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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA June 18, 2014 - 9:30pm

Just finished mine. It's 5,600+ words, so I've got some pruning to do and I can not think of one section I want to trim even a little bit. This is a nightmare. 

Anyway. I feel like my story's good, but it's late and I've been banging at it for hours and my eyes are wiggly. Let's see if I still like it once I've left it alone for a day or so.

Adam Jenkins's picture
Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) June 19, 2014 - 9:20am

One of the things I liked from this thread last time round was the recommendations, so I figured I'd get the ball rolling. Having read all the stories submitted up to 9th June, I think Burglaress is deserving of a few more readers. The stories I've liked most are all in double figures for reads, but this has just 6 so far. I have a couple of specific issues with it, but I think it's one of the strongest contest submissions I've read.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/burglaress

 

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Ry Eph from SLC is reading Toxicity June 19, 2014 - 9:44am

Adam, 

That is way cool of you to recommend some stories that we should be checking out. I plan on reading it tonight. 

 

Read And Be Read 

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb June 19, 2014 - 11:22am

Okay, time to stop redrafting and just go for it:

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/everything-disappears

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations June 19, 2014 - 4:21pm

Down vote, with no comments. Boo! That's... unhelpful. I know the arguments about not wanting to get negative feeback in return, but then nor is a downvote without saying why any use to a writer at all :( 

I want to improve my writing, and would prefer to know what people don't like.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones June 19, 2014 - 5:08pm

I'm looking for a few more reads on my story "Alchemy and Atrophy." Check it out if you've got time. I'll return the favor.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/alchemy-and-atrophy

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA June 19, 2014 - 5:13pm

Finished up mine. I wish I could have come up with more for the descriptive blurb, but I felt like almost anything I tried colored things oddly before you got a chance to jump in. Oh well, a one-sentence blurb it is, then.

A broken henchman has taken his last beating.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/costumes

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Eddie McNamara from NYC is reading High as the Horse's Bridles June 19, 2014 - 5:48pm

Some jerk job gave me a down vote and no comment. He obviously realized that his girlfriend would burn down a rescue shelter full of puppies for a shot at a weekend with me.

Right the wrong, so I can write about wrongs

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/not-a-sailors-girlnot-a-truckers-...

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers June 19, 2014 - 6:02pm

Ridiculously stupid question: 

Does the listing show the Author Names they used for the submission, or their handles here at the website? I'm trying to return the favor for reviews and can't find a couple of submissions in the list. 

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 19, 2014 - 6:06pm

Bob, pretty sure it's the LR handle. 

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Alma from Denmark is reading Warm Bodies + The Haunted Vagina June 20, 2014 - 8:57am

Bob, maybe they just haven't submitted any stories yet...?

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tooth from Dallas is reading City of Thieves July 1, 2014 - 3:52pm

Hey all. It's been a busy month, but I finally got my story posted a few days ago. I'm worried all the readers are burned out and I may be a bit late to the party. If you guys have any critiquing energy left, please pay me a visit.

Farewell Tour

I have a busy reading weekend ahead.

cheers!

Kevin

 

 

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Amy Taylor June 21, 2014 - 8:48am

Hi guys, I'm new to this but thought I'd throw myself in the deep end.

Here's my story: http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/the-heist

I'll try and review as many other stories as I can. I've read a few already and they really got me inspired to enter. I haven't properly written before so would appreciate you taking the time to have a read and giving me any feedback you feel may be beneficial.

Thanks

Amy x

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Aud Fontaine from the mountains is reading Catch-22. Since like, always. June 22, 2014 - 3:27pm

Wow, I didn't know there was a whole discussion forum for this contest. That's so cool. Anyway, I just joined the site and wrote my first ever "real" story and would really appreciate any feedback that you guys could give. It feels weird to shamelessly promote myself like this but most of you seem to have real writing experience so anything you could tell me would be extremely valuable. Thank you so much.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/for-all-we-know

Aud.

Also, are we allowed to edit and repost our stories before the reading period starts or is that it once you submit it?

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 23, 2014 - 6:28am

You can repost an edited version if you'd like up until the July 1st deadline.

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA June 23, 2014 - 7:01am

Oh, awesome! Can we submit it to the same submission without deleting the original? Becauuuse mine's already got an upvote, and I'm-a-keepin' it.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones June 23, 2014 - 7:04am

You can. When you go to your submission, click the edit tab in the top left corner. You can delete the file and upload a new one and no one will ever know.

