Little confused about rule #5?

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Little confused about rule #5?

Postby LambentTyto » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:32 pm

"The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least eight cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits."

It's this last part about 5000 hits. If I'm not professionally published, but I'm publishing on web fiction platforms like Royal Road say, does this 5,000 hits apply to this rule?

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Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Postby DoctorJest » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:45 pm

It's stated in an inclusive way, so you'd be looking at getting both that number of hits / issues AND that amount of payment per word. If you write a 10k story that gets printed or viewed a million times, but you only got paid a flat $100, although you might well be pissed off, it at least wouldn't count as a disqualifying publication for the contest.

On the other hand, if you make the money AND get the prints or hits, then *what* the market actually is doesn't enter into it.
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Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Postby LambentTyto » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:26 pm

All right, thanks. I just wanted to make sure because I don't want to accidentally break the rules. Not that I expect to win, but that doesn't mean I won't try!
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Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Postby Wulf Moon » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:10 am

LambentTyto wrote:All right, thanks. I just wanted to make sure because I don't want to accidentally break the rules. Not that I expect to win, but that doesn't mean I won't try!


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Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Postby Eagerink » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:50 pm

Would professionally published poetry count then? Just curious.
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Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:56 am

Eagerink wrote:Would professionally published poetry count then? Just curious.

I don't think so--poetry is a very different format.
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