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Creativity & Writing => RapeCage Story Contest => Topic started by: Red Right Hand on February 24, 2015, 12:57:53 PM

Title: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on February 24, 2015, 12:57:53 PM
This is the place for Official Announcements and your member discussion regarding the RapeCage Story Contest.

We are very excited to kick this off. All RapeCage members are eligible to participate in the contest by entering a story and voting for a winner.

Contest winners get to wear a shiny new badge as they join an elite membergroup:
Winning Authors (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/Themes/coalblack/images/winner.png)

The contest breaks down this way:
The Story Contest forum will have several active threads at any given time. Some will be in constant use or needed for reference and will be stickied. Current Entries threads and Poll threads will be stickied until they expire. Upon expiration they will be locked and unstickied.

Permanently stickied topics include: this Discussion thread, Story Contest: Rules (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,610.0.html) and the Winner’s Circle and Congratulatory Posts (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,611.0.html) thread.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on February 26, 2015, 10:07:06 PM
For the March/April 2015 Story Contest cycle the criteria are:
     1)   A Word Count Limit of 3,500 words or less
     2)   A theme of Abduction/Underworld/Betrayal


Regarding the criteria…

RC member, EssenceofRed (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=10), chose the 3 tags for the theme. Much thanks to her for giving us something wicked to occupy our devilish hands.

3,500 words is not a hard limit, but if you exceed it by too much you’ll be asked to edit and resubmit. Keep an eye on your word count. For most authors it will equal between 7 and 9 pages of single spaced text in their word processing application.


What do you think of the Theme?
What do you think of the Word Count Limit?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: kittyumbrass on February 28, 2015, 06:30:37 PM
I'm puzzled: is the theme intended to mean "use all these", or "any one of these"?

That is to say, is it:

"Abduction AND Underworld AND Betrayal"

or

"Abduction OR Underworld OR Betrayal"?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on February 28, 2015, 06:33:25 PM
All 3 tags must be used. Every contest cycle we will have a new theme consisting of 3 tags chosen by a RapeCage member...

For the March/April contest the theme is Abduction & Underworld & Betrayal which, IMHO makes a nice marinade for your dirty imaginings.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on February 28, 2015, 11:09:00 PM
Silly question, but do you have to use them as words or just as themes? Does your story have to literally have the words "underworld" "betrayal" and "abduction" or just use them thematically?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 01, 2015, 03:29:38 AM
It's a guideline, a theme. Literal inclusion of the tag words in the body is not mandatory.

Conversely, just implanting the tag is not enough to qualify. If a character simply says the word "abduction" somewhere in the dialog, but no actual abduction takes place within the action of the story; that would be a fail.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 04:11:02 AM
Dunno if I'll enter this one as I'll be with Ashley. Sometimes we like to just sit quiet together and do our own thing in peach others company though, so maybe.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 07:25:13 AM
Peach Other? I'm not sure... I'm a bit fuzzy on that one, old fruit!
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 10:57:57 AM
Are you allowed to vote for your own entries (seriously, if I do enter, it will probably be my only vote given the quality of some writers) or is that just tacky?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on March 01, 2015, 11:40:32 AM
Quote from: Pirates of the Caribbean 3
"There has not been a king since the First Court. And that's not likely to change."
"Not likely."
"Why not?"
"See, the Pirate King is elected by popular vote."
"And each pirate only ever votes for hisself."
―Chevalle, Teague, Elizabeth Swann, Joshamee Gibbs and Hector Barbossa

I think technically speaking we can't stop you if we use the normal board poll feature, but it would be against the spirit of the thing and possibly result in Surrender2U walking the plank in all the excitement.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 12:30:41 PM
Quote from: Pirates of the Caribbean 3
"There has not been a king since the First Court. And that's not likely to change."
"Not likely."
"Why not?"
"See, the Pirate King is elected by popular vote."
"And each pirate only ever votes for hisself."
―Chevalle, Teague, Elizabeth Swann, Joshamee Gibbs and Hector Barbossa

I think technically speaking we can't stop you if we use the normal board poll feature, but it would be against the spirit of the thing and possibly result in Surrender2U walking the plank in all the excitement.

Fair comment, that was kinda the side I was leaning towards. Then I was reminded of small elections where someone has no even polled a single vote (as they themselves voted for someone else)...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 01, 2015, 12:54:00 PM
The rules do not prohibit an author from voting for their own entry.

Vote as your conscience dictates.

I had thought of making the votes public to shame people away from voting for themselves, but have decided votes will be anonymous. It's more fair to the pure readers not to have their vote scrutinized and more encouraging towards having people want to participate.

I've been in a long running adjudicated contest with a guest judge each cycle. I've lost some where I was convinced I was the strongest entry by far and won some when I was sure another was the clear standout. In the end it is out of our hands as authors anyway. Frodo... If you did vote for yourself and won by one vote, how would you feel about yourself? That is rhetorical, by the way, and need not be answered. On the flip side, would you not feel worse only getting one vote and knowing it was yours as opposed to getting no votes?

You only get the one vote. Cast it anonymously as you most desire. At a very rough guess we will garner perhaps 30 votes this cycle. If you win by only one with 1/30th of the vote then you must have deserved it anyway...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 01:03:41 PM
So who were you on KO? F4F?


