BrikFiction Festival 2020

BrikWars fiction in long-prose form. Trigger warning: Walls of text

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BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:04 am

BrikFiction Festival 2020
Sixth 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 1, 2020 and January 5, 2020, including the identifier tag [BF20] in the title.

The entry should be between 500 and 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 6, 2021, and will end no later than January 20, 2021. The final scores will be announced and formalized in this thread on January 21, 2021.

For the 2020 Contest, the following are Judges:
  • SirZaphod
  • Gorvoslov
  • Bolicob
The following are Secondary Judges:
  • Venge
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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Existing LoreMasters

2020 Entries and Final Scores


Enjoy the Festival! Happy Writing and, as always, Have Fun.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:07 am

Judges anyone?

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:44 pm

One month remains.
We need judges.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by SirZaphod » Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:35 pm

I can judge, I read everything posted on the Four Rums already why not give a digital medal to the person who entertains me the most.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:05 pm

Thank you.

We need two more and a secondary, please.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Gorvoslov » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:38 pm

Apparently my post volunteering as tribute for judging was devoured by vicious internet gremlins.

I can judge, hoping to myself enter near the deadline.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:28 pm

Sounds good, thank you.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:37 pm

Got another week or so to get any entries in.

Anyone want to fill in for the judge spot?

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Bragallot » Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:12 pm

I've read them all but I also entered the contest myself so I think that kinda rules me out.
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Gorvoslov » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:09 pm

Bragallot wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:12 pm
I've read them all but I also entered the contest myself so I think that kinda rules me out.
I mean, I'm planning to enter tomorrow as well. Though I'm pretty good at remaining unbiased other than for the things I gravitate more towards anyways. That's what the point of the alternate judge is.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:46 am

Couple more days, folks.

Anyone for the last judge or the secondary judge spot?

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Venge » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:46 pm

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No objections here! I've been super busy lately, but I think I have a little bit of free time now between the holidays and the resumption of classes, so I can take the secondary judge spot
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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:34 pm

Extended the deadline a bit into January to accommodate entries.

Still need one Judge in the third slot but Judges, please commence judging.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Quantumsurfer » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:43 pm

Judge slots are filled, thank you.

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Re: BrikFiction Festival 2020

Post by Gorvoslov » Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:16 pm

My judging is complete.

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