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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Winners of the 2007 Samurai Fiction Contest Reply with quote
It took a while, but here are the results. Congratulations to the winners:



Best Ending:

Intruder

Best Writing:

The Matsudaira Plot

Most Original:

Magni Nominis Umbra

Best Dialogue:

The Snow-Light Warrior

Third Place:

The Matsudaira Plot

Second Place:

Magni Nominis Umbra

First Place:

Intruder


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here are the stories. For anyone who didn't judge, I'm interested on your opinions of these stories:

(Two authors paid double the fee and submitted two stories, which was allowed for the contest)

The Snow Light Warrior: (Jason Kemp - Yukiakari)
Horror/Ghost Story
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storya.html

Like Any Other Day? (J. Workman - Last Year's winner):
Science Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyb.html

Shadows Dance at Dawn: (E. Richard IV - Shishiogundam)
Historical Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyc.html

It's a Girl (Phil Gomez - Phillipmichael1):
Historical Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storye.html
(I need to re-add the section-break images)

magni nominus umbra: (J. Workman - last year's winner)
Horror/Ghost Story
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyf.html

Intruder: (N. Ledbetter - LTDomer)
Historical Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyg.html

The Matsudaira Plot: (Nina Boal - Wave Tossed - First Year's winner)
Pulp Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyh.html

Running: (N. Ledbetter - LTDomer)
Historical Fiction
http://kuuzo.freeweb7.com/storyi.html
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Shocked

I really tried to guess who wrote a certain few. I was way off.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
By the way, if any authors want to comment on your own stories and/or others, feel free. Same goes for people who didn't judge. Or even the judges if they want to explain the logic behind thier decisions.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
By the way, if any authors want to comment on your own stories and/or others, feel free. Same goes for people who didn't judge. Or even the judges if they want to explain the logic behind thier decisions.


I notice my "revised draft" isn't posted in the link--whenever you get to it is cool, but for the record I did respond to constructive criticism. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Shocked

I really tried to guess who wrote a certain few. I was way off.


Cool

Come on, you had to have at least guessed one of mine? Nagashino? Anyone but Domer? I don't think so.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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kitsuno wrote:
By the way, if any authors want to comment on your own stories and/or others, feel free. Same goes for people who didn't judge. Or even the judges if they want to explain the logic behind thier decisions.


I notice my "revised draft" isn't posted in the link--whenever you get to it is cool, but for the record I did respond to constructive criticism. Wink


I haven't actually put anything on the site yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
DOMER WON?

CONSPIRACY!!!!!

Lol, anyway congrats. Maybe one day I can get around to reading it after finals. And thanks to everyone who entered.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Excellent. i look forward to viewing the submitted pieces.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nate, I've got some very specific nits (easily fixed in an edit) for "The Intruder" if you want them. Despite a few boo-boos, it was one that I would have been willing to accept for publication after some fixing.

I think the general opinion on "Matsudaira Plot" was that it was classic jidai-geki fodder. Naturally, we liked it. Smile


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Itdomer98 i congratulate you on your winning of the contest.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Contrats to ltdomer!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bhy the way, what are the prizes this year? Will there be 2nd and 3rd place prizes? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Nate, I've got some very specific nits (easily fixed in an edit) for "The Intruder" if you want them. Despite a few boo-boos, it was one that I would have been willing to accept for publication after some fixing.

I think the general opinion on "Matsudaira Plot" was that it was classic jidai-geki fodder. Naturally, we liked it. Smile


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We'll talk offline. I think I know what they are, and I think I've already got a fixed copy.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've read Intruder and The Matsudaira Plot so far, both very well done. Intruder gets bonus points for making me read it twice to see how I didn't manage to pick up on the twist, while Matsudaira Plot was yet another great piece of writting from Nina. Well done!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
In all honesty, I thought I was done for when I read the latin titled one. The writing style was absolutely captivating to me--I loved it.

I really liked my concept in "Running", but simply didn't pull it off like I had hoped. It started out as about 3 other stories before ending up as it did, and probably would have changed more had I not been writing it at midnight the day of the deadline.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AngusH wrote:
I've read Intruder and The Matsudaira Plot so far, both very well done. Intruder gets bonus points for making me read it twice to see how I didn't manage to pick up on the twist, while Matsudaira Plot was yet another great piece of writting from Nina. Well done!


Thanks. Glad to know it had the intended effect. Very Happy It was hard to write, because I *knew* what was going to happen the whole time; I felt like I was giving it away with each sentence.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AngusH wrote:
I've read Intruder and The Matsudaira Plot so far, both very well done. Intruder gets bonus points for making me read it twice to see how I didn't manage to pick up on the twist, while Matsudaira Plot was yet another great piece of writting from Nina. Well done!

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I had fun writing "Matsudaira Plot." Very Happy I hope that people will enjoy it.

Next year, I might write something more serious. This year was all in fun. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AngusH wrote:
I've read Intruder and The Matsudaira Plot so far, both very well done.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who read those two first--and I enjoyed both of them. Wave Tossed--you aren't a "Kaze Makase Tsukikage Ran" fan are you?

And "Intruder" was great. I started off thinking "Eh... more ninja stuff, sigh." but kept reading because of the high rating... wonderful!

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And "Intruder" was great. I started off thinking "Eh... more ninja stuff, sigh." but kept reading because of the high rating... wonderful!


Again, thanks. The whole idea was born out of the endless ninjer posts here, and the concept that someone sneaking around late at night in dark clothing didn't *have* to be a ninja. First thought that came to mind as to why someone would sneak around at night? Getting busy (no repression issues here). And who would be getting busy in a Japanese history story? Well, the Mack Daddy himself, Genji. And there we have it.
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Now you really should read the whole book Laughing And it might help with the research too Just Kidding
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The comment I'll make, having judged the past two years, is that this year there's not one story that made me go "oh lord, why did someone submit this crap? Who was stupid enough to write this?" That certainly happened the past two years. Across the board, the level this year is the highest so far. The last two years, you could easily divide things into "these are worth considering, and these aren't worth a second read, and these....are putrid." This year, all of them were actual contenders. I probably wouldn't have voted for my own stories.
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Now you really should read the whole book Laughing And it might help with the research too Just Kidding


What, starting it 4 times doesn't count? Confused

Having made it about halfway through in my deepest penetration (flowery allusion not intended), I did use quite a bit from my vague memory. Particularly the part about his escapades starting out as episodes of he and his friends "pushing the limits", as I specifically remember that part.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I did like the story - I knew it was Genji the moment you talked about the 'climactic rush'. It was very clever.
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I did like the story - I knew it was Genji the moment you talked about the 'climactic rush'. It was very clever.


I did have fun with my phrasing. As I said, writing it, I felt like I was giving the whole thing away. Smile
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