Funnily enough, the fact that you are keeping voted private means I feel better not voting for myself (if I ever enter) since I don't look like "that idiot who didn't even think his own story was worth a vote".
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 01, 2015, 01:11:25 PM
So who were you on KO? F4F?

I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours... Via PM?


Funnily enough, the fact that you are keeping voted private means I feel better not voting for myself (if I ever enter) since I don't look like "that idiot who didn't even think his own story was worth a vote".

This made me laugh. Thanks.

I will confess to not having read any of your writing here, yet... But by reputation I believe you'll acquit yourself honorably and have some adherents who love the way you push their buttons.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 01:49:39 PM
Oh, I make no secret of mine. I was, until about a year and a half back, BadForm... Only entered the KO writing contest once. It was a Christmas story with a difference. Blood sacrifice, gynophagia, even some beastie (banned here) and written that way partly because I knew Gen (one of few women who went as extreme as I can) was the guest judge.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 01, 2015, 01:55:04 PM
...It was a Christmas story with a difference. Blood sacrifice, gynophagia, even some beastie..

That is one I thought deserved a win. Clever and biting. It was very well done. I loved the radicalized elves and the Dark Klaus.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 01, 2015, 01:57:07 PM
Like I say, with Gen as a judge, I knew I had to get wild. I got her vote too, just not others. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 01, 2015, 02:02:02 PM
Like I say, with Gen as a judge, I knew I had to get wild. I got her vote too, just not others. :)

Everybody loves Genophan... She's like... If Ingenue was a positron, Genophan is a negatron. Two opposite sides of the same universal concept.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: lysyn on March 01, 2015, 02:14:13 PM
Sorry to hijack, but does anyone know where geno is? I loved her. She had the best stories.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on March 02, 2015, 01:10:00 PM
Last time I saw her was on RavU but that must be over a year back... would be nice to see her around. Hope she didn't take the blood play too far. Another I miss from the old days is MollyMolotov. Hope she's doing ok.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 18, 2015, 12:48:31 AM
It's probably a good idea if any entries that get certified have the three "tags" added to them.

At the top of your story post, click the "Add Tags" link...
(http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/96f8/kqm59v8g9ya6620zg.jpg)

Fill in the Tags in the form separated by commas with no spaces after the commas (for example: abduction,underworld,betrayal) then click the Add Tag button...
(http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/2815/t0sjsbkgumggsq1zg.jpg)

You now have the contest Tags attached to your story and searchable by the site and the entire internet!!!
(http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/76db/04caodk3qwnnj4xzg.jpg)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on March 18, 2015, 06:48:20 AM
Yeah, tags don't like to stick for me. I add tags to all of my stories, even my poem. I've tried adding tags to Gangster Disciples two or three extra times now. It's a miracle Uncle Bob has any. It's probably my old computer, but that's why I added the tags in the title to Father Of The Year, anticipating that the tags wouldn't stick.  :/
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Addie on March 18, 2015, 01:00:35 PM
I've noticed the tags are a bit buggy when you're trying to add them from the Post form, but you can add them without a problem afterwards when your story is in Display mode. Then they stick! I'm not a programmer so while I can reverse engineer a bit, I can't figure out exactly where the bugs are in order to fix the mod.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 18, 2015, 02:32:35 PM
I agree with Addie...

My experience is they only stick as an edit after the initial post is up.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on March 18, 2015, 09:03:57 PM
I did it!!  :D I'm not gonna lie, though, it took me a handful of tries. Lol
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on March 31, 2015, 07:35:46 PM
The March/April 2015 entries have closed...
http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,643.msg42081.html#msg42081

The March/April 2015 poll to determine the winner has opened...
http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,752.0.html


The entries phase is over... Interested Authors had all of March in which to submit entries with a word count limit of 3,500 words and a theme of Abduction/Underworld/Betrayal.

The theme was chosen by RC member, EssenceofRed.

All entries were certified by myself.

Now it is up to you, the RapeCage members. The winner of the contest will be decided by your votes in the poll linked above.

Please try and read each story before voting. Think about which one best explored the theme; Abduction/Underworld/Betrayal, but also was entertaining and erotic. Each member may vote only once and may only vote for one entry. The story receiving the most votes will be declared winner. Voting ends at 11:59 PM GMT. The results of the polling will not be visible until the polling time expires. This is a blind poll for fairness.


Special Announcement: I personally will donate a prize to the winner. Based on the number of authors who have expressed how they lost all their stories when another board crashed; I have decided the winner of the March/April 2015 Short Story Contest will receive a promo code to get 100GB of OneDrive Cloud Storage Free for One Year!!!


On behalf of all the authors, I hope member participation is high and that everyone finds a tale that speaks to them. Thank you for reading our stories. Without your eyes, our efforts are meaningless.

When you read stories and poems here at RapeCage, please comment. Even the simplest thank you means so much when received...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Eri on April 17, 2015, 12:51:14 PM
I look forward to hopping into the next one! Very eager to see who wins. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 17, 2015, 01:17:17 PM
I look forward to hopping into the next one! Very eager to see who wins. :)

Great to hear you will be taking a swing at the next one...

