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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:58:43 PM

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https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-dirty-martini-420.aspx

In our latest contest, we’re honoring Alan W. Jankowski, who used the handle Dirty Martini here. Alan was a longtime moderator at Stories Space, as well as a talented writer and friend to many. He passed away in March 2017. You don’t need to have known Alan in order to enter, but it would be a good idea to visit his profile page and read some of his work first.

https://www.storiesspace.com/dirtymartini

• No entry fee
• All entries must be new, original work
• One entry per person
• Limit 420 words
• Category must be Micro Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry or Songs
• Tags must include the word ‘whatever’
• Submission must include the number 420 in some form (time, date, distance, weight, temperature, length, or whatever) AND one item from EACH of the following lists:
1. Exakta 66 camera, Gibson Les Paul guitar, Albert King album
2. Penguin, potato, bee
3. A letter, a dirty martini, a neon sign

Submissions not meeting all requirements will be rejected. Before submitting an entry, please make sure that it has been thoroughly proofread and is the story you want to submit. Entries may not be edited after submission, or deleted and replaced with another entry.

Prizes:

In currency, a bit is 1/8 of a dollar, or 12.5 cents. As we have a limited budget (and to add a bit of whimsy), prize money for this contest will be calculated as bits.

Please note that only the first place entry is guaranteed an Editors’ Pick award. Second and third place are guaranteed a Recommended Read and will be considered for an Editors’ Pick. The remainder of the top 10 will be considered for both RR and EP awards but are guaranteed neither.

1st place: 420 bits ($52.50 USD), EP award, Competition Winner badge and Dirty Martini badge
2nd place: 210 bits ($26.25 USD), RR award, EP consideration, Competition Runner-up badge
3rd place: 140 bits ($17.50 USD), RR award, EP consideration, Competition Runner-up badge
Remaining top 10: 60 bits ($7.50 USD) each, RR and EP consideration, Competition Top 10 badge


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Ping
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:36:25 PM

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This is SO amazing!!!

Thanks Maggie. I personally love the challenge of criteria like this. Now, to put my thinking cap on.

DenimAngel
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:13:01 PM

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This looks like so much fun and think of all the whimsical stories that can happen :)



Wordpusher715
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:44:15 PM

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3601 I'm intrigued. I'll need to think a bit to connect those dots in a single piece.

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:51:25 PM

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Just got home from the final dress rehearsal of The Bridges of Madison County. Nice to be greeted here on our site with this wonderful competition. Thanks admins and mods for making it possible.


Adagio
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:56:21 PM

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I decided to give it the go. Let's all tell someone to enter.
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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:11:49 PM

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This looks exciting, I can't wait to read all the entries.


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gypsy
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 12:23:31 AM

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hello1 hello1 hello1

Great contest, I might actually get something written for this, and break through the writing dry spell I've been struggling with.

What is the closing date, or did I just not see it listed? (That is possible.) hello2

Yup, I missed it, it is in the link to the comeptition page. The 8th of October.

WHAT? This is also a flash comp in terms of time?!?!? help d'oh! hiding



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fuzzy1954
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 7:55:16 AM

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Ping wrote:
This is SO amazing!!!

Thanks Maggie. I personally love the challenge of criteria like this. Now, to put my thinking cap on.





hmmmm 420 so a blunt or a water pipe with your "thinking cap" f-hihi Lfunny


steffanie
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 2:19:45 PM

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Thanks for hosting this - you woke me up!
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 4:03:03 PM

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steffanie wrote:
Thanks for hosting this - you woke me up!

Yay, I'm glad of that! It's always a pleasure to see you. hello2

Btw, I'm trying to figure out why it shows you as having -4 forum posts. How is that even possible? scratch

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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:49:51 AM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:


Btw, I'm trying to figure out why it shows you as having -4 forum posts. How is that even possible? scratch


My second sense tells me that it is sort of a Twilight Zone sort of thing, or whatever.

just sayin'... hiding



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Dreamcatcher
Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:59:16 AM

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Thanks for doing this Maggie. I like the way both sites have memorialized an icon. Alan was a unique individual and it will be interesting to see how he is presented by his many friends. I will do my best to honor him knowing that it isn't about winning a competition, but rather, being a part of this tribute.

Adagio
Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 12:39:04 PM

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I did not know the man, but I entered the comp because I wish to see the blue as a corner stone for writers. I can only offer my integrity and hope people write. Let's do it!
julie_slink
Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:27:03 PM

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Hey everyone. I'm Julie. I came over from red and thought I would stop by and introduce myself. Smutty storytelling is secondary to my desire to become a better writer and share my ideas with like-minded people.

Many of my ideas are better suited to live here and after I heard about this contest in Rump's bar, I thought it would serve as a nice opportunity to make my way over.

I did not know Alan since I haven't been around either site very long. I did read a few of his stories and checked out his page. I love how it's been immortalized in his memory. He had a very unique and clear voice and I really enjoyed the handful of pieces I read. Birthday Party, his EP, was particularly fantastic and incredibly emotional.

It's awesome that you all decided on such a cool tribute in his memory. I'm honored to be a part of it in my own small way. I was unsure how to create something that was very specific, or special to him, so I came up with an idea that was a little bit different. I hope my entry is suitable and honors him while tying into the heart of the theme.

Given the amount of time and effort he put in as a mod here, I like to think that he would be pleased to see a few new faces and writers around here.
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 3:42:41 PM

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I like the idea.

Just a couple of queries though.

1) Isn't the camera's name spelled Exakta? Not Exacta.

If it is then...

2) Which model 66 are you referring to. There were several different styles of 66's made over the years.


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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 3:56:22 PM

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meredith wrote:
I like the idea.

