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:new: Just a friendly reminder: You have TWO WEEKS to complete your entries. There are close to none right now, and while I've heard from some interested parties, there is only 1 entry so far.  I'd like to see more from anyone who's interested.

I also want to apologize for some late responses to some of your comments. Please remember that I am in the heart of final's season at school, and my internet time is severely limited (I have my methods to getting things done, but note there is sometimes a lag in response time). I will say for the contest-oriented questions and such, if you're not sure and I'm not responding, just submit the piece. If it doesn't work, I'll tell you (and pretty much anything fitting to the post-apocalyptic world is acceptable for any medium). I'm not really that picky for this contest, so show me what you've got.

I can't wait to see your entries:eager:
--End Update--

Hope at the End of the World Contest
It's contest time again:la: Because of the "upcoming apocalypse:nuu:", I thought I'd do something apocalyptic. But, I don't want the typical "how will it end for you?" topic (see our affiliate Apocalypse-writing to handle that topic). I want to deal with the positive, the beauty of a post-apocalypse world.

THE RUN-DOWN
:bulletblue: The contest starts TODAY. The "Contest entries" folder will be open for both groups starting within minutes of my posting this journal.

The contest will end November 29 (Note: This is at the height of finals season for me, so this date might change to as early as November 20, the Tuesday before. I have very limited internet time, and I apologize in advance for an inconvenience this may cause)

:bulletgreen: Topic
Hope at the End of the World

The subject matter is completely up to you, as long as it is a positive take on the apocalypse. Be it the beauty of a simpler life without as many people around or a visual art piece showing the new life of planet Earth post-apocalypse. [Note: It doesn't really matter how the world came to an end, though you may include your thoughts in your artist comments. An interpretation is needed, and this can be a great starting point]

:bulletorange: Submission
Those of you who have participated in my contests in the past, this one will work in a similar way:
:pencil: All LITERATURE pieces will go to WrittenLegacy
:painter: All VISUAL pieces will go to Student-Showcase

Special notes: Typography is considered literature, as well as six-word stories. Everything else is "visual", from photography to digital paints to whatever else you can create. [I'll cover more special notes in the "Rules" part of this blog, but feel free to ask questions if you have them]

Each deviant can have 3 submissions per group. [Note: If you create a fourth, fifth...etc. piece, you may replace it with one of your other three. Please :note: either group if this occurs, and we'll make sure every piece is where it belongs. I'll also double check with you before the judging begins just to make sure I get it right.]


:bulletpurple: RULES
Overall Rules
1) No stolen artwork. Please give credit to anyone who deserves it, even with fanart (just a quick "this belongs to JK Rowling" or whoever will suffice). This is especially important for any photomanipulation artists, who need to include the links to the original pieces in their artist comments.

2) Please interpret your piece. I know this can be hard for some of you, but I want to know what your piece signifies to YOU. Why did you choose the route you took? Is there another message included? [Note: If you need any help with this, feel free to :note: either group with your concerns]

3) You must be a member to participate. You won't be allowed to enter a piece anyway without being a member, and you can leave the group after judging is completed (though we'd love for you to stay:huggle:).

4) Mature pieces are allowed. Please make sure a mature filter is on any mature pieces you submit, and that all warnings are included.

5) Judges may participate, but they may not win prizes. All participants will be featured in our "previous contest entries" folder and/or as honorable mentions when the judging is complete, but judges (like myself and anyone else who gets on board) cannot win a top-spot in the contest. [The "prizes" section is coming up soon:eager:]

Group-Specific Rules: :iconwrittenlegacy:
1) What can be included: Fan fiction, six-word stories, typography, flash fiction, etc. will be accepted. Longer pieces will also be accepted (see the next rule for more info)

2) For longer works, please pick your BEST chapter. While there will NOT be a length limit, for chaptered pieces, please just submit your best chapter. As long as you have the piece labeled "Chapter x" or in the "chapters and introductions" category, we won't just you for any incompleteness in the piece. (Note: We'll either check your gallery for the rest if something seems off, or we'll comment asking about whatever confuses us).

3) No length rules:happybounce: The piece can be as short or as long as you like, but please try to stay under 5000 words. I don't mind if you go over, but myself and the other judges might not have the time to dedicate ourselves to a longer reading. (As stated in rule 2: Maybe an excerpt will be better for some pieces. If you do this 1) state within the piece "this is an excerpt", and 2) Include a link/links for the rest of the piece.

