It seems a while now since the last writing contest here on Elfwood
and this time we decided to make it BIG and designed to tap into
mutual inspiration between Elfwood.s writing and art sections. The top
prize takes the form of a 250GB portable hard drive with a year.s free
Patron status added on top.
This is Elfwood.s first and hopefully not last .reverse
illustration. contest, where the challenge is as follows - Write a
short fantasy/sci-fi story based on/directly inspired by a piece of
fantasy/sci-fi art published here on Elfwood.
1st prize: A .Free Agent Go. 250 GB portable hard drive (+ 12
months patron status)
2nd prize: A 4 GB USB stick (+ 12 months patron status)
3rd prize: A vintage map design notebook
You have to be a published writer on Elfwood: you have to have the
story published in your library shelf in the Wyvern.s Library
Your story has to comply with all the existing Elfwood library
It must be a piece of prose writing between 2000-5000 words in
Only one (1) entry per participant.
The story must be new . written especially for the contest.
The piece has to follow the contest theme: i.e. be based on a piece
of fantasy/sci-fi art published here on Elfwood.
The original piece of art must comply with all the Elfwood rules and
to avoid your entry being disqualified please send a PM (private
message) to Mithrandir with the link to the image. Most published
artwork has no problem complying with the rules, but some things could
still have been missed by the moderators or uploaded a very long time
ago not yet re-processed by the ERB.
The picture should really be still up at the time the contest is
judged, so it may not be a bad idea to inform the artist in question
that you chose their image as the basis of your story, so that they
don.t accidently remove it if they decide to .trim. their gallery down
during the contest. If the judges have no way of seeing the image that
goes with the text, the entry may have to be disqualified.
Otherwise you are free to pick any sci-fi/fantasy picture here on
Elfwood, you are of course free to be inspired by other pictures
within the same story, but only one image could be counted as the
.trigger. image and be presented as the source of inspiration.
If you are both a writer and an artist, you may not pick your own
picture as the basis for the story.
The contest closes on 11 July [last entries must be handed in before
00:00 [GMT] 12 July 2010]. (Note: Deadline extended!)
Work will be judged by a panel of Elfwood staff and prominent
published members based on originality, style and how well your story
plays off the original image.
To ENTER the contest: make a post to THIS forum
with a link
to the story published in your library shelf together with the link to
the image on which your story is based.
You may post links to unpublished items, but bear in mind that if the
moderator has to reject it for any reason it should have to be
disqualified from the contest. For this reason it is always best to
publish links to stories that have already been approved by the
If you have any questions about this contest feel free to contact
Mithrandir, Monica or Support.
The winners will be decided after 12.07.2010 in the space of 1 to 3
weeks depending on the volume of submissions received.
This announcement message could be updated/amended by the organisers
should the need arise.
|26 Aug 2010|| Sarah Walker|
how long is it estimated to take now?
|2 Sep 2010|| Sarah Walker|
does no one read this board? I know you’re short staffed, but it doesn’t take too much to reply. All i want is a response, seeing as the results were quoted as being released up to three weeks after 12.07.2010 and its already the 2nd of September. I’m sure i’m not the only one who keeps checking to see whats happening. Monica Volcanokitten Figgé Jensen
replies: "Usually yes. Unfortunately only a handful of Staff are able to reply to comments here and I’ve been away since early August."
|4 Sep 2010|| Rhianon fairycheese gill|
Sarah- there have been updates more recently in the forum thread linked to above which have explained more to what is happening.
Try checking there too if you’re getting impatient.
|27 Oct 2010|| Kat McGrath|
I don’t know if I have not looked in the right place yet or not, but have the winners of the contest been decided yet? I’ve been trying to sit patient, but now we’re entering November and I’m sure I’m not the only one anxious to see who won.
|3 Nov 2010|| Rhianon fairycheese gill|
Kat- as far as I know, the winners have not been decided yet as it wasn’t organised particularly well as far as I can see. But I think the results shouldn’t take too much longer (I hope)
|16 Jan 2011|| Warren scott Green|
another one long finished? wheres the new ones? come on people XD
|17 Jan 2011|| Rhianon fairycheese gill|
long finished? it may have been months since it ended but we still don’t know the winners.
|19 Feb 2011|| Hillary Kent|
Hi there, I’m sure you guys have had this question a hundred times already and I hate to keep pestering you, but have the winners for this contest been decided yet? It seems like its been a really long time... Monica Volcanokitten Figgé Jensen
replies: "No, the winners haven’t been decided yet. It takes much longer to go through stories than to look at pictures. It’s also generally easier to find judges for the art contests, than it is for the writing contests. We hope to have the winners decided soon. "
|20 Feb 2011|| Anon.|
I’ve been wondering that too, especially since two other contests have been held and decided upon since. It seems unfair to us writers to not hear back about our contest even though the artists have gone through two and are now on a third contest. Monica Volcanokitten Figgé Jensen
replies: "It takes much longer to go through stories than to look at pictures. It’s also generally easier to find judges for the art contests, than it is for the writing contests. We hope to have the winners decided soon. ""
|1 Sep 2011|| Kat McGrath|
So, seeing as it has been a year, I’m just curious if this contest is actually going to be judged. The reason I am curious is because I am looking to revamp my home in these woods and my entry may be one of the ones being put to the shelves in lieu of another piece being set out for display.
Thanks! And maybe next time, if you ever dare run another short story contest, maybe a shorter WC length? I’ve seen contests of 500-1500 word length requirements run effectively with about as many entrants as seen with this contest. Just food for thought.
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