I'm hoping that blind poll builds suspense.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Tragedy on April 18, 2015, 11:00:57 PM
win or lose I'm doing the next one!
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on April 19, 2015, 05:21:47 AM
I'm hoping to have a shot at it too, though Ashley and I are now busy looking for and setting up a home together. I'm not meaning this to be pushy, but can you tell me when the next keywords will be published? As I understand it, we have the whole of May to do the actual writing, do I'm assuming it will be a few days before this to provide time for reflection and meditation prior to the writing.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 19, 2015, 03:41:46 PM
win or lose I'm doing the next one!

Same here... I'll do my best anyway.... I have one short that has been on the back burner longer than I care to think about, one incomplete that might actually be a novel length and a new one I just started based on a stray thought about pirates...

Of course whatever the theme turns out to be it won't match anything I'm currently working on.


I'm hoping to have a shot at it too... ...can you tell me when the next keywords will be published? As I understand it, we have the whole of May to do the actual writing, do I'm assuming it will be a few days before this to provide time for reflection and meditation prior to the writing.

Same as the last round. The 3 elements are not revealed until the new cycle opens. So May 1.

The cryptic selection process of who chooses the theme is still underway. I have one decline, one decline by silence and one query of interest just went out... Obviously whomever selects the theme gets a head start and I do get notified beforehand, but I try and keep that period as short as I can. I prefer not to know more than 48 hours ahead... But need at least a couple hours notice.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 19, 2015, 03:49:23 PM
On a new topic...

How does everyone feel about a bump in the word count limit?

Say; 5,000 words?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on April 19, 2015, 05:58:06 PM
I'm actually slightly confused about why there is a limit. If someone wants to do a porn NaNoWriMo for it, why not let them? Of course, they pretty much guarantee few will read their work quickly enough to post so they shoot themselves in the foot, but why not leave the number of words needed for their tale to the author and the willingness to read them to the reader?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on April 19, 2015, 06:21:07 PM
(with my reader hat on) For me, too much quantity makes it hard to judge quality. And I'd be distressed if an entry was too long for me to read cuz I'd feel I couldn't vote fairly. I don't personally like my reading to feel like a chore where I "have" to finish this huge novel within a time limit and that wouldn't put me kindly disposed toward judging the entry either.

Just some reasons why word count limits are helpful, not to say there aren't any reasons against them.

Kitty got around the word count limit fairly by writing a sequel/companion piece that is not included in the contest.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on April 19, 2015, 07:01:19 PM
The word count bump doesn't bother me one way or the other. It would certainly give a little more leeway to develop something a bit more complicated, but for me, it'll be what it's going to be and I highly doubt I'll hedge anywhere near 5,000. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 19, 2015, 07:37:17 PM
I'm actually slightly confused about why there is a limit. If someone wants to do a porn NaNoWriMo for it, why not let them? Of course, they pretty much guarantee few will read their work quickly enough to post so they shoot themselves in the foot, but why not leave the number of words needed for their tale to the author and the willingness to read them to the reader?


Of the 5 stories entered last cycle, only two were close to the word count limit; Father of the Year at 3118 words and Chit at 3081. Hell's Angelica came 3rd in volume with 2359 and the other entries (The Hunting Club: Victoria and The one who stayed) were short of 2000 words.

My reasoning on a word count limit is that it is an attempt to help level the playing field. More words equals more of an opportunity to develop character, to develop plot and setting, to describe longer passages of sexually explicit imagery and action. The longer the story (generally) the more developed it is and the more engaging and immersive it has a chance to become.

Thus the word count limit. Someone prolific who can layer in detail unendingly in an appealing way must force themselves to be economical. Someone who writes more curt and sparingly gets encouraged to open up more, to add more detail and fill the story out...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 20, 2015, 11:07:00 PM
Wow... Who knew? The cryptic selection process to find someone to pick the next theme keeps drawing a blank.

One decline, two abstentions by silence... I have my fourth query out there.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on April 20, 2015, 11:23:15 PM
I'll do it again....  :naughty:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 21, 2015, 12:01:18 AM
I'll do it again....  :naughty:

I appreciate the offer, Darlin'. However, it should probably get spread around a bit before we repeat...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on April 21, 2015, 12:09:18 AM
Oh, I know.   :bateyes:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: lysyn on April 21, 2015, 01:10:40 AM
Why not just have people throw out suggestions and you pick however many you like. Hell you could have ideas for years just by keeping a tab on the suggestion and marking off the ones used. Even then you could recycle them after say a year.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 21, 2015, 02:17:23 PM
If it is a one person decision it should have a cohesiveness that is pleasing and easy to work with. I think Red did a great job coming up with Abduction/Underworld/Betrayal.

If the cryptic selection process breaks down this round, I am the failsafe and I'll come up with 3 elements. Then I'll amass a list of volunteers to comb through on successive rounds.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: lysyn on April 21, 2015, 05:50:11 PM
I agree, I liked reds themes, but everyone could pick three or four. Just a thought.


Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: The Demented Wizard on April 21, 2015, 09:20:29 PM
I am interested in throwing my name into the potential writers pool if possible. 

This sounds like a very interesting chance to branch out a bit.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 21, 2015, 11:07:55 PM
I am interested in throwing my name into the potential writers pool if possible. 

This sounds like a very interesting chance to branch out a bit.

Glad to have you and everyone is welcome. All it takes is a membership on RC.

