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Microfiction Contest!

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Topic: Microfiction Contest!
Posted By: steph9289
Subject: Microfiction Contest!
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 12:21pm
So it looks like NYCM has created a new contest for Microfiction!!


From the website:
The 250-word Microfiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create very short stories (250 words max.) based on genre, action, and word assignments in 24 hours. In the 1st Round (October 4-5, 2019), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, action, and word assignment.  Writers have 24 hours to craft an original 250-word story (maximum) in their assigned genre, with the assignedaction taking place, and incorporating the assigned word.  The judges choose a top 10 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (November 22-23, 2019) where writers receive new assignments and again have 24 hours to craft original stories.  Judges select the top 5 writers in each heat from the 2nd Round to advance to the Final Round of the competition taking place January 10-11, 2020 where writers will receive their final assignment of the competition.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are  http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/MFC/250/Prizes.htm" rel="nofollow - thousands in cash and prizes  for the winners.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below and get ready for October 4th!



Who's in?! I think I may check it out.


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Flash 2019 CH1 GR3 https://bit.ly/2kEL66R" rel="nofollow - Sew Out of Time (Sci-Fi)
Flash 2019 CH2 GR3 https://bit.ly/2mgTc5Q" rel="nofollow - A Tale of Two Tails (Fantasy)



Replies:
Posted By: mimzee
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 12:29pm
I thought I was done with these contests but hey, 24 hrs, 250 words, i can't resist, I'm in. The best part is that the first 24 hour cycle includes a Fri night when i have to attend a political fundraiser followed by a Saturday afternoon when i am hosting a Swing Left letter writing party from 1-5pm. So basically I will be rushing to try to write in about 6 hours total writing time (more if I stay up all night).


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SSC 2019 R1 SciFi https://tinyurl.com/y7ssv4fg" rel="nofollow - JOYRIDE


Posted By: Autumn
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 12:34pm
Wanted to do the last flash fiction, but timing wouldn't fit with my schedule Giving this micro-fiction one a go!


Posted By: darciekelly
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 12:43pm
Yes! This new challenge is right down my alley!! I've done 1000 word challenges (Flash) and 500 word challenges (Tidbits and Furious) so this 250 word short story challenge feels like an obvious next step! (Though, some day I'll have to finish a full length book ...)

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FF19R1: https://bit.ly/2GfTWj2" rel="nofollow - Diary of a Dead Man: Birth of a Poltergeist
https://bit.ly/2LonRJL" rel="nofollow - Read more of my stories here.


Posted By: EricM
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 12:49pm
I saw this on FB today, and I see the price is cheaper than it is for the Flash Fiction contest, but for me, getting two guaranteed rounds of participation/judging/feedback was the real draw for the FF contest.

$25 to write a 250-word story, with the overwhelming likelihood of it ending there doesn't seem as enticing to me.


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CH1 GP113 The World's Most Dangerous Fly (Comedy)(6 points)
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch-2-group-113-a-scoop-of-reality-drama_topic23286.html" rel="nofollow - CH2 GP113 A Scoop of Reality (Drama)


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 1:07pm
Did I hear a bell ringing?

In.  Of course.


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Posted By: MrLipto
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 1:10pm
Got my email last night from pidgeonholes magazine that I didn't make the longlist.

That hurt. 

So hell yes I signed up today for NYCM Micro Competition. 

Keep stoking the fire, yknow?


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https://tinyurl.com/yxo998ep" rel="nofollow - FFC C1 Pump & Dump (1st Place)
https://tinyurl.com/yykjyj63" rel="nofollow - FFC C2 The Sweet Chambers


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 1:29pm
I’m so down. Last week I got an email forward from a magazine I’d previously published in looking for 350-500 word stories for the next issue and I didn’t have anything near that short to submit. Looking forward to it, and not AT ALL addicted. 😛

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FFC#1 - Green Thumb (8pts)
FFC#2 - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gp42-you-make-your-own-luck-fantasy_topic23191.html" rel="nofollow - You Make Your Own Luck


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 1:50pm
I’m in - couldn’t help myself :-p

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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic22509_post283659.html#283659" rel="nofollow - Broken Wing


Posted By: Jhill
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 2:22pm
In!

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R1 Garalinda-15 pts
R2 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23329_post296035.html#296035" rel="nofollow - The Other Side (Mystery)


Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 3:18pm
Ooo, so tempting! I'll have to check dates since I have some work travel coming up, but if available, I'm in. Microfiction intrigues me, have only tried it once or twice. I think it would be good for writers like me, who like to use twenty words where three or four would do.
Thanks for the heads up, Steph!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gp-105-sales-tip-27_topic23382.html" rel="nofollow - Sales Tip #27: How to Deal with Difficult Customers


Posted By: Zelda
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 4:32pm
Originally posted by EricM EricM wrote:

I saw this on FB today, and I see the price is cheaper than it is for the Flash Fiction contest, but for me, getting two guaranteed rounds of participation/judging/feedback was the real draw for the FF contest.

