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Topic: Short Story - Who’s in?
Posted By: northernwriter
Subject: Short Story - Who’s in?
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 12:59am
I tried to say no to the NYCM 2020 Short Story competition. I really did. I’m supposed to be working on my novel and a screenplay. But who am I kidding? I would have spent the time on the forums checking out the prompts and wishing I had joined instead of working on my WIP. So I will see you all Friday!

Who else will be here?

-Alex


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 5:05am


I am in!  My 2 hour editing every morning can certainly survive a slow down of a week.


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Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 6:09am
Disappointed to have to miss this one but I'll be back when life (and writing life) is less intense! Have fun one and all! 
TG


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Posted By: Twerteen
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 6:23am
I'm in, though after my round 2 let down in micro, not feeling super motivated, tbh.

I'm just finding myself torn between writing what I want, and then second guessing if what I write is relatable/understandable to the judges here. And should I change how I write? Is my voice not clear enough to bring what I see clearly to the page?

I'm hoping the bigger word count will help me. And I'm REALLY hoping my prompts inspire me to get out of this funk.

So I'll be here, for sure. I just feel a bit like Eeyore without my tail right now. 


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Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 7:36am
I'm in! My first NYC was SSC exactly a year ago and what a transformative year it's been. After micro, 2,500 words will seem like a novel - bring on plot, character development,google research on weird things like chinese burial customs, dates of natural disaters and, my all time favourite, the best poisons. :-D


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 7:43am
Originally posted by Twerteen Twerteen wrote:

I'm just finding myself torn between writing what I want, and then second guessing if what I write is relatable/understandable to the judges here. And should I change how I write? Is my voice not clear enough to bring what I see clearly to the page?


I have always scored better with the judges when I have written what I want instead of what I think they want. Good luck!!

-Alex


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Short Story R1 https://tinyurl.com/s6pjoau" rel="nofollow - The Anti-Wedding Planner


Posted By: angelagilbert
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:32am
I'm in!

Excitement and dread starting to settling in in equal measure, right on schedule!  


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Posted By: jenspenden
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:34am
After a couple of years away from SSC, I decided to hop back in! Hopefully I can shake off the competition cobwebs and remember how to properly write a short story. LOL 


Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:01am
I'm back, too! Looking forward to the challenge!

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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:01am
I'm registered and ready to go! So excited for tomorrow evening to get the assignments :) Good luck to all of you!


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:03am
Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

I'm registered and ready to go! So excited for tomorrow evening to get the assignments :) Good luck to all of you!

I’m pretty sure it’s Friday evening, Jan 17, at 11:59PM Eastern. So 2.5 more days! Good luck!


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Short Story R1 https://tinyurl.com/s6pjoau" rel="nofollow - The Anti-Wedding Planner


Posted By: Puckerby
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:33am
I’m in! So many words! It’s feels like a luxury after micro.

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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 12:22pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I tried to say no to the NYCM 2020 Short Story competition. I really did. I’m supposed to be working on my novel and a screenplay. But who am I kidding? I would have spent the time on the forums checking out the prompts and wishing I had joined instead of working on my WIP. So I will see you all Friday!


You know, I had just naturally assumed you were in! LOL

I'm in, will be fun, though I have commitments requiring travel both weekends and that is not ideal. Will work it out (who needs sleep, anyway)


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 12:25pm
Oh, please, at this point I'm basically in a controlling abusive relationship with NYCM. Maybe if I'm lucky it'll be a prompt that lends itself to writing about game shows or dealing with media. 

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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 1:04pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

Originally posted by taaaylor taaaylor wrote:

I'm registered and ready to go! So excited for tomorrow evening to get the assignments :) Good luck to all of you!

I’m pretty sure it’s Friday evening, Jan 17, at 11:59PM Eastern. So 2.5 more days! Good luck!

