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    AW WESTERN CONTEST - Discussion Thread

    So, we finally made it to March 1st! Entries have been received and will soon be available to view in WESTERN CONTEST ENTRY THREAD -- please do not post in this thread and make sure you read the OP.

    This thread is for the discussion of the contest and also serves as a reminder of the rules regarding voting. I have posted an abridged version of the rules (specific to voting) below. Please read it before casting your votes.

    The contests full rules can be found HERE.

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryHoskins View Post
    • Entires will be posted exactly as entered – except that they will all be posted in the same font.
    • All AW members in good standing who have a join date on or prior to January 15, 2012 are allowed to vote.
    • Entrants are not permitted to vote for their own entry.

    Entrants must vote to be eligible to win.

    I strongly discourage block voting or using secondary accounts to skew the vote. Please do not do this.

    How to Vote

    Once the entries are posted, give them all a good read and then send me your vote via the sites private message function – one vote (consisting of your top three entries) is allowed per AW member in accordance with the voting rules.

    Using the board's private message function, send me your votes by March 15th, 2012 at 11:59 PM E.S.T (know your time zones).

    The subject line of the PM should be: VOTE: THE WESTERN CONTEST.

    In the body of the message, you vote will include your top three stories in order of preference from first to third. List both the entry number and the title. For example:

    9. The Unfortunate Fate of J.R Hartley
    2. Gunfight at the Pink Coconut
    5. The Night Bernard Hamster's Electronic Chaps Did Him a Fatal Mischief

    First-place votes score three points; second-place score two points; third-place score one point.

    At the end of the voting period, I will tally the votes, post complete results with vote totals for every entry, and announce the winner and the two runners-up.

    Any questions?

    If you have any further questions (or -- as is likely -- see any glaring errors in this post) please ask/notify me either by PM, or here in this thread.
    I'd like to add a reminder that all entries will be anonymous, so please do not identify yourself or anyone else as author of a piece (or declare which stories you are voting for) until the winners have been announced.

    Thank you all again for taking part, I hope you'll have as much fun choosing your top three as you did writing your piece.

    I'd also like to take the time to remind entrants and passers by that the March western prompt is Mystery Western in preperation for entering the Hillerman Contest. I thouroughly encourage you to give it a go. Full details can be found here. If you had fun writing this one, why not keep going!

    So, with that all said. On with the discussion!
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    All I've done today is read the entries (hurrah up, Harry, post faster! ).

    If you need any confirmation that AW is full of fantastic writers, I suggest you go and start reading--all the stories are wonderful.

    Picking a favorite is going to be so hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladylilchubb View Post
    All I've done today is read the entries (hurrah up, Harry, post faster! ).
    I'm giving me all I've got, Captain!

    Quote Originally Posted by ladylilchubb View Post
    If you need any confirmation that AW is full of fantastic writers, I suggest you go and start reading--all the stories are wonderful.

    Picking a favorite is going to be so hard.
    Agreed on all counts.
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    Aw, man....

    This is gunna be tuff!
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    40,000 words of Western goodness ripe for the reading! It'll be a tough cattle drive at times but I'm looking forward to it.
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    yessiree bob. It IS "gonna be tuff". I expected amazing entries. No surprises there. Just wow, folks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladylilchubb View Post

    Picking a favorite is going to be so hard.
    Amen to that! So I have resorted to picking my nose.
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    One request: I am going to type up some comments in a Word file and post them here. Could you do a list of all the entries in order so I can copypasta it in?
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    Never mind, I just did it myself:

    01. Mexican Monte
    02. Deliverance
    03. The First Roundup
    04. Saloon Girls
    05. Dealing From the Bottom
    06. Outside
    07. Conserving Order
    08. Awaiting Your Reply, I Remain Your Servant, Josiah Cranston
    09. Mary-Lou's Prospects
    10. Fools Get What’s Coming
    11. Self Defense
    12. Death on the Range
    13. New Ideas in the Old West
    14. The Roiling Sands
    15. My Ride to Fort Churchill
    16. Under Burning Rain
    17. So What
    18. Paradise Wells
    19. A Trip Out West
    20. Ain't Enough
    21. Ten Seconds
    22. Incident at the Bar H
    23. Look Back, Bold Pioneer
    24. Lame Horses
    25. Gambler and Gravedigger
    26. Gravedigger Jones
    27. The Riders
    28. To Kill a Rattlesnake
    29. The Winter Spring
    30. Home Bound
    31. The Love and Death of Alice Waddell
    32. Sacred Rock
    33. All the General's Horses
    34. Tooth and Claw
    35. The Outlaw
    36. Dead Don't Lie
    37. Six Bullets
    38. Hesperides
    39. Hunger Ain't No Game
    40. We Are Equal
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    Quote Originally Posted by orion_mk3 View Post
    One request: I am going to type up some comments in a Word file and post them here. Could you do a list of all the entries in order so I can copypasta it in?
    Excellent engagement in the contest, Orion.

