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RE: Reviewing Upcoming Contests
Reply on November 14, 2017 01:37 AM

It's a shame how these things start off with the best of intentions but very soon fizzle out almost entirely...


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Reply on November 14, 2017 08:15 PM << Modifed November 14 at 8:16PM >>
I don't know what you mean by "these things," unless it's this thread's topic. So, in the interest of taking it back up, here is how I review the entries in upcoming contests:

I go to the contests heading and click to see what's coming. Then I click on the name of the contest.

There are several general types of contests. Some specify writing a story, some a poem, and some have specific rules, such as starting the entry with a certain sentence.

In "sentence starts the story" contests, the contestant cannot change the required sentence except to add quotes and a dialogue tag unless the rules give permission to make other changes. So, when I see someone has added to the required sentence, I review the entry and point out the error.

If I see a poem or essay entered in a story contest, I review the entry and notify the writer. I do the same with contest rules that require minimum/maximum word counts.

I review upcoming contest entries because I think all reviewers should look at the rules and warn of errors, but they don't. We should be here to help one another.

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