May 1st the new theme will be announced and any writer interested simply meets the theme and keeps under the word count and they can enter. The entry period will be the entire month of May and the voting period will be the entire month of June.

Check the other threads in this forum for more details.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 30, 2015, 06:57:16 PM
The May/June 2015 Contest Cycle is Now Open

For the May/June 2015 Story Contest cycle the criteria are:
     1)   A Word Count Limit of 4,200 words or less
     2)   A theme of Implements/Improvisation/Impersonal - all 3 elements must be used


The cryptic selection process broke down and then adequate time for someone to come up with a nice set of conditions began to fade. In the end I personally chose the 3 tags for the theme. Hopefully they will serve...

4,200 words is not a hard limit, but if you exceed it by too much you’ll be asked to edit and resubmit. Keep an eye on your word count. For most authors it will equal between 10 and 11 pages of single spaced text in their word processing application. I didn't get much feedback on the word count limit so I set the level at what I thought would be best.


What do you think of the Theme?
What do you think of the Word Count Limit?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 07, 2015, 04:41:26 PM
Thanks for setting this up. As to your questions, the word count is something I don't really care about one way or the other and the theme is giving me problems this month. I don't tend to work impersonal stories.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 07, 2015, 06:08:50 PM
Thanks for setting this up. As to your questions, the word count is something I don't really care about one way or the other and the theme is giving me problems this month. I don't tend to work impersonal stories.

Me too! For me, the harder part is the improvisational part. BUT, I've been brainstorming for about a week and I think I've got something interesting in the works. Not my usual first person victim style, but there's definite potential. Now I just need to find the time to start.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on May 07, 2015, 06:43:16 PM
I'm mulling over the themes too, but I get a -4 on improvised weapons and my strength is low.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 07, 2015, 07:53:29 PM
S  t  r  e  t  c  h  .  .  .

(http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/1170826/weird-cat-stretch-o.gif)


It was almost Implements/Improvisation/Impersonation, but I though that too obvious. (Cue a whole slew of not-really-a-cop stories.) I'll be honest the Impersonal is hard, I know, and I've a solid idea: it wants to have personal intrude at several junctures though. It's making me sweat a bit and I came up with the darn thing...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on May 08, 2015, 05:37:58 PM
Heh, if you chose them based on an idea you'd already had, then we'd sulk about it. Good to know we're on equal fuzzy footing. XD
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on May 08, 2015, 05:39:03 PM
And it doesn't specify who is impersonal... I think there will be possibilities.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 09, 2015, 12:15:10 AM
Ingy... Smart as she is sexy.

The theme elements are words and words are somewhat mutable and open to interpretation. Absolutely.

After 8 days of mulling it over the Turkey Timer in my brain popped up tonight and I see the way forward.

I can now start writing. That's not to say I haven't been working. Maps. A lot depends on the correct set pieces. I have the location nailed down quite nicely. All the elements necessary to build frisson can be had in the environs of West 11th Street and Bleeker.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 11, 2015, 01:03:21 PM
I've had several ideas crop up, but not one of them is good enough to be interesting to write, either because they're too obvious or don't capture the theme properly (eg substituting unresponsive for impersonal). I think I'll skip it this month too and give the contest a final look next time. Good luck all, I look forward to reading your entries.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 12, 2015, 07:24:08 AM
I've had several ideas crop up, but not one of them is good enough to be interesting to write, either because they're too obvious or don't capture the theme properly (eg substituting unresponsive for impersonal). I think I'll skip it this month too and give the contest a final look next time. Good luck all, I look forward to reading your entries.

NOOOOooooooooo!!

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m81zugmvYq1qii6tmo1_500.gif)

:(
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 12, 2015, 03:38:40 PM
?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 12, 2015, 09:49:13 PM
?

Translation: I was hoping you'd enter the contest and write, but you announced you wouldn't. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 12, 2015, 09:52:22 PM
I would if everything I came up with wasn't garbage or didn't quite fit. Hopefully I'll do better next month, sorry. I'm just not quite as creative as some of you.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 16, 2015, 07:06:50 PM
After letting the ideas stew and percolate a couple weeks, I was able to spend much of the day writing. I'm up to 2200 words so far, and a little over half way finished. This one will need time in the edit/chopping room, that's for sure. It's definitely a different kind of story for me. I usually like to play with personal, forced intimacy, and I ALWAYS write in first person. This time around I have neither!  :O Nevertheless, I'm feeling a little proud this evening, knowing I'm pushing my limits and working outside the/my box on this one. Thank you for the topic, RRH!


Anyone else working on an entry? I hope??
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: RayPistonprowl on May 16, 2015, 08:21:05 PM
I am not yet working on an entry, but is this right? we truly get only 14 more days?  :shocked: @Red Right Hand

I suppose I'll have to step lively then!
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: kittyumbrass on May 16, 2015, 08:46:56 PM
I haven't managed to work out a way to squeeze my idea into the categories properly, alas, and my proper writing that hopefully is going to earn me a modicum of money sometime soon, is progressing rapidly. I want to stay focussed on that for the next couple of weeks so I can get to the next phase of the process (and start thinking about hiring an editor, or at least, raising the funds to do so).
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 16, 2015, 09:02:41 PM
After letting the ideas stew and percolate a couple weeks, I was able to spend much of the day writing. I'm up to 2200 words so far, and a little over half way finished. This one will need time in the edit/chopping room, that's for sure. It's definitely a different kind of story for me. I usually like to play with personal, forced intimacy, and I ALWAYS write in first person. This time around I have neither!  :O Nevertheless, I'm feeling a little proud this evening, knowing I'm pushing my limits and working outside the/my box on this one. Thank you for the topic, RRH!