Just a couple of queries though.

1) Isn't the camera's name spelled Exakta? Not Exacta.

If it is then...

2) Which model 66 are you referring to. There were several different styles of 66's made over the years.


Thanks, Meredith!

1. You’re right. I’ll fix the spelling.

2. It doesn’t matter. Any model you choose! icon_smile

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Welshdreamer42
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:50:54 AM

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Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow


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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:27:37 AM

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julie_slink wrote:
Hey everyone. I'm Julie. I came over from red and thought I would stop by and introduce myself. Smutty storytelling is secondary to my desire to become a better writer and share my ideas with like-minded people.

Many of my ideas are better suited to live here and after I heard about this contest in Rump's bar, I thought it would serve as a nice opportunity to make my way over.

I did not know Alan since I haven't been around either site very long. I did read a few of his stories and checked out his page. I love how it's been immortalized in his memory. He had a very unique and clear voice and I really enjoyed the handful of pieces I read. Birthday Party, his EP, was particularly fantastic and incredibly emotional.

It's awesome that you all decided on such a cool tribute in his memory. I'm honored to be a part of it in my own small way. I was unsure how to create something that was very specific, or special to him, so I came up with an idea that was a little bit different. I hope my entry is suitable and honors him while tying into the heart of the theme.

Given the amount of time and effort he put in as a mod here, I like to think that he would be pleased to see a few new faces and writers around here.


Welcome to the blue Julie... and thank you for joining in our humble attempt to honor a mentor and friend. You will find some friendly and helpful members here. Many of us have come over from the red. I hope you find this place a home and look forward to more of your work.

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julie_slink wrote:
Hey everyone. I'm Julie. I came over from red and thought I would stop by and introduce myself. Smutty storytelling is secondary to my desire to become a better writer and share my ideas with like-minded people.


Welcome. The Blue is awesome and I think you will fit in like a comfortable chair.
julie_slink
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:10:00 PM

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Dreamcatcher wrote:
Welcome to the blue Julie... and thank you for joining in our humble attempt to honor a mentor and friend. You will find some friendly and helpful members here. Many of us have come over from the red. I hope you find this place a home and look forward to more of your work.


Thanks for the warm welcome and for checking out my story. I'm just happy to be a part of this tribute in my own small way. I've really enjoyed this very unique contest and learning about Alan. Seeing the way he has touched so many people here has been a unique and uplifting experience.

To be honest, I'm completely unsure how I will end up splitting my time between here and red. I like the smaller, more familial vibes I've gotten here so far, to be sure. I also enjoy that it's completely centered around writing and reading, which are where my interests lie, as opposed to the many other activities on red.

I'm kinda torn because I think that in some ways, I definitely fit in better here. On the other hand, I do really enjoy writing erotic things, but the purely erotic is rarely the impetus for me to write something. I will likely end up doing both, as so many others have done. It just seems like it would be more rewarding to spend the majority of time and effort writing, reading, and befriending in one community as opposed to two (although there is quite of bit of overlap, it seems).

A few people have expressed to me that they wish traffic here would pick up, and I'm hoping to be a part of some resurgent activity here. It seems like one of those cyclical things where blue is less popular because there is less traffic, but those who could boost traffic don't typically post much here because it's less popular. I very well may be making incorrect assumptions, but that's my impression.

Not trying to be blasé or nonchalant about it, but I tend to think out loud in blunt rambles and like sharing my thoughts on things. Those who aren't fans just tend to ignore me or correct me. icon_biggrin
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Well, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and dusting off my laptop and submitted my entry. The idea of this one was fun and I hope I honored Alan's memory.

Jimwillhavefun
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So I tried a story in the comp. Went a little different direction. I know Alan had a great sense of humor so I tried to use mine as best as I could. Hopefully, everyone will like it as well.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/silly-me.aspx
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow

The significance in this case is that Stories Space recently marked its 420th week of existence. However, that fact was a mere spark and shouldn’t influence anyone’s creative direction. Any interpretation is welcome.

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow

The significance in this case is that Stories Space recently marked its 420th week of existence. However, that fact was a mere spark and shouldn’t influence anyone’s creative direction. Any interpretation is welcome.


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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow

The significance in this case is that Stories Space recently marked its 420th week of existence. However, that fact was a mere spark and shouldn’t influence anyone’s creative direction. Any interpretation is welcome.


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Nor should anyone take away any significance from the fact that I, personally, have 420 stories and poems at the moment on our site. Merely one of life's fascinating coincidences. rr


magnificent1rascal
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 8:29:44 AM

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LarryFNigh wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow

The significance in this case is that Stories Space recently marked its 420th week of existence. However, that fact was a mere spark and shouldn’t influence anyone’s creative direction. Any interpretation is welcome.


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Nor should anyone take away any significance from the fact that I, personally, have 420 stories and poems at the moment on our site. Merely one of life's fascinating coincidences. rr


Larry, that sounds like a great hook for working the number 420 into your entry! Lwinking

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 8:48:01 AM

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I hope the comp. brings us together, as a writing family among friends.
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LarryFNigh wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Question - what's the significance of 420? Am I missing something obvious? dontknow

The significance in this case is that Stories Space recently marked its 420th week of existence. However, that fact was a mere spark and shouldn’t influence anyone’s creative direction. Any interpretation is welcome.





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Nor should anyone take away any significance from the fact that I, personally, have 420 stories and poems at the moment on our site. Merely one of life's fascinating coincidences. rr


I believe the competition is to honour our friend Dirty Martini even in (tongue in cheek) comment of your 420 stories/poems here LarryF.


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I googled 420. Well, you learn something new every day, never heard of that before. Think I've led a sheltered life Eh?

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