You know, I knew it was Friday, but I managed to not know what day TODAY is. Lol thank you for the clarification! :)


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MFC Final: The Roses Smelled of Copper


Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 1:16pm
I'm in! My first NYCM was Short Story 2016. What a wonderful 4 years it has been. <3

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Posted By: Bellacent
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 2:03pm
I’m in. I’m jumping off in the deep end. I haven’t written a short story since college 30+ years ago before children. They are grown and I’m trying to reboot achieving my dreams. This is going to be really hard for me, but an assignment with a deadline is just what I need to help me with a jumpstart. 


Posted By: Rae Chell
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 2:17pm
I am so in! I can't wait. Chomping at the bit. One year ago, I started my writing journey (in seriousness) with this very competition. And it's been an amazing. Year of writing. So, I had to give it another go, since I've come full circle. I'm hoping to make it past first round if the fates smile down on me. I would consider that a win. Lol

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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 3:20pm
lol, I didn't think I was going to, but here I am, registering the day before the deadline. haha

It's my first SSC, I'm pumped!  8 days feels like such a long time to write compared to the 48 hrs for flash!



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Posted By: ophelialit74
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 4:11pm
I'm in! Hoping to figure out how to harness the mojo that got me 1st place in the first round of micro and ditch the bad juju that got me eliminated in the second. Sounds like I need some good writing spells! :-)  


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 4:14pm
Originally posted by Rae Chell Rae Chell wrote:

I am so in! I can't wait. Chomping at the bit. One year ago, I started my writing journey (in seriousness) with this very competition. And it's been an amazing. Year of writing. So, I had to give it another go, since I've come full circle. I'm hoping to make it past first round if the fates smile down on me. I would consider that a win. Lol


Me too! We've got this :-)


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SSC R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic31820_post329726.html#329726" rel="nofollow - Checkmate!


Posted By: KLNorman
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 6:26pm
I’m in! I had in my mind that it was the first Friday in January so it’s been a long gray two weeks of waiting. Can’t wait!

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Posted By: bookmama
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 6:44pm
Hello everyone. I'm joining. I did it last year for the first time and got through to the second round but didn't have the courage to post anything on here. I might be braver this time (unless I get horror or romance in which case I might just run for the hills).


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 7:26pm
Of course I'm in!!

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Posted By: Phobos
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 8:27pm
I'm in ... I'm still a novice in creative writing and need the practice as I gear up for writing things "for real".

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Posted By: dashesndots2
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:03pm
In for the 4th time, along with my buddy who I signed up alongside initially.  :)  Couldn't convince the other two we roped in to come back, sadly.  But I'm looking forward to it.

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Posted By: crumhorn
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:11pm
I'm in! This will be my second year, and I loved doing the short story & flash contests in 2019. I think I wrote 5 stories lasr year because of these contests, which was 5 more than in 2018. 🙂

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Posted By: lmcollins
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:17pm
This is my first time entering a writing competition! I am excited and very nervous!!! I am worried I won't be able to pull it together in a week!!!!! Any tips welcome :)


Posted By: lmcollins
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:26pm
Exactly! I figure even if I only write one story to completion it will be more than I would have written next week!!!! Good luck!


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 9:30pm
Originally posted by lmcollins lmcollins wrote:

Exactly! I figure even if I only write one story to completion it will be more than I would have written next week!!!! Good luck!

If you want to quote someone so they know to whom you're speaking, click on "quote" instead of "reply" like I did here. It'll make commenting easier!

ETA: Also where in Newfoundland? I was just in Corner Brook in September.


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Posted By: JanetM
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:06pm
I wish I knew how to quit you, NYCMidnight. I'm in again! 

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Posted By: Zelda
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:57pm
I'm in! I'm so totally pumped! I'm not sure how many years I've done it. Two or three? Anyway, woo hoo!! Beer

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Posted By: A.J. Gemick
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 12:33am
I'm in!  Very 1st time too (both for NYC and for writing competitions in general).  I haven't written any short stories in eons however (like since high school... so the mid-90s. eek).  I've been writing (or attempting to write more accurately) novels sporadically over the years, but only recently I've been trying to get more serious about it. And stumbled across NYC and thought, what the hell?  Maybe could be a good exercise/kick in the pants to get me more back into the mindset of seriously taking the time to write and create.  

