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Molly
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 10:29:46 AM
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https://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/a-survivor%E2%80%99s-story.aspx


Hi everyone! We know the last few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for emotions, so we thought it would be the perfect time to run a contest. Once the dust settled, I’m sure like me, many of you took a deep breath and relaxed for a moment.

In the end, StoriesSpace has survived, so we thought it was appropriate to make the theme…

A Survivor’s Story

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. We want to hear about the survivor(s). The brave people that made it through despite all odds. It can be from Action to Thriller and everything in between. You can base it on your real-life experiences or it can be pure fiction.

All categories are open except for the following ones: No Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction, Plays, Poetry, and Songs. That means the word count minimum is 1001.

Quick Facts:

The Word count minimum is 1001 and the max is 5000.

You cannot submit already published work.

The story must be stand-alone.

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

The ending date is July 22, 2021 (PDT)

The winners will be announced on August 1, 2021

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:

First: $100 (USD)
Second: $50 (USD
Third: $25 (USD)

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.

If you have any questions regarding this contest or rules, please send us a message at: https://www.storiesspace.com/Stories_Space

Best wishes to everyone taking part. Happy writing!
verbal
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 10:54:40 AM
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I am on this like Godzilla on Tokyo.

Thanks SS!
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:35:36 AM
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I truly appreciate that you have named this contest after me. It does send a chill through me.

drunken

It should be clear that there is not a possibility that I would pass it up.

geek
Ping
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:41:14 AM
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Holy Molly, I almost missed this. This. Is. Awesome. Thank you.

But ya, naming this after the big L might be problematic. Whistle

Thinking cap… activated.

Iconoclastically incorrigible or just a silly dumb ass...
Tams
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:58:26 AM
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This is going to be fun!

Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 1:24:49 PM
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Cool theme. Micro of the Day is over, I think. Got to work on something for this.

One question: My comp win last year is more than six months ago now, so I am safe to enter? Even though the six month rule was kind of moot since there were no comps after Cheers to 10 Years?

My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Molly
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 1:45:38 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Cool theme. Micro of the Day is over, I think. Got to work on something for this.
One question: My comp win last year is more than six months ago now, so I am safe to enter? Even though the six month rule was kind of moot since there were no comps after Cheers to 10 Years?


Don't worry, you're fine to enter.
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 3:49:26 PM
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What a fabulous idea! Great to celebrate the continuation of Stories Space with a comp! Thanks for this, Molly!
elizabethblack
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:18:40 PM
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Oh, this is so great......



Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:42:33 AM
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elizabethblack wrote:
Oh, this is so great......




Everything crossed... for me? Oh, thank you, Lizzie.

hello1
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:49:35 PM
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Great to see a new comp, thank you Molly x

Not sure I’ll have time to enter this one as I’m juggling rather a lot at present. I have, however, plugged the competition on Twitter and Facebook and will continue to do so. Be lovely to reel in some new faces and start building the site up again


"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

Molly
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:47:15 PM
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Great to see a new comp, thank you Molly x

Not sure I’ll have time to enter this one as I’m juggling rather a lot at present. I have, however, plugged the competition on Twitter and Facebook and will continue to do so. Be lovely to reel in some new faces and start building the site up again


Thank you so much for sharing it on those platforms! I would love for this to bring in new faces as well.


Molly
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021 7:33:05 AM
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Mendalla
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021 1:14:16 PM
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hello1 hello1 hello1

Go, Verity!

My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Verity
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021 3:25:11 AM
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Mendalla wrote:
hello1 hello1 hello1

Go, Verity!
Thank you Mendalla, It was a stretch for me. I tried to write it as a man, a man in a war. So far it seems to have been received quite well. I’m yet to find my feet with writing. I’ll keep trying until I find something that works and comes easy. The coffee and buns are on me.

Verity
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:37:49 AM
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Molly wrote:
Let's hope there are many more to come.

WriterGirl
Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2021 4:58:36 PM
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You set the bar high, Verity! Great story! clapping

I can't wait to read the other entries too!
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00:25 PM
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The competition story is finished and I have submitted it for approval. I would expect that might get done this afternoon. Now let's see more folks giving it a try. It is really not hard.

flower
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:10:16 AM
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Eleven, count'em, eleven days left to get your story in. Mine is just about there. Just trying to stick the landing. Who else is going to join our wonderful trio of Verity, Survivor, and AnnaMayZing?

My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

verbal
Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:40:32 AM
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Mendalla wrote:
Eleven, count'em, eleven days left to get your story in. Mine is just about there. Just trying to stick the landing. Who else is going to join our wonderful trio of Verity, Survivor, and AnnaMayZing?


