Cone of silence, fortress of solitude, etc

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Time to start reading the March Word Weaver entries.


I wait until they are all in because I think reading one a few weeks before reading another kinda gives an unfairness to things. I’m not sure how, but it’s my contest and I think it does.


Anyway, we had a good showing – not our biggest; I won’t lie – and it’ll be fun to read and critique the stories.


THANK YOU if you participated.

Patience, now, as I read and rank them, then send the finalists on to our celebrity judges.


I will announce all the winners at once in a big blog post on the date I said I would in the original contest notice, which I’m too lazy to look up at the moment, but it’s a few weeks from now.


I will then decide if we are going to hold another Word Weaver Writing Contest in July and/or November.

We did well with those last year, so I might. I haven’t decided. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun to do this, too. The prior contests have resulted in a lot of people publishing their work when they probably wouldn’t have done so otherwise, and if nothing else it’s worth it to keep going just for that reason.

This isn’t a cry for attention. I just haven’t decided, and a lot of people will be asking, so I’m saying – I don’t know.

But if we did…

  • what should the theme be?
  • What would get you to participate?
  • What would get your writer friends excited?

Be honest. Let me have it straight.

Pros and cons, I want a contest that generates buzz and interest, and that will only come from you guys helping figure out what will work best!


What can we do to improve?


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10 thoughts on “Cone of silence, fortress of solitude, etc

  1. I know this is going to sound weird, but maybe stricter rules as to word length, a picture which we’ve to write a short story about as per your theme? Maybe. I think the contest is pretty much great as it is, but I did use the little grey cells to think of something. 🙂

    1. Ha!

      I think if we do one in July it needs to be a Halloween/scary/horror/macabre theme. That way we can get something created in October and start to have that be an annual event.

      Other than that, I’m wide open to ideas. Maybe a bigger umbrella is better for the other ones.

  2. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else, but this time of year is CRAZY for me- tax season plus Spring Break (and end of quarter for those of us who have to do grades) plus Lent/Easter. Maybe that made a difference for entries?
    Aiming for a ‘scary contest’ in the summer with the goal of publishing in the all is a great idea. It lets people know what to expect so that they can get thinking early (which is good for over-thinkers like me :)) and the idea of doing an anthology along WITH the contest is a pretty cool extra incentive along with the fabulous prizes. 🙂

    1. I only know about putting out a scary anthology in October from what we did last year. In order for everybody to write and edit the stories that go into an October 1 release, they have to be done a few months before that.

      As for other themes, we’ve been experimenting with that. Too early to say what the results are, but I think everybody had fun trying to write something scary for the October anthology. Eventually we will figure out the other ones and schedule contests accordingly.

  3. I like your competition, Dan, and I love your critiques. It looks like you have June/July sorted as to scary theme [hard for me but there is always a first time]. I was thinking natural disasters might be an interesting topic.

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