The Heistward Shuffle Challenge
Welcome to the Heistward Shuffle Challenge, The Twinklings Community’s second writing contest!
Objective: To write a one-shot Twilight fanfiction story with Heistward, based on a song that you have stumbled upon in your iTunes Shuffle Playlist.
Definition: A heist is a term used to describe a robbery from an institution such as a bank or a museum, or any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot. If you are unfamiliar with this idea, or need extra inspiration, we suggest watching films such as The Italian Job, How to Steal a Million, the Oceans trilogy, or even Inception.
As of December 1, the dates are in the process of being extended. Feel free to keep writing and submitting!
Judges: This list is subject to change.
Your story must somehow be related to or inspired by the first song that plays when you turn on your handy-dandy iTunes Shuffle Playlist. (If you don’t have iTunes, and instead utilize a different music system, then you need to pick a song at random.) Obviously, we can’t check to make sure that you guys are actually letting Shuffle pick your song, but we’re going on the honor system here, okay?
Your story’s version of Edward MUST be Heistward. It doesn’t matter if your interpretation of him is that he robs banks, is a con-man, or steals ideas from people’s dreams…the point is that you make it obvious that he is a skilled thief for whom we will all drool.
Your story does not have to detail a heist in process, if you do not wish. But again, you must make it known to the readers that Edward is a thief. As for the other characters: they may be all human, or all vampires. It’s up to you.
Your story MUST be a one-shot that has never been previously published. It must be able to stand alone, although you may continue it, if you so desire, AFTER the contest is over.
Your story must lie between 1000 and 10,000 words. Anything shorter than 1000 words, or longer than 10,000 words, will not be considered for the contest. This does NOT include the mandatory information at the beginning (which will be covered momentarily).
Only ONE entry per author!
You may collaborate with another author if you wish. If you choose to do so, then both of you are counted as only one author, therefore, that will be your only entry.
Anyone may enter this contest. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a well-established author. We’ll take Heistward from everyone!
No changes may be made after you have submitted your story, unless the validator finds a grammar problem. If she messages you requesting an edit, then change it...but once a story has been added to the C2, any changes will result in disqualification.
Your story may have any rating.
The basic common sense rules apply, in that we will not accept stories with nastiness (i.e. pedophilia, beastiality, etc.)
You may promote your entry with banners, buttons, etc. You may NOT, however, post teasers or pieces of your story on any other website. This includes The Twinklings. You may only redirect people to your story, using your ff link.
You may not expect beta help from The Twinklings for this contest. We realize that our purpose is to help writers, but since we’re hosting the contest…well, it just won’t work out this time around, and we do apologize. However, we do ask that your story be betaed by someone, since a lack of proper punctuation, grammar, or style may affect the judging process.
Your story must be posted to fanfiction.com or twilighted. The same day that you post your story, you must also send an email to email@example.com letting us know of your entry, so that we can add it to the C2. If you do not email us, your story will not being included in the judging process.
You MUST include the following information at the top of your entry, as well as in the email you send us.
Heistward Shuffle Challenge
In your email, please also include your penname, the name of your story, and the link to said story.
Dates Reminder: The deadline is is being extended.
Prizes, & All That Jazz…
First, second, and third place will be determined by the judges.
The following category winners* will be decided by open voting:
Best New Author*
Best Heistward Rendition
Most Cunning Heist
Most Lemony Lemon
*More categories may be added before the challenge begins.
*While this contest is open to everyone, including both new and experienced authors, we have retained this category due to the nature and mission of The Twinklings Community.
All winners will receive brand-spankin’ new banners, and will be announced on The Twinklings, The Fictionators, TwiFic News, and a few other blogs as well.
The Twinklings Staff may see fit to change dates, rules, etc. We reserve this right 100%. No complaints!
Thank you so much for your interest, and best of luck to all who enter!
Your Heistward Obsessed Hosts,
The Twinklings Staff
(Natalie, Drea, Misty, and Beckie)
P.S. If you're looking for the entries to past contests, like GSC, check here: http://www.fanfiction.net/community/Contest_Challenge_Submissions_Entries/78164/
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