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May 30, 2014, 9:27 am

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500 Word Submission


And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. - Barbossa to Elizabeth, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Scrasamax has already brought the 100 Word Submission to the Citadel. This would be the logical next step. As he has pointed out in his submission, the idea has it's merits and flaws. The same will doubtless be true of this one.

Why am I putting this up here?

Whilst I love the idea of the 100 Word Submission, I just feel that there's never enough room to convey each important point to the reader. The format already exists, but it'd be neat to see it used on Strolen's Citadel as well.

The author has more words at their disposal with which to craft their submission, thus allowing them to write up their sub without having to edit and re-edit to cut words down to fit within the accepted limit.


500 words or less, but not more.

Aside from that, go nuts. There's nothing wrong with shorter submissions and while it is nice to read longer, sometimes epic ones, the shorter ones are without doubt to my mind more useful in the short term.

  1. Whilst this might seem a lame cop-out to some, the sub is again, intentionally short. Scras' sub already has all the pro's and con's for what is essentially the same idea, just longer, with it's benefit.
  2. Set to Codex to keep everything together.
  3. Will consider changing this to a Wiki if the interest is there. Yay? Nay?

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100 Word Submission By: Scrasamax ( Articles ) Fiction - Citadel Help

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Mistflowers By: Moonlake ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Plains

An addition for the Whimsical Flora Codex (based on my Crunalan society in my Dragon Empire setting)

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Voted Moonlake
June 14, 2014, 4:16
A neat idea, I agree that sometimes 100 words is way too short. While I normally use it strictly for my 'discarded' ideas, there are once or twice where I'm over by like a few words and then find it a headache to try to cut down to the word limit. For this, bonus 0.5 mark.
Voted Scrasamax
June 20, 2014, 0:35
Somehow this one slipped under my less than vigilant radar. I like this.
Voted Lady Wolf
July 10, 2014, 11:55
I like! This is also a fun format for people pressed for time that won;t be able to write anything of greater length.
October 28, 2014, 20:53

I didn't think I would be the first one to put one up but there it goes. Very positive feedback too for a sub that I consider less than a real sub. Thanks, Kassy, for introducing this great format.



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       By: Ancient Gamer

The journey had been a long one and now they had entered the mountains. After an entire day spent on paths cut into the mountainside and through moss covered coniferous woods, they encounter a desperate young mountain tribal. He is searching for his beloved wife and his elder brother, both of whom he got separated from after an unsuccessful attempt to kill a cave bear. The last thing he saw was the cave bear in full pursuit of his wife. He could not help her as he had been knocked to the ground by the raging beast, and was struggling to regain full consciousness. The tribal will be clearly nervous and urges them to look for his wife during their travels. He will stay in his village a couple of miles to the north and pleads for assistance should they recover his wife, whether she be dead or alive.

On the next day of travel, they will journey upon a dim track in the forest and while they are preparing to ascend another path cut into the mountainside, they hear moans of lust from somewhere nearby. Upon closer inspection they will spy a young tribal woman in the heat of the act with an elder tribal male. They are consummating their forbidden love on the cold mountain moss, and beside them lay the skinned and slaughtered carcass of a huge bear.

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