Authors "Mashed for Cash" in StoryMash's Fifth Collaborative Writing Contest
StoryMash, the future of collaborative storytelling, has cash prizes! To reward the authors and amateur writers of our creative writing community and encourage collaborative storytelling, StoryMash holds periodic creative writing contests. This was one such contest.
Join us in congratulating the winners of the fifth StoryMash writing contest! If you are a winning author, please update your StoryMash preferences with your payment details so we can deliver your prize money!
"Thou Shalt Not Kill" won $100
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill" by Persephonie||4.0||5.0||4.7||13.7||4.57|
|"The Universal Cover Up" by ericswyatt||5.0||4.0||4.4||13.4||4.47|
|"Phoning It In" by nashvillebecker||4.0||4.0||4.3||12.3||4.1|
|"Carmen Unicycle" by ARHD||4.0||4.0||3.9||11.9||3.97|
|"Re-Up" by Acee_Andrade||3.5||4.0||3.9||11.4||3.8|
|"Studebaker Pasta Antelope Rasp Plunger" by nashvillebecker||5.0||1.0||4.5||10.5||3.5|
|"The Recorder" by aaronk||3.5||3.0||3.5||10.0||3.33|
|"The Bayan-Ölgii Factor" by OriginalSim||4.0||2.0||3.9||9.9||3.3|
|"He Knows Things" by EllyBee||2.5||2.0||3.6||8.1||2.7|
|"Night Jar" by Avauri||1.0||3.0||4.1||8.1||2.7|
"Thou Shalt Not Kill (2)" won $100
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (2)" by nashvillebecker||5.0||5.0||4.5||14.5||4.83|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (2)" by wsells||2.0||4.5||4.6||11.1||3.7|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (2)- Thou Shalt Not Steal" by VinnieP||3.0||3.5||4.1||10.6||3.53|
|"Thou shall not Kill (2) Angels among Us" by chloe||3.0||3.0||4.5||10.5||3.5|
|"Thou shall not kill - honor thy father and mother" by powerfulpen||3.0||3.0||3.6||9.6||3.2|
|"Guilt" by Ineffable||1.0||3.5||4.2||8.7||2.9|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill - The Sins of My Fathers" by Silver||1.0||3.5||4.1||8.6||2.87|
|"Chapter Two, Guilty" by Acee_Andrade||2.0||2.5||4.0||8.5||2.83|
|"The Tempter's Whorl" by bterickson||2.0||2.0||3.9||7.9||2.63|
|"'Thou Shalt Not Kill' - A Talk With Miquel" by EllyBee||1.0||3.0||3.8||7.8||2.6|
"Thou shall not kill- a voice in the darkness" won $100
|"Thou shall not kill- a voice in the darkness" by chloe||5.0||4.0||4.0||13.0||4.3|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3)...Misery Loves Company (revised again!)" by expression architect||4.0||5.0||3.5||12.5||4.2|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3)" by thabeave||4.0||4.0||4.5||12.5||4.2|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3) - Connections" by VinnieP||3.5||4.0||3.5||11.0||3.7|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3A)" by writerwannabe||3.0||4.0||4.0||11.0||3.7|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill ( 3 )" by ShadowedPen||4.0||2.0||5.0||11.0||3.7|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3)......No Sin Goes Unpunished" by theblackhand||3.0||5.0||3.0||11.0||3.7|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (3) ? (Revised) The Hardest Damn Thing" by maxamillionlives||3.5||3.0||3.0||9.5||3.2|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill - The Power Of Nine" by EllyBee||4.0||2.0||2.5||8.5||2.8|
|"Thou shall not kill Chapter 3" by hawkeye||3.5||1.0||3.0||7.5||2.5|
"TSNK 4: A Glimmer of Hope (revised)" won $100
