BrikFiction Festival 2017

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BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:46 am

BrikFiction Festival 2017
Third Annual BrikWars BrikFic Contest

Welcome to the coming end of another Rekonstruktion, BrikWarriors, as we prepare to dive into a two month long celebration honoring the Stories of the BrikVerse.  We stand upon the precipice of time as our minifigs and sigfigs, creatures and creations, castles and kingdoms, and starships and space empires are cast into an ever evolving community Kanon.  The deadly perils of countless battlefields, the twisted and labyrinthine halls of power and politiks, the epic struggles of Heroes and Villains.  They fight and dance and collide together at the heart of our interest, the Stories of their sheer Ossumness demanding to be told.  Told and, in the age old tradition, passed on to the next generation, shooting like brilliant stars through the bright imaginations of those yet to arrive.  And in the telling, reigniting the old creative flame and giving rise to new Stories for the Rekons to come.

Participants

Those wishing to participate in the contest should submit an original short story via a new thread in the BrikFic Subforum between November 3, 2017 and December 31, 2017, including the identifier tag [BF17] in the title.

The entry should have a maximum of around 3000 words.

So long as the piece is set within the BrikVerse, the story may include any subject, theme, or style.  Please keep in mind that the community approach to the BrikVerse is diverse and you should in no way feel pressured to base the story on existing canon, though you are still more than welcome to if you are so inclined.

Once the entry is submitted, the original post should not be edited.  Exceptions to this rule may occur if the Judges unanimously agree.

Writers may submit more than one entry.  Writers can only win one Reward, however, and only their highest scoring piece will count in this regard.

Participants should keep in mind that Presentation (a scoring category covering grammar, mechanics, punctuation,  and usage) is not used in this contest as a regular scoring category, but rather as a tiebreaker category.  The goal of this contest is to increase interest and celebrate storytelling within the BrikVerse, as well as hopefully inspire an uptake of BrikFics posted to the forum.  Amateur authors are as welcome as veterans.

Judges

Judging of the entries will commence immediately following the contest, beginning January 1, 2018, and will end no later than January 12, 2018.  The final scores will be announced and formalized in this thread on January 13, 2018.

For the 2017 Contest, the following are Judges:

  • Scratch
  • Insert_blank
  • mgb

The following are Secondary Judges:

  • Bookwyrm

Judges will read each entry and score it based on the following categories:

  • Concept and Theme -- The idea behind the story and its underlying meaning, what the story is about, and why it deserves to be told.
  • Form -- The flow of the story, the framework that keeps it cohesive and the structure that drives the story forward.  This includes the use of actions and events, as well as the pacing of the plot.
  • Voice -- The clarity of characters and narration as they interact with the established plot, how compelling and unique they are, and how well they are revealed throughout the story.
  • Style -- Overall quality of the writing, consistency of appropriate tone, use of clever ideas and general level of originality, and accessibility of emotional or cerebral engagement.

  • TIEBREAKER CATEGORY--Presentation -- Proper grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage.

Each Judging Category is rated on a scale from 1-10, except Style, which is rated on a scale from 1-20.  The scores from each category will be added together, with the exception of Presentation, for a single judge's Total Score of between 4 and 50.  Total Scores are then added together to obtain a Final Score of between 12-150.  The Presentation Scores will only be used in the event of a tie between entries.  Judges are encouraged to keep an open, diverse mindset when judging entries as they are not inherently required to adhere to any particular interpretation of Kanon or individually preferred tone.  In short, we all have a good general idea of what constitutes as Brikwarsy but a great many of us have some pretty different ideas about the specifics.

Judges may enter the contest as Participants (see above) but may not judge their own entries.  Instead, the Secondary Judge will take their place in the scoring of those particular pieces.

Rewards

The 1st Place Winner will gain full on bragging rights and join the ranks of our LoreMasters, those most excellent BrikWarsian storytellers and historians, lords of fact and fiction.  They will also earn the unique custom badge pictured below, which will be pinned to the winning post and generally used however the winner sees fit (such as its inclusion into their forum signature).


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Go To: 2017 Entries, Final Scores, and Winner



Enjoy the Festival!  Happy Writing and, as always, Have Fun.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:46 am

Takers for judging?
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:58 pm

Need one more judge, please.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Insert_blank » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:57 pm

If judges are allowed to compete why can't bookwyrm be a full judge?
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:39 pm

He can.  He just wanted to be a secondary judge.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:23 pm

Moving into month two.  I know some of our writers were busy with NaNoWriMo, school, and general life stuff last month and December is also a busy month for many but I do hope to see some entries before the new year.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:38 pm

9 days remain.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:30 pm

Today and four days.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:33 pm

Got some last minute entries, which is fantastic.  I'm very pleased.  Entries are linked in OP bottom for judges convenience.

For those still working on theirs, today and two days remain.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:34 pm

I got super sick.  Please go ahead with judging.  I've extended the deadline by a few days.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:00 am

4ish days to finish judging.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Quantumsurfer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:35 am

2017 Entries and Final Scores


Thanks to all participants for your entries into this year's Festival.

Well done and congratulations.  We had an upswing of interest in the final weeks of the contest and managed to score some solid entries.  I hope everyone had fun reading and writing this year and I look forward to seeing more of the same in the future, both throughout the year and during the 2018 FicFest.

BrikFiction Festival 2017 Winner and BrikWars LoreMaster

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For the short story "Retribution Unbound"
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2017

Postby Arkbrik » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:44 am

Congratulations Duerer! Well deserved.
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