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Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 9:15 PM

F e l l a . Halloween by thekidKaos

UPDATE 10/31/13 - Tomorrow, Nov. 1st, at midnight (11:59 PM PST) is the cutoff date to get your entries in! If you want to participate, get those stories submitted in before then! :onfire:

Bring Out the Monsters!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 

About this time every year, ghastly fiends slink out from their hidden lairs. Horrendous beasts come forth to feast. Our nightmares spring to life. It's time to imprison these horrors safely into story form in our Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest! The theme for this contest is "Monsters and Creatures." :zombie:

Halloween is fast approaching, so let's celebrate by breaking out the pens and pencils (or keyboards)! :typerhappy: 

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Dates

This contest will run from Sept. 20th, 2013 to Nov. 1st 2013.

Rules

Please read these carefully. Failure to follow any of these will result in a disqualification. :pumpkin 

Bullet; Orange Fan Fiction only.

Bullet; Orange The theme is "Monsters and Creatures." Your entry must include some kind of monster or creature.

Bullet; Orange Stories must be written on or after Sept. 20th, specifically for this contest.

Bullet; Orange Word count: 3000 words maximum, no minimum

Bullet; Orange Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation is important.

Bullet; Orange Submit your entries to "Contests > Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest"  www.deviantart.com/submit/?cat…

Bullet; Orange Stories must comply with dA rules and guidelines (no porn).

Bullet; Orange One entry per person.

Entries Will Be Judged On:

Bullet; Orange Originality. A fan fiction about a woman being cornered by vampires, who then proceeds to beat the undead crud out of them, may seem interesting ... unless it is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer story. That's another day at the "office" for her. Stories will be judged on their uniqueness.

Bullet; Orange Skill. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be judged.

Bullet; Orange Impact. How much emotional impact does the entry have? Does it make us laugh, cry, tremble, cheer, and so forth?

Judges

:iconsingingflames: :iconkatara-alchemist: :iconemerald-depths:

Prizes

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:blueribbon: First Place

One year Premium Membership

deviantART Print, value $35 (or less) or 700 points

:blueribbon: Second Place

Six month Premium Membership

deviantART Print, value $25 (or less) or 500 points

:blueribbon: Third Place

Three month Premium Membership

*Special note on prizes - Premium Memberships will be rewarded approximately one week after the winners are announced. Art Prints and Points will be rewarded within two weeks of the following month.

Good luck to everyone and feel free to ask any questions you may have! Pumpkin LA Icon 

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UPDATE 10/31/13 - The deadline is tomorrow at midnight (11:59 PM PST)! Results will be announced once the judges have had a chance to confer. :eager:

Come, share your ghoulish fan fiction stories in this Halloween contest!

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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, it takes a lot of time to finalize the results! Probably because of the many entries we submitted. :O
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Shadowweb101 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
(Waits in suspense) When exactly will we know the winners?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm hoping to get the final scores tallied soon. :eager:
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:iconashertye:
AsherTye Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Can't wait to see who wins.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:eager:
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:iconillydragonfly:
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   Writer
How many entries there are until now??? :eager:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't counted how many entries we have. But I'll clear out the miscats tomorrow, and that'll give us a better idea. :)
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:iconshadowweb101:
Shadowweb101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
:O tomorrow is the big day where we'll see who the winner is! Can't wait :3
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We'll need a bit of time to judge them as well. ;) Tomorrow (midnight) is the cutoff date for entries, and then the winners will be announced sometime after that, once the three judges have decided. :)
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Freckle-F0x Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
%dA-Junkies featured your event here: da-junkies.deviantart.com/jour… :heart:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :squee:
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Shadowweb101 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Hmm...When is the deadline? I'm excited to hear the winners :3
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cut off date is midnight, Nov. 1st PST (because of time zone differences, I wanted to make sure it went through Halloween for everyone). :eager:
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Shadowweb101 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Nevermind, found it XD
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:iconfe0:
Fe0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   General Artist
3,000?
Is there any way to push that a little?
Say, 3,779?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, no. :( It's already been posted up as that limit for a month now. It's a bit late to change the rules, especially with the deadline coming up soon. I'm a little flexible on being exactly 3,000 words, since each word counting program counts the words differently.
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:iconfe0:
Fe0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013   General Artist
Well, then, I will post under the max, just to play it safe.
I have no problem contributing a shorter piece. :)
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup::D
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:iconfe0:
Fe0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013   General Artist
That's cute. :D
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe, thanks. :)
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:iconfe0:
Fe0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   General Artist
No problem.
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:iconshadowweb101:
Shadowweb101 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Will be submitting entry sometime soon, depends on how much time I'll have for free!
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup::D
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:iconseekerstarscream601:
seekerstarscream601 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Artist
I'm trying to.*stressed out*
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Don't stress out. ;)
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:iconseekerstarscream601:
seekerstarscream601 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artist
thanks for the encouragement. I feel a little calm now. I'm just too nervous because I don't know what to put in.:writeexam: 
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've been there. :nod: It'll come to you. :)
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:iconseekerstarscream601:
seekerstarscream601 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artist
thanks againRelieved 
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:iconillydragonfly:
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Writer
Submitted my entry!
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:boogie:
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:iconshiningkami:
ShiningKami Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have a question. I'm trying to submit an entry to the contest, but it won't show a preview on the submissions page. I'm probably being monumentally stupid here, but is there a certain file format I have to use for a preview?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

