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Halloween 2016 Story Writing Contest

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
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Halloween is merely 46 days away. That should be enough to write something and get it edited for the story contest.

Details are simple. Write a story about halloween. Submissions will be accepted as of October 1st, 2016 until October 30th.

For all the details go to : Halloween 2016 Story Writing Contest

Have fun everybody!

Dominions Son

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

The Go here: is not a link.

awnlee jawking
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@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

contest-rules.php

"
Additional Contest Rules:

All Characters in stories submitted for contests who engage in sexual activity must be 18 or older at all times when sex occurres (no sex during flash backs to ealier ages). No underaged sex
"

'flashback' is one word
'occurs', not 'occurres'
'earlier', not 'ealier'

AJ

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@awnlee jawking

Thanks, fixed.

Daydreamz

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Just wondering why the age limit is different, and above the age of consent?

Replies:   tppm
tppm

@Daydreamz

Possibly a concession to the U.S. federal AoC.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@tppm

Possibly a concession to the U.S. federal AoC.


There is no US federal age of consent.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son


There is no US federal age of consent.


This wikipedia article says there is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_the_United_States

So, the age is 12 years if one is within 4 years of the 12-to-15-year-old's age, 16 under all other circumstances.

However, without reading the legislation itself, I get the impression it only comes into play on Federal Property and cross state matters.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Ernest Bywater

However, without reading the legislation itself, I get the impression it only comes into play on Federal Property and cross state matters.


Actually the primary purpose of that one is extraterritorial.

Certain US laws are binding on US citizens even when they are traveling outside the US.

That law is one of them. It was passed primarily to combat child sex tourism.

There was a big thing a couple of decades back where it came out that US citizens were traveling to Thailand and several other countries to have sex with children, usually child prostitutes. The countries involved had either low ages of consent and weak prostitution laws or weak enforcement.

This law was passed to try and put a stop to that.

Daydreamz

I suppose the age thing tends to generate arguments, and Lazeez has had enough of them in the past! For me I feel the competition rule could include a few words of explanation tho, since it is a limitation and obviously not about the law or a moral standpoint. I guess I'd be more likely to roll with it and enter, if I understood it.

Ernest Bywater

@Daydreamz

obviously not about the law


The age limitation was introduced due to a change in the Canadian Law on such things, because SoL is based in Canada and has to abide by their laws, not the US laws. It was explained a few years back when the change happened.

Replies:   Daydreamz
docholladay

@Daydreamz

Until there is a real international set of laws for the internet. Local laws apply for people and sites inside their area. Makes it real tricky at times to decide what is or isn't legal. And its better if laz plays it safe since without his site we would all lose a great story site.

Daydreamz
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@Ernest Bywater

@docholladay I mean the competition limit of 18, rather than the SOL limit of 14.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Daydreamz

In that case maybe its just a way to try and make the contest a little harder. But your guess is as good as mine. As a reader I just sit back and enjoy the stories.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater
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@docholladay


I mean the competition limit of 18, rather than the SOL limit of 14.


I strongly suspect it's because he's paying a cash prize for the first three places. There's a legal difference in defence capability between letting people put things on your site and paying them to do so - very fine, but very important. By saying 18 his posterior is well covered.

typo edit

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Ernest Bywater

I strongly suspect it's because he's paying a cash prize for the first three places. There's a legal difference is defence capability between letting people put things on your site and paying them to do so - very fine, but very important. By saying 18 his posterior is well covered.


Exactly. Just to be on the safe side.

Replies:   Daydreamz  docholladay
Daydreamz

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Ah, fair enough.

docholladay

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Exactly. Just to be on the safe side.


Definitely better safe than sorry.

S195427

A few questions.
1. The "Submit" link leads to the standard submission wizard. How do you designate that this is a contest entry? The "note to moderator" section?
2. Does the rule about "no typos" mean that a single typo disqualifies the story? Or just that you want a clean story with very, very few?
3. Does it have to have sex in it? Or is a non-sex story OK too?

Ernest Bywater

@S195427

On the 'Home' page is a link to 'Contests' in the grey bar near the top. On that is a link to this specific contest and the contest rules.

http://storiesonline.net/contest/halloween-2016

http://storiesonline.net/author/contest-rules.php

On the specific contest page is a link to 'Submit an Entry.' This link is how you submit an entry. For the rest, you'll have to wait until Lazeez can answer. However, if in doubt submit and entry and they'll either accept it or reject it.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@S195427

1. The "Submit" link leads to the standard submission wizard. How do you designate that this is a contest entry? The "note to moderator" section?


Yes, you submit through the wizard as usual. In the step where you select 'New Story' or 'New Chapter', there is now a huge yellow box with a big button about the contest. You click that button.

If you don't see the yellow button, that means you've already submitted something for the contest.

2. Does the rule about "no typos" mean that a single typo disqualifies the story? Or just that you want a clean story with very, very few?


Clean story.

3. Does it have to have sex in it? Or is a non-sex story OK too?


Initially we started by requiring sex in stories, but after many submission of no-sex stories we lifted that requirement. So 'no-sex' is now acceptable.

richardshagrin
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I read the contest stories and voted. There was one where my proof-reader impulse was all set to send the author an email, but whoa, there are no emails with these stories as the authors are anonymous.

Alex though about his lunch. The way it had been a sandwich one minute and noodles the next. "I thought I was imaging things."

Imaging things? Maybe imagining things.

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