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Welcome to the Elftown Prose Contest. If you can't follow the rhythm of poetry, or just like writing stories, this is the contest for you!


Contest Opens: 2011-05-02
Contest Closed: 2011-08-15

Theme: Horror

Moderators: [Nioniel] & [SilverFire]


1 - Your entry must fit the theme of the contest. Entries which do not follow the theme will be disqualified and removed.

2 - No stealing literature. The entry MUST be written by you. If anyone is found to be stealing the work of others they will be disqualified from this and all future official written competitions.

3 - Old work is allowed. Old works are allowed in this contest, provided they have not already been submitted to another official Elftown Competition and fit the theme. If your work has been submitted in an unofficial competition, then you are still free to enter it here.

4 – No pornography or excessive violence. Use your common sense as to what would be acceptable and what not, but the crew's decision in this matter is final.

5 - Your story must be no fewer than 500 words and no more than 3000.

6 - You may submit one entry for this contest.

7 - Quality restrictions. If you want us to put effort into reading your work, put effort into writing it. Submissions with exceptionally bad spelling and/or grammar will be disqualified. If your writing isn't going to make the cut, we'll put a comment underneath the entry saying so.

8 - Queries. If you wish to discuss something about how the competition is run, or the rules, then please use the official competitions forum: <forum:Elftown contests>! If you wish to query whether a certain entry fits the theme, please do so before the deadline. However, if you wish to query whether an entry is stolen or breaks any other rules, you may still bring this up after the contest has closed.

What will we be expecting? Creativity & Originality!


Theme: Horror

Entries not following the theme will be removed.

Up to two stories will be picked out by the Literature Judges from all those presented.

Participants will receive green worm badges, and winners will receive a coloured version of the same.

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Contest Entries: Elftown Prose Contest 2011


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2006-01-03 [Thalier]: indeed.. . any room under that chair? oO

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: er... I think I can make room *scoots over* please do feel free to come join me!

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: yay ! *hides under chair*. . . . cookie?

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: Oh sure! *takes some out of my pocket and hands one to Thalier* there you go *eats one myself*

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: yummethnessness ^o^ thankies kelaria

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: Sure thing :D I like being nice... I want the whole world to be rainbows and bunnies! And everyone to get along!! :D okay... maybe not the rainbows and bunnies part XD That kinda scares me...

2006-01-03 [TheRogue]: Hmm... I don't think I caught the right atmosphere with mine...:(

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: ooh fight ^^ *gets popcorn ^^ *

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *pulls Trennas under the chair* Now, now! It's not safe up there, you can eat your popcorn under here with us :D

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: and steal my popcorn?! dont think i dont see what youre doing!:p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: I wont, I promise! In fact, I have more! *pulls a huge bucket of popcorn out from my pocket*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: meeeh im very fine up there.. at least there i have a good view ^^

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *pouts* there's a good view down here. And it's much safer.

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: indeed :D oooh we can make a wall outta cushions ^^ yummeh popcorn *munches*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: i like the first row ^^

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: there was a row??!! *blinks*

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *grabs some cushions* come on! Let's make a fort!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: ooooow yeah.. and a sexy row it is:p

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: rows can be sexy? well thats a first :P

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: many things there are, you know not about ^^

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: I wanna be in the sexy row!! May I be in the sexy row?

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: its dangerous :p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: I can handle it... *lines up the cushions* wheee!!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: ill watch out for incoming insults:p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *sits on Trennas's shoulders* oooo! I'm taaalll!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *throws popcorn up* shhhh! be quiet! you'll scare them away!:p

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: can i join the sexy row? ooh any more room on your shoulders *puts on hard hat*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: i suppose... :p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: My shoulders! *hisses at Thalier* You can sit next to us, but these shoulders are mine!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: i think she meant my shoulders:p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: I know

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: But I've claimed them!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: you cant claim my shoulders! theyre mine and no one elses! *shrugs you off*

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *sobs* but! but! you... *clings to the shoulders*

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: mhawawawa *clings to hard hat* these actually arent very hard y'know

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *flies to the even higher row:p*

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *huddles in the corner* mweee... *sob*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *throws popcorn at you *:p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *eats it, but continues crying*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *throws hankies*

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: theres a sexy and a higher row, wait a minute you can fly???!!!!!!!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: of course! all llama's can!

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: ah i luff the llamas. i luff them like the cheesecake :D

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *flies slowly to Trennas* mwee... *gives him the pouty face* can I sit up here with you? pleease?

