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oh hell, i think i would give it a shot if i could afford it

3-Day Novel Writing Contest? I thought the NaNoWriMo thing was ridiculous, but now it seems a bit more tame. Registering for this carries a bloody $50 fee, as well.

So for $50 you can pay to not sleep for 72 hours, spend as much of it as you possibly can writing, only to not have any hope of editing it properly. They don’t subscribe to a hard and fast 50k word rule, though, so that makes things a bit easier. I think they mention something about 100 or so typewritten pages being adequate.

Given a notebook full of notes and an outline (both allowed), this is not an impossible challenge if you don’t mind producing a half-baked concoction of short-stories and watered down metaphor. Judging by what I produced in the five days that I bothered to participate in NaNoWriMo this last year (and never will I bother with such tomfoolery again), I could possibly be arrested for my literary transgressions if I did mail them the resulting effort.

It could actually be fairly amusing.

Even still, $50? That’s worse than magazines that make you pay to submit, even when they’re not running a contest.

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