Monday, January 1, 2018

Fifteen Days Left to Enter the Circle C Contest!

I thought I'd give you an update and a reminder. Only about a dozen stories have been submitted for the upcoming Circle C Short Story Contest. The deadline is January 15, so if you are even thinking of entering, I suggest you get that story polished and sent to CircleCAdventures@gmail.com ASAP.

In the past I have received up to eighty entries (!!), and I cannot run the contest with less than twelve entries per category. This would be a shame for all of you who have already sent in stories. I've got them ready, and I've read them all so far. *smile*

Just a New Year's reminder.




65 comments:

  1. I want to enter, I am getting my story finished. I'll try to get it to you by Friday.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! I have two stories to enter, but one of them is too long for the 10-13 category I'd be in. May I enter one story in the 10-13 category and one in the 14-17 category?

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    1. If you are in the 10-13 category, you can always go UP with your entry to the next category if your story goes over the word count. The only thing you can't do is go DOWN (like to the 6-9 year olds) if your word count is too short. LOL

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    2. Okay! Thanks! Whew... I've already cut my word count from 10,000 words so I was concerned if I have to cut it any more the story will be gone. :)

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    3. Yikes! Wow!
      You could ask a parent to read it and give suggestions on places that could be cut out without affecting the story. You might be surprised at what you think is essential might not really be. 😉 Good luck!

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  3. I really hope you get enough, Mrs. Marlow! I submitted my story months ago and am all excited about the results. Does anyone feel like giving me their story's titles so I can start guessing at what they're about? Here's mine, "A Blessing from Tragedy." Anyone care to guess what mine is about? :-)
    Happy New Year, everyone! May God bless you, each and everyone!

    ~Ellen

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    1. mine is, "The Easy option".
      Mrs M if no more stories get sent in will you prolong the contest? I sent my story in a few days ago, i hope the contest won't be cancelled!

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    2. It has already been extended from the Dec 31 deadline of part years to January 15, and it launched back in August. I don't think extending it will make much difference. I don't want to cancel it either!!! Pray!

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    3. Hmmm...Sandrina, that's a really tough title to figure out! I'm sure it'll be an excellent read! What category will you be in? I'm in the 10-13. On the 15th, do you want to exchange one-sentence summaries of our stories, just for fun? Or does anyone else? I love getting excited about books :-).
      I'll indeed be praying that we fill out the requirements for the contest. That'd be awful to cancel it!
      Mrs. Marlow, you used to have a workbook out called "Reach for the Stars." Do you still possibly have the book available for purchase? You know me...I have to have every book you come out with, and tips on writing are much, much, MUCH appreciated.
      Thanks!

      ~Ellen

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    4. I emailed you, Ellen, about the Reach for the Stars. :-)

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    5. HI Ellen
      sure that would be fun. i will try and remember
      I am 12 but did 14-17 as my word count was to big

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    6. Hi! One of mine is 'Once Upon a Suitor'... hope you can figure it out!
      I already entered my stories, so I'm praying more people will enter!
      Ellen, I love your title, but have no clue what it's about!

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    7. Mine is called 'Get Back in the Saddle'... I love your guy's titles they sound awesome! I am in category 14-18. I am praying with you, Hope. How many entries do you have so far, Mrs M?

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    8. Looks like I will be competing with you, Marissa-We are in the same age category! this is my first time doing this...what about you?

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    9. Well, Marissa, I hope I get your story soon. The clock is definitely ticking. I haven't seen a story titled "Get Back in the Saddle" yet. :-)
      I have yours, Hope.

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    10. I am sending mine in tomorrow. Yes, Hope, its my first time doing this.

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    11. Hi, Hope! Nope, I can't figure yours out, but please, please, please give me a short summary on the 15th! You said ONE of your stories was "Once Upon a Suitor," but what's the other one? Is it in the same category? I'll be posting a short summary of my own on the 15th, and I'm glad you like my title...my mom and I did a lot of brainstorming to find a good one :-).
      Marissa, yours is also very complicated to figure out...hmmm, could you give me any hints?
      Thanks, ladies, for sharing your titles! I look forward to seeing what happens to all of our stories in April!

      ~Ellen

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    12. Hey Ellen! My other one is called, "A Winter Discovery", and it is in the same age category. For this story I changed the title at least three times before finally coming up with this one! I would love to share a summary, hopefully I will remember!