|"TSNK 4: A Glimmer of Hope (revised)" by expression architect||4.2||3.9||4.0||3.5||15.6||3.90|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill Chapter 4: Family Ties" by shanbam||4.5||4.3||3.0||3.0||14.8||3.70|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill - Chapter 4: By the Hands of God" by xvoorheesx||4.0||3.6||3.5||3.0||14.1||3.53|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (4)....Practice Makes Perfect" by theblackhand||3.3||3.9||3.0||2.5||12.7||3.18|
|"Thou Shall Not Kill (4)" by short-sweet||3.8||3.8||2.5||2.5||12.6||3.15|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill - Tick Tock Tick Tock" by rocklee11416||3.0||3.2||3.5||2.5||12.2||3.05|
|"*Thou Shalt Not Kill -4- There's A New Sheriff In Town...*" by xfionax||3.8||3.2||2.5||2.5||12.0||3.00|
|"'Thou Shall Not Kill'-A Priest's Confession" by Neo||3.2||3.7||2.0||2.5||11.4||2.85|
|"Thou Shall Not Kill: Adara's dirty little secret" by nateride||4.0||3.0||2.0||2.0||11.0||2.75|
|"Make it through the day..." by Misty19||3.4||3.0||2.5||2.0||10.9||2.73|
"TSNK 5: Crux Comissa" won $100
|expression architect||nashville becker||chloe||Katrina||Total||Avg.|
|"TSNK-5: Crux Commissa" by crystalfoo||5.0||4.5||4.5||4.8||18.8||4.7|
|"*Thou Shalt Not Kill - 5 - Always Two Steps Behind...*" by xfionax||4.3||3.5||3.9||3.5||15.2||3.8|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 5: Dreams of Destiny" by Cornelius||3.2||4.5||4.5||3.0||15.2||3.8|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill - Chapter 5: Adara's Time to Shine (Revised)" by xvoorheesx||5.0||3.5||3.6||3.0||15.1||3.78|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill (5) Revised" by writerwannabe||4.0||3.5||3.9||3.0||14.4||3.6|
|"Thou Shall Not Kill 5: Now, it's personal." by WBScott||4.5||3.0||3.7||2.5||13.7||3.43|
|"TSNK 5 : Its Going Down" by rocklee11416||2.5||2.5||3.5||1.5||10.0||2.5|
"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 6: Best Laid Plans" won $100
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 6: Best Laid Plans" by Cornelius||4.2||3.5||4.0||4.4||16.1||4.03|
|"TSNK 6: Out of the House of Bondage" by nasquared||3.8||3.5||4.5||3.9||15.7||3.93|
|"TSNK 6: A "Fallen" Father (Revised)" by rocklee11416||3.0||2.5||3.0||3.2||11.7||2.93|
|"TSNK-6" by Walkindownaline||3.5||2.5||2.5||3.2||11.7||2.93|
|"Thou Shall Not Kill Part 6: Avestan Zarathustra" by allisonaustinartistry||3.4||1.5||3.0||3.3||11.2||2.8|
|"Nunc Dimittis" by rabscuttle||2.9||2.5||2.5||2.2||10.1||2.53|
|"Sins of the Mother rivised(Chapter )" by whisper55||2.9||2.0||2.0||2.8||9.7||2.43|
|"TSNK- Ch 6" by Laughmf||2.0||2.0||2.0||1.5||7.5||1.88|
"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 7: Slipknots and Loose Ends (Revised)" won $100
|expression architect||Cornelius||nashville becker||crystalfoo||Katrina||holly724||honeygloom||Total||Avg.|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 7: Slipknots and Loose Ends (Revised)" by wolfram||5.0||4.8||4.0||4.0||4.7||3.0||4.5||30.0||4.29|
|"TSNK Chapter 7: Old Liars. New Truths." by xvoorheesx||4.0||4.3||3.0||3.2||2.5||3.8||3.5||24.3||3.47|
|"TSNK 7: Escape from the Desert" by ireland_faerie||4.5||4.2||3.0||3.6||1.5||3.7||3.8||24.3||3.47|
|"Ch. 7: Crux Commissa, Come Help (final revision)" by JeremyD||4.0||4.9||2.5||3.0||2.5||3.2||3.5||23.6||3.37|
|"TSNK 7: Thou shall not lie" by madejesus||3.8||4.5||2.5||3.0||3.0||3.2||3.5||23.5||3.36|
|"TSNK 7: Two Down One To Go (Rev.)" by rocklee11416||3.0||4.0||2.0||2.8||2.0||3.1||3.0||19.9||2.84|
