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Good morning peeps!
Europe's hosting an interregional writing competition, and we'd love for y'all to enter <3
If you're interested in participating, please see the dispatch below:
Heya everyone! I'm Feria-Alkaline, Europe's former Home Secretary, and I'm proud to share with all of you an idea that's been bouncing around my head for a long time now: Feria's Interregional Writing Contest!
Let me first explain the premises of this competition. I'm looking for short stories only for this first (and hopefully not last, depending on how well it turns out) competition. Why? Well, partially because it's a good jumping-off point to later being able to judge more types of writing, such as poetry, and also because short stories are something we're all familiar with. NOTE - I know that in an earlier version of this contest, there were two "tracks" - European and Interregional. After losing the endorsement of Europe's Home Office, I've decided to consolidate both into a single track, so no more weird rules. For future contests, this may change; I'm currently eyeing Thaecia as a "home" track sponsor for the next contest.
The theme of this contest is Pandemic. Yes, I know, covid-19 sucks and we all have enough of it. But I don't want covid-19 pieces. Be creative with it! For example, perhaps the pandemic is a virus that turns people's hair into cotton candy, and your piece is a briefing on how, despite the fact that you have cotton candy hair, you should refrain from eating it since it'll increase your risk of diabetes. Don't take that idea, of course, but make your own.
So I wrote my piece. Now what?
Send it to Korsinia with a disclaimer at the beginning that it's for this writing contest. Ideally, a Google Document would be best, but any way that can be easily copied and pasted into a mega-document for judging is okay.
Some basic rules:
Stick to the theme. If your submission has nothing to do with the theme, it will be disqualified.
Keep it PG-13 - remember, minors use this site too. If you wouldn't show your writing to your seven-year-old nephew, don't send it in here.
No word limit. That being said, don't submit an entire book to the competition. Keep it reasonable.
No plagiarism. Plagiarism results in automatic disqualification and possible bans from future competitions.
One submission per person. As much as we'd love to read fifteen stories from you... well, we don't have the time. Pick your best idea and nurture it instead.
Don't trash others. If you include other NationStates players in your story, make sure they consent to how they're portrayed.
Don't spoil it! You'll be sending your submissions in a telegram to Korsinia, who will blind them before passing them on to the judges. We ask that you don't tell others which submission is yours until the results of the competition are released - if we know who penned the pieces, bias might color the vote.
When's the closing date for submissions? Since the contest is officially rekicking off on June 8, 2020 (EDT), your submissions will be due by June 30, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT - EXTENDED DEADLINE! Unfortunately, we can't grant any extensions to the timeframe. Results should be released around July 6th, but they may come earlier or later, depending on the amount of entries we receive.
How will this be scored?
The panel of judges (Novgorod-Pskov, Dizgovzy and myself) will each rate your entries on a 1-to-10 scale on five characteristics, which will be averaged out into one final score. If there is a tie, we'll vote on which piece we preferred.
The characteristics are:
Creativity: 30% (Again, cotton candy hair pandemic. Even the way you write can be creative!)
Engagement: 30% (Do I want to read THIS story to the end out of the pile I have, or will I pass? Are the characters interesting? Setting? Plot?)
Realism: 20% (I don't mean how realistic the pandemic or anything else is - I mean how realistic the characters and writing are. If the characters seem fake or fabricated, lower points; if they act like real people would, higher points.)
Succinctness: 10% (Make every word count! We're not here to read 15 pages of prose on ants if it's not useful. Chekhov's gun! Remember Hemingway's For sale: baby shoes, never worn.)
Voice: 10% (Is this something any random person could write, or is this uniquely yours?)
I have another question! Telegram me, Feria-Alkaline, with any and all queries.
I hope to see as many submissions as we can get! Be creative, be bold, and don't be afraid to write your heart out!
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Lily and Yuno have an embassy.
Haha, I'll be in this region in a week anyway, so you'll be stuck with me then!
UURRRGH RUUUUURRRRGH GUTURRRRG!!!
Greetings members of Yuno. We will stay here for a week and then move on. I told you we'd be back. My travel log if you're interested:
At the time of our visit, the region held 276 nations.
