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Molly
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:05:10 PM
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https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-summer-word-bank.aspx

We're going to do a Word Bank contest that inspires a little fun! What better way to have a little fun than during Summertime, at a Carnival, or even on your Dream Vacation? Relaxing, adventures, falling in love, facing your fears, trying new things! The possibilities are endless.

Our word bank has three selections with five words each, plus a required group of three words. All three must be used, no matter which selection you choose.

Selection 1: Carnival
Word Bank:
- Carnival
- Ferris Wheel
- Funnel Cake
- Scream/s
- Cotton Candy

Selection 2: Summer
Word Bank:
- Sun
- Pool
- Sunscreen
- Grilling
- Heat

Selection 3: Dream Vacation
Word Bank:
- Hotel
- Flying
- Vacation
- Relaxing
- Destination

Required Words
All three must be used:
- Red
- Turtle
- Lemon

You must pick a selection and use all eight words somewhere throughout.

The word limit is 500.

You cannot submit already published work.

The story must be stand-alone.

Please add your selection in the mod notes so we will know which words to be on the lookout for.

Stories Space rules and guidelines apply. https://www.storiesspace.com/disclaimer.aspx

The ending date is Sept. 7th (PDT)

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask and have fun!

All our standard story contest rules apply. https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/standard-rules.aspx

Prizes:

Winner: $50
Second Place: $35
Third Place: $15

Entering the Competition:

On the story submission page, you’ll find a competition section under the standard story categories. Please ensure you check the button relating to the contest otherwise your story will not be entered.
Important Dates

The closing date for this competition is 07 Sep 2020. The earlier you get your entry in, the more likely you are to get a higher number of story views and votes. Winners will be announced on the 16 Sep 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this contest or rules, please contact us.

Best wishes to everyone taking part. Happy writing!
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5:32:38 AM
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Wow. I think this is the first actual comp since I've been active on SS. Good theme and idea, too. I am meditating on it. Perhaps this will break my current writing drought.

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:32:36 AM
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Count me in 😃👍🏻

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
Letting Go
clum
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:39:55 AM
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Count me in 😃👍🏻


Me, too! icon_biggrin
Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:43:08 AM
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Never missed a competition yet. flower
Paperboy
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:04:42 AM
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I love the umbrella graphic! Kudos to the designer.

Mind's a churning :)

Hey! I write!


If you're into Twilight Zone, read this: That Orange Feeling
If you're feeling naughty, read this: Twas the Night After Christmas
If you're into tear jerkers, read this: A Hundred Breaths

Thank you!
DenimAngel
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:39:11 PM
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Oh this could be fun !hello1


AnnaMayZing
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:57:36 PM
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I'm in too! No, really, I am. Just waiting verification! Lfunny

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:03:28 AM
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Wow, 3 up already. I just have ideas, none of them really clicking yet. Good for those people.

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 1:33:17 PM
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My first draft is written. Now to edit

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
Letting Go
Paperboy
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020 3:00:16 PM
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
My first draft is written. Now to edit


Looking forward to it! "Now to edit" for me means chopping about 75% of what I wrote in the first draft to get it under the word limit! crybaby



Hey! I write!


If you're into Twilight Zone, read this: That Orange Feeling
If you're feeling naughty, read this: Twas the Night After Christmas
If you're into tear jerkers, read this: A Hundred Breaths

Thank you!
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:58:39 AM
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Paperboy wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
My first draft is written. Now to edit


Looking forward to it! "Now to edit" for me means chopping about 75% of what I wrote in the first draft to get it under the word limit! crybaby



For me, "now to edit" means rewriting the whole lot dontknow

It's done now, though. I'll post it sometime this weekend flower

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
Letting Go
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 12:07:12 PM
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With a group of three stories submitted on the first day or so, I was expecting a flood of entries. But not so far, that has not happened. In any case, mine is up and is noted below. These stories are all so easy to read because they are short and all, so far, have been creative and entertaining. I have a good feeling about this contest, especially since the writers are given so much time to complete an entry.

flower
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:00:47 PM
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Survivor wrote:

But not so far, that has not happened.
flower


Let's face it, with a September 7 deadline, people can take their time on this one. Mine's on fourth draft and now "in the oven". I'll look at it again in a day or two and decide if it's done or needs more work. I'm not one to rush a story, especially when I have a over a month to make sure I'm happy with it.

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:58:29 PM
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Molly wrote:
https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-summer-word-bank.aspx


The closing date for this competition is 07 Sep 2020. The earlier you get your entry in, the more likely you are to get a higher number of story views and votes. Winners will be announced on the 16 Sep 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this contest or rules, please contact us.

Best wishes to everyone taking part. Happy writing!


