The [Royal Road Community Magazine] Contest - First Round Complete! Winners found!

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The contest has ended and after much contemplation, the judges have decided the winners!

1: ECLIPSE: A Complete Fantasy Novelette by Aster Loka

2: Planetary Orbital Weapon - [An orbital-particle-cannon based litRPG!] by Razzmatazz

3: Mark of the Crijik by ThinkTwice

Rewards will be distributed shortly
If anybody else wants to try their best again,
the [Royal Road Community Magazine] Contest will be starting round 2 later this year.
Click [Here] to stay updated on when it arrives.
Honourable mentions: 
Bear Station by Dzzt

Spoiler :

We would like to introduce you to the Royal Road Magazine. Starting January 2nd, every new author will be able to join in by submitting their fiction [Here]. Fill out the form and you will be a participant. Do note that it requires that your story has already been submitted onto the website. Content written before January 2nd will not be accepted.


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This contest is centred around writing from a specific prompt which can be found at the top of this post, starting January 2nd. It will not force Participants to write in a specific genre but we will require that the prompt be included in some form.


For the contest, we have 4 rules:
  1. Your Entry must be within 8 to 40 thousand words.
  2. Your Entry must be written within the actual Contest.
  3. Your Entry cannot have any sexual content.
  4. Your Entry cannot be a fanfiction.
  5. Follow RR Guidelines already in place.
First Milestone:


Have at least 1 chapter published by the 10th of January so it can be compiled into the Magazine.


The Magazine will be announced to everyone in an effort to gain more traction for the contestants and make it easier for readers to find these stories. If more information about the Magazine is desired, do feel free to ask.


Second Milestone:


All participants need to have finished their writing by the end of January 31st. Authors can still continue their stories after this milestone though the additional content will not be used for judging quality.

Rewards:

As this is a contest, not all Participants will receive rewards. Instead, the top three will get the rewards listed below.
  1. 250$ Ad Campaign
  2. 150$ Ad Campaign
  3. 90$ Ad Campaign
*All 3 will also receive Author Premium alongside their campaigns.
**Ad Campaigns will be for Entry Story only.

The top Contestants will be decided by Judges who will remain anonymous throughout the contest to remove bias.

Is this your first try at fiction on RR? Then follow the steps below.
  1. Register for an account on Royal Road if you have not already. 
  2. Click Write on the navigation bar, which will take you to The Author Dashboard.
  3. Click [Add New].
  4. Fill in the Title and Description. Select the genres and additional tags. Fill in your first chapter's title and the content of your first chapter.
  5. You can, but you are not required to upload a cover image (400x600 pixels).
  6. Click Submit.
  7. All new submissions are manually checked for appropriate tagging and plagiarism, so expect it to take up to 12-24 hours for a submission to be approved. Please be patient.
If any of you want to know more, you can make a post on this thread. For anything that would require longer conversations, however, please find a better alternative.



Here is a list of questions that some of you might want to ask but I don't want to answer:
Will the story need to be completed within the contest itself?
  • No. Judges only need to get a sense of how the story will proceed. There is no requirement for a definitive ending.
Do I need to mention the prompt in the first line/how large a part does the prompt need to be in my entry?
  • It needs to be obvious to the judges. If we are unable to see where you have included the prompt, and if you are unable to show where in the story you have included it, we will disqualify it. While we do need it to have a part in the story, there is no clear requirement on how we want it included. Be as creative as you want with it.
What counts as NSFW?
  • If you had to ask about it, I recommend you think about it some more.
What restrictions are there on genres?
  • There aren't any. We have no clear requirements on what genre you write as long as it abides by the previous rules of the contest.
How do I join the discord?
  • We are currently not putting the link out in the open to keep main traffic on this and related posts.
Can I make the story longer/shorter?
  • If you make it shorter, we will disqualify it on account of it not having a minimum length. If you make it longer, we will only read up to 40k words or less. We strongly advise that one focus on quality. This leads to the next question.
I can't see the prompt/you forgot to add the prompt!
  • PNG at the top shows it.
I can't find where I sign up!


Re: The [Royal Road Community Magazine]

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DrBuller Wrote:
Asviloka Wrote:
MrNobodyisHome Wrote: Right after Writathon?
January is most of a month away. There'll be time to de-stress from writeathon before this starts.
This. Waiting any longer than that could cause complications with april writathon


I see. Well, see you January then!

Question about the 2nd clause. How would you be able to tell if the fiction was actually written within the contest or not?

Re: The [Royal Road Community Magazine]

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DrBuller Wrote:
MrNobodyisHome Wrote: Question about the 2nd clause. How would you be able to tell if the fiction was actually written within the contest or not?
One of the main reasons for a prompt. If you can guess it beforehand, i will gladly allow you to write it starting this second
parkertallan Wrote:
DrBuller Wrote: MrNobodyisHome Wrote:
Question about the 2nd clause. How would you be able to tell if the fiction was actually written within the contest or not?
One of the main reasons for a prompt. If you can guess it beforehand, i will gladly allow you to write it starting this second
So the 2nd clause is kind of like an appendix (the body part that is).


This was a dumb question.

I haven't slept correctly in a while. 

Have a nice day.

Re: The [Royal Road Community Magazine]

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Timothy Wrote:
DrBuller Wrote: Have at least 1 chapter


A few things in the original post make this sound like it's aimed at creating more new stories, regardless of whether or not people are new authors. Is this correct? 

What about using the topic in existing stories? 

And I assume short stories are fine?
Yes, pretty sure it's just for new stories. And yes, it's a month of writing, nobody expects a long, epic saga. If I end up joining I'll shoot for 20k or so? And end the story there. Who knows