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Greetings, denizens of the Creepypasta Wiki!

On this, the last day of March, we look forward to a (hopefully) warm and exciting spring. What may be in store for us? Flowers? Showers? Excitement of magnificent proportions? Contests containing great misfortunes?!

I can promise you only one of those things... and here it is!

Welcome to the April 2022 Wheel of Misfortune contest!

“Why misfortune?” you may ask, “Are you some kind of sadist?”

Well, to answer the first question: I’ve been thinking that we could all use a challenge. This contest will task the participants with writing a story under the duress of a technical or thematic challenge (the choice between the two will be up to each participant).

To answer the second question: yes.

The Rules:


Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the wiki’s rules. Let's ensure we stick to them.

All stories must:

  • Be posted to this site (no third party websites).
  • Be absolutely 100% original content. No borrowing from other works (even your own), or real life events. This applies to any and all OCs as well.
  • Have NO OCs.
  • Be properly formatted (if you have trouble with the formatting, you can always reach out for help, that’s no problem).

Additionally, you may utilize the Writer’s Workshop, but don’t expect the judges to give you any help or feedback.

Judgment:


All stories in the contest will be judged by 3 judges, MakRalston, ZugZuwang, and I (Tewahway).

Stories will be graded between 4 categories, up to 10 points per category, for a total of 40 points per judge. 120 points in total.

The four categories will be:

1.) Creativity: How original, inspired and unique is your story? To score high on this topic, avoid clichés, tropes and recycled garbage or find unique and clever ways to utilize them!

2.) Execution: How well was your story presented? To ace this category, ensure that your story is well structured/developed, engaging, and immersive. This mainly pertains to plot and characters, but it extends to every other facet of your story as a whole.

3.) Challenge: How well did the wheel treat you? How well did you treat the wheel… This unique category governs how well you've handled the respective challenge. Where you limited in your word count, and adhered? Easy marks. Did you go over? “Off with your head!”

4.) Spelling and Grammar / Syntax (5 points SpaG / 5 points Syn): This is the unavoidable, technical side of writing. SPaG/Syntax refers to the eloquence and sentence structure as well as typos and correct word arrangement. This means that a story with perfect SPaG may not get a high score if their descriptions are dull and their wording is bland and forgettable. Furthermore, well-written stories may get marked down if they include consistent spelling errors. A couple of mistakes here and there won't incur any significant penalties, but borderline-illegible walls of text will face drastic point reductions.

How to Participate:


Anyone is eligible to participate in this contest, so long as they follow the rules of this wiki, and the contest itself.

To enter, one will leave a comment saying “Thematic spin!” or “Technical spin” depending on which type of challenge they’d like (see challenge information below).

Once entered, the wheel will be spun, and a challenge will be assigned to each contestant. Contestants may begin writing as soon as they’ve received their challenge.

Once the contestants' amazing piece of persevering literature is complete, they will need to ensure the appropriate formatting is adhered to. They will then submit it by leaving a comment on this blog post, with a link to the story itself.

The Timeline:


This contest is open as this post goes live. You may enter immediately, and request your challenge.

Challenges will begin to be issued on April 1st.

In order to allow enough time for users to write and proofread their work, no submissions will be accepted earlier than the 10th of April.

No new applicants will be accepted to the contest as of the 20th of April.

All stories must be submitted by the 30th of April.

Full judgment will be complete, and results will be provided within a week of the contest's finale.

Formatting:


All stories must have the following layout (the templates may be copy-pasted for ease):

  • The author’s note template, {{AN|This is my entry for [[User:Tewahway|Tewahway]]'s Wheel of Misfortune 2022 story contest. My challenge was <Insert challenge here>}} at the top of their story.
  • The {{By-user|<your username here>}} template at the bottom.
  • Contain all appropriate / relevant categories (including the contest category “Wheel of Misfortune 2022”).
  • Stories must be between 500 words, and 5000 words (unless otherwise specified).

Note: All contestants may only submit one story.

Submission:


Once you’ve adhered to the appropriate formatting and templates, you’ll submit your story on this blog page. To submit your story, leave a link to it in a comment on this blog post claiming it as your entry for the contest! Simple as.

Caveat: Ensure that your story is exactly what you want the judges to read when you post it. Once a story for the contest has been submitted, you may not add any additional edits (beyond formatting, adding images, etc). Any significant edits will be noted, and may affect your total score.

Challenge Rules:


How will the challenges work? Simple, really.

There are 10 technical, and 15 thematic challenges that may be applied. Once you enter by leaving a comment saying either “Thematic spin!” or “Technical Spin!” a challenge from the respective category will be applied.

What’s the difference between thematic and technical challenges? Glad you asked.

Thematic challenges cover the topic and subject matter of your work. For example, a thematic challenge may be “Write a story set in space.”

Technical challenges cover how you may write. For example, a technical challenge may be “Write a story in the format of a conversation.”

Think carefully, as once your challenge has been issued there’s no going back…

It is possible to end up with the same challenge as another participant. Consider that as more fuel to your fires!