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Aud Fontaine from the mountains is reading Catch-22. Since like, always. June 23, 2014 - 12:08pm

Great, thanks. There's a slightly edited version of my story up now if anyone wants to read it.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/for-all-we-know

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Lawrence from Dallas, Texas is reading Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King June 24, 2014 - 10:22am

I just posted my story, Gumdrop and I'm hopeful that it falls into the "crime" genre. I mean, a kids mom has him selling drugs, there is revenge, and someone has to have a testicle removed. So I think it should work. 

Hmmm, I had a problem coming up with a short synopsis but I think "Drugs, revenge, and testicle removal" works well. 

 I did notice when I posted early for Scare-Us I did a lot better than when I posted late to Teleport-Us. I reviewed four or five when the contest first started and haven't done any since. Time to dive back in. I'll be looking for you guys.

 

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/gumdrop

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Joshido from Northwestern America is reading Rant June 24, 2014 - 1:22pm

Hello fine folks,

I have read and rated five stories so far and I just submitted my own. I have never participated in any sort of writing community before so I could use some feedback.

Thank you for you time and I am glad I decided to join the group, you all seem quite helpful.

Blue Creek Cutoff

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/blue-creek-cutoff

 

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine June 24, 2014 - 1:43pm

Man, after almost four years behind the Editor's desk here at LitReactor, I was looking forward to stepping out and actually making use of the Writers Workshop, but BLAMMO! Arrest Us had to happen. My problems are two-fold. 1- Nothing I've written is Crime. 2- I technically can't win anything because I'm staff. Great timing, huh?

The Workshop Whoring thread looks pretty dead. I should probably wait the contest out before submitting anything to the workshop, yeah? Maybe I'll try to garner some goodwill by reading and reviewing for the contest anyway.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 24, 2014 - 3:12pm

Yeah, I expected the workshop to quiet down during June. It'll pick back up once people move to the reading stage, methinks.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies June 25, 2014 - 4:54am

I'm going to read a bunch of stories soon, work's just been so busy.

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and June 25, 2014 - 7:45am

Is it too late to submit a story? I've been caught up with a million things (and sick for two weeks) but wanted to join in the fun. Gots me a story about a tranny hooker called Rod Tobinson that might be good.

What say ye?

 

EDIT: That's not the actual story, just busting Todd's balls.

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Elliot Warren from London is reading American Psycho June 25, 2014 - 7:41am

Hi guys,

 

Is there a way to change the submitted file for my story? I have noticed a few little things I want to edit!

 

Thanks!

HERES MY ENTRY: 

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/along-comes-a-spider

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Elliot Warren from London is reading American Psycho June 25, 2014 - 7:45am

No worries, found the little edit button in the corner!

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones June 25, 2014 - 8:20am

Nik- Get in on this. I want to check out what you've got.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 25, 2014 - 8:30am

Since the chances of "winning" are contingent on the ratings of readers (am I right?) and the later one submits a story, the less readers of that story there shall be, is it even worth it to do something this late in the game?

I know someone else asked this recently, but there doesn't appear to be an answer.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones June 25, 2014 - 8:42am

I'm not real sure how it works. I submitted a story a week ago and have gotten seven reviews. I've reviewed twenty something stories so far and am hoping that those people will return the favor. The submission period ends in a few days, then there will be a month to review. As far as the ThugLit thing goes, I don't know how they'll choose the stories.

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) June 25, 2014 - 8:53am

I seem to recall that last year a few later entries were amongst the winners. It's never too late to take part, and the very least you will get is some feedback on your story. I don't think anybody should be put off taking part into the final week. There are a few frontrunners perhaps, but it still looks reasonably open.

There are some great stories submitted so far. I'm about half way through those submitted, and the vast majority are at a pretty high standard and well worth a read. Some good comments being received as well.

Submit! You know you want to!

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and June 25, 2014 - 9:20am

Word. I'm in.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 25, 2014 - 10:07am

Strange Photon - the reading period remains open for the entire month of July. 

And anyway, in the previous two challenges, we got a ton of submissions in the last few days. 

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 25, 2014 - 5:34pm

Does anyone else get so caught up in the stories and writing the review that the forget to click the little ratings buttons? 

I keep asking myself did I click it? Then my ocd has me go back and check all the ones I read to make sure. And then I noticed I forgot to do the last three after I posted the comment lol. Oops. No worries though, all are rated for now. 

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) June 25, 2014 - 10:33pm

Me too, you are not alone. I'm trying to remember to click before I comment. Last year once I commented on everything I used the random function to check the ones where I missed the thumb.

