Voice Competition Approval Guidelines
This page lists the requirements for sanctioning a fiction-based competition for the awarding of Clusters of Ice. All fiction competitions, including ACC and Run Ons, must go through the Voice Staff before final approval by the MAA Staff.
Important Note: If a competition is being submitted without the intention of seeking Clusters of Ice, it must clearly be stated in the public details. If this option is chosen, the following guidelines will not apply.
Voice Office Competition Approval Guidelines
- Clear Grading Criteria - This is perhaps the most important aspect to any competition, fiction competitions included. While we encourage folks to use the official Voice Fiction Grading Rubric, it is not a requirement. As long as the criteria are clearly stated, it will be sufficient for this requirement. These grading criteria must be stated in the public details portion of the competition.
- Separation Between Prompt and Instructions - When submitting a fiction competition, there needs to be a clear separation between the prompt and grading criteria and other instructions. This can be through the use of headings, bold/italic text, or other methods to create a clear delineation in the final product. It is suggested, though not required, that all prompt information should be in the Details for Participants section.
- Word Count Minimums and Maximums - When submitting a competition, clearly define minimum/maximum word counts or post counts for run-ons, if any will be enforced. Prose competitions are required to have a minimum word count of five hundred (500) words. Run-on based events are suggested to have a minimum of two (2) posts of two hundred fifty (250) words. This guarantees that all submitters receive a minimum of one Cluster of Ice. Co-op fiction events should have a five hundred (500) word per participant minimum and incorporate some method by which the word count for each participant can be measured. When a word maximum is used in a co-op fiction it can only be an overall one, not per participant.
- Page Minimums/Maximums - All submission minimums and maximums should be stated in a number of words as opposed to a number of pages.
- Font/Size Limitations - Because page based limitations are not allowed, regulating font and size is also prohibited. All submissions should be in a legible font and size, but specifying allowed fonts is neither necessary nor permitted.
- Open Prompts: Fiction grading is done by the official Fiction Rubric. While it is possible to grade different writers writing different stories without a prompt in certain venues - such as the ACC, where the rubric does not define adherence to a prompt - in Fiction, prompt adherence is required in the rubric from which the grading is done. To this end, a lack of prompt, such as with "Open Prompt" competitions, cannot be fairly graded by Brotherhood Fiction competition standards, and will not be allowed going forward.
A specific Competition Archetype is set aside for approved Competitions in the form of Fiction Competitions. Using these archetypes will allow the site to automatically calculate word counts for approval upon completion of the competition. Before submitting the word counts for approval, the competition organizer should verify the word counts and adjust the count as necessary.
Reasons to adjust count:
- Remove Dossier ID lines
- Remove prompt repetition
- Remove explanatory information not relevant to the fiction (such as bibliography, copy/pasted prompt, etc.)
The above method is the only approved process for awarding Cluster of Ice for word counts in competitions.
Official Clan Fictions or Event Fictions
Members and Leaders of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood are eligible to earn Cluster of Ice from fictions written for the sake of a Clan or Event fiction. This can be anything from writing the story-prompt for a Clan Run-On, official Clan Fiction, a Brotherhood wide event, or inter-unit event story-lines. All Brotherhood-wide event fiction must be approved by the Voice of the Brotherhood, and all Clusters of Ice will be processed manually. All Clan-level fiction must first be approved and then submitted to the Voice by the Consul of the respective unit.
Consul's should submit the following when requesting Clusters of Ice for Clan Fiction Events:
- A quick description of what is being submited.
- A link to the Discourse thread, google document, pdf, or hosted link that contains the fiction in question
- PIN#WordCount (e.g. 1294#900,8#1000,50#850,1400#600)
- Submited for approval to: email@example.com
For inter-unit events, all Consul's of all the participating units should be CC (carbon/courtesy copy) in the submission.
When running Fiction competitions, Dark Council members and their designated representatives have the option to award Bonus Clusters to participants. The Bonus is calculated as follows: 1 additional Cluster for every 500 words of fiction, up to a maximum of 2000 words. These Clusters of Ice exist outside of the automated process and must be provided directly to the Master At Arms staff with the following format:
- PIN#ClusterCount (e.g. 14729#4, 12004#2, 14185#1)
For tracking purposes, the Voice of the Brotherhood should be CC in the submission.
DJB Wide Competitions
As DJB wide events tend to have an increased award level and much wider exposure, the Voice office will look at such events with enhanced scrutiny. As such, there will be added requirements for approval of a DJB wide event as detailed below:
- Duration and Timing- The suggested run time for DJB wide fiction competitions is 14-21 days. Members are free to run for shorter, or less, but keep in mind that if a competition does not succeed in gathering enough entries to fill out a standard set of competition crescents, future competitions may be remanded. Competitions that will run over a major Vendetta or Great Jedi War may also be remanded based on overlapping competition run time.
- Prompts - For DJB wide events, prompts must be applicable and of interest to the entire Brotherhood. Further, they can not offer different options for individual clans as this might give members of one clan and advantage over another.
- Grading Criteria- It is greatly preferred that DJB wide competitions use the official Voice Fiction Grading Rubric. Any changes to this formula must be explicitly spelled out in the event description.
- Documentation and Feedback - When DJB wide events are being judged, the grading rubric must be filled out for each entry. These will be subject to verification by Voice Office staff as needed. They should also be made available to those seeking feedback on their work