Certainly could be fun to be forced to think outside the box by getting a genre I don't normally write in (mainly fantasy/sci-fi). 

Anyway, that's me.  Total newbie here.  Be kind. ;-) 


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 6:47am
Originally posted by A.J. Gemick A.J. Gemick wrote:

I'm in!  Very 1st time too (both for NYC and for writing competitions in general).  I haven't written any short stories in eons however (like since high school... so the mid-90s. eek).  I've been writing (or attempting to write more accurately) novels sporadically over the years, but only recently I've been trying to get more serious about it. And stumbled across NYC and thought, what the hell?  Maybe could be a good exercise/kick in the pants to get me more back into the mindset of seriously taking the time to write and create.  

This is exactly why I joined up two years ago, and it WORKED. Good luck to you!!


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Posted By: lmcollins
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 8:06am
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

[QUOTE=lmcollins]Exactly! I figure even if I only write one story to completion it will be more than I would have written next week!!!! Good luck!

If you want to quote someone so they know to whom you're speaking, click on "quote" instead of "reply" like I did here. It'll make commenting easier!

ETA: Also where in Newfoundland? I was just in Corner Brook in September.
[/QUOT

Other coast!!!! Just outside St. John's. I wish we were starting tonight because we are getting a mega storm that will go into Saturday! And when Newfoundlanders say things like weather bomb and snowmagetton it is going to be bad. They are predicting power outages so I just hop it won't delay me getting the prompts!!!!! 


Posted By: A.J. Gemick
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 9:53am
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

 
This is exactly why I joined up two years ago, and it WORKED. Good luck to you!!


Thank you!!  That's very reassuring to hear!  Thumbs Up


Posted By: Lucie-Bee
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 10:00am
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I tried to say no to the NYCM 2020 Short Story competition. I really did. I’m supposed to be working on my novel and a screenplay. But who am I kidding? I would have spent the time on the forums checking out the prompts and wishing I had joined instead of working on my WIP. So I will see you all Friday!

Who else will be here?

-Alex


Likewise, Alex... but the NYC "last day to register" email got me! Life has been hectic, so I'm actually looking forward to losing myself in 2500 words or less.

Great to see so many familiar folks here! Wishing everyone the best of luck.


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SS2019 R1 (HM)
SS2018 R1 (HM)


Posted By: mudarcie1
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 10:37am
I'm in, and I'm excited! Thus far I have only done flash so this one will be different!

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Posted By: dsanders
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 10:40am
I am in. Looking forward to this weekend. Good luck everyone


Posted By: Joh
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 1:20pm
I'm in.  First timer here.  Scared and excited...and ready to write!


Posted By: DeLynn
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 1:29pm
I'm in! Already being eaten alive by equal parts dread and exhilaration!

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Posted By: Cosima
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 5:21pm
I'm in! Looking forward to it!

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Posted By: GiantPotato
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 5:23pm
Joining in for the first time. I haven't written a short story in years so this should be interesting (in the good way, hopefully!) Happy writing, everyone. Smile


Posted By: NilesPerry
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 6:49pm
I'm giving it a go, too. I did this challenge once before and was overwhelmed with intimidation, as narrative prose is not my comfort zone. I guess I won't grow and learn unless I jump in head first and try.

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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

I'm giving it a go, too. I did this challenge once before and was overwhelmed with intimidation, as narrative prose is not my comfort zone. I guess I won't grow and learn unless I jump in head first and try.

AWESOME!! Big smileWinkTongue I can’t wait!!


