WHO? All the blogging buddies, writers, writer wanna-bes, friends, strangers, and others.
WHAT? A contest series based on the Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony, Pride, Envy, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth).
WHEN? Starting today (or whenever I get the drop box set up) and through May 4th, 2012 entries will be received for the first round in the series which will be “Gluttony” (chosen at random). Topics for subsequent contests will also be chosen randomly until all seven topics have been exhausted. A definitive schedule has not been determined but as long as there is interest, and I am physically (and mentally) able, I will continue the series.
WHERE? Right here on WordPress. I will host the series, gather the entries, select a panel of judges, post the finalists, post polls for reader voting, and award prizes.
WHY? Because we can. And because I want to.
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I think it is quite ironic that one of the questions in my “Let’s Play 20 Questions” interview this week with the Byronic Man was pertaining to the 7 Deadly Sins. Learning that continued practice of Gluttony as a favorite deadly sin could, in fact become deadly, I chose Sloth as it’s replacement. Just today, Lisa over at Woman Wields Words wrote about Envy. I guess, perhaps, it is true that great minds think alike.
This is an idea that I have been kicking around for quite some time now. I am proposing a series of writing contests, each centered around one of the Seven Deadly Sins. If you wish to participate, and complete the series, you would have an anthology of pieces that would reflect your ability and range. When someone asks to see a sample of your writing, you could toss your scarf over your shoulder and oh so casually say, “Well, I do happen to have an anthology based on the Seven Deadly Sins which showcases my talent”. Or some such.
I will host the series, gather the entries, and post them. From all entries submitted, a selection of 5 finalists (as determined by a panel of judges) will be posted for a vote for each round. Readers will vote on their favorites via a computerized poll. After all the rounds have been completed the winning entries of each round (7 Deadly Sin entries) will be pitted against one another for the Grand Prize. Which I haven’t determined yet, but it will be something fabulous.
For the first contest “Gluttony” the winner will receive a sinfully delicious (see what I did there?) batch of k8edid’s Top-Secret World-Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, vacuum packed and shipped overnight to their destination (mainland U.S. only) AND a $20 donation will be made, in their name, to the Food Bank or other hunger-fighting charitable organization of their choosing. If the winning entry is from a writer outside the contiguous 48 US states, the winner shall designate a local eatery for which they will receive a $20 gift certificate (or cash) – or the winner may wish to have donated, in their name, an additional $20 to the charitable organization of their choosing. Each contest will have a “themed” prize awarded and a charitable donation made to an appropriate organization, designated by the winner. (I don’t know, but for “Lust” is there a Hookers’ Benevolent Fund??)
Everybody wins. You get to flex your writing muscles and amass a themed anthology. We get to read the fabulous posts. Winners get prizes…and charitable organizations get donations. I get to deduct the donations on my taxes!!! If Darla wins, she will make a fabulous vlog post!!!
Of course, there must be rules. But they will be simple.
- Each entry must be 600 words or less.
- One entry per round
- You may use the same characters and settings or you may change it up with each round.
- You may use any genre that you wish for each round.
- Entries must be submitted by the deadline, which will be announced at the beginning of each round and will be no less than 2 weeks.
- Entries submitted must be your own original work.
- You may participate in all the rounds to complete the series; or as few or as many as you choose.
- Oh, and the series is called DEADLY SINS so in each entry someone should be dead, dying, damaged or in grave danger.
It is going to be a lot of fun. Okay, who’s in?
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Disclaimer: I will be also writing an entry for each round (because I want to have fun, too). However, my entries will not be entered into the judging.
If you want to play along but don’t want to commit to writing seven stories – please consider being a judge. I I have 4 people (non-bloggers) in mind, but it would be nice to have a “jury of your peers” to help determine the finalists of each round. Just let me know, but I’m hoping you’ll write.