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Originally posted by A.J. Gemick A.J. Gemick wrote:

So I'm totally confused - when I saw the results were out & my 100 micro fic didn't move on, I was a bit bummer but hey- I've never done microfiction before, it's way out of my comfort zone, so also wasn't too surprised by it. 

But now I've just gotten my feedback- and I got really good positive feedback (& of course the not so helpful constructive feedback of wanting more backstory for the characters.. umm...where dudes?? It's only 100 words.. anyway)- and then I see at the end this comment "ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM NYC MIDNIGHT - This story was disqualified for not including the assigned word (surprise) exactly it is spelled."

 WHaaaaaaa??????  Hold on, back the turnip cart up... where did I miss in the rules where says you must use your word prompts exactly word-for-word??  My main character got a huge surprise in the end when he gets
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stabbed in the back, literally!!
  instead of being paid for his services.. I mean.. what the heck???   My 1st round of the shorty story comp, one of my prompts was fight or flight- and I didn't use those words, I only implied it from the action in the story- and it wasn't DC'd.

annnnd, I'm looking now closely at the FAQ.. yep, it's in there. Well @$%#^#&!!@@   I'm so mad at myself for not seeing that.  Censored   Cry

Uuuuuugh that sucks so much!!

I feel like some of the rules were enforced differently; it also says the action has to be literal, not metaphorical, and a few stories in my heat used the action metaphorically and still advanced. 

I'm sorry! Your story was still good, though!
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I thought the rule was you HAD to use the word, BUT it could be part of another word, a different tense, etc. So if you didn't use the word 'surprise' in any way, shape, or form ("he was surprised," "What a surprise", they were listening to the Surprise Symphony, it was unsurprising, etc) I think it doesn't meet the rule. 
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Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

Uuuuuugh that sucks so much!!

I feel like some of the rules were enforced differently; it also says the action has to be literal, not metaphorical, and a few stories in my heat used the action metaphorically and still advanced. 

I'm sorry! Your story was still good, though!

I know I'm kicking myself so hard right now!   aaarrrggghhhh!!!  (granted, even if I would have caught it & shoehorned the word in there, there's no guarantee I would have moved on anyway.. so gotta just console myself w/ that thought..)

Thanks for the read!  I actually meant to leave your feedback on your daughters of the witch queen story too btw!  I really enjoyed it- was very clever...  (the past month has been so crazy at work, I've not been able to log in and read anything at NYC since like may :(  )
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Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

I thought the rule was you HAD to use the word, BUT it could be part of another word, a different tense, etc. So if you didn't use the word 'surprise' in any way, shape, or form ("he was surprised," "What a surprise", they were listening to the Surprise Symphony, it was unsurprising, etc) I think it doesn't meet the rule. 

Yeah, I completely missed that... *kicks self* for not looking super close at the faq and instead just going off of what I had done in previous NYC comps...  :head desk head desk head desk:
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Even though I was liked my own writing, none of the feedback surprised me. I could tell one judge really didn't like it because he had little to say on what he liked and much to say on what he didn't. If I want you guys to read it, should I just go back and post with the others in my assigned group?
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I got good feedback and was told exactly why I didn't advance.  Two of my judges didn't like that the conflict between the characters didn't happen in the story itself.  Obviously, I had it happen "off-screen" as a stylistic choice, but the judges didn't like that.

Interestingly, in a previous contest I had a scene take place similarly off-screen as I followed a different character.  One judge didn't like that.  I didn't advance.

So the lesson I've learned is this:  NEVER have action take place off-screen.  Every single thing that happens better happen in full view.

So I'll be changing my writing style a bit for the next contest.  I know my audience now, I guess.

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I think it has to be spelled as-is, and any add-on letters have to keep the original spelling intact. 

Yes: surprise, surprised, surprises, unsurprised
No: surprising (because the 'e' gets cut off) 

That bites, and I feel your pain!! Cry
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Originally posted by craigs craigs wrote:


So the lesson I've learned is this:  NEVER have action take place off-screen.  Every single thing that happens better happen in full view.

So I'll be changing my writing style a bit for the next contest.  I know my audience now, I guess.


My impression from reading a lot of the feedback is (besides the judges not seeming to grasp the word count is a hard limit, not just a nice suggestion) is if you've got a choice between spelling out the plot slowly and clearly using relatively small words and being subtle, don't be subtle. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dkallas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jun 2020 at 8:33pm
Oh!! That's exactly my impression! I've always done much better with entries that I wasn't thrilled with. Took me years to figure out that subtly was lost on two-thirds of the judges. They don't want to have to engage or think at all. And if they don't know a word, they don't look it up.

I could go on.
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