QUIT RUSHING ME! :)

I'll be there.

EDIT: AND...we have an opening sentence!!!
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 2:59:41 PM
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I think that the organisers must be a little disappointed in the current level of interest.

An outsider looking to see whether he/she should join us and enter would probably think, " Why bother?"

There are currently enough to take the prize money but not even enough for seven honourable mentions. dontknow

Also, the new CEO is probably wondering whether he has done the right thing by keeping the site open.

Come on, guys. he has done his bit, shouldn't we now do ours?

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: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:14:08 PM
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AnnaMayZing wrote:
I think that the organisers must be a little disappointed in the current level of interest.

An outsider looking to see whether he/she should join us and enter would probably think, " Why bother?"

There are currently enough to take the prize money but not even enough for seven honourable mentions. dontknow

Also, the new CEO is probably wondering whether he has done the right thing by keeping the site open.

Come on, guys. he has done his bit, shouldn't we now do ours?


Some of us can't just crack off a story in no time. I work fulltime and have household stuff to deal with. Writing is a "when time allows" thing. I have a comp story basically done but the ending isn't working so it will end up being fairly close to the line once I get it sorted. Which is unusual, but not unheard of, for me in comps.

And I have heard buzz about a couple other stories in progress, just not from people who are regularly hanging out here so we have not heard from them. Among those who are regulars, verbal sounds like he is going to be in, just last minute.

So I am expecting that we could see a wave of last minute entries. Since we don't have the "10 votes to make the short list" rule like certain other sites, I don't think people don't feel as under the gun to get their stories in early.

All that said, if that does not happen, then I might agree with you. Last summer's Word Bank comp had 16 entries. Even allowing for the longer lengths in this one (that comp had a 500 word limit, so many of us had our entries done fairly quickly), meaning it will take some of us more time to write our entries, I would disappointed to see less than 10 here.

Might I suggest that cheerleading and promoting the comp, rather than chiding, is probably more likely to get a response. I have started a thread on the sister site and posted about the comp on social media and my own site.


My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

verbal
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:24:51 PM
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Yeah, I'll be there, but it will be last minute, mostly because I want to do a good job, which is in everyone's best interests, right? I'm also happy to learn I don't need 10 votes to qualify. That woulda been tough.

It is what it is. I'd like a ton of entries too, but writing is hard, and writing for a comp puts you under even more scrutiny. I understand if folks are hesitant to enter.

I'm guessing over 10 entries. And one will be mine.


AnnaMayZing
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:09:45 PM
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Ten votes to qualify? I think that under the present circumstances, that would not be a good idea. no

My post was not meant to chide anyone, quite the contrary.

However, it is borne of the fear that if the new CEO thinks that there is little interest in the site from the existing members...

It is possible that this competition, with a good level of prize money, is being used as a gauge to assess the site's future viability.

My entry, like all my work, is posted on twitter, and has drawn a reasonable level of interest.

Bearing in mind that my 'Nurses' saga is drawing thousands of views, just imagine if all those people saw a thriving site as opposed to one that is barely ticking over.

I hope you appreciate what I am trying to say.

Just a thought.

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
etairay
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 5:04:39 PM
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Bring it in 2407_group_hug

Molly
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 5:15:24 PM
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I know we all want the same goal and that is for the site to do well. Sometimes it's about timing and that's okay. I have faith that more will come in before the closing date of July 22 and I look forward to reading them.

Thankfully there is no comment/vote limit here.

As of right now, we have,

Verity: We’ll Be Home By Christmas

Survivor: The Little Survivor

AnnaMayZing: Over The Top

KatarinaTechgoddess: I'm Still alive

Please make sure you read and support your fellow readers/writers.

Thank you all for your continued support of the site!

Ping
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 6:06:37 PM
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Yup. I’m in too. Just been so darn busy. Probably have about two thousand words, but it’s all over the place. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything of length and/or substance, if the latter has ever occurred.

But The Open Championship begins in twelve hours. My second favourite tourney. Plus, I’ve got an endless list of projects. Kids are on summer vacation too. Busy. Busy. Busy.

Iconoclastically incorrigible or just a silly dumb ass...
Ishhhvv
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 8:34:10 PM
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All the best those who participated! Looking foward to read the stories.
Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:50:53 AM
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And the countdown is on ... one more week to go...

My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Tams
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:12:31 PM
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Mine is almost done...and by "almost" I mean I have a plot. Anxious

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