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Short Screenplay R1 https://tinyurl.com/y5erb3k5" rel="nofollow - Little Miss 4th of July
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Posted By: NilesPerry
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 7:13pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

I'm giving it a go, too. I did this challenge once before and was overwhelmed with intimidation, as narrative prose is not my comfort zone. I guess I won't grow and learn unless I jump in head first and try.
AWESOME!! Big smileWinkTongue I can’t wait!!
Are there beta readers in the short story challenges? I'll probably need one... but I'm certainly not going to volunteer to be one.


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Posted By: LyndaD
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 8:59pm
I waited until today to register because I wasn't sure how wonky my vision would be after cataract surgery. Vision is improved already, so I'm good to go!Tongue

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 9:30pm
nod is back in the house. Bring on the ghost stories...
Ummmm, reeeeeeverse...strike that. <sigh>




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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 9:31pm
Originally posted by jenspenden jenspenden wrote:

After a couple of years away from SSC, I decided to hop back in! Hopefully I can shake off the competition cobwebs and remember how to properly write a short story. LOL 


YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!

(Now get out of my heat)


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 12:46am
Originally posted by GiantPotato GiantPotato wrote:

Joining in for the first time. I haven't written a short story in years so this should be interesting (in the good way, hopefully!) Happy writing, everyone. Smile 

Welcome to everyone who is new! In 2018 I joined the NYCM Flash Fiction contest and wrote the first short story I have EVER written that wasn't a school assignment. It was scary but the judges gave both positive comments and critiques that were really helpful. I've learned so much from this experience and hope you have a great time! It's great that many of you new writers are already here on the forum. After I entered, it took me many months to work up the courage to post my work here. And when I did, I found the community to be incredibly welcoming and supportive. There are always a few people with strong opinions, but it is a generally wonderful place. There will be a beta swap list for people who are seeking feedback before submitting their entries, so think about participating to get a fresh set of eyes on your work. Jump in, have fun, ask questions, and be willing to learn and grow. Welcome! 

-Alex


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Short Screenplay R1 https://tinyurl.com/y5erb3k5" rel="nofollow - Little Miss 4th of July
Short Story R1 https://tinyurl.com/s6pjoau" rel="nofollow - The Anti-Wedding Planner


Posted By: ttlbrake
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 7:28am
I did the Short Story Challenge last year and really enjoyed it, so I'm back again. I only write occasionally and just for fun, but it's so great to get feedback from people who know what they're talking about. :-)

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Posted By: Liadan
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 7:47am
This is my first year trying this.  I'm really hoping it can lift me out of this writing drought. 


Posted By: MrLipto
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:10am
I cannot imagine a future in which I don't participate in a NYCM fiction competition.

In three years, I've been undeterred by travel, weddings, deaths, and births. 

The stories get written one way or another.


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Posted By: Bowbina76
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 9:19am
I'm in!  Can't wait to see what I get and what everyone comes up with.  This is my third year.


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Posted By: kearanne
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:07am
I'm in! First-timer to challenges here, and first time writing short stories since my college creative writing classes - about 9 years ago? This should be fun!

Going in with zero expectations and a whole lot of excitement... I'm working on my first novel after years of letting imposter syndrome keep me in my own head, and I joined this contest to keep my creative juices zipping around. 


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Posted By: McAllister
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:36am
I participated in flash and microfiction so the thought of a week and 2500 words seems absolutely indulgent! Really looking forward to the challenge and getting to read other work posted in the forums. Good luck to us all!


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:39am
Originally posted by McAllister McAllister wrote:

I participated in flash and microfiction so the thought of a week and 2500 words seems absolutely indulgent!

Well, if you are anything like me you will gleefully procrastinate all week and then frantically write something in the last day or so. It's a process.


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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 12:10pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by McAllister McAllister wrote:

I participated in flash and microfiction so the thought of a week and 2500 words seems absolutely indulgent!

Well, if you are anything like me you will gleefully procrastinate all week and then frantically write something in the last day or so. It's a process.




 Hear, hear.


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Posted By: The Red Lion
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 12:57pm
I’ll be back this year after a fairly significant hiatus. Unfortunately (or fortunately maybe), I’m also on fire in the middle of the first draft of a novel, so we’ll see how that goes.

