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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:46 pm    Post subject: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest Reply with quote
It's that time of year again - stay tuned for details of the 7th annual Samurai Fiction contest. The deadline will probably be the first week of December, and I'm sure we'll find some interesting prizes.


...And yeah, I'll get last year's stories up pretty soon. Why break with tradition?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's back, the 2011 Samurai Fiction Contest:

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7th Annual Samurai Archives Samurai Fiction Contest - 2011



The parameters for the Seventh annual Samurai Fiction contest are covered on this page. This year we're going back to basics. The story is to be historical fiction, but the genre is WIDE OPEN. Be it Horror, Sci-fi, Suspense, it's all up to you how you want to handle it.


Requirements:

This is to be a piece of fiction writing taking place within an unspecified period in Japanese history. As mentioned above, the genre is wide open


Parameters:


The story is required to be more than 1,000 words, with a 5,000 word targeted limit - overages are acceptable if necessary, but please don't overdo it. It can be done in the first person, or the third person, and must be a complete short story, not an excerpt from a larger story. Please list your chosen genre on your entry. Although the particular genre will not affect judging, all entrants will be judged on how well they utilize thier chosen genre.

Disqualifications: Stories with numerous blatant misspellings or poor grammar may be immediately disqualified at the judges discretion. Please spellcheck and proofread your stories. You have until December 2011, plenty of time to correct spelling mistakes and grammar issues.

There is no fee to enter the samurai fiction contest. The contest is completely free and open to all. The entries will be published on Samurai Archives.com, with the winner featured. Writers will retain all rights to their stories. A maximum of two stories per entrant are allowed.

Please note that any stories that are disqualified for bad grammar or spelling will not be published on the website.


Submission Information:

Submissions are to be sent via email to webmaster |at| samurai-archives.com in a WORD .Doc format, .TXT file OR HTML. At the top of the first page, please include your full name, your Yahoo ID, and Samurai Archives Citadel ID (or whichever is applicable) your email address, as well as the genre the story falls under, and the title of your story. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received. A maximum of two stories per author are acceptable.


Judging and Winning the contest:


Submissions will be judged by a panel of Yahoo Group and/or Samurai Citadel community members who are not submitting stories. The judges will not be told who the authors of each respective submision are until after the judging has closed, to avoid any swaying of the judges. The recipient of the submissions (The Samurai Archives webmaster) will not be a judge, and will only moderate the proceedings, to keep entries anonymous. The winning story will be featured on the Samurai Archives site as the winner of the 2011 Samurai Fiction contest. All stories will be placed in the 'Fan Fiction' section of the Samurai Archives as well. The winner will be announced at the Yahoo Group and the Samurai Archives Citadel at the end of judging in December.

Prizes:

TBD - so stay tuned!



Timeline:
Deadline for fiction submission: 12/18/2011

Winner to be announced after judging.

Timelines are subject to change.


Participants agree to have their stories displayed on that Samurai Archives Website after the contest has finished. Participants will retain all rights to their work, and will be credited for thier work on the site.

Please email submissions and questions to webmaster |at| samurai-archives.com
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
10 days left, time to finish up the writing and submit your entries!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the winner is:



"Inu Chushingura, or the Tale of the 47 Loyal Dog Retainers" by OnnaMusha.

There were only 4 stories this year, so the judges decided to choose a single winner from the group. All of the stories will be available online within the next week or two, and I'll link them here so you can judge for yourselves.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
AAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the winner is:



"Inu Chushingura, or the Tale of the 47 Loyal Dog Retainers" by OnnaMusha.

There were only 4 stories this year, so the judges decided to choose a single winner from the group. All of the stories will be available online within the next week or two, and I'll link them here so you can judge for yourselves.
Thanks! I'd like to thank hulu, where I found a streaming version of Hakuoki aka "Samurai Vendetta," which gave me the idea for the story. You could tell the dog was just playing dead...cheers and thanks! Four stories is rather a small playing field I think...I'm looking forward to reading the other three, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Congratulations, onnamusha Two thumbs up looking forward to reading it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Congratulations, onnamusha Two thumbs up looking forward to reading it Very Happy
Thanks, heron! There's a Bukowski quote that kind of describes how hard it has been to write lately, so I hope the story makes it to standards! Cheers, y'all!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Brava!!! John
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Congrats, OnnaMusha! I didn't get a chance to do anything for this one, but I'll definitely have to write something for next year's.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'd advise everyone to start thinking/writing now. The extent of procrastination I see every year is stunning Just Kidding
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
I'd advise everyone to start thinking/writing now. The extent of procrastination I see every year is stunning Just Kidding
That's good advice! I turned my story in on the last day, but not due to procrastination. The first 20 tries at a good story failed, and this was my last ditch effort. Guess I've got a lot of go-nowhere story ideas laying around now, on the bright side. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Congratulations, OnnaMusha, I'm so looking forward to reading your story!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Congrats, Onna. How many times have you won now?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Congrats, Onna. How many times have you won now?
Thanks, Tatsu, Talos, John and Sedonia too! (Did I leave anyone out?) I'm interested to read the other stories too. I've won a few times, and I came in second and third once as well. We need some more entries next time though! Four is not a very big playing field, is it?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Continuing my long and unfortunate history of putting up the winners of the Samurai Fiction contest a year after the fact, here are the stories from the 2011 Samurai Fiction contest - feel free to comment on the stories:

WINNER Inu Chushingura, or the Tale of the 47 Loyal Dog Retainers - By OnnaMusha

Fall of the Soga - By Topher Jones

A Test of Honor - By R.J.Pickle

Master of Ecstasy - By Sedonia Guillone (Probably NSFW)
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