Anyone else working on an entry? I hope??


The above quote warms my heart. I would hope we get at least as many entries this round as last (5).

It is the essence of commission work that you may need to write outside your wheelhouse and a great reason to participate in these things. It is also good for you to exercise the creative muscles.


I'm working on one... It's very well formed and rich in detail in my mind. I've put in a lot of research and continue to do so. Just last night I was staring at the ceiling, mouth agape and Silk asked if I was alright. "Working hard," I replied. Some of it is even on virtual paper...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 17, 2015, 01:59:56 PM
I'm working on one... It's very well formed and rich in detail in my mind. I've put in a lot of research and continue to do so. Just last night I was staring at the ceiling, mouth agape and Silk asked if I was alright. "Working hard," I replied. Some of it is even on virtual paper...

LOLOLOL!!  :))
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 17, 2015, 05:53:17 PM
What can I say... I outline, insert and discard in my head a lot before I get to writing the bits down. I like my logistics pretty nailed down and consistent when I can manage it. Or it's an automatic writing experience where I just channel stuff.

Due to the thematic constraints of this round it is definitely a lot of research and mental prep.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on May 17, 2015, 05:54:35 PM
Oh gosh, I just kind of write whatever comes into my head and sometimes give it a cursory edit. :D Never gonna be a pro right here!
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 18, 2015, 12:56:24 AM
OK, having been entirely certain I couldn't come up with something for impersonal, I have. Of course, I got so excited about having found a way to make that bit work I forgot about the others and am having to force implements and improvisation into the thing in a round about way. It's not going to be great, it's certainly not going to be long, but I should be able to make an entry in this contest. Thanks for the inspiration to get writing again.

Oh, last time the contest winner won a prize. I'm not sure if that was just an inaugural thing or a regular thing, I'm also not sure if it was something you just paid for or something you had as a free offer from somewhere and so could give it away easily. However, should it be a regular thing with a monetary equivalent, and should I ever win (this one won't), I'd actually rather you make a donation to a charity (I choose ASAN: Autism Self Advocacy Network) than give me anything.

Again, thanks.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 18, 2015, 10:44:39 AM
Great to hear you are back in... The more the merrier of course. I'm sure everyone wins when more people enter and I'm also sure there are some out there that will like any offering be it kinky enough.  That's the beauty of the thing, IMHO; authors offer readers a panoply of tales around a theme and readers give the authors something to strive for... An audience receptive to their slant on the erotica genre. I'm sure it exposes each to the other in a positive way whether you actually win the thing or don't. Most likely someone will read what you wrote and let you know in some way... I like the way you think.

As for a prize... There likely will be one. I'm still debating. And it is a reward system I cash in points from in order to get a redemption code so my options are limited as my income. Even though I continue to amass points, I'm also burning up a surplus I have stored. I'd love to splash charity $ around in honor of a winner, it just isn't practical for me at this juncture.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on May 19, 2015, 06:09:43 PM
No expectation on you to provide prizes, RRP. If you ever find you can't afford it, we'll work out a different way to honor the winner. Maybe they get their choice of quote on the front page for a time or something. Or... within reason, subject to the admins' sense check. ;)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on May 19, 2015, 06:57:20 PM
No expectation on you to provide prizes, RRP. If you ever find you can't afford it, we'll work out a different way to honor the winner. Maybe they get their choice of quote on the front page for a time or something. Or... within reason, subject to the admins' sense check. ;)

I admit, the "winner's trophy" of the words, "winning author" on my profile pic is pretty great. I would be perfectly happy with simply that, as I would guess most would feel the same. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: LiskaHunter on May 20, 2015, 08:57:44 PM
What can I say... I outline, insert and discard in my head a lot before I get to writing the bits down. I like my logistics pretty nailed down and consistent when I can manage it. Or it's an automatic writing experience where I just channel stuff.

Due to the thematic constraints of this round it is definitely a lot of research and mental prep.

Damn!  I barely have an idea of what I want to write and just go for it...  Maybe that's why I'm not a professional.


Oh gosh, I just kind of write whatever comes into my head and sometimes give it a cursory edit. :D Never gonna be a pro right here!

Same here, except for the edit part.  I have a Master's in English, and my professors always hated that I never had an outline.  I had to make them up sometimes (and fake drafts!) to meet the damn rubrics.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 21, 2015, 11:09:42 PM
What can I say... I outline, insert and discard in my head a lot before I get to writing the bits down. I like my logistics pretty nailed down and consistent when I can manage it. Or it's an automatic writing experience where I just channel stuff.

Due to the thematic constraints of this round it is definitely a lot of research and mental prep.

Damn!  I barely have an idea of what I want to write and just go for it...  Maybe that's why I'm not a professional.


Yeah, but I overly complicate shit and turn some readers off...  :cry:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 26, 2015, 02:04:20 PM
With the recent Outage on RC...

