Wow guys. For one it's coming up to winter! Snow is still a few months off yet for most of us but the thoughts is there and what I'm about to tell you readers is something that will make the prospect of winter so much closer. Many of you know we have been pressing for this for some time.
The competition is go! Submissions are open, best of luck to everybody!
Competition . We have balloons, a pinata, and only enough party hats to go half way round for this announcement of a competition; sorry, that was a little overboard. The competition will be very simple: competitors write, judges judge, the winners get to claim their winnings. One competition will be held for Prose & one for Poetry. Each side will have its own prize fund and judges who have experience in their specific judging field. You must of course be signed up with the group to enter the contest. You are welcome to join just for the contest and then leave afterwards but if you leave during the contest your entry will not be counted and will be taken down from the group submissions.
You may submit works based on the prompts (see below) or otherwise, though this may get you marked down. You must not however break the following rules. 1) You must not break the deviantART etiquette policy. 2) The piece must be written & submitted ‘after’ signing up (we’re here to promote literature after all). 3) The literature must not exceed 2,500 words maximum & must be at least 750 words minimum (for Prose). Poetry can reach up to 1,000 words and must be greater than 100. Forms of poetry such as Haiku’s which will not often fit the minimum word limit will be allowed but this is to allow for all poetry formats. 4) To enter the submission must be made directly into the correct folder (‘2012 winter contest Prose’ or ‘2012 winter contest Poetry’). 5) You can submit as many entries as you like but you may only win a maximum of one prize per category (your top entry will go forward). Judges may enter but can not win (in the category they are writing in); ie: you can judge in poetry and win in prose (or vice versa).
Please submit the contest entries to the competition folders so that the group know firmly of what they are. It's your job to submit entries to the right place not that of the group.
The entries will be marked against the following criteria: Sticking to the rules (10 points), Correct Grammar (10 points), Imagery (10 points), Originality (10 points), Fluency (yep, 10 points) which makes the total score out of 50 points. Should a tie occur between entries in winning positions the judges will enter a tie break. The tie break will be taken from “How does the entry represent itself in format?” (ie/ does this short story feel like a short story? Or How does this Ballad compare to classic Ballads?)
So, here are the prompts (unreleased as of up until now). There are three prompts each for poetry and for prose, each are hopefully quite loose to work with and will help to show your writing in a good light. Remember that your take alone on these prompts will not get you 100%.
1) "Tell of spontaneous actions and/or reactions in fictional/non-fictional literature. Think of past/your experiences and embellish; is humor involved? Are there elements of tragedy?"
2) "The effect(s) of a long lasting character or character relationship(s) in fictional/non-fictional literature Think of past experiences and embellish: do you have a loved one yourself? how do you feel about those close to you?"
3) "Tell of effect(s) of already existing model(s) for which fictional/non-fictional literature is based. Think of past experiences and embellish, are you a fan of existing franchises? Do you like them? Would you have an input to give? A story of them to tell?"
1) “As a poem, look at thoughts about abstract nouns. Think of visualising lines, use romanticised terms & phrases, do you see the word as others might (individualism)?”
2) “As an adaptation of an existing ballad show how effect is provoked. Think of imagery used in ballads and how it can create lasting thoughts and visuals to any specific line."
3) “As a poem, how does culture of ones country effect literature - (effects of Haikus eg/). Think of different perspective to your own, how can these interact with one another?"
The submissions deadline for the contests is midnight of the 1st of November, giving you one and a half months to work on and enter your piece(s). Please note that this will be running off GMT (Greenwich Mean Time - or United Kingdom Time), also remember that submissions will be firmly closed as can be seen above after this time. The desired results day is one week later, on the eighth of November.
Your judges are (as it stands):
Prose: The-Monoblos, Doomsday-Prophyt
Poetry: IveDiedInside, Malintra-Shadowmoon
But you want to know about the prizes don't you! Prizes are (each prize fund is identical): 3 months premium (The-Monoblos (1st)), 1 month premium (The-Monoblos (2nd)), 100 devpoints (The-Monoblos (3rd)), 3 months premium (fudgyvmp (1st)), 1 month premium (fudgyvmp (2nd)),
Oh yes, one last thing: good luck.