$25 to write a 250-word story, with the overwhelming likelihood of it ending there doesn't seem as enticing to me.

Yeah, but if you post on FB or Twitter, it's only $20 with the $5-off code!! Smile


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23338_post296109.html#296109 <--- CH2 flash link


Posted By: T.E. Bradford
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 4:55pm
Yep. I'm definitely addicted, and not at all ashamed to say so. LOL
Heck yeah, count me in! :)


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--Tracy
Screenplay
R2 H2 http://bit.ly/2XYVrZG" rel="nofollow - ONYARE
R3 http://bit.ly/2SxXAJQ" rel="nofollow - PARADISE


Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 4:58pm
I'll be at a destination wedding.

So of course I'm in.


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/c2-gr111-suspense-false-hope_topic23206.html" rel="nofollow - Flash Fiction Challenge 2... The Suspense is Killing Me!


Posted By: Ckingteacher
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 8:54pm
I signed up!

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Read my Challenge 1 story titled https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-grp-96-comedy-a-dynamite-party_topic22480.html" rel="nofollow - A Dynamite Party


Posted By: hanalyst
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 10:12pm
Definitely leaning yes!

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FFR1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1g27-fall-of-the-angels-histfic-fire-mosquito_topic22354.html" rel="nofollow - Fall of the Angels (12pt)
FFR2: https://bit.ly/2koz15r" rel="nofollow - House of Small Wonder


Posted By: SheriLS
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 11:21pm
I've signed up!

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/challenge-3-group-15-omelettes-big-break_topic19623.html" rel="nofollow - R3G15 Omelette's Big Break


Posted By: kmw88
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 11:38pm
I'm in! I did the Flash Fiction last year but couldn't this year and was bummed!

I'm looking to try to do some practice genre/action/words - any idea what kinds of "actions" they might provide? Could it be anything? 


Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2019 at 11:49pm
I will be there!



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https://bit.ly/2m1BzH0" rel="nofollow - FFC R2 HAUNTED
https://tiny.cc/0h7m5y" rel="nofollow - Sp R1 Of Flowers, Trees, and Fish


Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 1:38am
I didn't even hesitate, or look at the price or anything, I just signed up this afternoon the moment that I learned this thing existed.
I'm also doing the Short Screenplay for the first time the following week.
This means that I'll be writing for NYCM 3 out of the next 4 weekends.
Well, it keeps me off the streets, anyway.




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FF19 CH1 G6 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-g6-we-dont-have-time_topic21587.html" rel="nofollow - We Don't Have Time
FF19 CH2 G6 The Megamolecular Diamond Destabilizer


Posted By: akmiller76
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 2:16am
Just finished the first draft of my first novel, so I really need a change of pace. Want to see if I can tell a story in .025K instead of 135K. Big smile


Posted By: Amanda71
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 3:34am
I've entered - its going to be tricky! Every single word will be important. And it's a bit cheaper than the other competitions. 


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 11:45am
I am sore from the Screenplay finals and totally unavailable on Oct 5 so of course I’m in!

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FFC Ch2: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23272_post295837.html#295837" rel="nofollow - The Redeemable Species


Posted By: vkmartin
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 2:37pm
I signed up for this and for the next YeahWrite contest yesterday, which means my October is looking very contest heavy, since I'm also doing the Short Screenplay. Good times!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr119-anonymous-thriller_topic22497.html" rel="nofollow - R1 - "Anonymous" (Thriller) (13 points)


Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 3:01pm
It’s interesting to me that the prizes are less for shorter works. Not that any of us do this for the money, but writing something succinct in 250 words is so hard.... especially with THREE given prompts. I probably will join in for the hell of it, but am not sure how I’ll feel about it once prompts drop. 250 words is aoooooo little....but I love NYCM.... and 2 rounds, so hey, why not?

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https://tinyurl.com/y2vqr5ak" rel="nofollow - R1 FF - G26: The Things We Do for Love
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic21286_post277621.html#277621" rel="nofollow - R2 Screenplay - G11: A Dish Served Cold


Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 6:06pm
Noop - I'll be on a plane for the first quarter of the first challenge. I have a hunch I won't alight from an international flight fresh and inspired to write. Hopefully they do this one again - sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck all!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gp-105-sales-tip-27_topic23382.html" rel="nofollow - Sales Tip #27: How to Deal with Difficult Customers


Posted By: ABC
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 6:31pm
I'm in! Guess there won't be time for betas? Either way, should be a fun challenge :-)


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 8:00pm
Nope. Flash is bad enough. 250 barely qualifies as a story. 

