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Beat The Clock Contest: The 24hr Countdown Begins January 30th

SERIOUS WRITERS GROUP
24-HOUR CHALLENGE
January 30, 2013 (apply to enter) & February 2, 2013 (submit your entry)

*Shudder* * Tremble* – You have no idea what the topic is going to be. You have no idea what the word limit will be. You do know that you’ll only have 24-hours to complete your story and exactly when that 24-hour clock will start. You also know there will be no deviation from the rules allowed. The pressure mounts. As the start day and time approaches, the tension rises. Turn on your computer, dust off your keyboard. Soon, it will be On Your Mark, Get set, Go…

First Prize – $200
Second Prize – $100
Third Prize – $50

GUIDELINES:
-It is a two part entry process. On January 30, you will submit your email address. On February 2, you will submit your story. See below.

- You must be a member of The Serious Writers Group to enter.

-Anyone of any status is welcome to enter.

-To ENTER, send an email to alsam2 – jclaird47@msn.com with the word “contest” in the subject line. NO STORIES, just your email address is needed. The deadline for sending ¬¬your email address is 12:00 pm EST, Weds—January 30, 2013. Email contact information will not be accepted after that date. Email respondents will be instructed the following week concerning their entries (see below).

-On Saturday—February 2, 2013, at exactly 12:00 pm EST, you will receive an email with the story topic (with sample paragraph), and the maximum word count. You will have up to 24-hours to email your completed story back. Paste your story in the body of the email or attach as a word document. Do not put your name on the story itself. It MUST be received by 12:00 pm EST, Sunday—February 3, 2013.

-Your story must touch upon the topic in some way. If it does not, it will be disqualified.

-You must not exceed the maximum word count. One word over and it will be disqualified. All entries will be checked with alsam2’s trusty PC laptop, Word 7. What it says the word count is, is your official word count. Titles do not count in the word tally.

-Entries must be received within the 24-hour period. One minute late and it will be disqualified. No exceptions. “I forgot, my ISP was slow, my computer broke, I was in the hospital, I was kidnapped, my house was struck by a meteor, the dog peed on my keyboard, etc.” will not be accepted. It must hit alsam2’s inbox by 12:00 pm EST on Sunday—Feb. 3, no later.If it doesn’t, out it goes; you’ll just have to wait for the next contest. And if you live in a different time zone, you’re going to have to figure that out and adjust ahead of time. That excuse won’t fly either.

-One story per entrant. It must be a complete story. We will be looking primarily for originality, as well as a well-written and edited piece.

-Moderators of Serious Writers will not be eligible to enter this contest.

JUDGING:
-Judging will commence Monday, February 4, 2013.

-The entries will be judged blind. Member alsam2 will forward the stories to the judges WITHOUT the author’s names. There will be no “popular” votes. Judges will rate each story 1-10, votes will be averaged, the highest three averages will be the winners.

-Winners will be contacted by email, so that the authors can create a cover for their book. Winners will then be posted in the appropriate groups (Serious Writers, Reading List, Contests & More, etc.).

If you have any questions please contact member: alsam2

-Winners to claim their cash prize must establish a PayPal account.

EMBRACE THE PRESSURE!

Click HERE to go to the contest page.

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