Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 129

Thread: Cemetery Dance Writing Contest

  1. #1
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28

    Cemetery Dance Writing Contest

    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  2. #2
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28

    Cemetery Dance Amateur Writing Contest

    So here is how the story goes. After adding “The Writers' Corner” section to the forums, I thought of what seemed to me to be a really cool idea to help promote these forums and particularly “The Writers' Corner.”

    We’ve decided to hold a “Short Short Story Contest” and the winners will be featured in a chapbook alongside classic stories by Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, and Ray Garton. Each winner will receive a $75 dollar prize as well as 5 free copies of the finished chapbook and a 50% discount on additional copies.

    In conjunction with the story contest, we will also be holding a separate contest to name the chapbook. The winner of this contest will receive a $50 Store Gift Certificate and a free copy of the chapbook. Cemetery Dance Publications holds the right to veto any titles that it deems is unfit, of course.

    Short Story Contest Rules, Prizes, and General Information

    1. The story will need to fit inside a single post on these forums (10,000 characters) because it will be judged by the members of this forum.
    2. The story should fall into the horror / suspense genres
    3. 3. No copyright infringement will be tolerated
    4. Contestants will have 2 weeks to prepare their entries. ONE entry per person.
    5. After these two weeks are up, a submissions window will be open for 1 week. (Do NOT post your story before the submissions window has officially opened! Early posts will be deleted and disqualified.)
    6. See specific submission instructions when the submissions window opens. There will be a process for submitting your story.
    7. After the submission window ends, the general forum populous will then vote on which 3 stories they like the most via a poll generated by Cemetery Dance.
    8. Voting will take place for one week. One vote per forum member.
    9. The top 3 stories with the most votes will receive the following prizes:
      • The three winning stories will be featured in a Cemetery Dance chapbook alongside 3 well-known authors.
      • Each winner will receive a $75 dollar prize, payable upon signing the contract. (Contract will be for a one-time printing of the chapbook, all other rights remain with the author.)
      • Each winner will also receive 5 free copies of the finished chapbook and a 50% discount on additional copies.


    Please Note: Cemetery Dance Publications assumes no responsibility for anything that happens to your work submitted to these forums. It is a public place and we have no control over who sees the material and what they say/do. All decisions of Cemetery Dance Publications are final.

    CLICK HERE to discuss this this announcement

    CLICK HERE to submit entries for the SHORT STORY CONTEST

    CLICK HERE to submit entries to name the chapbook
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  3. #3
    Senior Member Involuntarily Committed njhorror's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    170
    Rep Power
    9
    what a great freakin' idea!


    I feel like I'm falling in love with CD all over again.
    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. #4
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by njhorror View Post
    what a great freakin' idea!


    I feel like I'm falling in love with CD all over again.
    I'm glad someone likes it! I'd feel like a total tool if no one did, as it was my idea.... lol.
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  5. #5
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    2,179
    Rep Power
    13
    I think it sounds like a great idea. Is there going to be a common theme among the stories from Clegg, Keene, and Garton? I think the lineup of those 3 authors is absolutely wonderful as well, as Clegg and Keene are 2 of my new favorite authors I've discovered through CD. I also enjoy Garton (also found him through CD, though I remember seeing his books other times before), but prefer the other 2 if I had to choose.

    Now I just need to get to writing some more. Finally started working more on my story the other day, got one whole paragraph written, lol (plus going through what I had already written). Just have to figure out exactly where I will end going with it, though I probably will just end up figuring that out as I go.

  6. #6
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28
    I don't think there's going to be a common theme. I also think we're using reprints, of Clegg, Keene, and Garton although I they may not necessarily be reprints of anything we've done (not sure though tbh as that's Brian's department, not mine).
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  7. #7
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    2,179
    Rep Power
    13
    Sounds good! Whether they are new or reprints I am sure they'll new to me

  8. #8
    Member Part-timer Justin Case's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    46
    Rep Power
    0
    I like the idea - will the participants be kept hidden prior to voting for objectivity?

  9. #9
    Administrator Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... Brian James Freeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,002,639
    Rep Power
    2014
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I don't think there's going to be a common theme. I also think we're using reprints, of Clegg, Keene, and Garton although I they may not necessarily be reprints of anything we've done (not sure though tbh as that's Brian's department, not mine).
    Yep, they're reprints, but they're really GOOD reprints!

