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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2009, 02:31:24 PM »
I've had a bit of an idea today. Providing I can get it to fly and the first test flight doesn't leave it in a pile of matchwood on the floor, I'll hopefully be submitting something, after all.

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2009, 03:39:19 PM »
But then if Delph and JonP enter Ive no chance  :cheesy:

Can't speak for delph, but as things currently stand, there ain't much competition coming from my corner, Geoff.

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2009, 04:16:45 PM »
Mine's a piece of semi-regurgitated dross. As such, it might be slightly horrific, I suppose, and therefore appropriate, but I'm afraid it's hardly a delph classic. I've written it in a specific sub-genre in which I have never had ANY success. Oh well...

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2009, 04:20:17 PM »
I read that as a piece of semi-regurgitated dress:huh: Must be London Fashion Week, I thought.

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2009, 03:58:47 AM »
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:

Alrighty then, I will!

Or will I?!  :grin:

edit: in other news, I keep forgetting to plug this event on my own blog, so finally remembered to do just that!  I don't know if that'll bring much extra traffic/entries, but you never know  ;)
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2009, 01:57:24 PM »
Thanks for the plug, Rev :afro:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2009, 07:43:08 PM »
I saw that James plugged it in the Dark Discoveries newsletter about a week or so ago. I figure at least half the subscribers to the small press horror mags are probably aspiring writers (if not more), so that ought to provide some response.

I'm kicking around a few ideas, hoping for brilliance of course. I feel more pressure to come up with a real good one when it has something to do with the cafe (comp, crit group, etc.) than I typically do. Of course, if I'm not struck with a brilliant idea, I'll still submit something.
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2009, 03:56:28 PM »
Very cool, Ed. I sent you something.

Hello, everyone!  :afro:

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #38 on: October 08, 2009, 05:06:20 PM »
Hi Kenwood - love the avatar :afro: Afro is a leftover from another set of smilies. The original had more hair.

Welcome to the forum :smiley:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2009, 01:02:22 PM »
Hello everybody! Happy Sunday from Los Angeles!
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2009, 11:49:46 AM »
Hi John. A not so happy Monday morning from Stockton, CA.  :cheesy:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2009, 11:33:09 PM »
I just finished the first draft of a piece I hope to enter.
Tommorow I start nibbling (hacking?) at it and will see if it will hash out!
Yikes, it's 3, 014 words! Got a bit carried away.......ah well, I like it.
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2009, 01:28:03 AM »
The limit is 3,500, so you're well on track, Rook. Another 486 words to play with if you want them. I have trouble keeping anything under 10,000 words these days - that's getting carried away  :afro:
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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2009, 08:23:26 AM »
Hey, you're right!

486 words- I can keep my MC alive for another fifteen minutes......of course I think this might constitute as torture.

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Re: Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info
« Reply #44 on: October 23, 2009, 01:42:15 PM »
Only seven days left to get your entry into the Cafe Doom short story contest.

We've still only had thirty-one entries to date, so with six prizes on offer (if my math is correct) that gives you roughly a one in five chance of winning summat. Better than that, actually, because my tamed pet reader informs me twenty-five of the thirty-one entries are complete stinkers * - honestly - only one step above a cave painting in the literacy stakes. You're practically guaranteed to win something if you decide to enter.




*re the stinkers - if you've already entered, don't worry, yours was one of the good ones :afro: :fugly:
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