Next e-book contest - some ideasFor the next e-book contest, I got a germ of an idea from the suggestion made by Natarajan to provide a plot & from the feedback given by Reena in this thread, that the essence of the story got lost.
What I was thinking was that I will give each participant some aspect that they need to introduce into the story in the chapter they write. Thus, for example, I will instruct like this:
'Neelam - introduce an animal character'
'Partha - mention a purple colour object'
... and so on.
That would test your creative skills even more!
Further, I will let the participants write the chapters as per the order in which they register for the contest, without me assigning a particular chapter to a particular member. I will then give in lots of three or four the instructions of what aspect to introduce. I will keep a rule of submitting a chapter within 24 hours of submitting the previous chapter. I may wait for a chapter to be submitted to give an appropriate instruction in order to develop the plot. So, in case I have not yet assigned what aspect you have to introduce in your chapter, then you will submit within 24 hours of my giving the instruction.
Since now you have an inkling about how to go about contributing to the e-book, I won't be writing the first and last chapters. At any time during the contest, though, I will introduce wild card entries (not more than two), with a non-registered member (this could be an editor also) being requested to submit a chapter. This participant will be eligible for the main cash awards and also a bonus of 5 points in addition to whatever points he/she gets as a participant.
How about it? All the elements above which I have suggested will be more fun, I think, and we will also have some kind of unique plot. I have already thought of a title for the e-book, too, so if you all are interested, I will announce it next month.
Any further ideas from anyone which are feasible?