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This contest is now closed and up for voting. Go here to check out the entries

Forgive me for this month's thinly veiled ulterior motives, but you should know by now that I rarely do contests for the sake of them ;). For this one twelfth of the year, the aim of the contest is to create fake contest announcement posts, like this post. Although not too similar, I can't have you sneaky young upstarts telling me how I should have made this contest announcement.

Rules
-To participate, you must submit at least one (1), at most three (3), contest announcements. If you do, I will only count the latest 3.

-Your entry must have a blue contest title at the very top of your post.

-The rest of your entry should be contained within [secret][/secret] tags.

-You may make as many edits as you like within the time period.

-Each contest announcement must contain an introduction (like at the top of the post, preferably better), a pseudo time schedule (like the next category down), prizes and rules.

-Pretend that this is an official contest set sometime in 2008.

-The originality of your ideas is not of concern. Originality of your writing is.

-To enter this competition, please post below. (If anyone has any concerns, I'll create a submission topic, which is a special kind of thread only I can see all the posts of)

-Each entry must have a word count between 500 to 1000. (To get an accurate idea of how big this is, this post is 650 words)

-Although the actual idea of the contest is of little concern, please keep it within realistic limits. No furniture contests or dragon taming competitions. Not that they would retain a lot of clarity anyway.

Timing
This contest will close its doors to submissions Local Time:10-23-2007 at 05:00 PM, meaning you have negative 629 weeks, 6 days left. Yes, that means this contest is going for 2 weeks instead of the usual 3.

Voting Criteria
The voters will be instructed to vote by rating entries for their clarity, wit, writing skills and presentation.
In order to judge clarity, try to establish as many different interpretations of the entry as possible and discuss them with other voters. The competitor's explanation should only be accepted if there is a clear misreading (as opposed to a misinterpretation) of his entry.

Tips

-It's best not to directly base your entry on any specific contest in the past. Just think of a contest type (such as writing, architecture, puzzle or something else) and go with what takes your fancy. Having said that, seeing how people have written up various contests is a good idea.

-Think outside the norms. Don't just create a boring, easy-to-explain contest. Be daring.

-Giant walls of text are not a good thing.

Prizes
The winner as decided by the voters will receive the traditional 100 rank points and a unconditional choice from the Prize Pile.
The runner up with be awarded with 50 rank points, and an imaginary 3 headed monkey.
The third placed contestant will be granted a measly 25 rank points and a paper unicorn.
All contestants will be allowed participation credit, and lose 'the game'.
People who have thus far lived under a trapdoor and yet to discover the wonder, thrill and adventure of contests will get 10 rank points.
Voters will be hailed as magnificent unsung heroes, even if by having this acknowledgement this can't be possible.

A special 10 rank point, 10 mod point prize will be awarded to the person who makes the best contest announcement when it comes to the prizes. This is based upon my discretion, and does not include parody or satire works. However, this award requires the one condition that the creator must be willing to have their writing ruthlessly plagiarised. ;)

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10-09-2007 at 03:10 AM
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If I come third, do I get the unicorn mailed to me, or do I have to print it off myself?
10-09-2007 at 07:00 AM
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If I come third, do I get the unicorn mailed to me, or do I have to print it off myself?
You'll receive it in name only. Outside of your apartment. With someone just like you. ;)

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10-09-2007 at 07:17 AM
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Is it OK to include an attachment as part of the contest description?

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Is it OK to include an attachment as part of the contest description?

Steve.
You mean, like a hold template or an example picture? Sure.

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10-09-2007 at 10:18 AM
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Is it OK to include an attachment as part of the contest description?

Steve.
You mean, like a hold template or an example picture? Sure.

That's exactly what I mean. Thanks.
10-09-2007 at 10:20 AM
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Edit : Since this is primarily a contest about inventiveness/writing I have decided not to include attached images or a hold. But assume that if it were a real contest those things would be included.

Steve.

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10-09-2007 at 04:26 PM
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I'll have you know that you're just under the word count there, calamarain.

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10-09-2007 at 04:42 PM
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I'll have you know that you're just under the word count there, calamarain.
:P Cutting it close is fun.

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10-09-2007 at 04:56 PM
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I don't understand what will be scored here... Is this a writing contest (sticking to the Eighth style of contest story-telling)?
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I don't understand what will be scored here... Is this a writing contest (sticking to the Eighth style of contest story-telling)?
Yeah, essentially a writing contest. You can try to do it in an Eighth style if you wish, but that's optional.

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10-09-2007 at 08:43 PM
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Yeah, I'm in a sick mood at the moment, so I couldn't think of anything that wasn't generic. That gave me the idea of the contest.

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mrimer wrote:(No contest entry here -- just an amusing rewrite that seemed appropriate.)
Awww, you had me all wound up. :(

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Meta Editor Design



oh, man, I so read this in the last 18 months. something about application frameworks (possibly specific to java), right?


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oh, man, I so read this in the last 18 months. something about application frameworks (possibly specific to java), right?

Perhaps you're referring to this? I agree - it's pretty hilarious.

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Meta Editor Design
*ker-par-snip*

:lol

Who's Stephan, by the way? O:-

[oops, fixed -- mrimer]

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:lol :lol
Is it really a Deadly Repast if it's edible?

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Is it really a Deadly Repast if it's edible?


Oh, it's edible all right. It just kills you once you've eaten it.

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I take it that any contest here is the author's, and that you have to ask for permission before using them. If this is not the case, I'm thinking of using this contest, so please don't take it.

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Is it really a Deadly Repast if it's edible?


Oh, it's edible all right. It just kills you once you've eaten it.


I think I can safely say that anyone who eats one of these entries is going to die. I'm a little less clear on the when, of course...

Cause, meet Effect.

[EDIT: For some reason, The Curse of Millhaven keeps running through my head here.]

Josh

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:P Hey, I already did The Battle Hymn of the Smitemaster ;) 'tis a cool idea for a contest

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Prizes:

*insert normal generic prize data here*.

Geez, I even set out a specific prize for this and people are still skimping on it. :( What do I have to do to motivate you guys? Dance to "Hello, Ma Baby" complete with hat and walking stick?

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That gives me an idea for a contest...

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