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Sleuthville 2016 Holiday Writing Competition
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Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Dec-20-2016 15:32

With the holidays quickly approaching and the weather getting colder, I’d like to invite you all to participate in something that doesn’t require you to get out of bed or wear pants. :) It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, so I’m happy to announce the Sleuthville 2016 Holiday Writing Competition! Everyone, either subbed or unsubbed, is welcome to participate.

The format will be a narrative poem. Narrative poems usually tell stories, have a strong sense of characters and narration, and have plots that go from beginning--> middle--> end. They do not have to rhyme, but you are certainly welcome to make your poem rhyme if you want to.

Poems MUST:
1) Have a December holiday theme (you can write about a specific holiday, the holiday season in general, etc.)
2) Take place in the Noir world and time period.

1) Poems have a strict 1-post limit (~2000 characters). Less is fine, but any bits that go over will not be counted as part of the entry.
2) You may submit as many poems as you like.
3) All poems must have a title.
4) Entries will be looked at by a panel of 4 judges, myself included. They will be evaluated on creativity, flow, accordance with the theme, and spelling/grammar.
5) All entries must be submitted between now and 23:59 SST on January 3, 2017. Judging will begin on January 4th and hopefully conclude within that week.

The 1st place winner will receive $100,000 and custom item prize! Ooh, aah.
The second place winner will receive $50,000.
The third place winner will receive $25,000.

Furthermore, all participants will have their entries featured in a new in-game book, so they can be forever immortalized! The book will then be hidden somewhere in Sleuthville so you can all search for it.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message. Most importantly of all, make sure to have fun! :D


Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Jan-4-2017 14:12

I'm extending the deadline to the end of January 11, since I know people have been busy with the holidays. Some great entries so far! I've really enjoyed reading them. :)

Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Jan-16-2017 17:52

The results of the Holiday Writing Competition are in!


First Place: Cathy Rose’s “The Horrifying Case of the Christmastime Murder”
Second Place: Autumnsprings’ “An Unmerry Christmas”
Third Place: Breitkat’s “Hanukkah”

Great job, everyone! We have some very talented writers in our community. Thanks for helping to bring a little holiday cheer to Sleuthville. :)

I’ll be sending out prize money to all the winners momentarily.
Cathy, please PM SS to arrange for delivery of your custom item prize!

If anyone else wants to submit any holiday poems to be included as part of the book, please feel free to send them my way within the next week. I’ll be compiling everything after that, so the book should hopefully be released sometime before the 2017 holidays arrive. ;)

Con Artist

Jan-16-2017 19:10

Riza, thank you and squirrel and the rest of the judges for putting this together. Congrats Cathy! You'll have to show us your prize so we can all drool appropriately. ;)

Safety Officer

Jan-17-2017 17:22

One custom item prize delivered. Sorry for the delay.

Safety Officer

Jan-17-2017 17:23

Heh actually that's not so bad a turn around, it's the 18th in topsy-turvy land :) Thanks to everyone who participated and to Riza for 'once again' organising a competition.


Jan-18-2017 00:28

Congratulations to the winners!

Cathy Rose
Cathy Rose
Lucky Stiff

Jan-18-2017 04:32

Thank you Riza for organizing this contest, and Secret Squirrel for a lovely prize item.

I am carrying it on my person for now, so everyone can see it there if they wish :)

Congratulations to my fellow winners!


Jan-19-2017 05:10

Congratulations everyone! Lovely entries!


Jan-19-2017 06:36

Remember, remember
'Twas the 25th of December

As I walked through the streets
I stopped at a market stand and bought myself a bag of Christmas sweets

A man strolled towards me, looking distressed
As if he had been up all night and didn't rest

"Please, help me find my missing reindeer"
"I don't know what to do without the dear"

Dropping my bag, I took out my notepad
And scribbled down all the info he had

"Last time I saw my reindeer was yesterday night"
"Oh, where he is now, I don't know," the man responded, his face turning white

"Don't worry," I said, "I'll look into the case"
"I don't assume you left him at your North Pole base?"

Noticing the man was dressed up as Santa Claus, I couldn't stop myself of making the joke
Grabbing one of the sweets that dropped, I stuffed it in my mouth and began to choke.

A few attempts later, to swallow it down, I coughed out loud
And all of a sudden, I was looking at a crowd.

"Please, Detective, you have to save Christmas, for all of us"
Having a suspicion, I took the nearest bus

Arriving in 23rd street, I sped my way towards the Butcher, Sylvia Lee
"Have you recently purchased a reindeer?" I asked, before being offered a cup of tea

"Why, yes, Detective, why would you ask such a thing?"
"Because I'm working on a case involving Santa Claus" I replied, while hearing a bell ring.

Rushing to the back of the Butcher's place, I passed a cow and a chicken
And outside, there was a shed, where I had to kick the door in.

Tied up in a corner, I had finally found what I was looking for
A set of antlers poked at me and I heard a snore

"You're coming with me," I said, guiding the reindeer back to where I was before.
"As you can see, good sir, I have completed the chore"

"This is my reindeer!" he said, while being overenjoyed.
"Where is my pay?" I asked, annoyed

"Here it is," he said, handing me a bag of sweets
Looking closer, he gave me a bag of beets

So I learned, "Always inspect your pay"
Otherwise, it could ruin your day


Jan-19-2017 06:37

PS * - Name of the story is "The case of the missing reindeer"

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