It is our pleasure to be participating in judging Contagion-Fans.com 500 word zombie inspired short story competition. With most competitions, users are limited by the software and hardware required to partake (3D/Level Design/Etc) but Joe from Contagion-Fans would like to give everyone a chance to win a copy of Dead Island using notepad, wordpad, word, etc. Whether you're a writer or not here is some good fun to put together your own fan fiction or a story you've been meaning to write and have yet to start.
The competition will run from August 30th to September 12th (Exactly 2 weeks) and winners will be announced the following weekend.
Monochrome will be hosting the entries and participating in the judging so lets answer a couple questions and set some ground rules-
1. How long can my story be?
A. No less than 450 but no more than 550 words. (You can use Wordcount a free web based word count app to check that you're within the limits though unfortunately it is not exactly accurate so any that just top it off I will check myself and message the user as one post kept saying 558 when it was dead on 550)
2. Where do I post my short story?
A. Please post your entries -here- (that means no PMs or Emails please)
3. Who decides the winner?
A. Members of Monochrome LLC and Contagion-Fans will judging each entry.
4. How many short stories can I enter into the competition?
A. One, so be sure to check for grammatical and spelling errors and that you're confident that this is the story you'd like to post.
5. Can I borrow and set my story within an existing story
A. We do not want to see anyone ripping off another story so the plain answer is no but when it comes to Monochrome LLC games you're welcome to set your story within the ZP:S/Contagion universe but we expect all original work and nothing borrowed.
6. If I win how will I receive my game?
A. Contagion-Fans.com will provide the game digitally so the winner will be contacted and arrangements made to provide them with the game as soon as possible.
7. I already have Dead Island, can I still enter and win?
A. Yes. We will provide 1 (not multiple games) other game of equal or less value at the request of the winner.
8. Does my story have to include a zombie theme.
9. Can my story be submitted unfinished because it's well over 550 words?
A. Yes, we only ask that you submit something between 450-550 so that we don't get overwhelmed. You can write a story and take a portion from the beginning, middle, or end though we recommend that where it picks up and ends isn't too sudden and has a decent flow to it preferably.
Both Monochrome LLC and Contagion-Fans.com have the right to remove entries if they break any of the above terms/conditions/rules at any time.
If you have any questions please Contact Us and we'll do our best to answer your questions. Any posts that are off topic or clutter the entry thread will be removed.
Best of luck to all of you and once again would like to thank Joe and Contagion-fans.com for their generosity!