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June Fan Fiction Contest

Fri May 30, 2014, 7:26 PM

Welcome back! This month's contest theme may be a bit of a challenge: write a fan fiction from a second person point of view!

For clarification, in second person point of view (POV) the narration is told through the reader's perspective, using the personal pronoun, "you."

Most stories are told from first person (where the narrator is telling their own story, using the pronouns "I" and "me") or third person (the narrator observes the characters, and refers to them as "he/she/them/etc.") person points of view. Second person point of view is the least used in fiction writing, although it is more common in non-fiction. It is considered the more difficult POV to use well, especially in fiction. Some examples of this style are Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, and Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. This style is frequently used in interactive fiction (such as Choose Your Own Adventure style books).

In fan fiction, several authors use the second person POV to write what are referred to as "reader inserts" stories (many in the form of "Canon character x Reader" romances where the author inserts fill-in-the-blank passages). For the purpose of this contest, I want to focus on the traditional second person POV use and not fill-in-the-blank reader inserts.

Your mission is to immerse the audience in your story. You may write the reader as a canon character or an original/fan character, assuming there are enough story details to infer which franchise the story takes place in (a Pokémon story should have Pokémon present, or a Transformers story should have giant transforming robots, etc.). Second person POV stories in fan fiction are not automatically categorized as reader inserts; you may write one if you wish (no fill-in-the-blanks, however), but are not limited to that.

Rules


  • Your story must be written in the second person point of view.
  • Your second person POV fan fiction must be specifically written for this contest and submitted after May 30th, 2014.
  • The contest will run until 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) June 20th, 2014.
  • One entry per deviant please.
  • It is a fan fiction contest. All entries must be fan fiction. All fandoms are acceptable.
  • All entries must follow deviantART submission guidelines! (No porn.)
  • Either prose or poetry are acceptable.
  • Maximum word count: 1,000 words. This is meant to be a short contest. I'm not looking for any epics.
  • OCs are allowed but the franchise must be recognizable.
  • Entries will be judged on proper grammar use, how engaging and entertaining they are and how well they incorporate their chosen theme(s). Please remember, although reader inserts are acceptable, no fill-in-the-blank stories.
  • Please note me Note with your entry with the title "June Fan Fiction Contest" with your entry before the above deadline.
  • Mention this contest and link this journal somewhere in your deviation or artist comments.
  • Have fun! (Yeah, this one's not enforceable.)

Prizes


  • 1st Place - 1,000 Points 
  • 2nd Place - 500 Points 
  • 3rd Place - 250 Points 
  • All entries will be featured in the winners' announcement journal, so everyone can enjoy your entries.


Any questions, please ask me!




June's Fan Fiction Contest is all about second person point of view! Second person POV is considered the most difficult viewpoint to write in fiction. Accept that challenge and immerse your readers in your contest entry!
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:iconestoriella:
Estoriella Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Completely forgot I was going to do this! Oh well, good luck to everyone who entered :heart: :D
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oops! =P
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FearlessMist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might try this, although staying below 1,000 may be a slight challenge for me.
I'll probably try though.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool! :D
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FearlessMist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gog, I didn't finish in time.
Oh well. I'm not going to enter, then, haha.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, you still have until 11:59 PM Pacific time tonight, so you haven't missed the deadline yet. =P
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FearlessMist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly I can't write a story that quickly. Sorry.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's completely understandable. :)
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kiddiluna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Count me in
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:happybounce:
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AkuDemyfan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Does the story have to be titled as "June Fan Fiction Contest" or is the note only meant to have that title with the story having rights to be with different title?

Also, I usually write much longer stories so 1,000 words is quite short for me BUT I'm thinking to take a part and that's why I'm asking...... Is the story kicked out of the contest if it's longer than 1,000 words? And if it can over that, how much is accepted to over the wordcount?

And there is no specific theme, just that it's meant to be written from second person POV, right?
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You can title it anything you like. :) I just want the note labeled that way so I can keep organized.

It's not disqualified, but being over word limit penalizes your entry, to the point where it's near impossible to win (this is based off of previous contests, where all the finalists were so close that any penalty would have ruined their chances). A few words over 1,000 would be fine, as in ten or fifteen words.