"TSNK 8: The End is Near" won $100
|"TSNK 8: The End is Near" by ireland_faerie||4.0||2.5||4.5||4.7||4.0||19.7||3.94|
|"TSNK Chapter 8: If Prison Walls Could Talk***Revised***" by xvoorheesx||3.8||2.2||4.2||4.1||3.5||17.8||3.56|
|"Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 8: "Purging the Jury" (revised)" by JeremyD||3.4||3.5||4.2||3.2||3.5||17.8||3.56|
|"TSNK 8: Introductions and Good-byes!" by rocklee11416||3.4||3.0||4.0||3.6||3.0||17.0||3.4|
"TSNK 9:Rise of Power" won $100
|"TSNK 9:Rise of Power" by Aggeloi||5.0||4.8||4.7||4.5||4.4||3.7||27.1||4.52|
|"TSNK Ch.9: ?Til Death Do Us Part" by JeremyD||4.0||4.0||4.2||4.0||4.3||4.5||25.0||4.17|
|"TSNK Chapter 9: The Man With the Plan ***Revised***" by xvoorheesx||4.5||3.5||4.4||4.2||4.0||3.5||24.1||4.02|
"TSNK 10: The End of the Day" won $200
|"TSNK 10: The End of the Day" by wolfram||4.9||4.5||3.7||3.3||16.4||4.10|
|"TSNK 10: End of Minds" by nashvillebecker||4.8||4.3||4.0||3.2||16.3||4.08|
|"TSNK 10: Retribution" by crystalfoo||3.0||4.2||4.3||4.2||15.7||3.93|
|"TSNK 10: Love Conquers All" by shadinah||4.0||4.3||4.1||3.2||15.6||3.90|
|"TSNK 10: Symphony in Red" by Aggeloi||3.0||4.2||3.8||4.0||15.0||3.75|
|"TSNK 10: Endgame" by handwriting||4.5||3.8||3.5||2.5||14.3||3.58|
|"Redemption" by chloe||2.5||4.2||3.4||2.8||12.9||3.23|
StoryMash awarded $1100 in cash prizes to winners of the Fifth Creative Writing Contest
Over 60 authors competed with over 130 chapters in this creative writing contest, with over 7500 community members reading and contributing their votes.
Thanks to everyone in our writing community who joined in and made the fifth StoryMash creative writing contest another success!
Here is how the contest worked:
This was a 10 round contest. There was one winning author per round. Each round lasted at least ten days. There were no designated subjects, topics or genres.
There was a panel of designated judges, initially selected by StoryMash.
StoryMash Username: Katrina
Katrina Robinson has been the community manager and blogger extraordinaire at StoryMash.com since April 2008. She is a full-time freelance writer and editor as well as an undercover fiction writer—undercover because she has yet to try to be published. Katrina has been a contributing writer for Graffiti, Diamond Magazine, ANF Magazine, and Pure Times Magazine. When she’s not writing and working on one of her many projects, Katrina can be found soaking up the rays on the Charleston beaches and reading anything she can get her hands on.
StoryMash Username: Novel-Ambition
Burgeoning young author, S. A. Harris was born and raised in the heart of Middle America, and launched her childhood affection for writing by jamming the keys of her mother's Smith Corona typewriter. Boasting a versatility of literary fiction/nonfiction for Children, Juvenile/YA, and adult readership, she continues the avid pursuit of establishing her lifelong aspiration one story at a time. In 2007, S. A. Harris received an Editor's Choice Award for outstanding artistry by a poet, and in 2008, was selected as one of fourteen applicants to attend Simon Van Booy's writing workshop. Winning rave reviews from fellow authors, her published works have appeared in Cornerstone Newspaper as a freelance editor and fashion columnist, Forever Spoken Poetry Anthology, Bedtime, Potential Heights LLC of StoriesThatLift.com, Scribe & Quill, and is a contributor for Estella's Revenge and Today.com.
