Teleport Us: Hitting The Halfway Point, Plus Announcing More Prizes For Readers and Writers!
LitReactor’s second official writing challenge, Teleport Us, started with a bang on February 1st and within hours we already had our first submissions. Since then there have been over 50 stories submitted and even more reviews and ratings logged. Submissions are open until the end of the month, so you still have plenty of time to enter for fun, prizes, improvement, and glory.
Already we’ve seen some standout stories in the workshop. JC Piech’s story "A Way Out" has a perfect score and 2400 points right now. That means that all twelve reviewers liked the story – not too shabby, JC! Especially considering this is her first attempt at sci-fi. Not far behind, and also with a perfect score, is Ben_Sharp with his story "Scrap."
And while those guys are getting tons of workshop love, there are other fellow writers still needing your help! When you vote be sure to leave some comments for the author so they can improve and learn from your feedback! If you’re looking for a place to start reviewing, check out these stories:
The discussion board has been buzzing with excitement over the stories. And while the stipulation that you must include a non-human character seems to be throwing some people off, the general feeling is one of excitement and camaraderie. I love seeing all the new names and faces. These challenges are a great way to meet new friends in the writing community. Grant Williams said,
This is the first time I've done anything like this or that anyone other than friends and family have read anything I've done and I must say I love this community. Everything I've gotten back is either positive or is well crafted and insightful constructive criticism. Also, every story I've read has been great. It amazes me to see where people's minds take them.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Our community is what you make it, and I'm always happy to see people making it into a fun place to share ideas and grow as writers.
To tempt you further, we have some new and exciting announcements! At the beginning of the month we announced that we'd recruited Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher, Kat Howard, and Joseph Nassise. Since then, we've added two more:
Lynne M. Thomas is a two-time Hugo Award winner and co-editor of numerous sci-fi anthologies, including Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis. She's also the editor-in-chief of the Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three.
Dana Fredsti is the author of Plague Town and Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. A past president of the professional organization Sisters in Crime, she has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and she worked on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite. You heard that right: She was a Deadite in Army of Darkness.
Plus, we also have SWAG! Swag will be handed out to readers. Most reviews, best reviews, stuff like that. Some of the readers will be picked to recieve:
- T-shirts from Miles to go
- Select sci-fi/fantasy titles from Titan, Pyr, Del Rey and Tor/Forge
- Audiobooks from Macmillan
So keep reading and keep submitting.
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