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: is there like some bloody magical clouds everyones sitting on??!!! i want some magical clouds to sit on!!!!!!

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *thinks* only if you do not reclaim anything of me:p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *scoots next to Trennas* well... if you dont want me to... *still pouts*

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: i didnt claim anything of you in the first place oO

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: i dont like being claimed like property..

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: *thinks* i havent claimed anything of you. *eats cheesecake* its called bob.

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: I wasnt claiming you like property... *pouts*

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *growls at Thalier* are you trying to make me look bad?

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: is there going to be anither fight? :p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *hides behind Trennas* no...

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: good:p

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: no growly at me. im not trying to make anyone look bad, except the cheesecake. which is called bob. i dont want any fights :S

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *turns into a kitty and mews softly*

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: what a party trick :D

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *curls up on Trennas's shoulder* mew...

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: my kittys trick is jumping in the bath (while someones in it)

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *purrs*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *pets kitty ^^ *

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: lol i swear my m8 thinks im a cat aswell.

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *purrs louder*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: well.. try being a cat, a werewolf, a pirate and a vampire and a sith at the same time? :p

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: Mew! =^_^=

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: wow now that must be a funkeh day :D

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: cha and a lot of work as well :p

2006-01-03 [shotokan_gal]: o_O Since I last logged on there's 3 pages of comments of chat from you two. Not wanting to sound dictatorial (we know I have enough so far), a little I can deal with. But could it be cut down somewhat in future, so answers to questions relating to the contest don't get lost.

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: We wanted to stop the argument... I'd say we did a good job of that!

2006-01-03 [Thalier]: *clamps mouth shut*

2006-01-03 [playslashwrite]: *bows* it shall be done mistress ^^

2006-01-03 [shotokan_gal]: True, which is why I left you be for a bit (when it was a handful of comments). But try to shorten or move it in future yes? ;)

2006-01-03 [Kelaria]: *is a talking kitty now* XD mew!

2006-01-07 [Wolf By Nature]: um, does any one know how to put a story on wiki so i can put it in the contest?

2006-01-07 [Wolf By Nature]: they don;t really say

2006-01-07 [nokaredes]: Check out CNETG9 and Guide to the pseudo HTML on Elftown :)

2006-01-07 [Kelaria]: or Pseudo HTML pro

2006-01-08 [Vameyre]: This is just a petty suggestion, but maybe this time or next time around there could be a second and third place? I know last contest there were over sixty entries and only one winnner, which makes alot of people left to wonder if they were almost the winner but maybe, one misspelling divided them. If there was second and third then the people who were very close to the best could be recognized too, instead of being lost in the flood of all the other stories. Just a suggestion :)

2006-01-08 [Thalier]: good suggestion

2006-01-08 [Vameyre]: Thank-you muchly :)

2006-01-08 [Thalier]: np :)

2006-01-08 [shotokan_gal]: Suggestion noted :) As most official contests have two winners, that will probably be our intention here, although it hasn't been formally decided on.

2006-01-08 [playslashwrite]: indeed good suggestion ^^

2006-01-08 [EmeraldGrizzly]: I agree, the suggestion rules...

2006-01-08 [darklightofhim]: can i rewrite the three little pigs but make it different

2006-01-09 [*Night_Shade*]: *laughs* Apparently I've been booted as a judge. Ah well, that's life. ;)

2006-01-09 [shotokan_gal]: *sigh* please see the comments a few pages back from [Poindextra] I don't wish to repeat myself.

2006-01-11 [*Night_Shade*]: Don't act exhausted and overworked just because I made a comment. Don't bother repeating yourself; she's a close friend of mine who has explained the matter to me and has exempted me with my consent. I was merely making a comment.

2006-01-11 [shotokan_gal]: I believe I in fact told you where to look to find your answer. I'm glad you seem to know it now at any rate.

2006-01-11 [shotokan_gal]: Exhausted and overworked, no. Frustrated with certain people thinking I've 'stolen' their contest, yes.

2006-01-11 [Sunrose]: I suggest no further snide remarks are made towards the new contest or towards [shotokan_gal] who runs it. A new prose contest was suggested by another Elftowner and decided was to start it, [shotokan_gal] simply volunteered. It is rather unfair to then take it out on her when she is just doing her job. If you want to run the next prose contest then I already stated before you can simply say so. However the Council/Assembly always has to be involved as [Poindextra] requested it to be an official contest. Official means that the contest is organised or at least controlled by Council/Assembly-members.