StoryMash Username: holly724
Holly Monacelli is an advertising copywriter by day and a fiction writer at most other times. She has published short stories in the Berkeley Fiction Review, Toasted Cheese and the Charles River Review and written for Time Out Boston. Other enjoyments include finding positive press about Detroit; sports, especially of the University of Michigan and Red Sox variety; perfectly cooked avocado and cheddar omelets; discovering writers that make her jealous and really good songs that aren't about love. hollymonacelli.com
StoryMash Username: Persephonie
I am a 40 year young mom, married twenty years...(Phew!) I have always loved literature and I read just about anything I can get my hands on. Until joining SM, I haven't written anything but an odd poem or two since the age of 17. But, since I am out of work (as a mortgage underwriter), I have some time between job searches to explore my passion. I do like other things....cooking my grandmother's sicilian recipes, watching Cowboys and Lakers games and watching my family and society squirm at my unorthodox viewpoints....I like being the "Black Sheep". :) If you'd like to contact me, please visit http://www.myspace.com/angiequeenoftheworld
StoryMash Username: nashvillebecker
Jim has hazel eyes which change color depending on what outfit he wears. Luckily, his work (as a legal assistant) provides polo shirts so he doesn't have to worry about color-coordinating his face. Writing since junior high, Jim has a children's story published in Characters Magazine, a sketch published in Show Me Evangelism in Drama, a local TV commercial produced, multiple website copy (and scripts), technical writing, a dozen movie scripts (one of which picked up by the Sci-Fi channel), three stage plays (one for kids), and a list of random jottings. Alfred Hitchcock and Shel Silverstein are his primary influences, and he hopes to emulate some of their style (and paycheck amounts). He enjoys all sports, improv comedy (created and performed for seven years with Uncle Sonny's Pudding Parade), bad 80's music, tapioca pudding, and quality time with his one wife and three children.
StoryMash Username: chloe
I live in beautiful Bucks County Pa with a husband, three very spoiled rescue cats and a retired horse (he has his own place) My degree is in Fine Arts (there's a money maker lol) which sounded romantic at the time but is not so very marketable in the "real world!" Alas! When I'm not trying to eke out a living as an artist, I work in the Expressive Therapy dept. of an intensive children's psychiatric hospital- never a dull moment there. I've always loved writing but this is my first stab at creating something for others to actually read! My favorite reads include Austen, Bronte, Somerset Maugham, any mystery, and admittedly, the occasional supermarket beach paperback. I like photography (the old style, with real film) and traveling when I can. So happy to have stumbled onto this website. Everyone's been so supportive and the feedback has been invaluable.
StoryMash Username: dogdeity11
Jesse has been a community member since Feb 6,2008. He has absolutely no professional training as a writer and in fact disliked English class very much in school. He has only recently discovered a true interest in writing after having stumbled across the StoryMash site quite by accident. Prior to that, he spent many years working with a major national bookseller as a Buyer and a Retail Manager. Jesse started reading at the early age of four and has been an addict ever since. He believes it is this passion for the written word, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the trade fiction industry, that qualifies him to critique the work of others and offer his unprofessional opinion. When not reading and writing you can usually find Jesse writing and reading. Or chasing dolphins around the gulf of Mexico on a jet-ski.
Melissa has been a member of StoryMash since December 9th, 2007. She grew up writing. Her first ever story, written in 3rd grade, was about a little boy who got attacked by a Vampire who also happened to captain a schooner. Since then, she’s written more, read a few books, and earned a BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Utah. When not reading, writing, or hanging out on StoryMash, she knits, beads, or pensively walks along the beach thinking of reading, writing, StoryMash, etc.
StoryMash Username: expressionarchitect
I am a 25 year old aspiring author. I've been writing as long as I can remember. I started with poetry and after having several contests under my belt and a few published, I turned to short stories. I have several collections of works piled in my closet, however I have never submitted anything for publishing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading or researching other story ideas. Currently, I am the office manager/personal assistant at a small company that builds and designs speakers for movie theatres. Also, I'm soon to become a bi-monthly contributing author to Boxoffice magazine! I have always had a special relationship with movies, books and theatre and hope to eventually pursue a career as a full time author of either screenplays, scripts or novels. Since finding SM, I've enjoyed the constructive criticism I've been afforded as this is truly the only way I can learn and improve. If you'd ever like to contact me, feel free at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to reading your submissions and good luck!