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    13. Great, Hope! So, how old are you? I'm 13, and my story fell neatly just above 2,000 words. How many words is yours?
      Wow, what a title--"A Winter Discovery." It's very appealing, but STILL I can't guess as to what your story is about! I will certainly look forward to reading your summaries, as I get all excited about these story-writing ordeals. Do you enjoy writing?

      ~Ellen

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    14. Hi Ellen! You already know my story's title "Andi and the Runaway Horse"

      ~Patience

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    15. Ellen, here's a hint; someone needs to get back in the saddle. ;) I will try to put a summary of my story on the 15th.

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    16. I'll look forward to it, Marissa, and hope to find out who it is that needs to get back in the saddle :-).

      ~Ellen

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    17. Oh, hi, Patience! It's so good to "see" you here on the blog! I only just saw your comment, or else I'd have said something sooner! Mrs. Marlow, Patience is my friend from church who now loves Andi Carter as much as I do. I was hoping she'd leave a comment! So cool to be friends with an Andi Carter Fan, who loves the books for the same reasons as I do! We actually read each other's stories after we submitted them :-). Patience is in the same age category as I, and I see we have tough competition, as her story was EXCELLENT!

      ~Ellen

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    18. Hey Ellen,
      Your story was AWESOME also☺

      -Patience

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    19. Thanks, Patience! It's so cool to talk with you here on the blog. I'm so looking forward to April, when we get to find out the conclusions to this contest! Will you, too, be posting a summary on your story? Please do.
      Mrs. Marlow, the contest is still on, isn't it? Do you have enough entries in all the categories?
      BTW, Leah, I'm so glad you're still in the contest! I'm immensely looking forward to reading the summary for your story! Good luck!

      ~Ellen

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    20. I will let everybody know on Wednesday, but I can say that the contest is a go . . .

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    21. Hey Ellen
      I'll try to post a summery

      Patience

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    22. Hi Ellen here is my summary.
      Friendship often comes at a steep price, will Andi take the easy option or not?

      that isn't a great summary but it is all i could think of, as my story isn't very good.

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    23. Isn't good? Oh, Sandrina, that summary made me get all excited about your story! I'm sure it'll be fabulous!!!
      My mom told me to post my summary tomorrow, so I'll do it then. I hope my own summary sounds as good as yours!

      ~Ellen

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    24. Hi! Here is my summary.

      Ellen McCoy was excited to see her father again, but will her love for her father help her through what happens?

      I hope the summary is an accurate one.. Can't wait to read yours Ellen. And Sandrina, yours sounds AWESOME!!

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    25. Ellen
      yours sound great to.
      where do you live? I live in the UK

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    26. Great, Marissa! It even has my name in it :-)!
      Here's mine for "A Blessing from Tragedy":

      "In the year 1906, Andi Carter Prescott ventures to San Francisco with her husband, where a shocking tragedy awaits, followed by an unexpected blessing."

      I hope you enjoyed! It was fun coming up with the summary, but hard to write without including spoilers :-).

      ~Ellen

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    27. Here are my story summaries:
      In “Battle of the Bull:” Through a terrifying encounter with Prince Reginald, Chad Carter learns to cherish those around him, because life doesn’t last forever. (10-13 category)
      In “Family and Flames:” Ty, Jase and Rudy Walker are back with revenge on their minds. Macy Walker is struggling to understand if she should be loyal to those who are her family by blood or those who love her. Will Macy ever understand that love is what makes a real family? (14-17 category)

      It's fun seeing all the summaries!

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    28. Hi, Sandrina! I just saw your comment. I live in the East side of the United States of America. That's cool how you live in the UK; any fun facts you'd care to share?

      ~Ellen

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    29. Those are really great, Anonymous! Wow! I'm now really, really eager to read them! Good luck in the contest, and thanks for sharing these summaries!

      ~Ellen

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  4. I really should do this! Unfortunately, I haven't even come up with an idea... :/

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  5. I'm hoping to submit a story or two!! :)

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  6. Do you have enough for the contest now? Because this is my first year doing it and I don't want it canceled:(

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    1. Not yet. Not by a long shot, but in the past, I've been flooded a day or two before the deadline, so we will wait and see. :-)

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    2. I sure hope something like that happens again...

