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The September Challenge

The September Challenge will have the theme "Back to School". Stories should deal in some way with education, whether in a formal or informal manner. Elements for the challenge will be a subject of study, such as reading, arithmetic, history, music, etc., and participants should include at least a mention of their element within the story.

The September challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, September 17, and will be revealed on Monday, September 20. Please tag your story "Back to School". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our (insert month) challenge!


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Aug. 19th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
This sounds fun,so I'd like to try all being well.
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I hope you like your element!
Aug. 22nd, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm just glad you didn't give me maths! I'll cross my fingers my Muses will oblige as it sounds a fun challenge!
Aug. 19th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Could be an interesting one; I'll give it a try...
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
On its way!
Aug. 19th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I'd like to participate!

Same email as the one listed at MPTT: yarrrbles@gmail.com
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Your element has been sent!
Aug. 19th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
ooooo! I wanna write for the (insert month) challenge!



(ps -- I'm all for attempting a difficult or unusual subject to fit in like an -ology or something, since I've already written about the teaching of most of the basic ones like math and science and reading before)
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
OK! You got an -ology, and it's a doozy. Feel free to narrow it down a bit if you like. *grin*
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I would like to make an attempt at this.

Edited at 2010-08-19 07:34 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
On its way! Please let me know if you get it, as I was not 100% sure of the email addy.
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'd like to try this, please.
adlanth AT gmail DOT com is the address.
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Your element has been sent!
Aug. 26th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Let me see if I understand this right. :) I am newbie here, you know. :) You announce the main theme of the challenge. The main theme can be quite wide, right? And when someone decides to participate, you give him one more term, connected with the main theme, and said participant has to write a story about that? And each participant gets different "auxiliary term"?
Aug. 26th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
That's exactly how it works! There is a main theme, and then an element to be a prompt. The element varies from challenge to challenge-- this month it's a "subject of study". Some months it may be a "story-starter sentence" or three random words or perhaps a quotation, or maybe something else entirely! But yes, each person gets an individual prompt, unlike that which anyone else gets.

Do you want one this month?
Aug. 27th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
A few more questions. Sorry, I still don't understand everything. *blush*
Where and how are the stories for the particular challenge posted? Do the authors send their stories to you? Or they post it here by themselves, on a said day? As you say "tag your story", I suppose that means that authors post stories, but I still don't understand how and when and where. *blush*
I am not sure about participating this challenge... I've just finished my Teitho August story, and I should really really dedicate myself to one story (WIP) that I've been neglecting for too long... I'll think about it, and I'll let you know in a day or two at the latest. ;)
Btw, for this challenge, is there a minimum/maximum limit of words? And are there any rules about characters involved (like in Teitho, where Aragorn and/or Legolas must be mentioned)?
Thanks for your patience and time,

Aug. 27th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Don't be embarrassed. It's been a while since we started, and we forget that some of this information is not obvious to a newcomer.

We mods choose a date each month, usually around the middle of the month, which we announce along with the theme. It's always a weekend date, during which participants post their stories to *THIS* LJ community. The stories may actually be posted at any time prior to that date, because this community is moderated, so the stories remain invisible in the moderators' queue. Then on the Monday following the weekend, we moderators make the posts visible, so that all the stories appear on the same day-- unless we have late entries, which are *always* allowed. The authors are asked to use the header on the group's profile page; this header includes title, author name, rating, theme, element, author's notes and word count. Authors are also asked to use the LJ cut for their story, and to put their title and their name in the subject line.

There are seldom any word count requirements for our challenges. One exception is our July challenge, which is always a Fixed-Length Ficlet Challenge, in which the writer chooses a word-count as their element. A story may be as short as a drabble or as long as the author has time for. We also rarely have any requirements as to characters--if we ever do it may be as a part of a specific challenge, such as our first challenge ever, for Aragorn's Coronation (which, of course, would require that characters be available in that place or time), or it may be as a part of an author's individual element.

Also, every January, we have a "Potluck Challenge", in which writers can choose among "leftovers" from the challenges of the previous year or can enter unfinished stories from those challenges.

If you click on the "announcement" tag to the post, you can browse through some of the older challenge announcements and get a good idea of how some of our previous challenges have gone.
Aug. 27th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for such a detailed answer, things are much clearer now. :) *hugs*
Just one more question. Yep, I discovered the header on the profile page. ;) I only don't understand what "LJ cut" is. *unsure*
Aug. 27th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
When you read an LJ post, and you see a link that says "(Read more...)" or perhaps a bit of text, and you click on that and it takes you to the remainder of the post, that's an LJ cut. We actually include the HTML code for the cut at the bottom of the header template.

The purpose of the cut is to hide lengthy text, so that people's friends pages are not cluttered up with a lot of long posts. It can also hide large pictures that may take a long time to load, and so forth. It's a courtesy to the readers.

This link explains how to do one: http://net33.us/ljcut.htm
Aug. 27th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'd like to get an element, too, though I'm not sure if I'll get round to writing the story.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's sent! And no worries-- if you don't finish it now, you can always do it for the potluck in January!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, please count me in!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's on it's way!
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