Finding entries in site-sponsored contestsThread Started December 5 at 9:35PM
In member-created contests it is easy to check out submissions - just go to the contest page and they are listed.
Does anyone know if there is a way to find all the entries for a site-sponsored one? (Yes, I know there would be many more).
The reason I ask is I occasionally have what I think might be a good (i.e. novel) idea for a particular contest, but would like to make sure no one else is barking up the same tree.
Going to the main listing pages seems like a hard way to do it, particularly since a lot of pieces may not be heavily promoted, and thus be many pages back.
I may have even asked this before - if so, apologies. I'll not offer any explanation, as I don't want to think about it :)
Reply on December 6, 2017 12:04 AM
There is no way to find the MANY entries is site-
I have seen member created contests & site-sponsored
contests at times run almost the exact contest sometimes
even on the same day.
So your great idea would be appreciated by many. Please
consider sponsoring it.
If site-sponsored contest entries were available to FS writers,
then imagine all the 'borrowing of original ideas.'
Reply on December 6, 2017 01:29 AM
I'm afraid Jan is right - there is absolutely no way to find the entries.
Jan, I've heard that argument before and I really don't think it stands up. What is the difference between site contests and member-sponsored contests when it comes to borrowing ideas? I don't see any wholesale 'borrowing' going on there and I don't imagine it would happen in site contests either, although, admittedly, the $100 prize-money might make it a bit more of temptation to cheat.
Craig, I too would love to be able to browse the entries. I suspect they would get more reviews, too.
Reply on December 6, 2017 02:23 AM << Modifed December 6 at 4:08AM >>
Well, in a sense, my concern is the opposite of "borrowing of ideas". Say I think of something that I'm pretty sure very few others would have thought of. The problem is, if someone does happen to have come up with a similar concept, it's not a good look. If that is the case, I'd rather just give it a miss.
It's not exactly the same situation, but a similar thing happened to me recently. I wrote a story in which my main character was drinking a specific type of tea (Earl Grey) from a specific type of cup (China). Lo and behold, when I was reviewing one of the other works in the same club event, another story had their guy drinking Earl Grey from a China cup. Although that was where the similarity in the stories ended, it made me cringe at the thought someone might assume I'd "borrowed" the idea. If it's actually the whole concept behind a story, then it could be a real problem.
Jan, I don't think I expressed myself clearly. It's not the idea for (or subject of) the contest I'm talking about , but an idea for (for example) the theme of a story or poem to be submitted. I want to avoid accidentally ending up with something very similar to someone else. One way that can happen is if we know what is out there. I'd like to think no one would deliberatley "borrow" someone else's idea on a writing site - but maybe that is a bit naive.
Reply on December 6, 2017 03:02 AM
I have been here since 2006, and I believe that before I came it was possible to view site contest entries. You should take your question up directly with Tom and let him explain his reasons for changing that. After all, we are talking about an actual $100 payment for first place. Perhaps some people saw a good story and decided to write the same thing, only better. Anyway, Tom can explain.
Reply on December 6, 2017 05:43 AM
It does happen a lot both inside and outside and across competitions. It is very hard to avoid sometimes. Sometimes it's the general theme, sometimes it's almost identical, sometimes it's a word and phrase.
I get what Craig is talking about as mine was the other piece. It was a clear coincidence, but sometimes chunks are used and even plotlines. I would also skip a contest if I felt my idea was too similar to another.
It is hard to be original, but sometimes you just need to think outside the box in regard to contests. I usually try to guess what most will write about and then go a different way.
It would be good to see the other entries though, the extra reviews would certainly be nice but then as we know from contests, many people vote without reading all the pieces.
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