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A big round of applause :clap: to our 2016 SS4 writers brodskales Ancusmitis & Lugal! It was a busy winter season and they went above and beyond to find time to write their entries, which are located at > writers-guild-da.deviantart.co…

Beneath the reviews and awards is the announcement for entries to the 1st quarter Short Story contest of 2017!!

SS4 Reviews:


“Rough Draft Gumbo” by brodskales at fav.me/daqaizu
Aleš entry is based on the Beauty cover (fav.me/d84sh5l). This one I would mark Rated-R (do stories get ratings like the movies do??) based on strong language and sexually implicit content coupled with violence. Now that that is out of the way... I feel like reading Aleš shorts goes into the same part of my brain that I use to solve for riddles. On one hand, I feel like I know what to expect, he has a very distinct style that is a mixture of bluntness and poetic rhyme schemes. On the other hand, I have to approach each submission with an open mind and a readiness to interpret the content because despite the directness of his language, the point of his papers are purposefully obscure. Looking at "Gumbo" my takeaway is that the narrator has committed a crime and was bodyswapped with a robot as punishment. Out of anger at the loss of his (or her) human benefits such as drugs sex and rock and roll alcohol, (s)he goes on to commit a slew of additional crimes and perverts the same human benefits that they're angry at having lost in the first place. Then it gets really muddled and becomes nonsense. But I think the author knows this, as he gave a disclaimer to as much in his deviation description.

“Artemisia and Aiaia" by Ancusmitis at fav.me/das1g1q
Ancus Mītis's submission was also based on the cover Beauty, and what I find very clever was the way Ancus managed to tailor it to and submit for two contests (ours and another) despite our minimum word count being their maximum. That took some ingenuity to make it fit perfectly on the precipice. That being said, were it not for the word count restrictions I would have liked to have been given more context as to who was saying what and where they were when they were saying it. The story jumps around a lot, it was an ambitious plot for such a small space but I believe Mītis was able to pull it off. The opening was clunky and confusing, but the further along we read the smoother it gets. This is a story of opposition and compromise for the greater good. Its about finding peace, and it takes time, and is achieved through a billion small steps rather than one solidary leap. The competitive nature between the best warriors in both nations was interesting to read and kept my interest more so than the river God's revelation. It ends with hope, and on a positive path for growth, which stayed true to the pacing of the story. I think too often we rush to button up the end of our stories too far in advance of their natural timing and it can come across as premature and unrealistic. I agree with Ancus' choice not to do that and to let it unfold in the "what-ifs" of our minds as the readers. The characters and their relation to each other are interesting enough that I think new chapters to this story could be written and do really well with readers, my only suggestion would be to add that context I mentioned earlier.

“Hellfire Angel” by Lugal at fav.me/das22vn
Andrew chose the other cover "Hellfire Angel" (fav.me/d5l8e0c) and he used it in the text to name a pub which is awesome! This story was a lot to digest, but not in a bad way. It has some fabulous characters, with a good variety of fantasy elements. The story is contained enough for a short while still being action-packed to the end. I like the dialogue, it read very smoothly and gave the characters their own personalities. This would easily convert into a screenplay because it is so dialogue driven, but as a story I would have liked to see a bit more narration. The essentials are there, we get just enough information to tell us where in the story universe the characters are from scene to scene, and what props are in a scene that matter to the action that is going to take place. Again, as a screenplay this would be easy to adapt and Im sure it would catch the interest of a LOT of filmmakers. As a novella or novel though, I believe adding those rich details will really rocket this story into the next tier. In Andrews deviation description he links readers to a completed novel that predates this short, so if you really enjoyed "Hellfire Angel", you know where to go to find more!

Every year I approach the 4th quarter with uncertainty. It is a very busy season after all, so many holidays, so many family related travels, etc. and that means fewer opportunities for writers to enter. While I would never want to take away from the holiday cheer and family events I can't help but wonder if I'll be looking at an empty submissions section on new years day. If we ever have a quarter where that comes to pass don't worry, we'll just move on to the next. I know the real world can be demanding so I'll understand if we end up skipping a few. Despite misgivings, this year was not the year to forgo awards, since lo-and-behold we have entries!! :) Thank you all again for keeping the contest alive and being apart of a community of writers that participate together. Without further adieu, I give you your winners:

The SS4 of 2016 contest winners!



- 1st place: :iconancusmitis: with fav.me/das1g1q
- 2nd place: :iconlugal: with fav.me/das22vn
- 3rd place: :iconbrodskales: with fav.me/daqaizu

The prizes for this quarter are as follows:
FIRST PLACE:
1) 60 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3

SECOND PLACE:
1) 30 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA  & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3

THIRD PLACE
1) 10 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA  & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3

*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. That also applies to production on the Associate/Darkest Midnight which will initiate production again now that the holidays have concluded. Look forward to seeing that trailers release in the coming months, possibly even before 2017SS1 ends.

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Covers for the 2017 Short Story First Quarter Contest:


Sweet Selene 2017SS1 by Comical1 & Beyond Reach 2017SS1 by Comical1

2017 SS1 - Schedule of Events:


Submission Starting Date: Jan 02, 2017. Submission Deadline: Mar 02, 2017
Review and Award Reveal Date: Winners will be announced by Mar 31st, and we will begin the 2nd quarterly challenge of 2017!!!

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 Writers-Guild-DA 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 & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3

SECOND PLACE:
1) 30 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA  & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3

THIRD PLACE
1) 10 DA Points
2) Featured in the Writers-Guild-DA  & Comical1 journals
3) Featured on Comical1's Personal winners hall of fame journal fav.me/daayjn3


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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truly a pleasure! You're very talented!
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Hi!

I noticed you were into role playing groups! *v*/ 

I want to invite you to our role playing group, :iconjuu-nin: where a bunch of us are in a plot based role play about sword gijinka! We’re always adding new things and we’re looking for new members until the 28th of this month… But, we may offer a week extension if you need it. So, come join us! *v*

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thank you for the fav~ :glomp:

please do check out my other works (poetry, prose, stories) if you're interested! XD
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Thanks a lot for adding my Sauron to your favorites!!!
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it is my pleasure :)
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great gallery of art,   what a lovely woman you truly are,,,,,


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thank you for the compliments!
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