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.
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.
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
Okay, time to stop redrafting and just go for it:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Bob, pretty sure it's the LR handle.
Bob, maybe they just haven't submitted any stories yet...?
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.
I have a busy reading weekend ahead.
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.
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.
Also, are we allowed to edit and repost our stories before the reading period starts or is that it once you submit it?
You can repost an edited version if you'd like up until the July 1st deadline.
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.
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.
Great, thanks. There's a slightly edited version of my story up now if anyone wants to read it.
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.
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
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.
Yeah, I expected the workshop to quiet down during June. It'll pick back up once people move to the reading stage, methinks.
I'm going to read a bunch of stories soon, work's just been so busy.
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.
Is there a way to change the submitted file for my story? I have noticed a few little things I want to edit!
HERES MY ENTRY:
No worries, found the little edit button in the corner!
Nik- Get in on this. I want to check out what you've got.
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.
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.
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!
Word. I'm in.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
How violent are your thugs? How violent should they be?
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...
All of them.
Every. Last. One.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Will get on the reading next week! Good luck everyone :-)
Just posted my story (nothing like the last minute!).
Looking forward to reading the other submissions. Good luck everybody!
D'oh! Forgot to link mine here. This was great. I'd forgotten how much fun shorts can be.
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
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?
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.
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.