    Brian
    Brian James Freeman
    brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com

    Cemetery Dance Publications: http://www.cemeterydance.com
    Lonely Road Books: http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com
    LetterPress Publications: http://www.LetterPressPublications.com
    My Writing: http://www.BrianJamesFreeman.com

  10. #10
    Member Displaying Erratic Behaviour Tree705's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Cottage Grove MN
    Posts
    82
    Rep Power
    9
    I'm trying to get my nephew interested, I think he has real potential.
    Rich DeMars

    Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    Albert Einstein

  11. #11
    Member Part-timer Eldritch's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    In the graveyard talking to the statues.
    Posts
    34
    Rep Power
    0
    Ooh!
    *Gleefully rubs hands together*

    Time to put the gray matter muse to work.

  12. #12
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    I like the idea - will the participants be kept hidden prior to voting for objectivity?
    There really isn't anyway that I can keep them hidden. This is why we reccomend the contestants post their stories early in the submission week. Although I am really not sure there is much to worry about in the objectivity department.
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  13. #13
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session bsaenz24's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Right Behind You
    Posts
    2,394
    Rep Power
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    Although I am really not sure there is much to worry about in the objectivity department.

    I agree. I dislike all of you equally!!!!

  14. #14
    Administrator Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... Brian James Freeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,002,639
    Rep Power
    2014
    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    i agree. I dislike all of you equally!!!!
    lol!
    Brian James Freeman
    brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com

    Cemetery Dance Publications: http://www.cemeterydance.com
    Lonely Road Books: http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com
    LetterPress Publications: http://www.LetterPressPublications.com
    My Writing: http://www.BrianJamesFreeman.com

  15. #15
    Member Displaying Erratic Behaviour Tree705's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Cottage Grove MN
    Posts
    82
    Rep Power
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    I agree. I dislike all of you equally!!!!
    Really, we are all just here for the coupons, you've got to know that. lol
    Rich DeMars

    Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    Albert Einstein

  16. #16
    Junior Member Visitor
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1
    Rep Power
    0

    10,000 characters?

    That really IS a short, short SHORT story! We're going to have to be especially creative. Love the idea! When is the deadline to submit?

  17. #17
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by euphoria View Post
    That really IS a short, short SHORT story! We're going to have to be especially creative. Love the idea! When is the deadline to submit?
    Contestants will have 2 weeks to prep / write their story. On June 1st I will open the submission section of the forums and contestants will then have 1 week to submit their stories. We recommend submitting your story early in that 1 week submission window. So the very maximum is a little less than 3 weeks (as we announced this yesterday). But the earlier in the week you get your story in the more time forum members will have to read your story.
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

  18. #18
    Senior Member 1st Rubber Room Confinement Ben Staad's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Beyond the Grave
    Posts
    1,558
    Rep Power
    13
    What a fantastic idea! Thanks CD for given folks this awesome opportunity.

  19. #19
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    2,179
    Rep Power
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by euphoria View Post
    That really IS a short, short SHORT story! We're going to have to be especially creative. Love the idea! When is the deadline to submit?
    Tell me about it, lol. I think I will have to start with something completely new instead of working on finishing the story I already have as it is over 7,000 characters (even after changing the spacing between sentences from 2 spaces to 1) and I don't feel it is close to being finished. Good thing I have other ideas jotted down

  20. #20
    Administrator Totally Insane Dan Hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    4,854
    Rep Power
    28
    I don't remember how we came up with the 10,000 character count tbh. I think Brian told me a word count he was looking for then I approximated 4 characters per word average, then added a couple thousand character buffer zone.
    CD Email: danhocker@cemeterydance.com

    Non-Work related social media and what not:
    Instagram

    Buy my stuff! - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HockersWoodWorks

Similar Threads

  1. Lilja's Library Writing Contest
    By Dan Hocker in forum The Writers' Corner
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-18-2012, 04:19 PM
  2. Writing Contest Vote: Group 7
    By Dan Hocker in forum The Writers' Corner
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-25-2011, 05:32 PM
  3. Writing Contest Vote: Group 5
    By Dan Hocker in forum The Writers' Corner
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-23-2011, 02:42 PM
  4. Writing Contest Vote: Group 6
    By Dan Hocker in forum The Writers' Corner
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-23-2011, 02:42 PM
  5. Writing Contest Vote: Group 4
    By Dan Hocker in forum The Writers' Corner
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 06-23-2011, 02:41 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •