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Postby ghostposts » Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:26 am

The Best of Crossroads Magic, vol.1
is now availableon cd rom at cafe press

http://www.cafepress.com/CrossroadsMagic

our contest is now open

for added marketing info try our tropica discussion list. a great place to check for markets, info or to post notice of yoru latest work.

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Postby TheMudge » Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:08 pm

Cool, Ghostie!
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Postby Mlou » Fri Sep 24, 2004 5:13 pm

Okay, so I sound dumb...but what contest, ghostie?
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Postby Delaney » Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:30 am

I'll sound dumb too, Mlou... what is it?
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Postby royal_blueyes » Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:48 am

Maybe these? took a little searching...

http://crossroadsmagic.com/html/contest ... 9bf00ed02e
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Postby Delaney » Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:54 am

Huh, looks interesting...
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Postby ghostposts » Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:45 pm

just go to the top menu and hit the "contests" tab. There's one on now. Winners get interviewed, their story and interiew are posted in the November issue of the ezine. They split the entry fees. The interview and a blurb of their story are also listed in the magazine forum on the last day of the month for that contest. (For Nov., that would be Oct. 31rst)

We also provide a gif for winners to post on their web site.

www.crossroadsmagic.com
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Postby Hyker » Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:48 pm

I'll have to look at this site later. looks interesting.
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Postby Mlou » Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:14 pm

I'm confused. It says stories, nonfiction, poetry. Do you mean these are all judged in the same one contest? Or are there separate categories to the contest. The rules are just very general.
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Postby ghostposts » Sat Oct 02, 2004 8:20 am

they are all judged in the same catagory. The contest, like the ezine, encourages all genres and types of literature.
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Postby Mlou » Sat Oct 02, 2004 9:01 am

Yes but do you have a winner in each catagory or could you end up with 3 short story winners, for example, and no poetry?
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Postby ghostposts » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:47 pm

3 winners, no special catagory. Just the best entries. If a non fiction entry outshines the others, it wins. If 3 poems are the best, they win.

The mag doesn't discriminate. If the writing is good, I use it. The point is to get the work (and author) exposure. Basically, if it makes me sit up and say, "Yes!", it wins.

When chosing contest winners, I try not to look for balance, so much as heart, (Do the characters make me care about them), quality(Plot, style, structure) and creativity. Since I post 10 to 15 pieces, I can add balance when I chose the submissions, so the winners are judged, each according to its own merit.

That means if 3 short fiction stories, or any other type of entry, come in above the others, they are the ones that win. No catagory, no balance, just good writing.

It evens the playing field.

If I had a catagory contest, I might have to turn down a great piece in favor of a lesser one, to promote balance. Say I got 3 poems that rocked, one pretty good non fiction article, and a fair short story entry. I'd have to pass up 2 of the poems and use the article and the fiction piece.

To me, it's more important to recognise good writing than it is to use a catagory standard. Pubbing work that is "good" rather than that which is excellent, detracts from the work of others.

I do pub a few entries that could be more polished, but only if the voice of the story is unusual or if the characters make me care. A well-polished cliche is still a cliche, but a writer who cares about his story gets my attention, even if he makes a few mistakes here and there. It makes me want his work to be seen by others.

To win the contest, just send me your best work. Care about your subject or story and make me want to show it to others. Make me laugh, cry, get angry, or think...and you're in.
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Postby Mlou » Sat Oct 02, 2004 4:01 pm

Great explanation...thanks! First I've ever seen where poems can stand equal with longer pieces.
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Postby ghostposts » Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:12 am

Well, not enough people entered, so we're cancelling the contests. Thewinners for sept/oct have been chosen and will appear in Nov.'s issue of the mag.
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Postby charlesp » Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:18 am

bummer ghost... I know we've had trouble getting a lot of entrants here... usually we've gotten just enough to cover prizes and maybe a couple bucks to help pay for hosting.

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Postby ghostposts » Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:18 pm

lots of mags are having trouble right now. we
will try again next year. :)

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