[Hello Parterre visitors. The updated rules for 2010 and everything else you need to know are here. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the competition!]
The rules to this game are fairly simple.
1) Summarize an opera in 140 characters or less. It can be any opera and exploring rep outside the top 25 is positively encouraged. At the same time, obscurists may find their efforts don’t achieve the desired result. If extended research techniques are required to find the title, best to choose something else.
2) Tweet it or submit as a comment on this site between 9am Monday 27th April and midnight Sunday 3rd May EST. Please do not submit on this page. Space will be provided on Monday when the contest begins.
3) All entries MUST INCLUDE the hashtag #operaplot as part of the character count. Entries without this tag are not eligible for a prize even if you submit via blog comment.
4) The prizes will be awarded at the sole discretion of the #operaplot judge. First, second and third place will be able to choose a prize from the #operaplot partner pool on a first right of refusal basis, meaning first prize gets first pick, second prize chooses second etc.
5) There may be Honourable Mentions awarded for entries that didn’t win but still stood out in some way. Prizes will be given out but Miss Mussel is still working what those will be exactly. Arkiv, Amazon or iTunes certificates are likely.
What if I win but don’t live near any of the houses offering tickets?
This is a distinct possibility seeing as the competition is world-wide. Miss Mussel is hoping that more houses will join existing partners during the coming week and fill in some gaps but should a winner reside in an area that is not covered, we will arrange for alternate prize of roughly equal value.
Can I publicize the competition?
You certainly can. Tell whomever you wish. The more people that play, the more fun it will be. Feel free to link back to any of the pages on this site that discuss the competition. Classical music doesn’t go viral very often and there is a very good chance for it to do so here. Your social networking will help with that.
Can I organize a similar competition on my site?
Of course. There is more than enough room for on the interwebs for everyone. If your entrants would like to be considered for the prizes, you will have to either tweet them all with the #operaplot hashtag or enter them in the comments before midnight EST on 3rd May. It’s going to take a while to sort through all the entries, so having everything in one place is important.
I entered last time but didn’t win. Can I submit my operaplot again?
Absolutely. As long as you weren’t listed as a winner or honourable mention you can resubmit.
May I enter more than once?
An individual may enter up to ten times. If you submit more than 10 operaplots, only the first 10 will be considered.
I saw a really good one in the last #operaplot competition. Can I use it this time?
No. Entries may be resubmitted but it must be done by the original submitter.
May I enter an operaplot in a language other than English?
You may enter it if you wish but is unlikely to be chosen as a winner simply because our judge and OM staff work best in English. We could translate your entry but it is unlikely that the character count would match plus, and most importantly, the plays on words and jokes you make won’t come through.
I don’t have a Twitter acccount. Can I submit via email?
No you may not. Signing up for a Twitter account is extremely easy. It takes less than five minutes. If you are morally opposed to Twitter or have some sort of allergic reaction to little blue birds, you may enter via comments. Operaplots submitted via email will not be forwarded to the judge.
Any other questions? Get in touch or pop them in the comments.