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FFC R1 GR40: Iconoclast
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23455_post296776.html#296776" rel="nofollow - FFC R2 G40: Void Deck


Posted By: T.E. Bradford
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 10:18pm
Originally posted by akmiller76 akmiller76 wrote:

Just finished the first draft of my first novel, so I really need a change of pace. Want to see if I can tell a story in .025K instead of 135K. Big smile

Congratulations on finishing your novel!!! :)
It's not easy, getting to those two amazing words -- THE END.
What kind of book is it?

--Tracy


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--Tracy
Screenplay
R2 H2 http://bit.ly/2XYVrZG" rel="nofollow - ONYARE
R3 http://bit.ly/2SxXAJQ" rel="nofollow - PARADISE


Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 2:10am
Originally posted by Charlie72 Charlie72 wrote:

I didn't even hesitate, or look at the price or anything, I just signed up this afternoon the moment that I learned this thing existed.
I'm also doing the Short Screenplay for the first time the following week.
This means that I'll be writing for NYCM 3 out of the next 4 weekends.
Well, it keeps me off the streets, anyway.



SAME!


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FF R2 https://tinyurl.com/y3lnlxej" rel="nofollow - Mike Hawk-Roach vs The Ex-Terminator

FF R1 https://tinyurl.com/yxpvupes" rel="nofollow - Last But Not Leashed


Posted By: haole
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 5:41pm
Let's give it a whirl!


Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 10:47pm
I want to!

calksb


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Ch1 Gr 63 Mystery/a child's bedroom/ a tropical fish
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ffc1-gr-63-joey_topic22848.html


Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 10:49pm
It does. I have written FF much shorter.

calksb

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Ch1 Gr 63 Mystery/a child's bedroom/ a tropical fish
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ffc1-gr-63-joey_topic22848.html


Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 10:55pm
Double-checked my dates - in fact, I *will* be back in town. I'm in!

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gp-105-sales-tip-27_topic23382.html" rel="nofollow - Sales Tip #27: How to Deal with Difficult Customers


Posted By: Mickey T
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 11:41pm
Promised myself I wouldn't write anything else until I finish the first draft of my book.

I'm sure I can spare 250 words. 

Count me in.


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SSC 2018 R3 Finalist: https://bit.ly/2Im2vfa" rel="nofollow - Crawlers


Posted By: CMDotson
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 3:45pm
I’m in! Also I’m completely new here, so bear with me.


Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 4:36pm
Originally posted by Mickey T Mickey T wrote:

Promised myself I wouldn't write anything else until I finish the first draft of my book.

I'm sure I can spare 250 words. 

Count me in.
Yea! I wondered where you've been!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch2-gp-105-sales-tip-27_topic23382.html" rel="nofollow - Sales Tip #27: How to Deal with Difficult Customers


Posted By: Twerteen
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 4:45pm
I'm in! :)


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 5:03pm
It seems fun, so I entered. And since I do everything at the last minute, 250 words seems just about right. 

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FF2019 C1 G124 - https://bit.ly/2LZCiUf" rel="nofollow - United We Stand for the Motorcade
FF2019 C2 G124 - https://tinyurl.com/y3wq8rra" rel="nofollow - Help Happy Mei


Posted By: alpaca_shearer
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 5:40pm
Im actually really excited for this! I think its going to be a lot of fun and I'm really interested to see where my favorite forum posters will take their stories with such a restrictive word limit. Im glad they got rid of a couple of the genres though, as certain genre assignments would be impossible for micro. 

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2019 FF R2:
" rel="nofollow - - "A Memory Carved in Stone"


Posted By: Puckerby
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 5:53pm
I’m really excited for this one! I think it’s gonna be fun. Don’t throw these words back in my face at hour 12.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch1-gr27-mr-franklins-bucket-brigade_topic21562_post284564.html?KW=puckerby#284564" rel="nofollow - CH1 GR27 Mr. Franklin's Bucket Brigade


Posted By: SLK43
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 8:44pm
It's a definite yes from me 

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CH1 GR53 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ch1-gr53-cesas-gift_topic22953.html" rel="nofollow - Cesa's Gift 14 pts
CH2 GR53 - https://bit.ly/2kHgKRf" rel="nofollow - Waiting For Mel


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 8:59pm
That’s two weeks before my wedding. Probably not. But if it’s around next year....

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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: LyndaD
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2019 at 9:09pm
The second round falls on the night of an out-of-town concert we're attending. I don't usually have much luck writing in hotel rooms, so of course I'm signing up.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic22568_post283609.html#283609" rel="nofollow - Sticky Fingers



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