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations June 26, 2014 - 4:58am

So the random function doesn't serve up ones you have already voted on? Cool... was wondering!

Looking like 100 stories so far... maybe a last minute splurge up to 130 or so? Lets see!

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations June 26, 2014 - 5:08am

Thought it might be a good idea to split out the "please read my story" posts from general discussion, so I created a new thread: Pimp your Arrest-Us Stories

Go wild... Especially if you think your (or someone else's) story isn't getting the attention it deserves!

Liam

 

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 26, 2014 - 8:37am

Thanks for all the info, guys. I really appreciate it. It's definitely reassuring to know that if I do submit something, it will have as good a chance as any.

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations June 26, 2014 - 4:57pm

How violent are your thugs? How violent should they be?

http://themasterofverona.typepad.com/the_master_of_verona/2013/05/the-ru...

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations June 27, 2014 - 12:30pm

There's now 100 stories in the Arrest Us contest! How many more will we get last minute? And how many are people hoping to read and rate? I figure I might get to around half of them... but which half?! Thank Litreactor for the random button...

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) June 27, 2014 - 12:38pm

All of them.

Every. Last. One.

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Cmangano from Maine June 27, 2014 - 12:56pm

Hi everyone,

If anyone is interested here is a link to my story. http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/late-nights-and-corner-stores#com.... I've done a little editing since I first posted it and would appreciate a few more opinions. Thanks guys.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 27, 2014 - 2:26pm

I might get to half of 100 but I also have a feeling there will be a huge flood of submissions in the last couple days here. So hopefully I can read half of the challenge's stories. My reading and reviews usually take between 1-3 hours a piece and with WAR coming up which requires alot of reading as well, much less the good 'ol slush pile, there just aren't enough hours in a day.

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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff June 28, 2014 - 10:31am

Okay, I finally finished and posted my story, Buried Treasure. It probably sucks, but here you go anyway. Now I can go back to reading subs.

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/buried-treasure

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mattymillard from Wolverhampton, England is reading Curse of the Wolf Girl - Martin Millar June 29, 2014 - 3:12pm

Right - a pretty late entry, but so glad that this competition has come around again! Teleport Us made me join Litreactor and was the first time I'd ever shared my writing. Love it!

Anyway, like I always do with short stories, I've written something completely different to my usual!

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/blood-lust

Will get on the reading next week! Good luck everyone :-)

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Josh Zancan from Crofton, MD is reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck June 29, 2014 - 8:44pm

Just posted my story (nothing like the last minute!).

http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/everything-outside-of-the-silence

Looking forward to reading the other submissions.  Good luck everybody!

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and June 30, 2014 - 5:21am

D'oh! Forgot to link mine here. This was great. I'd forgotten how much fun shorts can be.

Family Meetings.

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madsmaddox from Berkshire is reading Fated June 30, 2014 - 5:54am

Greetings all!

A big thanks to everyone that has read the Quiet Detective so far and posted constructive comments, special props especially to Adam Jenkins, Jonathan Riley, Christena Re, Chacron and Dino! You’ve all been fantastic with constructive criticism, LBL and proof reads. Greatly appreciated!

The final draft is now up and ready for the month long kicking! http://litreactor.com/events/arrest-us/the-quiet-detective

The best of luck to all of you in the contest and thanks for taking the time for reading, giving constructive criticism and being all round awesome people for helping myself and others!

And now, back to reading the rest of the entries.

All the best and happy writing

Mads

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch June 30, 2014 - 7:16am

So apparently six readers have liked my story, but I only have three comments, which is a bit weird. I guess it's better than someone giving me a thumbs down and also not leaving a comment.

Speaking of which, what makes you guys give a story a thumbs down? If a story is technically sound, but didn't work for you, does that prompt a thumbs down from you?

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones June 30, 2014 - 8:32am

I've read a few that I didn't like for various reasons, but I don't have the heart to give a thumbs down. On those stories, I left comments but didn't give a rating.

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers June 30, 2014 - 9:59am

If the story didn't work for me, then I give it a thumbs down, along with criticism, especially WHY it didn't work for me. I don't like giving the thumbs down. It hurts. But I expect readers to be brutal with my stories, and if something doesn't work, I NEED to know about it, or I would never learn from my mistakes. Some things are very subjective, so you have to keep that in mind as well. But yeah, I expect it, and I can handle it. If you can't handle it, then maybe writing isn't for you, because the worst rejection is the one with no reply, and you're going to get rejections for all kinds of reasons. Comes with the territory.