Reviewing Upcoming ContestsThread Started October 12 at 7:51PM
I've made a habit, recently, to look at the contest listing and review entries before the contest deadline. I then give a heads-up review when I see an entry where it is clear the writer did not read the contest rules.
I recommend that more of us do that. Usually, it is appreciated, and we are supposed to be helping one another as part of a writing community.
When I see that a contest says begin with this sentence, that's exactly what it means. Begin with the required sentence. Do not add to it or change it in any way, and that's what I tell the writer.
When a contest requires the use of certain words, use exactly those words. I say don't change the tense, don't make a singular word a plural unless there is something in the rules that allows such changes.
When there is a required word count, I point out to the writer that he has fewer or more words than is allowable.
When a contest requires a story, I tell the writer he has entered an essay or poem.
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...
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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