The Bolthole's monthly 1,000 word story competition.


Postby J D Dunsany » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:02 pm


Is this thing on?

Right. This is a quick message just to let you know that I'll be stepping down both as moderator and RiaR-runner at the end of this month's comp. There are a number of reasons for this, which I don't really want to go into now.

All I want to say is how much I've enjoyed the last few years and how ridiculously proud I am of the comp and of its many participants, whose stories have crackled with enthusiasm, imagination and no little talent. I've made good friends through this comp and have seen writers develop and grow in all sorts of interesting ways as a result of its restrictions.

I'm delighted to announce that LordLucan has agreed to take over the comp-running duties starting next month. I know the competition will be in safe hands (tentacles?) and I look forward to pitching the odd story into the mix myself.

All the best!

JDD story of the moment: Glory
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Re: Announcement

Postby Mossy Toes » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:25 am

The mod is dead, long live the mod!

Thank you for your contributions, JDD—you've really enriched the forum by keeping RiaR alive.
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Re: Announcement

Postby Commander Shadow » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:41 pm

It's been a pleasure reading your posts, both stories and RIAR prompts/rulings. I hope everything is well or will be well soon on your end.
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Re: Announcement

Postby LordLucan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:13 pm


... I mean, I hope my time as RiaR runner will be as efficient and enjoyable as JDD's reign (of terror)

Thanks for being a great comp runner Dunsany. :D
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Re: Announcement

Postby Kal_Ryper » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:38 pm

Thanks JDD for all your hard work.
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Re: Announcement

Postby Raziel4707 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:32 am

Just saw this post, a real shame but I'm sure you've got your reasons. RiaR is definitely one of the major factors in my growth as a writer and I'm sure I wouldn't have been published without its lessons. Thanks for everything JDD, you did a fantastic job and I'm sure LL will keep up the tradition.

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