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2014 Short Story Category

Information, discussion, rules and submission point for the 2014 competition

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2014 Short Story Category

Post by Admin » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:09 pm


2014 Harb40 Passion Competition Rules and Guidelines

1) To treat as an object instead of a person;
2) to give expression to (as an abstract notion, feeling, or ideal) in a form that can be experienced by others

7 types of objectification
1) Instrumentality. The objectifier treats the object as a tool of his or her purposes.

2) Denial of autonomy. The objectifier treats the object as lacking in autonomy and self-determination.

3) Inertness. The objectifier treats the object as lacking in agency, and perhaps also in activity.

4) Fungibility. The objectifier treats the object as interchangeable (a) with other objects of the same type and/or (b) with objects of other types.

5) Violability. The objectifier treats the object as lacking in boundary integrity, as something that it is permissible to break up, smash, break into.

6) Ownership. The objectifier treats the object as something that is owned by another, can be bought or sold, etc.

7) Denial of subjectivity. The objectifier treats the object as something whose experience and feelings (if any) need not be taken into account.

a) she says beauty pageants objectify women
b) he is looked at as just a friend so they can use him for muscle work (moving stuff)
c) the trophy wife or the sugar daddy

"admiration of physical beauty becomes objectification" -- only the beauty matters, not the person

A man sees his wife as a mysterious inhuman natural force, a “blazing kernel of darkness.”

A female reduces a male to his genital dimensions, regarding him as somewhat less human than the stallion to which she jokingly compares him.

The Playboy caption reduces the young actress, a skilled tennis player, to a body ripe for male use: It says, in effect, she thinks she is displaying herself as a skilled athletic performer but all the while she is actually displaying herself to our gaze as a sexual object.

A male and a female contemplate their respective spouses as priceless antiques whom they have collected and arranged.

Write a short story about your interpretation of objectify.

Rules and Guidelines

Dates: August 23, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (12 midnight EST)

Story length: The stories must be between 3000 and 5000 +/- 100 words.

Required Theme Element: Must be about some form of objectification.

Where to upload: Stories will be uploaded as attachment on this thread. Acceptable forms will be .txt, .doc and .pdf. (pdf preferred)

Warnings: Since this competition is open to all ages, if any strong language or nudity is used, a disclaimer must be presented. A disclaimer in the submission form will suffice.

Persons not eligible: Due to the nature of the prizes, Richard Poshard, John Herd and Guila Simolo cannot enter the short story category but may enter the video category.

All winners are ineligible for the next year in the category they place in.

There will be a separate judging panel for the video category and the short story category.

Sample Submission Form:

Copy and paste the following and edit to fit your entry:

Online Name: (Your user name --Required)
Real Name: (voluntary - not required)
Story Title: (The name of the story -- Required)
Genre: (comedy, drama, horror, etc. - not required)
Story Description: (a brief outline of the story -- Required)

Using this format will make it easier on the judges to find and keep track of your story. All entries must be made in this thread.

So, start writing, enter and Good Luck.

Any conversations you wish to have in private about your submission need to be sent to admin@harb40passioncompetition.com. Check the competition faqs section of the forums first. Your questions might be answered there already.

Remember, in order to enter you must register. Registration is free and easy but each request must be manually verified so it could a couple days to be approved.

**This thread will be locked on October 11th.**

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Re: 2014 Short Story Category

Post by Josephkw » Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:01 pm

Online Name: josephkw
Real Name: Joseph Kwong
Story Title: Heirloom
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Story Description: Instead of a person personifying objects, here an object objectifies people. Set in the medieval era, the tragic downfall of a declining noble family prompts the eldest son to engage in a desperate attempt to revive the family's name and power--resulting in an obsession with a family heirloom.

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***Story removed upon Joseph's request***

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Re: 2014 Short Story Category

Post by Aemielius » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:45 pm

Online Name: Aemielius
Real Name: James Mielke
Story Title: When Universes Collide
Genre: Science Fiction/Crossover
Story Description: A lone Klingon falls through a rift in space. Crashing on a unknown planet, he lives with the prejudice of his captors and the knowledge that the Empire does not exists.
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Re: 2014 Short Story Category

Post by hagent » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:13 pm

Online Name: hagent
Real Name: Hagen Tannberg
Story Title: Rejuv
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Story Description: Warning some sexual content. :o
This is a short story about Dr. Newman, the top researcher and founder of REJUV.
Dr. Newman has a passion for perfection. After suffering a terrible loss he has been led down a path where he objectifies his most beloved.
REJUV by Hagen Tannberg
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Re: 2014 Short Story Category

Post by macwemyss » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:11 pm

Online Name: macwemyss
Real Name: Edan Mackenzie
Story Title: The Memories
Genre: Mystery, Dystopian, Psychological Drama
Story Description: (Warning: some strong language and graphic/disturbing themes) Aaran Selwyn finds himself in a room connected to strange machines and has no memory of why or how long he has been there. His head is filled with disconnected images, thoughts and dreams and it's up to him to piece together these memories to discover what exactly is going on. (Can't really explain the objectivity part without giving away the story!)
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Re: 2014 Short Story Category

Post by Admin » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:23 pm

Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for your submissions. The competition is now closed.

Due to the low number of submissions, we will have to confer with the sponsors on how they want to proceed with the resolution of the contest. There was a minimum number of 5 entries set in order to award the full prize package as it was posted. We will check with the sponsors as to if they wish to stay with what has been offered or if they are going to go with an alternative package.

We will keep everyone posted in a separate thread as we get more information. As for now, it is in the judges hands on how the stories place.


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