Inuyasha Issekiwa is the Live Journal contingent of the once popular IY Issekiwa Yahoo Group. This community gives fanfic writers from all over the world the opportunity to hone their skills by participating in a bi-weekly drabble contest centering around a specific theme.
What in the world does “Issekiwa” mean? Issekiwa is a Japanese word which can be translated, “a short story,” or “a writer of short stories.”
What’s a drabble? A drabble is a short story. Here at Issekiwa, all contest entries must coincide with the current contest’s theme and be between 100 and 250 words (unless otherwise specified).
1) Members may enter one drabble per contest period. 2) All drabbles should center around characters from the Inuyasha manga or anime. 3) All entries must be new material written specifically for this contest and its theme. Fics submitted to other contests or archives before voting has ended will be sanctioned and/or disqualified. 4) Adult content is not permitted. Groups such as inuerotica exist to accept that type of material. Violence and even profanity are permissible, so long as your rating reflects their inclusion. After all, this is the “Warring States” era, and we’re talking about Inuyasha, here. 5) Please check over your drabble for any typographical and grammatical errors before posting. 6) Please do not post any entries to publicly accessible sites such as archives (e.g. Fanfiction.net, Mediaminer.org, DeviantArt.com) or to your blog/journal (e.g. Livejournal, Xanga, MySpace, Facebook - not even under friends lock) until winners have been announced. 7) When commenting on another member’s story, please do not critique their entry harshly. 8) Voting is restricted to members and watchers of the community. As such, anonymous votes will not be counted. Please log-in when voting.
When submitting an entry, please make sure that the contest theme and title of your drabble appear on the subject line of your post. Your posting should look quite a bit like this:
Title: My Drabble Entry Author: My Pen Name Rating: PG-13 for mild profanity Genre: Drama Word Count: 248
You may also wish to include details like pairings, featured characters, warnings, squicks, or a summary. Possible Genres: Drama, Angst, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Humor, Parody, Romance, Fluff, Introspection, and so on. The drabble itself needs to be placed under an LJ cut. This keeps things nice and tidy.
All votes will be kept secret—there will be no record of who voted for what. Every voting period will have three polls, one each for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placement. You will vote for three different entries, ranking them as you see fit. The votes are weighted, with a 1st place vote awarding 3 points, a 2nd place vote 2 points, and a 3rd place vote 1 point. Polling takes place over the weekend after each contest closes on Thursday. You’ll have just three days to review the entries and cast your ballot. To avoid favoritism, only one ballot per household, if you have a number of participants contained within your walls. Winners will be announced on Monday.
Sample Tally Say Drabble A gets 4 1st places, 2 2nd places and 1 3rd place votes — 17 points Say Drabble B gets 3 1st places, 3 2nd places and 1 3rd — 16 points Drabble C gets 2 1st places and 2 2nd places and 3 3rd places — 13 points.
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