 2009, 12:13:08 PM »

I'll push it again in the forums, etc, even though I've entered and so commit to lots of reading. But then having read over 200 shorts for the Whitaaker Prize it can't be harder can it? But then if Delph and JonP enter Ive no chance  Cheesy

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« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2009, 01:23:35 PM »

Oh no, I meant, it kind of negates the whole 'anonymous entry' angle if a person were to submit something with a character from already published stories, for instance.  Blimey no, I think having a recognisable style is a great thing  smiley
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« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2009, 03:22:18 PM »

I remember Geoff saying when he was judging the Whittaker that he thought he'd sussed who had written what, but when it came down to it he had them all wrong. Styles aren't always as easy to spot as we think they are. As for oft used characters, a name change would soon take care of them.

Go on, Rev - try your hand afro
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