#BlogBattle 8: February 28th “Melody” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂

**Last Week’s Winner: Oak by Cathleen Townsend**

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Melody

This week’s Story GENRE style: Historical

*visit the genre page of Blog Battle to see if the genre has any subcategories to give you an extra challenge

STORIES:

The Best of the Best by Teresa “Tess” Karlinski

So You Want to Write by Cathleen Townsend

Unheeded by David Williamson

Gunslinger Ridge Experiment by The Urban Spaceman


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top THREE favorites (not all for the same, though!).


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

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Words & Genres for March ’17 Battles

 

In preparation for March’s battles, here are the theme words and genres for the month!

March 7th

  • THEME WORD: Loose
  • GENRE: Science Fiction
    • Science fiction – story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets

March 14th

  • THEME WORD: Liquid
  • GENRE: Fantasy
    • This category can include: magical realism, fable, fairy tale, tall tale, folklore, legends, mythology, mythopoeia, etc
    • Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
    • Please visit the BATTLE GENRE page for a full list and descriptions of subcategories.
    • Challenge yourself! Try something new. 🙂
    • This Week’s Suggestion: Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures

March 21st

  • THEME WORD: Rebel
  • GENRE: Suspense Thriller
    • Suspense/thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
    • Suggested subcategory: Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader (no graphic content, please)

March 28th

  • THEME WORD: Selfie
  • GENRE: Fantasy
    • Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
    • Please visit the BATTLE GENRE page for a full list of subcategories.
    • Challenge yourself! Try something new. 🙂
    • This Week’s Suggestion: Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods

Write a(n approximately) 1000 word or less story using this theme word and genre. And post it to your blog on Tuesday with a link (use this short link if that helps: http://wp.me/p7rsge-cF) back to this post!

Click Here for the instructions/rules of the battle.

IN THE MEANTIME, don’t miss out on the current battle by clicking here:

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Genres & Words: Your Help is Invaluable

Two things today!

First Order of Business

We said the voting for Genre Reduction would be open for a week, but we already had such a great response and wonderful feedback that we decided to cut it short. Thank you for all your thoughts and votes, everyone!

If after this post you feel like your voice has not been heard, please contact Rachael by email: writingraci@gmail.com

Sooooooo! We are NOT eliminating any of the current genres (more like specific sub genres), but we ARE rearranging them into categories and subcategories, so that now we only have eight genres:

  1. Crime/detective 
  2. Fan fiction 
  3. Fantasy
  4. Historical fiction
  5. Humor
  6. Realistic fiction 
  7. Science fiction
  8. Suspense/thriller

This means that when a genre is given, it will sometimes also include a suggested subcategory (as listed here on the Battle Genres Page).

Please check out the Battle Genres page! You’ll get a good idea of what’s available in subcategories.

We really want you to challenge yourself to step out and try something new!

There is no problem with adding other genre styles within the main weekly genre theme, but try to stay true to the given weekly one.

Okay, so let’s keep this as uncomplicated as possible and just have fun doing what writers love to do: write. 🙂

Second Order of Business

We are in need of more RANDOM WORDS to get us through the end of the year! 🙂

Please share as many as five words at random in the comments. Make them anything you’d like to see incorporated into a weekly battle.

🙂 Thanks for being a part of the fun!

4 Ways Longshot Island Helps Emerging Authors

Hello, my fellow battlers! Our own Cathleen Townsend has shared some info on a great resource for writers who wish to submit their work elsewhere.

We want to encourage all battle winners to consider submitting their winning Blog Battles short fiction stories (not serials) to Longshot Island.

If your winning story is part of one that has several parts but adds up to no more than 2,500 words, you should consider taking it to Longshot. Make sure you read the rest of this over on Cathleen’s blog.

And even if you haven’t won, you should still consider the possibility. Polish up those prose and take a gander. Thanks and have a great week!

Cathleen Townsend

Let’s face it–this writing gig is tough. We pour out our hearts on paper, and then we try to get people to read our words. And they’re already busy.

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1) Longshot Island can help. I’ve known Daniel White, editor of Longshot Island, for a couple years now, and I can state that he has excellent taste and is absolutely trustworthy. If you submit, he won’t spam you with an author package on sale this week only. But he might publish your work, and that’s the first way they can help us. We all need publications, and Longshot Island has already featured one of my short stories (http://www.longshotisland.com/2017/02/07/anemone/), so it’s not like you have to be famous to be considered.

My tale happens to be fantasy, but that’s not the only genre they consider. To quote from their site: “We are looking for mainstream fiction. We want stories that…

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#BlogBattle 7: February 21st “Shine” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**Last Week’s Winner is Fear of Forgiveness by Rachael Ritchey**

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Shine

This week’s Story GENRE style: Folklore


STORIES:

The Wulver of Shetland Inn by Rachael Ritchey

The Mirror Chamber by The Urban Spaceman

Oak by Cathleen Townsend

A Time to Shine by Carrie Ann

See No Evil by Teresa “Tess” Karlinski


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top favorite


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.