Group-Specific Rules: :iconstudent-showcase:
1) Any form of visual art will be accepted. If you have any specific questions, please ask, but we'll probably let you submit it (as long as it fits the theme, of course).


:bulletpurple: PRIZES
I know you've all been waiting for this:squee:

1) Features
As I've done in the past, all winning pieces will be featured in the "featured" folder of each group. I will also add the opposite group's winners to the Favorites' "Featured" folder. (I'll be going back within the next few days to do this for the other contest winners. Sorry I haven't done that yet^^').

There will also be a winners news article feature, which will include all the winners. Depending on the participants, I may even include all honorable mentions, or at least a random selection. All non-winning contest entries are moved to the "Previous Contest Entries" folder after judging is completed (I just did this for the winter contest:blush: Sorry for the delay).

The following deviants will also feature the winners: :iconapocalypticangel4792:, <more will be added as they come in>
2) Points

There is currently a donation pool going on my profile. There will be 3 winning deviants per group, so I need to divide these points 6 ways. If you have anything to give, even 1 point, please visit ApocalypticAngel4792's profile and donate. (All points will go to the contest. I've created a special point in my message center to make sure they all go where they belong) If anyone would like to start a donation pool on their own profile, please let me know.

3) Other Prizes

Currently, there aren't any, but I'll be sure to add them as they come in.

4) How to give a prize:
Please comment here or :note: the group to tell us what you'd like to provide. The contest won't end until late November, so you have plenty of time to get together your resources. The prizes I've seen in the past include: Free commissions, free art pieces, etc.
[Note: It's your responsibility to get these prizes to the winners. I'll send reminders out once judging ends, but I can't do the work for you. If you cannot provide what you've promised, you can get with the winners yourselves or ask to be removed from the list.]

:bulletred: Judges
Currently we have: ApocalypticAngel4792
Possible Judges: PrairieLily

We need more judges. You can choose to judge only literature or only visual, or you can do both. If you'd like to judge, please :note: either group or myself. (If you're not already a contributor to one of the groups, mainly WrittenLegacy, I might ask you to become a temporary contributor to keep our conversations private and localized in the admin section of the group. I'd send the invitation not long before the contest ends (maybe mid-November), and when judging is over, you can return to being a regular member. If you've already reached your group limit or that doesn't interest you, we can work something out).

I'd like to avoid using a poll this year to decide the results, so please let me know if you can help.

:bulletyellow: SUMMARY
BEGINS: Right now
ENDS: November 29 [could change. I'll warn you]

TOPIC: "Hope at the End of the World"

All mediums accepted. Literature submissions to :iconwrittenlegacy: and visual submissions to :iconstudent-showcase:

PRIZES: Points, features, etc.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Anyone:la:


If you have any questions, please comment here or note either group.
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:iconcosmicgrounds:
CosmicGrounds Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Is that November 29th 11:59 PM?
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CosmicGrounds Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Nice. I'll defiantly enter.
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Bookmouse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Does the writing/art have to be about this (December 21) event or can it be about any fantasized apocalypse in the far-flung future?
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ApocalypticAngel4792 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
It can be a fantasy event that you create.
(So sorry for the late reply. I've been quite busy for the past few weeks)
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Bookmouse Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Oh, one more question, does this contest have a specific end time like 11:59 EST or 5:00 PST etc?
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ApocalypticAngel4792 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
I'm not really sure right now because I don't know how my day will be. What I'll probably do is close the folder at some point during the 29th (probably around 3 PM EST), then I'll post a journal telling everyone that the folder is closed. I will accept submissions by note that come in during that day, but not much later.

Basically I'll warn you, and I'll give you an opportunity to submit a piece late if you've got one in the making that just hasn't been submitted yet. I'm not too picky^^
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Bookmouse Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
That's alright. Thank you!
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defaultking Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is this getting extended? Because so far I'm the only one in the contest folder...
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ApocalypticAngel4792 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, I thought there'd be at least one more entry.... I think people are starting to come around, but I might send out a gentle reminder if I don't get any more over the weekend. I'm a little short on time right now so it'll be early next week.

And I actually can't extend the contest. I don't have internet access at home and I'll have some wicked finals in the weeks after the current deadline. As long as there are at least a few entries, I'll leave the deadline as-is (more prizes for the ones who participated, am I right?). Otherwise I'll have to think about it.
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
While it would be nice to see even a little friendly competition, I guess this works too :P
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