Do we need an additional 48 hours submission time?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Addie on May 26, 2015, 02:26:56 PM
It might help. I think it's entirely possible some people freaked out after 4 days of this site being down and maybe thought it went the way of RD (it won't, we'll always bring it back online as long as people want it here). I wouldn't be surprised if some people spazzed and wouldn't continue writing until they knew if the site would be back.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on May 26, 2015, 04:19:00 PM
Or, as I did, use it as an excuse to get lazy and play WoW instead of writing... le sigh. Haven't come up with a new wall either! :(
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 26, 2015, 10:59:14 PM
Me thinks Addie is right.

48 more hours allotted to submit stories. New deadline is June 02, 2015 at 11:59 PM GMT.

That means put away the WOW, Frashley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFkmGRdwus
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 28, 2015, 03:31:55 PM
Some clarification about editing stories after they are submitted:


Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: LiskaHunter on June 04, 2015, 06:32:14 PM
Back from my TDY a few days too late to enter this month's contest, alas.  I may still finish the story I had started and post it anyway.  That way, people will know what they weren't going to vote for anyway...ha!

But seriously, the contest is a great way to get community involvement, and I want to support it as best as I can.  I'll try to finish my (non-)entry and post in the story section.  Definitely an interesting set of requirements this time, and I struggled to come up with something "impersonal", since most of my stories are so very intimate, and therefore personal.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 09, 2015, 12:47:25 AM
This just in:

FYI, I've enabled guests to vote. So they don't even need to register in order to have a say!  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 22, 2015, 02:20:37 PM
The theme is being decided by a lovely member with a wicked imagination...

For round three, I'll increase the Word Count limit to 4,500 words. We had 3 of 6 entries in round two go over 4,000 words. Once again I found myself squeezing to get under the count. If you write 450 words a session (not that great a target, IMHO) you still are only writing 10 sessions in a 30 day window.

Unless anyone can give me a valid reason not to increase the Limit?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 30, 2015, 03:21:10 PM
The July/August 2015 Contest Cycle is Now Open

For the July/August 2015 Story Contest cycle the criteria are:
     1)   A Word Count Limit of 4,500 words or less
     2)   A theme of Vote/Arrest/Knowledge - all 3 elements must be used


kittyumbrass (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=170) chose the theme. Join me in thanking her for the valuable contribution to the cause.

4,500 words is not a hard limit, but if you exceed it by too much you’ll be asked to edit and resubmit. Keep an eye on your word count. For most authors it will equal between 10 and 11 pages of single spaced text in their word processing application. Once more I have not gotten much feedback on the word count limit so I set the level at what I thought would be best.


What do you think of the Theme?
What do you think of the Word Count Limit?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 30, 2015, 03:22:45 PM
I announced this a bit early as I'll probably be at the gym when the actual time arrives.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on July 01, 2015, 10:44:28 AM
I love this theme and am over 1200 words in already! I admit it took me a moment to not go down the obvious route of election fraud, but I got there. Now I admit, I'm playing with humour this time so I expect there'll be lots of rolling eyes and groaning when I finally post it!
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: kittyumbrass on July 01, 2015, 12:46:23 PM
Well, I hope at least one person does the "electoral fraud" storyline, but I'll cross that off my list of possible ideas. Still got two or three more, though!

Can't wait to see what you've got, Frodo XD
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on July 01, 2015, 01:07:05 PM
Well, now I'm not going to do electoral fraud! Lol  ;)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on July 01, 2015, 02:32:49 PM
So... so far, 3/3 of us looked at the subject and thought of electoral fraud. Now yes, I hope someone goes down that route, but I suspected that would be the case. One or two electoral fraud stories would be good, I just feared everyone would jump on that.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on July 01, 2015, 02:46:16 PM
Electoral fraud never entered my mind. I've something different planned that hopefully does not duplicate someone else. I was a bit astonished that only HP and I used acting for Improvisation last round.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on July 01, 2015, 03:06:55 PM
Must admit, since I have missed acting improv since I was in a club in 2012-2013 I'm surprised it didn't occur to me too...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on July 26, 2015, 11:19:30 AM
UPDATE - I'm up to 3000 words! I might make it after all. Maybe. I'm about to leave for the day and then have a ton of work to do tonight... and all week. I'm super close, about 1000 more words to go, give or take, and I even have the rest of the outline finished, but I'm just not 100% sure I'll complete the story in time.... but I want to, so I probably will. I'm just bummed I don't have time to finish it right now. I'm on a roll!

*Argh*
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on July 27, 2015, 12:01:22 AM
^^^ You go, girl.

OK, my laptop crashed and burned. I did recover all, but it took more time I really don't have ATM.

I did have an epiphany while snorkeling in the pool. I have a mask and fins and snorkel. I have 5 sticks that have numbers on them and a weight on one end. It's a kids toy really. But I throw them around the pool and retrieve them in order of lowest to highest. It's very zen for me. Inactive activity. Answers sometimes pop in my head as I exercise like this on semi-autopilot.

My logic chain is more or less intact. Not much time left, but I'm starting tonight. For once I may not be so long-bloody-winded.  :rofl:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on July 27, 2015, 01:19:00 PM
Science fiction! :yay: If you cared to post it after the deadline, HP, I daresay I'd do you the stunning favor of casting an eye over it. (No kidding, I love sci fi. And mean rapings. And HP stories. Sounds awesome.)