2006-01-11 [Sunrose]: Last time I stayed on the sidelines and it was pretty clear this approach worked out rather badly as the results took 3 months to be announced, despite several requests from me to get the results. So we need judges who are able to work a bit faster and we managed to find volunteers. I'd personally think that all of you who really wanted to have a prose contest, would be extremely happy that we organised a new one for people to enter. The intention of the new prose contest was not to 'steal' anything, but to continue the work. Official contests on Elftown are almost never run by the same people every time. It is run by whomever capable member is willing to do it with approval from officials.

2006-01-12 [Sunrose]: Note: That doesn't mean you should go about and message me how you can apply. This contest has enough judges at the moment. Besides, anyone who'd get approval to run an official contest would have to be trusted/known somehow. Anyone who does want to apply can do so at apply to the crew, not my inbox.

2006-01-12 [EmeraldGrizzly]: sry

2006-01-12 [Thalier]: well said, must have a taken a hell of a lot of typing tho :P

2006-01-12 [Paz]: Sometimes it takes quite a bit of typing to get ones point across :P

2006-01-12 [playslashwrite]: this must be the case ^^

2006-01-12 [Thalier]: it would seem so :D

2006-01-12 [Sunrose]: Thinking about how to say what I want to say and correcting what I wrote down takes most of the time :P

2006-01-12 [Paz]: True, typos are annoying :P At least once you are done you can look back and say either 'I hope they know now' or 'Holy crap, I mispelled a word'! 

2006-01-12 [Sunrose]: Not even typos, but phrasing =P

2006-01-12 [playslashwrite]: *nods* ;)

2006-01-12 [Paz]: syntax as well :)

2006-01-13 [Angel In Red]: i dont even knbow who u guys are but ill agree wiv u all...easier that way....

2006-01-13 [playslashwrite]: talking about typo's ^^

2006-01-13 [Paz]: I know >3

2006-01-14 [Thalier]: well at east you can edit it here, i hate when you make a really stupid typo and ya cant change it :P

2006-01-14 [Deleted001]: Is there or will there ever be a Sci-fi/modern prose contest ?

2006-01-14 [shotokan_gal]: Maybe. This is only the second after all :)

2006-01-14 [playslashwrite]: hmm would be a cool idea :) still dont have the inspiration for this one though :(

2006-01-14 [Paz]: I have to finish mine >3 (lazy!)

2006-01-15 [Candy man119]: my brother should have joined he has lots of cool stuff

2006-01-15 [Ocean Soul]: What do you mean, "should have joined"? He can still join. Deadline: Februar 20th 2006

2006-01-15 [shotokan_gal]: Yes your brother can join, but probably not with any of his current 'cool stuff' ;) He'd need to write a story containing the opening seen at Prose contest - fairy tales opening

2006-02-03 [Fizban]: 17 days to write a fairy tale huh?...

2006-02-03 [shotokan_gal]: Well it's been open for a while :P But as of today, yes :)

2006-02-03 [Fizban]: I figured, but I've never gone here, so applied only to myself, then yeah, for me this contest might as well have started now lols. I already know the story I am going to write,...I just have to get around and start writing it lols...

2006-02-13 [Fizban]: nope, I know I definetly dont have the time or will to write a story, if I can write a story I can do my hw,..and I should be doing that,...

2006-02-13 [Stephen]: Oh, I fixed a small error on the page. :)

2006-04-09 [shaza]: i dunno i dnt under stand :(

2006-04-09 [Paz]: Understand what?

2006-04-09 [EmeraldGrizzly]: If you competed in a previous prose contest, and you only get a participation badge, but you already have one from the previous, what happnes?

2006-04-09 [Ocean Soul]: For contests there are always sets of badges (see Donors). So you first get a full green badge, then you get a mostly green badge.. then an even less green badge.. and so on until you do have a full colored badge even if you never won :)

2006-04-09 [EmeraldGrizzly]: Wow! That's cool! Thanks, i'll look at mine now since that's been two for me.

2006-04-09 [Sunrose]: Since we have not got a winner yet, badges have not been given yet either so yours is still green.

2006-04-09 [Ocean Soul]: And also your entry has been removed from the contest (see entry page).

2006-04-09 [EmeraldGrizzly]: Oh, ok...

2006-04-09 [EmeraldGrizzly]: Ah snap! I thought I finish it! Sorry, guess I wasn't in by the end, i'll enter the next though, thanks for telling me. :)

2006-06-23 [Raesha]: do you know when the next contest is?