Good luck all!


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Posted By: Meggles
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 1:24pm
I was not going to do it this year because I have a lot of other things going on, but when it came down to it, I couldn’t pass it up!

Happy to see a few familiar “faces,” and looking forward to reading everyone’s work! Good luck!


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Posted By: Mattmyth
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 1:56pm
I signed up, paid my money, what happens now?  I haven’t received a confirmation email or any instructions.  How does it work?  Will they just email assignments through?


Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 2:01pm
I’m in too! First Short Story Challenge for me after Micro and Short Screenplay last Fall. I’m really looking forward to the word count, I found Micro to be a bit gimmicky.

As someone else said, life is busy and I should work on my main projects (my Nanowrimo draft is still sitting there unedited, sigh...), but these competitions are just too much fun to miss.

Good luck everyone!


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 2:04pm
Originally posted by Mattmyth Mattmyth wrote:

I signed up, paid my money, what happens now?  I haven’t received a confirmation email or any instructions.  How does it work?  Will they just email assignments through?


Check your spam folder. You should have gotten a confirmation that you are registered. They do email assignments, and they also link to the list from http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SSC/Challenge.htm" rel="nofollow - the main challenge page . :) Good luck, and looking forward to seeing what you come up with in a couple of weeks!


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Posted By: AdriG
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 2:14pm
I'm in!

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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 2:33pm
I am giving this another try. I am happy to see some familiar screen names joining in, too. I think I am going to keep trying until I get Political Satire.

Last year in SSC and FFC, I've had:
Action Adventure, advanced to second round in SSC
Fantasy, didn't advance to third round in SSC
Science Fiction, one point in FFC, part one
Suspense, 12 points in FFC, part two

What genres are you looking forward to? 


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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 2:56pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

I am giving this another try. I am happy to see some familiar screen names joining in, too. I think I am going to keep trying until I get Political Satire.

Last year in SSC and FFC, I've had:
Action Adventure, advanced to second round in SSC
Fantasy, didn't advance to third round in SSC
Science Fiction, one point in FFC, part one
Suspense, 12 points in FFC, part two

What genres are you looking forward to? 

In this past FFC, I got drama, political satire, and crime caper--three genres I absolutely did not want. But, then again, none were as bad as I thought; and Poli sat was what I dreaded most, and it ended up being my most well-received piece (from my perspective).  

For SSC, I really want a ghost story or a fairy tale, which means I'll probably end up with romance or something.  


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:03pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

What genres are you looking forward to? 

According to my spreadsheet, I've gotten:
A/A, Drama, Fairy Tale, HistFic, Horror, PolSat, Suspense x1 each
Fantasy, SciFi, Thriller x2 each
Ghost x8

Horror, Fantasy, SciFi will always make me happy.

When in doubt MASHUPS! LOL



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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:08pm
Originally posted by amlewi08 amlewi08 wrote:

For SSC, I really want a ghost story or a fairy tale, which means I'll probably end up with romance or something.  

Interesting choices. Are you a genre purist or would you blend comedy with your fairy tale to create a fractured fairytale or romance with your ghost story, for instance?

I once entered a writing contest for mustard company celebrating a big anniversary and had to write a mustard-laden mystery. It became very silly, of course. But, boy was it fun. I remember one of the competing crime factions chasing the mustard crime solvers was the Wasabi Lobby.


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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:10pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


Ghost x8

Horror, Fantasy, SciFi will always make me happy.

When in doubt MASHUPS! LOL


Eight ghost stories? You poor thing. And what kind of fantasy do you write? Is the high fantasy with all the weird names that give me a brain freeze?


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:14pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by McAllister McAllister wrote:

I participated in flash and microfiction so the thought of a week and 2500 words seems absolutely indulgent!

Well, if you are anything like me you will gleefully procrastinate all week and then frantically write something in the last day or so. It's a process.

