Re: New writing contest
I'd love to see this site do a [shorter] version of the NYC Midnight writing challenge. They present a Genre, a Subject, and a Character within a given format (short story, flash fiction, screenplay etc.) and do three rounds of elimination with different criteria for each round before deciding the winner.
So for example in their short story challenge, round one is:
Character: A Hoarder
Of 100 entries, 10 are chosen to move on to round two.
Subject: A Secret Hideout
Character: A Disabled FBI agent
Of 10 entries, 5 are chosen to move on to round three.
Subject: Winter Storm
Character: A Blind Retiree
A winner, runner up and honorable mention is chosen.
I think it would be fun, different and challenging. I especially like the idea of elimination being in three rounds to really stretch and challenge the winning entrants. Plus, it would be a blast to read/review the various stages of the contest.