Additionally, if you’re a true masochist, you may request a second challenge be issued (leaving you with two separate challenges to have to abide by). This won’t offer any real sort of edge, but if you handle it masterfully enough, it may be truly impressive to the judges…

Challenge List:


Thematic:

  • No-one may die
  • Every character must die
  • Write a story that breaks the 4th wall
  • Write a story that takes place within a dream
  • Write a story based on a festivity
  • Write a story based on a real-life piece of music
  • Write a story set in the far past or far future
  • Write a story set in a combat environment
  • Write a story set in space
  • Write a story involving an endangered animal
  • Write a story involving an unconventional vehicle
  • Write a story involving the weather
  • Write a story about a road trip
  • Write a story about an obscure mental illness
  • Write a story about a being that doesn’t fall into any of the being sub-categories

Technical:

  • You may not use the word “the” anywhere in your story
  • Every sentence must begin with the same letter (alliteration)
  • Word limit reduced to 1000 (short pasta)
  • Word limit reduced to 500 (flash pasta)
  • Write a story where the ending is the beginning
  • Write a story in the format of a poem
  • Write a story in the format of an instructional ritual
  • Write a story in the format of an official document
  • Write a story in the format of a series of diary entries
  • Write a story in the format of a conversation

The Rewards:


“Why the heck should I participate?”

Well, you curmudgeonly goon, there will be rewards.

The top 3 finalists will receive narrations by some of YouTube’s greatest voices.

Additionally, the first place winner will have their story placed in the lucrative “Contest Winner” category. One of the most rare and coveted prizes for any wiki story!

Finally, the first place winner will spend a month on the front page of the wiki! Just think of all that time in the spotlight…

Wrapping Up:


In conclusion, the contest is now live. Comment on this blog post “Technical Spin!” or “Thematic Spin!” to receive your challenge, and start writing!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to Clericof.. I mean... Tewahway’s talk page, found here.

Happy writing everyone, and good luck!

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Participants and Their Challenge(s):


AliasCrouton2: (Technical) Write a story in the format of a poem. (Thematic) Write a story involving an endangered animal.
Palaeontologica: (Thematic) Write a story involving the weather.
Shadowswimmer77: (Thematic) Write a story based on a real-life piece of music. (Technical) Write a story where the ending is the beginning.
Jjokes11: (Technical) Every sentence must begin with the same letter (alliteration). (Thematic) Write a story involving an endangered animal.
Wobblingkirlia: (Technical) Write a story in the format of an instructional ritual.
VenomTheOtherkin: (Thematic) Write a story that breaks the 4th wall.
Cornconic: (No choice/Technical) Write a story in the format of a conversation.
CertainShadows: (Technical) Word limit reduced to 1000 (short pasta).
Disgustingratmanscreee: (Thematic) Write a story about an obscure mental illness.
Icydice: (Thematic) Every character must die. (Technical) Every sentence must begin with the same letter (alliteration). Bonus: No feedback from judges for six (6) months.
RAZORstories: (Thematic) Write a story about an obscure mental illness. (Technical) Every sentence must begin with the same letter (alliteration).
StalkerShrike: (Thematic) Write a story about a being that doesn’t fall into any of the being sub-categories. (Technical) Write a story in the format of a series of diary entries.
Spookyboorhodes: (Thematic) No one may die.
Kolpik: (Technical) Write a story in the format of a conversation. (Thematic) Write a story about a road trip.
Gomez Capulet: (Thematic) Write a story set in the far past or far future.
The Vesper's Bell: (Thematic) Write a story set in a combat environment.
HopelessNightOwl: (Thematic) Write a story set in a combat environment.
TehCreepypastahWritah: (Thematic) No one may die. (Technical) Write a story in the format of an instructional ritual.
Dgrady237: (Thematic) Write a story about a road trip.
Squidmanescape: (Thematic) Write a story involving an endangered animal. (Technical) You may not use the word “the” anywhere in your story.
Raidra: (Technical) Word limit reduced to 500 (flash pasta). (Thematic) Write a story based on a real-life piece of music.
Liyaplayz: (Thematic) Write a story based on a real-life piece of music.
Josidac: (Thematic) Write a story that takes place within a dream.
SodaCity: (Thematic) Write a story set in space. (Technical) Word limit reduced to 500 (flash pasta).

The Entries, and Their Scores:


1st Shadowswimmer77: Ghosts of Nutty Putty 111/120
2nd Dgrady237: Patty's Food Addiction 108/120
3rd Cornconic: A Sense of Beauty 107/120
3rd HopelessNightOwl: A Mission on Lake Ontario 107/120
4th Kolpik: The Joyride 106/120
5th StalkerShrike: Accursed Be the Pestilence 105/120
6th The Vesper's Bell: When The Smoke Clears 101/120
7th Squidmanescape: A Dream of Corals 98/120
8th Raidra: The Music of Devils 95/120
9th Spookyboorhodes: The Tax Man Cometh 91/120
10th Icydice: No Control 87/120
11th AliasCrouton2: Fading Memories 74/120
12th RAZORstories: Medical Waste 62/120
13th Liyaplayz: Rosie Friday 48/120Removed, as per Quality Standards
14th TehCreepypastahWritah: The Dark Samurai RitualRemoved, as per Quality Standards 32/120
15th VenomTheOtherkin: Sweet DreamsRemoved, as per Quality Standards 31/120

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