Codexian Idol III

Published on March 31, 2008 by

The third annual Codexian Idol contest (for members of the Codex Writers) ended today.

The way the Codexian Idol contest works is all the contestants anonymously upload the first 500 words of a short story for Round 1.  The story openings are voted on by Codex members, and the top half progress to the next round.  My story was second in Round 1.

There’s a week to write the next 1000 words, which are then uploaded, and the voting on Round 2 takes place.  The top half of the stories move on to the final round.  My story tied for first in Round 2.

After another week, the finished stories are uploaded and the Round 3 voting begins.  Voting ended today, and my story "Into the West" placed second, behind a story by my Odyssey classmate Krista.

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5 comments on “Codexian Idol III”

  1. RoAnn says:

    Congrats on placing second. Will you be submitting the story for publication anywhere?

  2. Audrey says:

    You rock the house, (or, should I say, the Codexian Idol contest) that is AWESOME!!!

  3. Carolyn says:

    What did Simon have to say? :) Congratulations! That’s great!

  4. Thanks, everyone.

    After some revision, I’ll probably send it off to Analog.

    > What did Simon have to say?

    Since the comments were also anonymous, I’m not sure which were his. ;) But I think the biggest problem I had in the end was that the story begins shortly after a cataclysmic change in the world, and readers were expecting the story to end with at least an explanation of what caused the change, or a reversal of it.

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