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Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Apr-2-2012 22:31

April Showers Writing Contest

When: April 16-20
Prizes: For 1st and 2nd places.

Who: Everyone is invited. The more the merrier. The Unsubscribed may join and even win, but prizes will be withheld until you subscribe (before May 1, 2012). The Subscribed may join AND you may enlist to be a judge by April 7.

Categories:
1) Detective Biography writing.
2) Creative writing. This category will NOT be graded on spelling or grammar.
3) (Optional) Case Intro writing " only if I can get 2 more judges by April 7.

Needed: 2 Judges. Please note that you may be judge and still enter the contest. Just not within the category you enter.
Contestants may enter more than one category.

Judges so far include:
Night Queen
Cordelia Falco
Lady Jas
DaRu
Summer Daze

Stay tuned for the rules for each category. Everyone please sign up!


Replies

Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Apr-16-2012 00:16

Now for the Case Introduction Category, please start now.

The main limitation is that you cannot write a bio that takes place within the detective's office. We don't want anyone sitting around waiting for either the phone to ring or be waiting for a client to waltz in.

Other than that,
-Use good grammar and spelling
-make it interesting
-use proper case intro syntax. This syntax can be looked up on this site. If you need help finding it, just ask.

Ivy Spini
Ivy Spini
Well-Connected

Apr-16-2012 05:56

Creative Writing sounds right for me - I'm in.

Ivy Spini
Ivy Spini
Well-Connected

Apr-16-2012 05:57

Prince was pacing the halls in the magnificent Palace, his stride reminiscent of a tiger.
“And how will you explain that?” - he roared at a hapless officer who lay before him on the marble floor.
“Your Majesty, I… I can…”
“Enough! When Elizabeth March wore rattlesnake boots " I was furious, but I spared you lot! But now Kymkatt, or whatever her name is, is sporting those too! And we…” He gasped for air. “Do you want people to think of Tigers as a bunch of ragamuffins?” Captain didn’t dare to speak.
Prince suddenly calmed down, but it was only the calm before the storm.
“Listen carefully. Unless you find a reliable source of clothes and boots and everything, your fate will be highly unpleasant. Go.”
Next day a sleuth came into Tigers’ quarters. Commanding officer went to meet the detective with the usual solemn face, even though he’d not slept overnight. Yes, the situation was critical indeed. How could the impeccable Tigers let themselves look any worse than dreaded Tea Steepers?
“I want to assist the Tigers in keeping peace” " detective said, and officer had an idea.
“We need a Sparkly Vest from you.” That was ought to put those Tea Steepers in place.
“Yes, but…”
“Don’t ask questions. It’s crucial.”
The Prince was immensely satisfied and rewarded his trusty officer greatly. For a few weeks, the Tigers were beating the Steepers in every aspect. But then, in the caves of Shangri La…
“You say they are hiring detectives?”
“Yes, brother.”
“What a bunch of show-offs. We shall do the same. The tyrant must never best the Tea Steepers.”

igotthepowerinme
igotthepowerinme
Well-Connected

Apr-17-2012 10:03

Im doing a detective bio on Pascaline.

igotthepowerinme
igotthepowerinme
Well-Connected

Apr-17-2012 11:01

I can't believe how I became a detective. I used to work at Sami's Greek Restaurant. Then, one day, when I was going to work. A guy who works at the Real Estate Agency pulled me into an alley. He told me " The entire Big Apple needs someone who is smart". I asked him "Why"? And he told me that there has been a lot of murders and not enough detectives to solve them. So after quitting my job, I went to RGD (Really Good Detectives) and they hired me happily. And the next day I already had a case. Madonna Vrooman at age 31 was murdered. The suspects were: Iswara Hererra, Howard Anderson, Sharon Akers, Barron Dunning, Abeer Albertson, and Landry Kinsella. Sharon Akers was guilty all along. The RGD said that I could be in one of their agencies with how amazing I was at solving cases. Word got spread at how amazing I was at solving cases. And soon I was doing 4 cases a day.

Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Apr-17-2012 17:13

Great start everyone! If you are writing for this contest, please let us know so we have an idea on how many entries there will be.

Happy Sleuthing! Happy writing!!!

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa
Thespian

Apr-19-2012 21:43

The day my parents brought me home from the hospital from being born, they considered me to be a failure. As a child, I never received the praise for doing something good like most children get. By the time I got to high school, my dad and I fought constantly. There was actually a time when he and I had an exchange of punches. Of course, I lost the fight but that was because my old man was a military veteran who fought with former president Theodore Roosevelt on San Juan Hill. After that fight, I left home with out ever looking back.