Some month I'll have my head in a place where I can contribute to this contest and not have it turn out five pages full of "I am a fish" or a long screed of barely-legible self hatred or a story where little cute fluffy pets roam free and nothing bad happens. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on August 30, 2015, 08:47:55 PM
RRH - one thing that came up in shoutbox today was that I actually enjoy doing the Karaoke If You Dare rewrites more than writing stories. Would it be permissible for me to enter something like that, appropriately themed, in the contest in future or not?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on August 30, 2015, 11:20:07 PM
Absolutely. Parody being a valid form of written expression, it would naturally be acceptable.

Just remember, audio files are prohibited. I've also just made a new addendum prohibiting use of the Mention System. Member screen names are acceptable just not the @MemberName hyperlink embeds.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on August 30, 2015, 11:23:50 PM
For clarity, I'll reprint updated Rules (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,610.0.html) in this post as well.


Here are the rules for qualified story submissions:




Rules Addendum: Edits



Rules Addendum: Mentions and Member Names

Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on August 31, 2015, 01:07:23 AM
Hmmm... So, if I understand correctly, there is nothing to stop me posting the audio in Karaoke If You Dare and hotlinking from that to a text only version in the stories sections so long as I do not hotlink back to the Karaoke If You Dare audio post from the text version.  Or, indeed, placing a link in my sig file to the karaoke if you dare and text versions seems to meet these rules. Is this right?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on August 31, 2015, 01:37:59 AM
@FrodoKreuger  That is correct, technically. There is nothing explicitly preventing any of the scenarios you've outlined.

However. Hotlinking in your sig to KIYD would show in the entry post and may be considered inclusion of the audio file since we can't embed audio here and it is always a clickable attachment in any event. Two clicks vs one. (I'd probably refer that to our Admins, who would probably kick it back to me which would make me peeved :p)

Hotlinking to your entry from other areas of the board might just start a hyperlinking war among entrants. That might not go down so well...

I think the main criteria is that we want readers, not viewers or listeners. The words should be what gets judged, not supplemental formats.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on August 31, 2015, 02:50:58 AM
Fair enough. Thanks for the ruling. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Ingenue on August 31, 2015, 08:27:09 AM
I suggest that if there was any question, we could just add an addendum to the entry post saying "as audio files are not part of the contest, please judge on this post alone" or something.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: FrodoKreuger on August 31, 2015, 03:07:44 PM
Nah, I think given what RRH has said, and that some of my best compliments have come from the ad-libbing which is part of the performance rather than basic text, this isn't the place for the KIYD stuff. That's fine. I might step back a bit from competition entries maybe but I am still intrigued by the challenge of doing KIYD stuff to the theme. Just means I can't enter it and that's no problem at all. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: WildDesire on November 14, 2015, 04:47:41 AM
Oh, I make no secret of mine. I was, until about a year and a half back, BadForm... Only entered the KO writing contest once. It was a Christmas story with a difference. Blood sacrifice, gynophagia, even some beastie (banned here) and written that way partly because I knew Gen (one of few women who went as extreme as I can) was the guest judge.

Ah... now your very bizarre selection of themes for the Nov-Dec competition makes sense...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on April 28, 2016, 10:52:33 PM
It's been awhile since we had any discussion in here... Let's start some more. ;)

How do the interested parties (writers, readers, people with opinions) feel about "tagging" contest entries so they can be more easily recognized in the story forums?

I looked at adding color to the titles. Can't do it. I liked that best for the subtlety, but really it was a long shot. Inserting small icons as an image is out as well. A pity, since either would have been the best impact to visualize immediately.

That leaves us with words...

Examples:

It could be edited in and maintained quite easily.

Note that there is a finite limit of 80 characters in a title field. The longer tag is 21 characters including the lead in space and the brackets. That cuts out 1/4 of the available space for a title. I'm not sure how many are titling at 60 characters and above. I'll hazard a guess almost none of the current titles on the board go that length.

Do we like that? Or does it mar the aesthetic too much?

Advantages would be to get more visibility for what has been a contest story in past or is a present choice. Disadvantages are (arguably) mutilating titles and detracting attention from other stories.

Questions? Comments? Opinions?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: EssenceofRed on April 28, 2016, 11:23:00 PM
Could the tag be simple, such as "Contest Entry" or "Contest Winner" (or something similar) and every contest entry can have the same tag? That way if I were a guest who doesn't know much about it, rather than getting confused or overwhelmed by different months and years - or not knowing there are different months and years to choose from, it's all under one header/tag. Easy peasy. Like one umbrella instead of a bunch of different rain coats and hats. When they click on the story, they can see the date when it was written. Plus there are places in the Story Contest category where a person can look up specific stories/themes/months: the master list, locked contest entry threads for specific months, etc. Food for thought, anyway. :)
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on May 09, 2016, 09:53:16 PM
I've taken the only feedback I've received and run with it.

All stories thus far updated to include the suffix of [Contest Entry] or [Contest Winner]...

If anyone has any issues with this inclusion I'll be happy to discuss them.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: RayPistonprowl on June 22, 2016, 07:36:23 PM
All stories thus far updated to include the suffix of [Contest Entry] or [Contest Winner]...

This was brill and quite helpful.