2006-07-28 [EmeraldGrizzly]: Not me, but I can't wait till it :)

2006-10-07 [Lady of Lore]: woot! I so will enter this one! ^_^

2006-10-07 [EmeraldGrizzly]: As will I.

2006-10-07 [Paul Doyle]: Just curious---could the perspective be changed on this one? (Example:Have the story from the neighbor's point of view, wondering what on Earth is going on over at Doyle's place.) Just a thought, and if that's off-limits then that's fine :)

2006-10-07 [All_Most PUNK]: 2 questions:
1) This isn't about our real neigbours, is it? I mean, I have an idea, but it's about neighbours in general, not mine especifically (I hope, cause it would be scaring if mine acted accordingly to my idea).
2) If I write something, I can't have somebody edit it for me, right?

2006-10-08 [Blaithin]: Paul, it's about your neighbour's life not yours so no, it can't be about their views of you :)

All_Most Punk: Nope, it's a work of fiction not based on real life. If you wish to add characteristics similar to your neighbours that's fine but I hope they aren't really goblins or aliens :P and yes, you can have somebody edit it for you.

2006-10-08 [All_Most PUNK]: Perfect. And no, they aren't goblins. To be honest, my idea doesn't involve any kind of supernatural creature. So I'm not sure if it fits the rules :P
And please, call me Punk :P

2006-10-08 [Blaithin]: Punk it is :) And we shall see if your story fits or not.

2006-10-09 [Dark Side of the Moon]: Would it be acceptable if this written as a type of journal rather than in a story format? If not, I'm flexible. :)

2006-10-09 [Linderel]: I don't see why not. What do you think, [Blaithin]?

2006-10-09 [Blaithin]: A journal would be fine :)

2006-10-09 [Dark Side of the Moon]: Yay! I've got it half-written already. ;^)

2006-10-09 [Kahri]: What is "prose" I haven't heard of it before. I know it has something to do with writing but...

2006-10-09 [EmeraldGrizzly]: It's a story is poetry, right?

2006-10-09 [Elegy - gone]: Prose: writing or speech in its normal continuous form, without the rhythmic or visual line structure of poetry.

So, in short, normal stories and such =P

2006-10-10 [noobkila4lyfe]: How do I enter?

2006-10-10 [noobkila4lyfe]: And how do i make a wiki page???

2006-10-10 [Dark Side of the Moon]: guide to the pseudo HTML on elftown. This has everything you need to know about making a wiki page. Or you can try Crash Course Wiki Construction. *shameless spamming* *hangs head* :P

2006-10-11 [Teufelsweib]: wiki help is more useful. or just look at the index.

2006-11-12 [Misty Lady]: I know the competition is about a neighbour who may be a witch or an alien but wondered if it could be an ordinary person who has an hidden secret.

2006-11-13 [Keseken]: I second that.

2006-11-13 [Blaithin]: Considering this is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy community we would prefer there to be some element of that in the story. If you are able to conduct a plot in which the neighbour is ordinary but the secret is some how fantasy or sci-fi then that would be perfectly fine as long as there's something like that involved :)

2006-11-13 [Keseken]: Wow. The deadline is coming up! I didn't even realize that. >> << >>

2006-11-13 [Misty Lady]: okay thank you Blaithin.

2006-11-21 [Caterin S.]: Hi, I'd love to enter with my story I've been writing just for this competition, but it's a bit... weird I might say, so I'm not pretty sure if it would fit in the rules. There is the element of fantasy and supernatural of course and the weird neighbour, but a kind of opposite way. Would some of the judges like to read it first just to make sure? It's not yet complitely finished, I'll be fixing the vocabulary and so on.

2006-11-22 [Blaithin]: Feel free to submit it Caterin. If it doesn't follow the theme then it just won't win, you can still get pointers to help you though :)

2006-11-22 [Caterin S.]: Okey, thanks a lot. I just have to work with it some more. I have the basic plot and what's happening, but it still needs some spice to it. :)

2006-11-22 [Firenze]: Just a little confused, but the deadline on mainstreet says this contest ends on the 12th December but on here it says the deadline is the 7th December so which date is the deadline?

2006-11-22 [Linderel]: Probably a little brain glitch. :) The correct date is the 7th.

2006-11-22 [Firenze]: Possibly, thank you <img:img/mood/44166_1164145221.gif>

2006-11-25 [Raesha]: are the creatures limited to aliens or witches or can we write about things like angels?