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  7. Got nothin' to do with this but today (January 3rd) is Sunny and Shasta's birthday :)

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  8. I still have to submit mine as well...I had a whole outline and a good start to my story when my computer crashed and I lost everything. Soooo I’m trying to rewrite and get the story in fairly quickly. So you’ll have at least one more, Mrs. M!!!

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  9. I wanted to submit mine but my computer's battery broke and I can't finish the story in time by the time the new battery gets to my house so maybe next time. My story is called 'Lost at Home' so maybe next time. :(

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  10. I wanted to submit mine but my computer's battery broke and I can't finish the story in time by the time the new battery gets to my house so maybe next time. My story is called 'Lost at Home' so maybe next time. :(

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  11. I'll be submitting mine! Probably last minute though! Do you have enough yet?

    ~Leah

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    1. Nope, but they are starting to come in a little faster, so I'm holding my breath and praying they all come in next week. I sent out a reminder in my newsletter, and a few folks have replied, "Sending in next week!" So there is hope.

      This has happened once before . . . thinking I would not get enough entries, and they they flooded the gates the day before the deadline. :-)

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  12. Can you please post when you have enough entries?

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    1. I will let everybody know next week. The deadline is next Monday, so I will give it a day or two before I officially "count" and see.

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  13. Do you know how many people have entered yet? I really hope you can still run the contest!

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    1. It's just under 30. Other years I've had 80!
      I will need that number to double in order to run it, or at least 50.

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  14. I just sent mine in! I sure hope you get enough entries. I know you probably will get at least one more as my friend is planning on sending one in.

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  15. Have you ever had to cancel a contest before and how many entries do you need to run the contest?

    Thanks!

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    1. I have never had to cancel a contest before. It looks like this one will be okay too, at least for the 10-13 category and the 14-17 category. I don't have enough for the ages 6-9, so I will most likely run it for the two older categories and just not for the younger kids.
      Mrs.M

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    2. Whew! I am glad the contest will run.

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  16. Mrs. M! I just remembered, I left my backpack at school yesterday and my permission slip for the contest was in it! We don't have a printer so one day after school I printed it at the library and put it in my backpack. Unless I have another way to print it, I won't be entering the contest.

    ~Leah

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    1. No worries, Leah! Send in your story to CircleCAdventures@gmail.com, and then you can send in the entry form when you get a chance!

      Just make sure you tell me WHICH AGE GROUP you are in. I will make a note that your entry is coming a little late.

      Mrs. M

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    2. Okay! Thank you so much!

      ~Leah

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  17. Hello Mrs, Marlow
    For my story I added my mom's e-mail at the end of the story. Will you delete that when you send it to the judges?

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    1. All contact information is deleted. Only a number and the name of the story is kept. 😉
      The entry form stays with me.

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  18. Hello, Mrs. Marlow! I have a few questions concerning the trivia questions I'm working on. If you don't mind answering them, please do, but I don't mean to be a bother, as doing these questions is supposed to help, not hinder, you.
    (1). I will probably have about 50 questions by the time I'm done with The Last Ride, so should you like me to pick the best 20, or just submit them all and you decide?
    (2). Since there are 26 chapters and I need only 20 questions, would it sound horrible to skip 6 chapters?
    (3). How long do I have to make all of them? I'm hoping to have The Last Ride done by Saturday, but it might take a little longer or even a little shorter, depending upon the time I spend on it.
    And here's (4)., but it's just random: does Cory Blake speak Spanish?
    Thanks so much! It's much appreciated!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Hi Ellen,
      Can you please just email me about all of this? It's really hard to get on the site to answer your questions. :-)
      But to answer your questions for now.
      1. Hey, send them all. That's fine. I can pick and choose. But don't worry about making so many if you get tired of it. :-)
      2. Nope. Skip whatever you want. Random is fine.
      3. You have as long as you would like to take. I'm not on any timetable or rush either.
      4. He speaks a little, but is not fluent like Andi.

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    2. Yep, I can certainly email you about them; thanks for answering all my questions and telling me where you prefer them to go. I don't think I'll have any more questions concerning the trivia contest, as these were just essentials, but if I do, I'll email them. Thanks again!

      ~Ellen

      Oh, and BTW, I don't think I'll tire of making questions; I enjoy doing them very much. On one of the contests I gave the siblings, I worked a week and still wanted to do more!

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Let Andi know what you think!