I'm not saying this is how I work, but...


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:14pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Ghost x8

Eight ghost stories? You poor thing. And what kind of fantasy do you write? Is the high fantasy with all the weird names that give me a brain freeze?

No, never high fantasy. One was modern mixed with Celtic mythology and the other was also modern, mixed with a fantasy creature. 


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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:18pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Well, if you are anything like me you will gleefully procrastinate all week and then frantically write something in the last day or so. It's a process.

I'm not saying this is how I work, but...
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But I'll bet your brain was already at work on the plot and other elements of your story. I thought about the story for at least a day or two before I began writing. I love that this round affords us the time to do that. It made for a stronger story last time (placed third in my heat),


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Novelista, Chickenista, Operanista


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:23pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Well, if you are anything like me you will gleefully procrastinate all week and then frantically write something in the last day or so. It's a process.

I'm not saying this is how I work, but...

But I'll bet your brain was already at work on the plot and other elements of your story. I thought about the story for at least a day or two before I began writing. I love that this round affords us the time to do that. It made for a stronger story last time (placed third in my heat),
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Sure, just not necessarily the story I ended up writing...


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Posted By: sarechafin
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:32pm
I’m in. This is my first time entering anything like this. 


Posted By: agalvez
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:41pm
I’m in :D

Sorry if it was already mentioned — but is there a beta reader sign up maybe kinda sorta? Nervous as this is my second competition but i went further than i thought i would in the flash fiction one .. so I’m excited :D


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:46pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:


What genres are you looking forward to?


Over the past two years and five comps, I've had Fairy Tale, Spy, Comedy, Ghost Story, Fantasy (x2), Crime Caper, Drama, Mystery, Romance, and Sci-fi.

I feel like I'm starting to hit a groove as a spec fic writer, and would love to see Fantasy, Horror, or Sci-fi.

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Posted By: MoMorin
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 3:51pm
Hi, this is my first time and I'm a little terrified, but excited at the same time. Happy to be here!

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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 4:12pm
I'm in.


Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

I once entered a writing contest for mustard company celebrating a big anniversary and had to write a mustard-laden mystery. It became very silly, of course. But, boy was it fun. I remember one of the competing crime factions chasing the mustard crime solvers was the Wasabi Lobby.


That is an INSPIRED pun Clap Brilliant hahaha


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Posted By: TessaBlueJ
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 4:23pm
I'm in! First time NYC Midnight Madness Short Story Challenge entrant. Wish me luck...Cry


Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 4:52pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

Originally posted by amlewi08 amlewi08 wrote:

For SSC, I really want a ghost story or a fairy tale, which means I'll probably end up with romance or something.  

Interesting choices. Are you a genre purist or would you blend comedy with your fairy tale to create a fractured fairytale or romance with your ghost story, for instance?

I once entered a writing contest for mustard company celebrating a big anniversary and had to write a mustard-laden mystery. It became very silly, of course. But, boy was it fun. I remember one of the competing crime factions chasing the mustard crime solvers was the Wasabi Lobby.

In fiction, I've found that I'm very much a comedy writer, so if it's appropriate I usually add a comedic flair.  I think being a 'genre purist' is pretty much impossible.  Good writing has elements of multiple genres and styles, ya know?



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Posted By: Cat Logan
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 6:07pm
I'm in, but nervous to think of writing a short story though. It's a new parameter for me. I've written very short shorts and also a 400pg novel, but the in-between length seems trickier!Eeep!Embarrassed

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Posted By: Byrd
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 6:11pm
I’m in and new to NYCM. 
Wishing everyone luck...and a little Horror.💀 


Posted By: ophelialit74
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 7:31pm
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm almost hoping for Historical Fiction! I got it in my last Micro round and super enjoyed it even though I was initially terrified...usually, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Horror/Ghost Story. Repelled by the thought of Political Satire. :-D 


Posted By: SandyVF
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:15pm
Im in and very excited! I mistakenly entered the screenwriting contest last time, and was wholely ill-prepared. The short story contest is much more suitable..well I guess we'll see!!