I've been thinking, would a good reward for having won a Story Contest be to have winners' stories stickied in their respective categories? That would keep them on the first page. Might be a good incentive since it seems people are using first page ranking to determine what to read here.

I would love to see Tags used more to help people find precisely what they're looking for. @Addie will have to get round to getting tags to display under Stories, but in the meantime I've expanded the Tags cloud so that there the top 150 for people to choose from instead of the top 50. It makes it easier for people to see what others have tagged their stories as so they can tag similarly.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 22, 2016, 08:24:35 PM
@RayPistonprowl  Thanks for liking the title suffixes... I did just sort of go ahead on my own and put those in.  :uhoh:

And thanks for expanding the Tags. IMHO that will help a lot.


I've been thinking, would a good reward for having won a Story Contest be to have winners' stories stickied in their respective categories? That would keep them on the first page. Might be a good incentive since it seems people are using first page ranking to determine what to read here.


I like it, but so far we have 7 winners all in Rape Fantasy Stories and that trend is likely to continue. That gets to be a lot of sticky threads building up.

How about the current champ stays stickied for it's reign after every vote closes? Each winner would be sticky for 2 months...
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: pinkwarkitten14 on June 22, 2016, 11:24:49 PM
That gets to be a lot of sticky threads building up.


Heh, see what you did there... Sticky threads  :naughty:  :fap:
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: RayPistonprowl on June 23, 2016, 01:33:11 AM
I like it, but so far we have 7 winners all in Rape Fantasy Stories and that trend is likely to continue. That gets to be a lot of sticky threads building up.

How about the current champ stays stickied for it's reign after every vote closes? Each winner would be sticky for 2 months...

Yeah, perhaps mine's a shit idea... :-? Or perhaps sticky them for 2 months, I like that as well.
You've got a Contest Entrants and Winners thread. Perhaps sticky a "Contestants and Winners" thread in the "Rape Fantasy" and "BDSM" etc categories themselves with the relevant stories so they'll continue to get their deserved reads? Just trying to work out a way to properly reward writers and help readers find the best and most relevant content. :-?
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 23, 2016, 02:30:16 PM
Can do... The meta-thread, Master List of Story Contest Entries (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,949.0.html) can get replicated and stuck. AND the current winner stuck as well.

I got lots of upkeep every month anyway so I'll just add this in.

 :-? I may have to build a checklist I can go over each 1st of the month.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Smirkin on June 23, 2016, 03:09:38 PM
I just saw the updated stickies in Rape Fan, and honestly ... My gaze almost overlooked Last cycles winning story. My eyes hit the top line, then bottom, the. Moves to the next story and sort of overlooks liska's story in the middle. @Red Right Hand :shrug: idk just feedback from me.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: pinkwarkitten14 on June 23, 2016, 06:43:46 PM
Maybe it could be added to the line across the top of the site with the info on the story contest? Like:
Quote
The May/June Story Contest entries are in! Please VOTE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,2035.html) by 30 June, 2016! Guests may vote too! You can read the most recent contest winner, "The Good, the Bad, and the Hunter" by LiskaHunter HERE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,1818.0.html)

That might be a bit long for up there though but if it's just too wordy we might be able to pare it down? Just a thought @Red Right Hand @RayPistonprowl


Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: RayPistonprowl on June 23, 2016, 07:17:56 PM
Maybe it could be added to the line across the top of the site with the info on the story contest? Like:
Quote
The May/June Story Contest entries are in! Please VOTE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,2035.html) by 30 June, 2016! Guests may vote too! You can read the most recent contest winner, "The Good, the Bad, and the Hunter" by LiskaHunter HERE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,1818.0.html)

That might be a bit long for up there though but if it's just too wordy we might be able to pare it down? Just a thought @Red Right Hand @RayPistonprowl

We do that already, at least partially - when we announce the last contest's Winner, we link to their story. Here's a past announcement, as an example:

<div id="globalheader" background-color="#000000"><img src="http://www.rapecage.com/forum/Smileys/default/worship.gif"> <font color="red">Congratulations</font> to <a href="http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,1818" target="_blank">LiskaHunter</a>, winner of the Mar/Apr Story Contest! Submit your <a href="http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,1923" target="_blank">May/June Story Contest</a> submission by 31 May!<hr></div>

Sorry for the html shite but I can't be arsed to reformat it for BBCode. :P

I'll modify the Voting phase code to include the link to last month's winner as well.
Title: Re: Story Contest: Announcements & General Discussion
Post by: Red Right Hand on June 23, 2016, 09:09:40 PM
I just saw the updated stickies in Rape Fan, and honestly ... My gaze almost overlooked Last cycles winning story. My eyes hit the top line, then bottom, the. Moves to the next story and sort of overlooks liska's story in the middle. @Red Right Hand :shrug: idk just feedback from me.

If we can get tags to show below the title when in forum view... It would help it stand out from other stickies.

Maybe it could be added to the line across the top of the site with the info on the story contest? Like:
Quote
The May/June Story Contest entries are in! Please VOTE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,2035.html) by 30 June, 2016! Guests may vote too! You can read the most recent contest winner, "The Good, the Bad, and the Hunter" by LiskaHunter HERE (http://www.rapecage.com/forum/index.php/topic,1818.0.html)

That might be a bit long for up there though but if it's just too wordy we might be able to pare it down? Just a thought...

I kinda like this one... :-?