I wanted to try out making a contest so here's the idea:
Come up with a description for a compelling character (If you want, do it like an RP skellie). I will look at it and decide who wins. The prizes are:
1st Place: I will rate and review either a novel or three one-shots.
2nd Place: Two one shots.
3rd Place: One one-shot.
Honorable mention: I will look at either a poem or a work of art.
The deadline is October 15th, so please hurry and reply! Also, as a shameless advertisement, I need more people for my RP. If interested, please specify in your reply (but in parenthesis) for more info.
My idea of an ideal character is a dark, mysterious teenager. This character could be a very stron leader, but with different intenetions. He may seem cool and calm on the outside, but on the inside he is in a constant state of turmoil. He also isn't neccesarliy a good guy or a bad guy. You might want to think of him in a way as a bounty hunter. I really hope this helps if you're writing about a darker topic. If we can have more than one entry, I have ideas for heroes, villains, and more bounty hunter tpe characters.
I wans't planning to use any of the entry characters, actually. I just wanted to see if someone made an interesting character, then if it could be put into a story just as compelling. Oh, and you can have multiple entries. It helps your chances of winning, after all ;)
OK. Another character idea of mine is a mentaly ill person with exttreme euphoria, but the catch is that she doesn't knw she is in an insane asylum. She also has visits from personages of different emotions who tell her that they can show her anything she wants to see.
[ Hello, I am here to enter the contest but I seek no prize. I would be happy to just participate! Thank you. (ps. I aplogize for the length and how specific it is, i wasn't sure how broad you wanted it. ]
My characters name is Mackenzie Grace Links, or also known as SUDS by her extremely obnoxious neighbor, a brooding boy who goes by the name of Elliot Banks. Why SUDS you ask? Well it just so happened that the Links temperamental fire alarm just so happened to go off while Mac was in the middle of the shower, so she was forced to run out in just a towel, her hair still full of shampoo. You see the connection? She's a rather grumpy girl, one with the shortest of tempers and the most irate tantrums known to man, which is pretty surprising seeing that she's practically the height of a fifth grader. Mac is the kind of girl who is very easily embarrassed, always covering her blushing face with a opened novel or lined notebook. Whatever she is feeling at a specific moment she feels 100%, never just mildly happy or sad, always EXTREMLY happy or VERY VERY sad. Her room is very unique, covered in black sharpie with all her favorite quotes from poems, movies, and writing, as well as some of her own. She has a rowdy pet rooster named Cluck who lives in her backyard, the annoying animal always calling before the sun has even risen. She just so happens to have the biggest crush on her pesky neighbor, though she could never admit it, not even to herself. I mean seriously, what kind of girl would like a guy who filled her brand new dress with itching powder on the night of the Homecoming Dance? Not her, she would like to think.
(Well, I'll just use an old RPG character, but I would request that you do not take her as use her. Thank you)
Personality: Skylar is headstrong and stubborn, and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind, often coming off as impertinent or arrogant. Ever since she was little, she loved to win and challenge anyone to a contest of anything physical or mental. However, she hates, and is almost afraid of, ever losing or finding herself lacking and being beating by another, so she fights against it with everything she has.
If she commits herself to something, nothing can stop her, and she often becomes brash and doesn’t think about the results of an action. However, she is deeply committed to her brother and is protective of him, though she often participates in fights and jests (both good natured and not) with him.
Appearance: Taller than most girls her age, Skylar stands at a lean and fit 5 feet 11 inches. She has medium length brown hair which matches her brothers and mother’s though hers is straight unlike Cole’s. Her eyes are grey and her skin has the bad habit of either burning or looking completely pale.
History: Skylar grew up with her mother and twin brother in Seattle with no father. Ever since she was 8 her mother was convinced that there would be a nuclear war and has devoted herself to her scientific pursuits of a cure to radiation. Ever since she was little, Skylar has had a fascination with guns and weapons, and she started learning to shoot at a young age. Now an expert shot, she owns a 45 caliber pistol and a semi-automatic rifle which she hunts with when she can get away during the fall. Because of their mother, Skylar and her brother would go to school and often would come home and sleep in the lab instead of at their apartment, but neither of them minded. Now their mother wants them to be in the first test group so that they can get the treatment for resistance to radiation as soon as they can.
There are multiple characters that I find to be a bit... unusual, but not completely unheard of. Normally they come either in pairs or trios, even if they aren't complete until the ends or middle of the books.
In one of my more rare instances, I had a quartet going. The main character was Samantha Williams, with paled brown eyes and chesnut hair, features smooth but not nearly perfect. I haven't completely figured her out yet; she is fiesty, generally clever, and has an eye for rebelliance. In the first chapter, her whole life is ripped away from her - I won't say how, exactly, in case I post the beginning in some later date - and she is left alone, with only thoughts and words to cling to. It makes her desperate and wary of others, snarky and a bit crude. To help fix her up, I put in the other characters.
The second main character is Tim, the first boy she meets in the first chapter who actually understands what is going on. She doesn't learn his secret until later (Cyborg in disguise) but he helps her along with her personality. He is the one who is brilliant with numbers, but poor with people and has terrible social skills. A bit awkward but likeable, while also clever yet thick. His first and only family is a robot, or Spybot as they are called in the book, Dogg.
The third major character is Samantha's younger sister, Jenny. She is ingenius, with everything and everyone, knowing facts and numbers every which way. She doesn't come until the end, for reasons I will only mention when it is posted...
In this odd case, I had created a quartet. The fourth character isn't even human (Did I mention this is a Sci-fi?) and lost his eye. Samantha meets him after she gets arrested for illegal interplanetary transport, even though she actually crashed there. They help each other escape before meeting up with the others. The alien, or Rolk, is humerous and proper, and later becomes very good friends with Jenny.
I know this is a lot to take in, but you don't need to do it for the contest. I just want to know what people think about the characters...
Alright, the judgement!
1st Place: Kestrel135
2nd Place: AnInkling
3rd Place: Ashley-Is-Me
Honorable Mention: Wallypenguin
I was really torn with trying to decide who to put where, but now I'm firm with my choices. Thank you all for participating, and I'll get to your stories as soon as I can, but it might be a while; my computer's being very buggy today :/ (Actually has been the first time I've been on in days, because Teen Ink's been crashing on me >_<). Again, thank you and let me know if you have any preferences for stories and/ or poems.
Thank you! And good job to everyone!
I don't really have any prefferences. Remember the Crossroads is the final chapter in my book (so you may or may not be interested in that "short story"), I also have a cute story about the play of kids called "Dragons in the Cottonwood Tree". Then I have some poems (my best is probably "A Great Hope" and "Silence Remains" which may not be published by the time you look...). Also I have two opinion pieces which you could also look at.
Thanks for hosting this contest!