The corruption on the city streets nearly killed me on my first few days. I could not believe how many crooked people were actually on the streets. Mobsters, the homeless, civilians, and even police officers alike, were all doing what they could to steal money for them selves. I remember the first time I saw someone die. She was young. Probably twenty three. She was shot in the middle of the street in broad day light. When I got to where she was lying, she was nearly dead. All I could do was let her die in my arms.

That night I found myself drunk inside the Tricky Mister Bar, with dozens of people I've never met before. The shady character sitting in the back drinking his life away, the bartender, whose name I couldn't remember to save my own life. Drinking was the worst alternative to getting over anything. Weeks went by and I watched the crime rate grow as the economy fell. Crime began to spread like a disease.

It wasn't long before I realized this city needed someone to help clean up the crime. My parents refused to help me in my time of need. I intended to do the opposite of my parents and help those who need it. Without glancing back to my past, I got a license as a Private Investigator, working with prices to fit everyone, poverty, poor, middle class, and high prices for the rich. Over the years I've done a little bit of everything. I've solved murders. I've saved lives, and I've taken lives. My name is Sterling Hagen, P.I

Cekuray
Cekuray
Well-Connected

Apr-20-2012 01:53

I come from a family of Bolivian troubadurs. The firsts of Zacatecoluca were great artists of their times. I am the only alien in my family, a detective, but honoring my family name, I will write about me in the sweet way that we know to use our given talent. Poems.

A murder mistery, a case for Sherlock Holmes
I'm intrigued by investigations of unearthed bones
Unsolved murders and crimes of today
Past mass murderers and who did they slay?

Bloody murders and bodies under the floor
I read with interest, even the gore
A poet detective adding up clues
As I watch ''Midsummer Murders'', then monitor the city news.

As victim's friends and relatives appeal
I'd swift through details with ''Ironside''s steel.
Not a stone would be left unturned,
Vital evidence quick will be learned.

Assorted questions and answers ''Columbo'' like I'd sift
Giving deceiptful suspects short thrift.
As on the slab ''Silent Witnesses'' lie
My ''Miss Marple'' intuition revealing the false alibi.

I can see a body marked out in chalk,
In my crime scene there's no idle talk.
An old man torso, from which angle did it fall?
My Poirot surveillence will reveal all.

Examining head and body bruises,
Stranggling, stabbing and all the abuses,
Found at the base of the stairs in the night
I'm asking like Morse, ''pushed, or the result of a fight''?

A Professional reputation earned as a sleuth
Keenly rooting out the hidden truth.
A ''hard-core Sweeney'' detector of crime
I collect hardened criminals to serve their ''Porridge'' time.

But just for now, I'm back to research and books
Difficult cases deserve second looks.
Unravelling Forensics, looking for an over-looked sign,
Before I become the new 1st lady of crime.

det. Pilar Zacatecoluca

Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Apr-20-2012 08:50

Some great submissions so far. Today is the due day for ALL submissions.

Happy writing!!!

Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Apr-21-2012 23:57

THE RESULTS

There were 3 categories:
1) Biographies: 3 contestants
2) Creative Writing: 1 contestant
3) Case Intro Writing: NO contestants

Ivy Spini was the sole Creative Writing entry where everything was deemed by inventiveness only. Both judges scored Ivy a 100. Ivy is the clear winner. In my opinion, it was a very good essay.

Biographies:
igotthepowerinme scored as follows:
--Spelling: 15 out of 15
--Grammar: 7.5 out of 15
--Creativity: 25.85 out of 55
--Parameter Check: 13.5 out of 15
--Total Score: 62 out of 100

M. Lacrimosa:
--Spelling: 12 out of 15
--Grammar: 10.5 out of 15
--Creativity: 51.15 out of 55
--Parameter Check: 14.25 out of 15
--Total Score: 88 out of 100

Cekuray:
--Spelling: 6 out of 15
--Grammar: 12 out of 15
--Creativity: 55 out of 55
--Parameter Check: 12 out of 15
--Total Score: 85 out of 100

Biography Standings:
--M. Lacrimosa: 1st place (score of 88)
--Cekuray: 2nd place (score of 85)
--igotthepowerinme 3rd place (score of 62)

Congratulations to all on some very fine writing!!

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