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    Posted: 12 Sep 2021 at 4:43am
I submitted early. But I am concerned about the following for Flash Fiction.

Is it okay to italicize the name of a famous movie? Is it okay to put a word in all caps that you really want the judges to shout in their head as they read. I just did it with one word…. a name.

Are these things okay?

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I think both those things are fine.
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What is the protocol around using swear words and sex scenes (non explicit, just saying someone is having sex.

Thanks in advance.Smile

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Originally posted by Penny Pitstop Penny Pitstop wrote:

What is the protocol around using swear words and sex scenes (non explicit, just saying someone is having sex.

Thanks in advance.Smile


Profanity is explicitly addressed in the FAQ for the contest:

Quote Can we use profanity in our stories?
Yes, you can swear and include profanity in your stories.  The judges are all adults and there are no rules against using profanity.

I thought I saw something regarding sex at some point in time. My understanding is that stories can contain sexual content if needed provided it's not just gratuitously pornographic, but I could be wrong on that. I don't see any reason why saying someone is having sex would be an issue.
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Originally posted by Penny Pitstop Penny Pitstop wrote:

What is the protocol around using swear words and sex scenes (non explicit, just saying someone is having sex.

Thanks in advance.Smile


Don't know the exact protocol but in terms of sex, I think you're fine. I've seen people get through with non-explicit scenes and some slightly explicit references. My R1 story is literally about a couple discussing problems in their sex life, including a non-explicit joke about masturbation and I didn't get Dq'ed so this sounds well within fine territory
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Thank you for your reply. That helps!!
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Originally posted by Penny Pitstop Penny Pitstop wrote:

What is the protocol around using swear words and sex scenes (non explicit, just saying someone is having sex.

Thanks in advance.Smile


I have heard of instances where NYCM has sent two people 
wearing trench coats, fedoras, and packing silenced 22s, who 
would wait till it was raining to take care of people that do this.
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Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by Penny Pitstop Penny Pitstop wrote:

What is the protocol around using swear words and sex scenes (non explicit, just saying someone is having sex.

Thanks in advance.Smile


I have heard of instances where NYCM has sent two people 
wearing trench coats, fedoras, and packing silenced 22s, who 
would wait till it was raining to take care of people that do this.

That's nice of them. Do they, like, make them soup if they'e sick or something? But then why do they need the guns? To scare off thieves from stealing their deliveries?

Oh.
Oh wait.

I see.

I, uh, need to go do a thing now if you'll excuse me. [/logs into submittable to redact passages from my entry].
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