It should submit like any other deviation, and it accepts the same file formats as normal deviations. Is it a preview image that's not displaying, or the literature deviation itself that won't preview? Are other deviations submitting like normal from your computer?

If all your deviations are having problems submitting, that is something will need to take to the help desk (help.deviantart.com/contact/ - please be sure to read and follow their suggestions in the sidebar before submitting a new ticket). If it's only when you attempt to submit to the contest, please let me know, and I'll ask for further details before sending the information on.

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ShiningKami Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not entirely sure what the issue was there. The deviation uploaded okay, but the preview image wouldn't display -- it told me something like the file type wasn't supported. I managed to fix it by copy-pasting what I'd written with the 'Add Text' option, but it's kind of annoying when I can't upload the Word document and have to format it manually. I'll try uploading something else and see if it's just an issue with my computer. Thanks for the help.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! I'm glad you got it to work. If you ever need any help with anything, please let me know. :)
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ShiningKami Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bleah, ignore me, I'm just being stupid. I've fixed it.
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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I already saw some unrelated content in the contest category: www.deviantart.com/contests/20…

Besides, journal descriptions on the bottom (like deviation descriptions) are for staff only?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I've been going through there and clearing the miscats out occasionally. Looks like it's time to do so again. =P

Which journal descriptions are you referring to?

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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Which fanfiction is this on? Anything that we like?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, anything you like. :D
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome sauce! I'll get writing! :D
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:boogie:
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What software or resource will you be using to check word counts? I count almost a hundred word difference between two I use. :(
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was going to use an online word count program, and then give a few hundred word leeway for the different word counting algorithms. If it's in the "ballpark," it's fine. I won't disqualify something that's 3,001 words long. The limit is there to keep submissions for becoming too long to comfortably read.
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. MS word says I'm at 2973, but one of the online things says I"m at 3075 >.> 

In that case, I'm ready to submit, but I can't find the contests top level category in the submit screen at all. I'm thinking because it's a written submission. :( What should I do?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The link to the contest is in the contest journal. That should take you straight to the correct submit screen. If that doesn't work, I can play with some dummy documents tomorrow and see if I can find it. I didn't see it either with my "test" submission, but that was only one word. Maybe there's a word minimum in there. Let me know if the link works. Here it is: www.deviantart.com/submit/?cat…
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried every link you've given me. If I try to pick from sta.sh, The contest toplevel doesn't appear. If I try to "enter text" and copy and paste the story in, the contest top level doesn't appear. If it helps any, I have two scheduled submissions.

Should I turn off beta and see if that helps?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've talked to $Moonbeam13 and here's what she came up with. Try clearing your cache and then resubmit. If that doesn't work, do you have another computer you can try from? (My main computer had that issue, but I could see the category on a different system.) If all else fails, I can manually move the deviation into the contest gallery.
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got it through clearing my cache. Good thing, because I don't have another computer. 
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