Good luck everyone - excited to see all that wonderful talent out there!!!!


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:22pm
Originally posted by ophelialit74 ophelialit74 wrote:

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm almost hoping for Historical Fiction! I got it in my last Micro round and super enjoyed it even though I was initially terrified...usually, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Horror/Ghost Story. Repelled by the thought of Political Satire. :-D 

I've given up hoping for Historical. I'll either finally lose the poli-sat lottery or I'll get horror again. 


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:24pm
Originally posted by ophelialit74 ophelialit74 wrote:

. Repelled by the thought of Political Satire. :-D 

I feared the dreaded PolSat until I drew it and realize that I could just write snarky SciFi. 

You can slay that beast.


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Posted By: PNWriter
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:38pm
I’m in! Stoked for prompts tonight. I’m currently working on a longer work...and I just. Need. To. Finish. Something. NYC is always good for that!

@ophelialit74 - I feel you on that - Pol Sat is not the prompt I’m looking for. I’m sure it’s bound to happen at some point, but, no thanks!


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Posted By: CoffeeForMarcel
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 8:46pm
I'm in! A little nervous though; it's been a while since I've written. Wish me luck!


Posted By: Cat Logan
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 9:42pm
Good luck, CoffeeForMarcel!!
I'm in the nervous boat with you...lol...


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Posted By: Krystyne
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 9:44pm
Brand new to this this year :)
Good luck everyone!


Posted By: Reez
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 9:53pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Originally posted by ophelialit74 ophelialit74 wrote:

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm almost hoping for Historical Fiction! I got it in my last Micro round and super enjoyed it even though I was initially terrified...usually, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Horror/Ghost Story. Repelled by the thought of Political Satire. :-D 

I've given up hoping for Historical. I'll either finally lose the poli-sat lottery or I'll get horror again. 

I hear you! I would love to get historical fiction - great genre to get your teeth into. 


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Posted By: SLG9999
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 10:06pm
Me... Staying up til midnight to read my prompts, then hopefully dream up a story!


Posted By: walkietalkiegg
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 10:40pm
Me! Someone said excitement and dread? Yes to both! I have much to learn in the realm of fictional writing and love the feedback from this group. Excited to see what I get and to read some amazing stories!


Posted By: AlexSammich
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 10:55pm
I was going to log in here a few days ago, but life got a lot busier!

I, too, am working on a novel, and I have three part-time jobs that are giving me more responsibility (with more pay!), but I signed up for this challenge before I even had two of those jobs!

So, yep, I will be here! (Just about an hour to go!)


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Posted By: Keeks
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:36pm
So ready! Also ready to finally get into the forum. Neglected to with both flash and micro last year and definitely regretted it.


Posted By: Cat Logan
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:42pm
17 minutes!!!!!!!!! Eeee!!Tongue

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Posted By: thaliahalloran
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:46pm
So excited for my second year of the SSC! Fingers crossed for excellent prompts for all of you :)

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Posted By: A.J. Gemick
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2020 at 11:55pm
Originally posted by GaleGirl GaleGirl wrote:

I am giving this another try. I am happy to see some familiar screen names joining in, too. I think I am going to keep trying until I get Political Satire.

Last year in SSC and FFC, I've had:
Action Adventure, advanced to second round in SSC
Fantasy, didn't advance to third round in SSC
Science Fiction, one point in FFC, part one
Suspense, 12 points in FFC, part two

What genres are you looking forward to? 


I think for me- it's less about what genre(s)-I'm looking forward to the most, but which one I dread the most! I'd take any one really, except for.... romance!  Such a hard nope for me- just something I've never been able to write well...  which of course that means I'll get assigned to the romance group in R1!  LOL

Not too much longer a wait now...  good luck to everyone to get genres you're excited about!


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2020 at 12:06am
Oh, ffs, horror AGAIN? Their randomizer isn't random.

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