There's no theme, except for the second person POV. :)
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AkuDemyfan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Okay! Thank You for the answers. :aww:
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MelMuff Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would I be allowed to write a filk in 2nd point of view for this contest?
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by "filk."
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MelMuff Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Taking an existing song and changing the lyrics. Parodies are the same except they are funny. Filks are not funny. Songs by Weird Al Yankovich are parodies.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Since the traditional definition of fan fiction doesn't cover those, I'm going to say no. Let's stay within the regular bounds of prose and poetry. Thanks! :)
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EternalAlice24 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I might try joining this...Just for the sake of joining ;u;
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:w00t:
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majestic-glory Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
i may give this a go :)
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:eager:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I might try this! I actually write in second person fairly often. :P It's just taking it from original to fanfic that might prove interesting. :lol:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Do it! :w00t:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll try! :D I just have to find the time.
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Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
^^; is there a minimum word count?
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nope. :)
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Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thank you
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Melalina Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Check The
Rules

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Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No need to be rude, I was just inquiring. There was no minimum word count mentioned in the Rules (I triple checked) only a maximum, so in order to be sure I asked.
Like I said, no need to be rude when I'm merely asking a legitimate question.
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Melalina Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry. I didn't mean for it to sound rude. I didn't mean it that way. i guess I meant that if the rules didn't mention a minimum, there is no minimum. In fact, I thought it might be interesting to see if someone could pull it off with 5 or 6 words.

Again, sorry.
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Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:) No worries, and apologies for automatically thinking that you were being rude in the first place.
That would be interesting. The word choice for that would have to be exceptional!
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
:wave: Hello, this has been listed in the latest update of deviousNEWS! Have a great week :heart:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! And the same to you! :)
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome :heart: 
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Zire-7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
Are cross-overs acceptable? 
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yep! :D
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oh-its-just-me Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I might submit one, but I don't even know how lmao
k sorry I'm new but i like writing ._.v
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful! I'd love to see your entry. And welcome to deviantART! :hug:

If you need help learning to submit literature deviations, here is a good tutorial:

Sta.sh Writer Tutorial: Literature Deviations by IrrevocableFate 

Be sure to click on it to enlarge it to read (once you follow the link, of course - obviously, that is too small to read). Just FYI, it is slightly out of date. The Fan Fiction gallery is now in Literature and the screen shot there does not reflect that. When you submit, choose the gallery and subgalleries that best suit your deviation. If you ever just want to find your Sta.sh (which the tutorial talks about), just type Sta.sh in your web browser bar. If you need any help, please ask me and I'll be happy to help! :)
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oh-its-just-me Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh, sorry for the bother, but just one more question. I understand that it's to be written in second person, and it has to be fan fiction, but doesn't that mean that it's going to be 'reader' and other people from a fandom? As in, "A chill crept up your spine as a rhythmic tap of footsteps echoed down the hallway. You gave a look to ____ next to you. "It's okay," he said with a protective smile. "I'll protect you."" Haha, so okay, I don't wanna give my best away, so I used a crappy example and stuff and the blank can be anyone, I just have to decide on a character lol. After reading that, is 'you' supposed to be the reader? Or is it allowed to be from another person's point of view? Maybe like Naruto is supposed to be 'you' and the 'he' is Sasuke. Do you prefer 'you' to be the reader? Or does it really matter? Should I explain who 'you' is before my fanfic is read? Again, using cliched examples, lol. Oh, and is profanity allowed? I write dramatic stories lol, and I tend to like fanfics A LOT, when they're beautiful. idk I'm weird xD If profanity is allowed, do you want me to reveal the first twos letter of the word and star the rest? As in like this:

I'll use not-really-bad-words lol

Da** He** Lol I'm sorry imm sowwwyyyy ;-;
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No bother at all! The "you" in the story can be either the reader, or any character you'd like (canon or OC). If it is a canon character, you might want to make it clear early on, to avoid reader confusion. And cursing is certainly allowed. :nod:
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oh-its-just-me Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh LOL U WANNA KNOW SOMETHING STUPID

THE YOU IN MY STORY IS SUPPOSED TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE END 😂😂😂
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, lol, in that case, you can certainly reveal it at the end. ;)
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oh-its-just-me Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Lol thanks xD
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wufabulous Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Artist
Lol I'm gonna do fan fiction with this account xD the other one is my rp loooool
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wufabulous Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Artist
AND OH NO OH NOES WHAT IF YOU'RE 150 WORDS PAST THE LIMIT HELP HELP I TRIED TO MAKE IT THE SHORTEST I CAN HELP HEPL OMFG
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Writer
I should really update this eventually. Eventually. :P
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Eventually. =P

It's still an awesome reference as is though. :)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Writer
:heart: Thanks for linking it, lovely.
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I'm a little tiny bit confused on this part- say this was what I was writing for an example: 

"Naturally, of course," you gloat, slapping your hand on the table and watching the cards sprawl neatly beneath your palm. 

"Wow, _______! Since when did you get so good at cards?" 

In the second sentence when another character speaks in dialogue- is there allowed to be a blank for the reader's name, or do we have to make up a name for our reader? 

Thanks ahead of time :)
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi!

In that example, you could try either of these options (since "fill-in-blanks" aren't allowed):
"Wow! Since when did you get so good at cards?" - Exclude the name, but leave the rest.

"Since when did you get so good at cards?" Exclude the exclamatory sentence altogether. You can use a description to imply it, (example: Mike stared at you in awe. "Since when did ...")

You can certainly name the reader but, a word advice, you should do that fairly early to avoid confusion.
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