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    Posted: 09 Aug 2022 at 2:05pm
NYCM has unleashed the newest challenge:

Rhyming Story Challenge

Eight days to write an original 600-word story that rhymes.

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I'm not sure about this one, but I'll probably I'll give it a go.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote just_a_pause Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2022 at 2:09pm
Yeah very unsure about this. I'm not really sure they've differentiated between a rhyming story and an epic poem. Like Beowulf is definitely a poem but it clearly has a plot too... 
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I'm psyched. This sounds absolutely absurd. Also, the temptation to compete in an inaugural challenge is hard to resist LOL The only thing is that 600 words seems LONG to maintain a rhyming scheme. I'm excited to see where it forces my brain to wander, though!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote taaaylor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2022 at 2:22pm
Originally posted by just_a_pause just_a_pause wrote:

Yeah very unsure about this. I'm not really sure they've differentiated between a rhyming story and an epic poem. Like Beowulf is definitely a poem but it clearly has a plot too... 

Epic poetry traditionally doesn't have to rhyme :) In fact, the earliest epic poems, including Beowulf, didn't.

I imagine they essentially mean a ballad (think "The Cremation of Sam McGee"), but they don't want to limit the rhyme scheme and meter to a standard ballad.

Personally I'm undecided, but I love poetry and I'm pretty drawn to the idea
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Originally posted by CamsynClair CamsynClair wrote:

... This sounds absolutely absurd. ...

Which is probably why I'll end up registering, even though I'm on vacation the first week. LOL
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This seems right up some of your guy’s alley…who wrote the 2nd place flash as a poem?

The FAQ mention Edgar Allen Poe and I did think of The Raven.

Definitely giving this a go!
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Originally posted by Dark&StormyNight Dark&StormyNight wrote:

This seems right up some of your guy’s alley…who wrote the 2nd place flash as a poem?

The FAQ mention Edgar Allen Poe and I did think of The Raven.

Definitely giving this a go!

I wrote my 2nd place R2 Micro as a poem, though it didn't rhyme--I know someone who wrote their entire 1,000-word Flash piece as a poem, too (also free-verse), so I'm stoked to see how that one places this week. It's an incredible story.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (14) Thanks(14)   Quote oaklandjohn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2022 at 2:44pm
600 words is a lot
certainly enough for a plot
making it rhyme
will take me more time
but I think I will give it a shot

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Signed up! I've never smashed the registration button so fast for an NYCM contest before; I'm normally in the habit of waiting until the very last minute LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote EricM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2022 at 3:10pm
Maybe it's just me but geez this seems like it would require a ton of mental energy. 

I love the contests where I can crank out the story in 48 hours because it can't bleed over into my work week, but this one seems like a ton of work.
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