It was founded by The Delphinium Throne of Cerian Quilor
The WA delegate was The Technocratic Empire of Asian Lands
The Tusken Raiders would like to thank The Futuristic Empire of Too-Technical Japan and The Imperial Commonwealth of Zoygaria for the warm welcome.
We also barely missed a war. Too-Technical Japan's art:
Zoygaria threatened anyone who messed with the defenseless Akaramo with orbital death.
We also learned what orbital death IS. And we had a nice chat about art.
T.T.J. made some more dope art. There was an interesting discussion about the morality of using the battle flag and swastikas in NS. We also got to welcome Wuzhishan and Mehrauma the region.
T.T.J. did some more dope art.
There was a war involving half the region. And I got to help Zoy by doing a digital version of the map.
IMPORTANT: I'M NOT IN CHARGE OF THE MAP. PLEASE DON'T ASK ME ABOUT BEING ON IT, ASK ZOY.
The Exiled Canadians managed to have Involuntary Euthanasia as a leading cause of death. EXPLAIN THAT ONE FRANK!!!
The Nostalgia Run
At the time of our visit the region held 18 nations.
It was founded by The Imperial Republic of Zamastan
The WA delegate was Gladysynthia
We witnessed the condemnation and reconciliation of
Baytonia over use of the term "space geckos". We also attended the C.C.A. Rugby tournament.
At the time of our visit the region held 193 nation.
It was founded by The Free Republic of NewLeinster
The WA delegate was The Holy Communist Monarchy of Pure Blooded Whites
We witnessed some interesting roleplay.
At the time of our visit the region held 117 nations.
The founder was The Free Land of The IDU
The WA delegate was The Federation of Lauchenoiria
We attended a debate on the humanity of capital punishment. A writing contest also took place during our visit.
The Random Run
At the time of our visit the region held 571 nations.
The founder was The Wintermootery of The Winter Nomad
The WA delegate was Rikuchar
We got to see the end of the Pokemon tournament.
A debate concerning the probability of getting two ultra rare cards in your first pack also took place.
Rikuchar stepped down from they're position as WA Delegate and
Stephenese Republic was elected/appointed/chosen/shrug.
At the time of our visit the region held 50 nations.
The founder was The Galactic Federation of Odinburgh
The WA delegate was The Nationale Republik of New Nationale Einheit
The Armed Republic of Scalesburg is the first nation to welcome us before we could make a post. We watched an argument about who was the fiercest nation (of course we all know that's Zoygaria). A list of debates /arguments that happened:
1: America vs. Canada
2: Canada vs. Canadia
3: Pipeline vs. No pipeline
4: Black oppression vs. the lack thereof
5: General flapping of gums
At the time of our visit the region held 536 nations.
The founder was The Internationale Custodian of The Commune of la Guillotiere
The WA delegate was The People's Republic of Duravia
Thank you to The Federation of Mologno for the beautiful Molognian Sacred Goat pelt. And sass.
Darfaria traded us several tanks for some raw metal.
We were given honorary Tioguldosian citizenship by Tioguldos.
We have given Lyxis Monol of Tioguldos an honorary place in our tribe.
The Weeb Run. UwU.
At the time of our visit the region held 69 nations.
The founder was The Supreme Commander of Lily of Sweeze
The WA delegate was The Sultanate of Dreu
Thank you to Sweeze for the welcome. We learned that Sweeze owns 835 nations. And that's a heckin lot.
At the time of our visit the region held 121 nations.
The founder was The Telegram QUEEN YUNO-- not me of Mommy Yuno
The WA delegate was The Royal Provinces of Southern Igaliaris
We accidentally contacted this region through the Lily embassy last week. Oops.
Not much happened in this region, thus we returned to Kantrias for the rest of the week.
At the time of our visit the region held 562 nations.
The founder was The 🌀 Malevolent Catastrophe ⚡ of Vando0sa
The WA delegate was The ☢️ CAUTION ☢️ of Enlais
We had an interesting little battle with The 5 nation league
Mohacian dopped an egg nuke.
We also lost an epic card to New Kyotostan on a Scott Pilgrim quote.
Noda Megumi played her piano. A lot.
The Medievil Run
At the time of our visit the region held 17 nations.
The Founder was The Hyrule Founder Nation of Ness Snorlaxia
The delegate was The Shadow Lands of Tekopolis
The Apocalypse Run