    Please make sure you don't post any comments that identify particular stories until the voting period is over. The idea is to discuss without influencing the vote or identifying particular stories or authors until the votings done. After the voting close date you are encouraged to post what you thought about particular pieces. But please wait until then.

    The entries are up and in order in Western SYW (password vista) right now so feel free to use that for your word file. If you want a list of who wrote what, that'll be posted when the votes are in, counted and the results posted. This, providing all goes well, should be either on or shortly after 16th of March.

    Hope that helps, and good show.
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    I just read the first five stories, and, wow! My story is going to blown to China. If my story even gets one vote I'll be happy. These stories are incredible for AW contest standards.

    Seriously, guys, publication is for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WordCount View Post
    I just read the first five stories, and, wow! My story is going to blown to China. If my story even gets one vote I'll be happy. These stories are incredible for AW contest standards.

    Seriously, guys, publication is for you.
    True for me. Don't know what made me think--

    Anyway, taking a break from my first read of entries one through twenty. Twenty more to go for the first pass.

    I'm honored to be here among you guys. I hope I'll learn something from ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari Meermans View Post
    True for me. Don't know what made me think--

    Anyway, taking a break from my first read of entries one through twenty. Twenty more to go for the first pass.

    I'm honored to be here among you guys. I hope I'll learn something from ya.
    Don't feel that way. Or if you do, know you aren't alone. I'm right there with you (pardna').
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    Just finished and I have to agree, it will be tough to whittle it down to three votes. I've been trying to imagine who wrote what.
    It's time to use the big hammer

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    I have to second, or third, or, heck - just add my 2 cents, these entries are great. It's going to be very hard to pick three.
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    ^Wow....We'll leave that at that.

    But I do agree with you, despite the slightly nasty analogy. I find myself saying, "I'm going to get murdered...."

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    Well, to get the train back on the tracks, I was amazed at the number of cross-genre entries. So many ideas I would never come up with in a million years.
    It's time to use the big hammer

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    Quote Originally Posted by archerjoe View Post
    So many ideas I would never come up with in a million years.

    That's what I thought on my first skim through. My unnamed, unmentioned, unreferenced, heck did i even write it??? submission seems quite lame now.

    So many good stories... for once.. I'm speechless!

    I can certainly see now why we need a good coupla weeks to pick our favorites. They are all so good I might just have to draw from a hat. Anyone got a spare stetson?
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    *Wordcount stops his horse, gets off, and lends Toffee his fedora.

    Will that do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WordCount View Post
    *Wordcount stops his horse, gets off, and lends Toffee his fedora.

    Will that do?
    Sounds like a plan!

    Well WordCount, apart from voting there's no point sitting around this 'ere saloon drinking bad liquor and shooting at Harry.

    I'm thinking of signing up for the Western prompt thingy. You game for it pard? Or are ya chicken?

    Toffee takes two steps back, her hands itching over her blackberry, ready to shoot...

    http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237777
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    A tip of the hat to HarryHoskins for creating this contest. What a great idea!
    It's time to use the big hammer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffeehead View Post
    Sounds like a plan!

    Well WordCount, apart from voting there's no point sitting around this 'ere saloon drinking bad liquor and shooting at Harry.

    I'm thinking of signing up for the Western prompt thingy. You game for it pard? Or are ya chicken?

    Toffee takes two steps back, her hands itching over her blackberry, ready to shoot...

    http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237777

    Si, senor. I've decided to take part in that there competition as well. I'm thinkin' Space Western for this one. What about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WordCount View Post
    Si, senor. I've decided to take part in that there competition as well. I'm thinkin' Space Western for this one. What about you?
    Not exactly sure.
    1. Never heard of Hillerbeans... gotta research.
    2. Need to figure out where New Mexico is.
    3. I'm sure there's a three... but it's been a long day
    4. Is it the same as the weird western thingy?
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    When I finished my entry and sent it over I was thinking, top 3 easy.

    Now that I've finished reading the other 39 entries I'm thinking: Please God, just don't let me finish dead last.

    Nice job everyone. Going to be very tough cutting this down to a top 3.

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    Halfway through the stories and it's break time, I'm tired and hoping it rains tomorrow so I can finish these. The tales told in 1500 words, give or take, are pretty amazing. Such a wide range of imagination - it's impressive. Picking three favorites will be nigh near impossible and my notes and rankings bear that out. Well done to everyone. Good job, Harry, on bringing all this talent together.
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