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Novella 07 and beyond

Okay, I gave it an extra week, hoping someone would email me to say "Whoops, I forgot - here's the story", but no joy. In fact, only daimeryan_rei let me know anything - and thank you a million times over for that, Dirj. (Dirj, you can quit reading here; I already said most of this to you in email.)

I've been thinking this over, and to put it both frankly and bluntly, screw it. The contest will not be held this year or in coming years, at least not by me.

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All that being said, though, if your fic is finished or nearly finished, I'll host it on the challenge page as a non-competing fic - or if I like it enough, on my own personal site. Just let me know in comment. If you're interested in taking this over for next year, leave it in comment.

So, that's about it. Later.
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Happy August 1, people.

This is just a reminder that stories are due in by midnight tonight, eastern standard time. You have less than 16 hours to complete your stories and email them to me at ygo.challenge@gmail.com.

Best of luck to those who make it! Great try to those who don't.
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Just a quick reminder to anyone participating in the 2007 novella challenge:

Writing ends on 01 August. All entries must be received no later than 23:59 on 01 August. No extensions will be issued this year.

All stories will be posted by 04 August, and voting will begin that day. Voting goes till 24 August; last votes to be counted must be in by 23:59 on 24 August. Winners will be announced 28 August, before I leave for Dragon*Con.

Prizes this year depend heavily on donations. As none have been received, prizes may well end up being banners or very, very, very small gift certificates to Amazon.com ($5 for runners up, $10 for winners). As with last year, there will be a judge's pick, should there be one story Apollymi likes better than others, and its prize also depends on the amount of donations.

Again, 01 August is the deadline for stories. Any stories received after 23:59 will be listed on the page but will not be part of the voting, and therefore ineligible for prizes.

Other than that, how is everyone coming along? Who all is still in for this year?
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Buttons/Banners and updates

Okay, these are kinda cruddy, but I have our first two buttons/banners for 2007 ready. Again, they're nothing special, but none the less they are available:


Since my time is limited to make them this year, I'll gladly accept any banners you guys feel like making. Just leave them in a comment below.

So how is everyone coming along? Here's where I'm standing as of this morning:
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The new layout here on ygo_novella is up, thanks to katsuko.

So far, we have 8 potential entries. (I know the site says 10, but that was before I decided to not compete.)

If you've sent in an entry notification and haven't heard back from me, leave a comment here and let me know, so I can get the count updated.

And that's about it. Best of luck, writers!
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2007 Novella Writing... GO!

Well, ladies and gents (Do we have gents? That would be kind of cool!), it's officially February 1.

All the information is up on the site, and the site will be updated with this information in just a few moments (once I finish reading some new stories).

All but one prize has been sent out for the 2006.

So, since it's February 1 now, I can finally say this:

Writing is ready, set, and GO!
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Challenge 2006 Final Tally

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for the 2006 challenge, who voted in the poll, and who commented on the stories. Li and I have finished with the judging, taken the votes and comments into consideration, and are ready to announce the winners!

The winning stories are:
25k - The Past of the Present Future by Daimeryan Rei
15k - Chain by Dawn
15k Runnerup - Everything You Are by Tyger
Judges Pick - Everything You Are by Tyger

The stories written by the judges and thus excluded from judging are:
25k - Where Angels by Apollymi
15k - See You by Katsuko

Banners for the winners will be made up sometime over the weekend; ladies, please check out the page for the possible prizes for your category and contact one of the judges.
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Voting is over

Okay, kitties, voting is now over. I'm not accepting any votes over the 47 we've currently received. To aramis-chan, ed, and Kyrie, thank you for leaving comments. Your well thought-out statements have been a huge boost to the judges.

Results will be posted Thursday. Please look forward to them.

Also, please remember that, next year, there will be no poll. I want the stories to have a fair chance, so only comments will count.

Also, don't forget: writing for the 2007 challenge starts on 1 February. The site for 2007 is already up, and there are a few small differences from the 06 challenge, so please, take a look.