StoryMash Username: crystalfoo
Hi! I'm Crystal Smith (a.k.a. crystalfoo~ a nickname given to me at a Foo Fighters concert quite some time back) and I've been a part of Story Mash since Feb. 2008. I am a piano/violin teacher, 31 years old and I have spent the better part of my life writing. More correctly, I've spent the better part calling myself a writer and less time honing my craft. (One very good reason to love SM! Practice, practice, practice!) My ultimate goal is to, of course, be a best selling author someday. In the past, I've tried my hand at journalism and wrote for a local paper. That was mainly freelance work (emphasis on the 'free') and I quickly realized that I preferred to create drama rather than report it. So, I stick to teaching piano, write when I can, and hope someday that great novel that lives inside me finds it's way out. I am an avid reader; horror fiction is my favorite genre to read and write, however, I love the range and variety that SM offers, not to mention the valuable critique and inspiration! I'm also a sucker for the theater! When I have time, I act in plays (usually comedies) and my most recent role was as Nurse Kelly in Harvey. I am thrilled to be a part of Story Mash, and always honored when someone takes time to read and comment on what I've written. I look forward to Mashing with all of you!
StoryMash Username: Cornelius
Hi, I'm Randolf Smallwood. My friends call me Rand. I have written on and off since I could lift a pen, but have never really sought to be published. I did write a journalistic piece for a local art paper in Seattle in the late 80's. Among my writings have been hundreds of song lyrics (the music, too), poems, short stories and essays. I have read everything I can get my hands on since I was a little kid. Among my favorite authors are Graham Greene, Gene Wolfe, Philip K. Dick, Bradbury and Barker. For a living I run a web design company, mostly solo/freelance. My experience here at StoryMash has re-invigorated my love of writing, and my slumbering dream of maybe making a buck or two at it along the way. Winning round six of "Thou Shalt Not Kill" represents my first monetary reward for anything other than copy writing for websites, and for that I am very grateful.
StoryMash Username: wolfram
Chuck is a 34 year old blowhard who is terribly good at starting new projects, and even better at quitting them, or more particularly, abandoning them with full intentions to return yet getting so caught up with shiny new projects, never getting around to the abandoned ones, thus leaving a trail of brilliant partially-started, not-likely-to-be-completed projects that someone else, somewhere down the line, independently conceives, executes, and subsequentially makes a fortune. Aside from making up words and abusing commas, Chuck is also a braggart and a big fat liar.
Chuck is very excited to bring his lack of knowledge, dearth of skills, and complete inability to the Storymash community to blindly lead the sighted to places they'd never be stupid enough to go on their own. Properly forewarned, victims of Chuck's well-meant assistance may find it beneficial to do exactly the opposite of whatever is suggested. However, since Chuck wrote this bio and therefore made the aforesaid suggestion, neither course of action is recommended.
In his spare time, Chuck works on his graduate thesis, practices law, and tries to keep his wife and four children fed, sheltered and bathed, or at least best out of three.
StoryMash Username: ireland_faerie
Where to start? Refocusing my green eyes after looking up from whatever book I am currently reading. Reading has always been my passion and I've been known to stay up into the wee hours of the night or morning just to finish a book. I started writing years ago, and have several projects started, but have yet to finish anything as the normal everyday things like work, bowling leagues, cleaning and so on get in the way. I live about a hour north of Tampa, Florida and work for the School Board. When I'm not reading or writing, I like to go bowling, scuba diving, 4-wheeling, hunting and just about anything else you can think of. I like to think that I am open-minded and will try anything once, twice if I like it, which is probably why I have 4 tattoos and several piercings. HA! Although I am Irish and love to write stories, I am still shy by nature so finding Storymash has been amazing!! I have learned so much already. =)
All registered StoryMash users were encouraged to rate and comment on competing chapters. All registered StoryMash users were eligible to win, except for designated judges and StoryMash staff.
Contest #5 rules were explained and discussed in one of Katrina's creative writing blog posts.
This contest started on June 21st, 2008, and ended October 18th, 2008.
The Runner Ups
Thanks to all the talented authors of our creative writing community that submitted contest entries. Many are excellent examples of creative writing, please check them out!