I have been wondering if this implies that the judges are going to take into account the number of views and votes when judging the entries.

flower
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 3:08:58 PM
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Survivor wrote:
Molly wrote:
https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-summer-word-bank.aspx


The closing date for this competition is 07 Sep 2020. The earlier you get your entry in, the more likely you are to get a higher number of story views and votes. Winners will be announced on the 16 Sep 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this contest or rules, please contact us.

Best wishes to everyone taking part. Happy writing!


I have been wondering if this implies that the judges are going to take into account the number of views and votes when judging the entries.

flower


No, the judges will consider each entry independently, regardless of views and votes. However, we may have some sort of additional readers’ choice recognition. We’re still working that out.

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Molly
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 3:52:20 PM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Molly wrote:
https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-summer-word-bank.aspx


The closing date for this competition is 07 Sep 2020. The earlier you get your entry in, the more likely you are to get a higher number of story views and votes. Winners will be announced on the 16 Sep 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this contest or rules, please contact us.

Best wishes to everyone taking part. Happy writing!


I have been wondering if this implies that the judges are going to take into account the number of views and votes when judging the entries.

flower


No, the judges will consider each entry independently, regardless of views and votes. However, we may have some sort of additional readers’ choice recognition. We’re still working that out.


Yes, what Maggie said. icon_smile
sprite
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:15:53 PM
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this sounds fun. might try my hand at writing something for it. great idea, guys. :)


The Nightmares Begin Here -
http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/horror/wonderland-lucys-tale-chapter-one.aspx
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:17:36 PM
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sprite wrote:
this sounds fun. might try my hand at writing something for it. great idea, guys. :)


The more the merrier, Rach.

My entry, The Berry Girl, is up now.


My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
sprite
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:20:09 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
sprite wrote:
this sounds fun. might try my hand at writing something for it. great idea, guys. :)


The more the merrier, Rach.

My entry, The Berry Girl, is up now.


also nice, they're short enough that i can read most of them - tomorrow. lol i have a date with a bathtub right now - going to soak until i am prune like. i am sort in places i am not normally sore! :) $:


The Nightmares Begin Here -
http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/horror/wonderland-lucys-tale-chapter-one.aspx
CuriousAnnie
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:36:25 PM
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sprite wrote:
Mendalla wrote:
sprite wrote:
this sounds fun. might try my hand at writing something for it. great idea, guys. :)


The more the merrier, Rach.

My entry, The Berry Girl, is up now.


also nice, they're short enough that i can read most of them - tomorrow. lol i have a date with a bathtub right now - going to soak until i am prune like. i am sort in places i am not normally sore! :) $:



Probably the wrong site to speculate on the where and why of those sore places, Rach ... presumable your entry wont be about Portland ... catch you soon prune face, and running toothy2


My entry is up though I cant link it in my forum signature; maybe I haven't posted enough. It is called Coral is the colour of love and is, surprisingly for those familiar with my other writing, set in Australia.
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 5:14:57 AM
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CuriousAnnie wrote:


My entry is up though I cant link it in my forum signature; maybe I haven't posted enough.


You have to have 20 posts before you can post links (to prevent drive-by spammers). But I think you suspected that from past experience. hello2

Here you go, Annie:

ttps://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-coral-is-a-colour-of-love-.aspx

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Tams
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:54:37 PM
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I am loving this contest! All the entries are so clever and fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, and now I want more...

I demand more entries!!






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Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:46:57 PM
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Tams wrote:
I am loving this contest! All the entries are so clever and fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, and now I want more...

I demand more entries!!



There is a new one as of this evening EDT. Pretty good, too. Maybe he overheard your demands. clown

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020 2:07:02 PM
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clum
Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020 3:40:31 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
And we're now at a baker's dozen with a terrific new entry today.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-inokes-dance-.aspx


Didn't realise I was going to be unlucky number 13.

Thanks for the promo!
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020 5:27:46 PM
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clum wrote:


Didn't realise I was going to be unlucky number 13.

Thanks for the promo!


Should have counted before you submitted. icon_biggrin

And you are most welcome.

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:16:22 AM
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Just giving this a bump to get it on the forum radar. Been kind of quiet since clum submitted. Maybe he scared everyone else off?

My "Cheers to 10 Years" competition entries;

My Temple - A poem (40 words)
The Goddess Dances - Flash fantasy (873 words) - Winner - Cheers to 10 Years Flash
Something - Short Horror (2581 words)
Musings of a Forgotten Deity - A poem (100 words)
Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:59:40 PM
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It is difficult to understand why we don't have more entries. Really, less than 500 words. And write subject you wish simply using the required words. Oh well, gives the ones who entered a better chance to win.

Actually, I believe I know at least two ladies that are thinking seriously about entering. I just hope they do it soon.

flower
Molly
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:08:44 PM
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We are allowed to advertise on other places as long as we stress that we are family friendly. My blog on the site that some of us share has something made up if any of you want to share. Just let me know and I'll send you a copy or if you can see my blog just copy/paste. Don't forget to add a link.
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