ken barber Posted August 13, 2019 Report Share Posted August 13, 2019 The Castle’s 6th Annual Halloween Short Story Contest. Just over 50 years ago, a movie was released that changed the world of horror. It swept away the dusty cobwebs of the horror genre and pulled it out of the dark corners of the castles it resided in and made it modern. Unleashing a horde of flesh eating zombies on rural pennsylvania “Night of the Living Dead” would change the way we view the horror genre forever. Can you live up to the expectations of the zombie loving fans or will your brains be eaten by the very creatures you try to bring to life or death in your story? This year’s contest theme should be your take on the classic “Night of the Living Dead” Zombie Genre. Challenge yourself and tell us the story from a different perspective. Can romance blossom or can love endure during a zombie invasion. Set your story in any time period post 1950 and include at least two characters that develop or maintain an LGBT affair, romance or relationship in the story. Who will survive this contest and who will be eaten alive? The Rules Castle Roland's 6nd Annual Halloween Short Story Contest timelineSubmissions Open Date: September 1, 2019 Midnight Eastern Standard TimeSubmission Deadline: October 3th, 2019 Midnight Eastern Standard TimeForum Member Voting start: October 7 th, 2019 Forum member Voting conclusion: October 25th, 2019 Midnight Eastern Standard Time Winners Announced in Special Halloween Edition of The Castle Herald and a Special Halloween Update: October 31, 2019 Story Guidelines: Stories should be edited and polished. They will be posted exactly as you send them. We will not edit for you once you submit it however it is acceptable to get help with editing Stories should contain a Halloween theme with zombies and Embrace it and have a blast with it Challenge yourself to create a short story with the classic theme but with your twist. Stories should be more than 7,500 words and less than 25,000 words Castle Roland short story contests are designed to challenge. For those that typically write less than the minimum challenge yourself to stretch to the minimum For those that typically write more than than the maximum challenge yourself to stay under the maximum and still get your story told Submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions sent to any other email address with be returned as disqualified. This is to maintain the anonymity of the stories so it's a true blind vote. Submission will be posted to a special members only forum on the Castle Roland Community Forum Site and will be posted without author name and title. They will be listed as a numbered submission for example Halloween Story #1 Halloween Story #2Judging: The Forum members will be asked to Judge the stories based on the following Criteria.Theme: Does the Story fit the Zombie theme The Theme was the primary focus point of the story 10 points The story used and followed the theme but it wasn’t the primary focus 5 points The story was set using the theme but the theme did not affect the characters 2 points The story did not use the theme at all 0 points Romance in the zombie apocalypse The realtionship between the queer characters was so believable I wanted to hug them both 10 points The realtionship between the queer characters was pretty realistic 5 points The relationship felt forced but was there 2 points The author did not include a relationship between queer characters 0 points Content. Did the story engage you all the way to the end I couldn’t stop reading it 10 points It was great but there were a couple dull spots 5 points It was enjoyable but not gripping 2 points I had to force myself to finish it 0 points Character Development: Where the characters believable The Characters reactions to theme and each other was very realistic 10 points The characters reactions to the theme or each other was very realistic 5 points The characters reactions were a bit of a stretch in some places 2 points The characters reactions where not believable at all 0 points Technical: did the authors follow the rules and tell a good story The author told a great story and kept within the word count challenge 10 points The author stretch the story will fluff to make the minimum word count 5 points The author cut important details to get under the word count maximum 5 points The author was under the minimum or over the maximum 0 points Overall satisfaction with the story I am thrilled with this story 10 points I am happy with this story 5 points It's an ok story 2 points I am unhappy with this story 0 points The points will be tallied as a grand total and a winner declared In the event of a tie the story with the highest points in the theme category will be declared a winner. If this does not resolve the tie then two 1st place winners will be declared. Administration of the contest The Contest will be administered by Ken Barber and Al Norris All questions should be submitted to email@example.com. Publicity and copyrights Authors retain all rights to submitted works with the following exceptions Castleroland.net reserves the right to post, promote and present all submitted stories through its website and forums. Castleroland.net and its officers may decide to remove any submission from its website and forums at any time without notice Castleroland reserves the right to use any submissions in promotions and specials in the future without advanced notice. Authors agree to not publish or post their Halloween Contest Submission on any site or media other than Castle Roland for a minimum of 6 months after the contest ends. Contest official end date: November 1, 2019 Stories are no longer held as exclusive to Castle Roland on May 1, 2020 Castle Roland does not have the right to release submissions to other online hosting services or publishers without express written permission from the author. Authors must be recognized as the original creator in any future promotions and/or specials. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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