2006-11-25 [Linderel]: As it says on the top of the page... "They can be any fictional creature you can think of." :)

2006-11-25 [Raesha]: oops. sorry.

2007-03-04 [Fizban]: When is the next contest going to be? <_< >_>

2007-03-04 [Linderel]: There are no prose contests currently planned. You'll know when the next is when it opens. ;)

2007-03-05 [Fizban]: kk :)

2008-05-11 [Sagacious Turkey]: ...

2010-08-06 [Akayume]: This hasn't run in forever. O.O

2011-04-23 [Rice]: Woah 2006!! That's....decades ago. :O

2011-05-01 [Sagacious Turkey]: You're decades ago.

2011-05-01 [Rice]: Then that means I must be a time traveler, I can live with this.

2011-05-02 [Marlene'Jacques]: ooh must get back to my writing ^_^ was writing a story anyway (an improvement on an origional i wrote in school years ago) so can see what ppl think of it before submitting for publication...

2011-05-04 [NOOOPE]: Only one story!? Noooooooooooo...

2011-05-04 [Akayume]: Poor M. :P

2011-05-04 [NOOOPE]: I keep digging up old scary stories I've half written. Aw well.

2011-05-06 [kians mummy]: in horror, there is alot of exessive violance, and sometimes pornography, so really, these rules should not apply

2011-05-06 [SilverFire]: Actually, that's only in one section of horror. Some of the scariest horror out there lacks all these things. M. R. James and Poe are prime examples of that. There's so much good horror out there that lacks excessive violence and even more that lacks pornography. :P

2011-05-06 [Marlene'Jacques]: sammie horror hasn't neccesarily gotta have excessive violence and pornography in it!! In fact the last horror novel I read had no sex in it at all and only very mild violence.

2011-05-06 [Marlene'Jacques]: ha mine crossed with silverfire's lol

2011-05-06 [kians mummy]: sera, i never said it had to, i just said alot of them do have alot in

2011-05-07 [Marlene'Jacques]: sorry sammie

am typing up my story i wrote years ago at the tender age of 15 and can't believe my grammer back then! Atrocius is an understatement!!

2011-05-07 [Alexi Ice]: I'm in the process of brainstorming ^^

2011-05-07 [kians mummy]: lol, i know the feeling

2011-06-17 [Dark Side of the Moon]: oooh, horror is the theme! *rubs hands together* My nightmares are always the perfect inspiration for this. :) 

2011-06-17 [Karithina]: Haha that's how I reacted to the theme! It's a fantastic one :D I love hearing stories about people's nightmares, so please do~!

2011-06-23 [Priscilla Primkin]: Hope you don't mind; I cleaned up some of your grammar and syntax errors. If you want properly-written submissions, inspiration starts at home. Cheers!

2011-06-23 [Alexi Ice]: Your assistance is much appreciated ^^

2011-06-23 [Alexi Ice]: You should submit something to the competition, while your at it?

2011-06-23 [Priscilla Primkin]: I shall! Thanks for the encouragement.

2011-06-24 [Alexi Ice]: Not a problem! I can't wait to read your entry!

2011-06-30 [Priscilla Primkin]: You can read it now. Enjoy!

2011-07-28 [kians mummy]: I have a question, the daily poem badge is the same as these, so will the badge become colored or will it just say that I competed on this competition? :)

2011-07-28 [Alexi Ice]: In the case that you win, it will become colored. If not, depending on your number of submissions, you will get a badge phase or it will just say you competed until you get the next phase.

2011-07-28 [kians mummy]: Ok, thanks :)

2011-07-28 [Alexi Ice]: No problem ^^

2011-07-28 [SilverFire]: I'd just like to point out that this badge is not, in fact, the same as the daily poem badge. :P Nor is any other badge on ET. If you win this contest, you will get the coloured bookworm badge shown above, and will not in any way change your Daily Poem badge.

2011-07-28 [Alexi Ice]: I feel stupid now. LOL. I didn't even look before responding. Fail. >.<

2011-07-29 [kians mummy]: What if I get the participants badge, that is what I meant?

2011-07-29 [SilverFire]: Then you'll have a green participants badge for this contest. And it still won't affect your daily poem badge... If you've entered another writing contest, then your badge will upgrade as explained on Donors of Writing.

2011-07-29 [kians mummy]: Now I get you, thanks :~)

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