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Themed Fan Fiction Contest

Wed Apr 30, 2014, 4:23 PM

:new: UPDATE May 15th - Just under a week left on this! All entries are due by 11:59 PM PST on May 21st, 2014. Any questions, please ask!

I enjoyed the Topsy Turvy Fan Fiction Contest so much, I decided to have more short fan fiction contests! :omgomg: I plan do one each month for the rest of my Volunteer term. Let the writing begin! 

This month, the contest revolves around themes. I'll provide a list of ideas, and you choose one or more of them to include into your story. You do not need to include the sentence word for word, just its concept. Example: if you choose "Sins of the father," for your theme, you can write a fanfic about the crimes of a character's father coming to haunt that person.

Themes to choose from:

 :diabolic: 
  • "Abandoned Places"
  • "All He/She Wanted Was a Cup of Coffee"
  • "A Beautiful Day for an Apocalypse"
  • "Betrayal"
  • "Buried and Forgotten"
  • "Everyone Thought He/She Was Dead"
  • "He/She Never Wanted to Go Back"
  • "Most Welcome News"
  • "Sins of the Father"
  • "Snow in Summer"
  • "Stacked Odds"
  • "That's When It Exploded"
  • "An Unwanted Gift"
  • "Wrongfully Punished"
Including more than one theme may serve as a tie-breaker, if those ideas are incorporated well. (It's pointless to include a multiple themes if the story suffers for it.) Please read the full rules for all details.

Rules: Dancing :la:  

  • Use one or more of the themes provided above in your story.
  • The use of additional themes beyond the first may be used as a tie-breaker.
  • Star! List your theme(s) in your artist comment section or in the deviation.
  • Your themed short fan fiction must be specifically written for this contest and submitted after April 30th, 2014.
  • The contest will run until 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) May 21th, 2014.
  • 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. =P
  • OCs are allowed but cannot be the main characters.
  • Entries will be judged on proper grammar use, how engaging and entertaining they are and how well they incorporate their chosen theme(s).
  • Please note me Note your entry with the title "Themed Fan Fiction Contest" with your entry before the above deadline.
  • Mention this contest and link this journal somewhere in your deviation or artist comments.
  • :new: One entry per deviant please.
  • Have fun! (Yeah, this one's not enforceable. :giggle:)

Prizes: likepoints 

  • 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. :woohoo:

Any questions, please ask! :shuffelin: 




Update! May 15th - Just under a week left on this!

May's short fan fiction contest is all about themes! :eager:
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I'm still waiting on those results. :onfire:
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:iconnaktarra:
Naktarra Featured By Owner May 24, 2014   Writer
When will you expect to be having the final announcement on the results of the contest? 
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hopefully today, perhaps tomorrow! :D
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:iconnaktarra:
Naktarra Featured By Owner May 24, 2014   Writer
Wow, well that's good; I worried because some contests take like two months and waiting that long can be agony. XD
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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:iconferaligatr66:
Feraligatr66 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Can it be a cliffhanger? (I have a story, but I don't think I can end it.  Plus, I can probably write it out just in time for the deadline, which is about five hours away:D)
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As long as the ending is a logical breaking point (and not just some random spot). :)
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:iconferaligatr66:
Feraligatr66 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Ok, thank you :)
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
I already entered, and the deadline is up! I can't wait for the results! :eager:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The contest goes through the 21st, so there's a few more days left. :)
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Oh um...OK.
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:iconthebaresheet:
TheBareSheet Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student General Artist
But what do you mean by fan fiction? Any fan fiction of any story? Or is it purely themed?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It can be a fan fiction of any fandom (movie, book, game, etc.), as long as it incorporates at least one of the themes I've included above. :)
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:iconbubblemoon66:
bubblemoon66 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can we enter more than once? I'm stuck between too fandoms :P
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have always preferred (and yet somehow always forget to put in my rules :facepalm:) one entry per person.
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:iconspectral-aspen:
Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks interesting! Reminds me of a fic I read (www.fanfiction.net/s/9418151/1…) that incorporates quite a few of the themes, though it is considerably longer that 1000 words.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool! :)
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:iconspectral-aspen:
Spectral-Aspen Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Oh boy, this sounds like fun! I participated last time (albeit at the last minute), but I plan on trying again! Also, free featuring of me is enough of a prize. I'll get to work on it as soon as I'm done checking messages, playing a bit, and compiling ideas. :eager:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds great! :la:
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Did you get my :note:?
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did! :) I will reply soon. :D
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Writer
Sounds like a cool contest! :D
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :hooray:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I have so needed an excuse to write FMA fanfic. Thank you! :D 
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:la:
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:iconbedroom-inc:
bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Ooh man it seems like I might have a chance!:la:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:happybounce:
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:iconcactusskate:
CactussKate Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah hell yeah, I'm all over this.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:squee:
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:iconevolicess:
Evolicess Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Writer
I'd love to enter but I have trouble writing less than 1000 words
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Understandable. :nod:
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Try writing something that's supposed to be short and trimming it brutally. My original draft of "The Wary Moon," the third place story in the Fiendish Fanfiction Contest, was over 6000 words. I cut it down to the 3000 word limit through brutal editing and cutting unnecessary characters and details. 
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Would you be willing to write up a few tips about how you managed that? ALL lit writers could use some info on that aspect of writing. :D 
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh... I rewrote it... two or three times? Once from scratch. I read over every scene and character and asked myself if they were necessary. I read it out loud. I showed it to friends and asked their opinion. I showed it to my seven year old cousin, read it out loud to him, and asked his opinion. I drew up charts and diagrams of the plot to try and figure out what needed cutting. Did I mention reading it out loud?

I also focused on symbolism. Like, I went back to every detail I included and asked myself, does this add to the story symbolically? I ended up rewriting my introductory scene to be way, way shorter because I had the bots playing cards in the original draft instead of watching TV. Since the whole story is a meta piece about whether there's any real merit to scary stories on TV/movies/etc., channel surfing was a better (and shorter) fit. 

It was hard, and honestly extremely nerve-wracking. 
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:iconashaturner:
AshATurner Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really curious to try this...
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Do it! :D
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can your friends enter? :p
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course! :boogie:
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, while I have your attention... do you have any special rules on highly customizable/branching canon playable characters? You know, like various Sheps and Pokemon protagonists and such. Obviously they'd need to have their canon name, appearance, and personality where such exist at all, but...
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not really, as long as they're canon and not altered beyond recognition. Playable characters are kind of a unique situation where in the when defining the canon of that universe.
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:icondecepticonflamewar:
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! :D
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