IWT 9 - Infinite Writing Tournament 9

Deadline - December 31, 2012

After a long-waiting delay which certainly wasn't due in part to laziness, apathy, or new job weariness, I present to you: The Infinite Writing Tournament Nine! This year's theme? The Character Grab-bag. All stories should be completed by Dec 31st, 2012, although we'll probably end up with an extention. Your story must at least include three of the characters listed below. Failure to do so will result in eventual disqualification. Any member, of any tenure and skill, is welcome to participate. All you have to do is sign up in this thread, and declare your intent to enter the contest. Bear in mind that this intent is a legally binding contract, and failure to submit a story as promised will result in SHAME. All contest participants must vote for all stories in the contest. Failure to do so will result in SCORN. If you hadn't guessed it by the capital letters, these are very bad things. Bad, bad, scary bad. Wooo. Scary.

The following rubric will be used for this contest. Below are general guidelines for each category, which should be taken with a grain of salt. Perhaps several grains. Maybe even a whole chunk.

Plot and Originality- How well was the story written? Were you eagerly awaiting more, or did reading the whole story become a tedious chore? How creative was the story? Were there aspects which surprised you? Or were you able to predict the whole thing like a Made for TV Movie?

Enjoyment- This is your chance to be a critic. Abuse it. Dense authors like Dickens or Hawthorne may be considered literary greats, but that doesn't mean you have to like their work. What did you like? What didn't you like? What made you want to hurl your computer against the wall? What would you have done if you were the author?

Style and Grammar- Grammar is obviously important. How many typos and errors does the work contain? Is it still readable? Or should it be taken out back and shot, like a pre-teen's diary? Grammar is rather straightforward, so this category also covers style. Are the sentences too short to create imagery? Is the work so dense with prose that you cannot determine if anything actually happens? Are the grim, dark events in the story ruined by the fifth-grade vocabulary?

Theme- This category is solely devoted to the characters. How many were used? How many of them were used well? Did the author pick characters who were meant for each other, or did they surprise you by using characters which didn't seem to have much in common? Were the characters critical to the plot, or did they merely appear in the background of someone else's story? How many of the characters used were created by the author?

The Character List

The character list is split into four main categories- Name, Physical, Mental, and Special. Name is pretty obvious. Physical, as you would expect, details any physical information about the character, such as their age, appearance, hair/eye color, clothing tastes, ect. Mental, of course, details the more intangible facts, such as personality, disposition, and behavior. Character Background and History, when not mentioned or hinted in the Physical or Mental categories, may be invented at your whim. Special is what gives this contest an extra twist. The condition(s) described in the special category must be satisfied somewhere within your story, or the character has not truly been included in your story. This can happen in a small dead-end, or in the successful conclusion of the story, but it must be written into the submission for it to count. An empty room with a promise to fulfill does not count.

The character list submissions have been closed. Bear in mind that I was not the only person to create characters for this contest. Don't blame me if you can't find three characters that you want to use.

Clear as mud? Well, whatever. Here's the list.