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Elfwood Competitions
by Gretchen Sveda

Each month, we will be announcing a new Elfwood competition, open to both our artists and our writers.

Winners will be chosen by our readers via a poll, and the winner each month will have their choice of a donation made to Elfwood in their name, or a gift certificate for Ellen Million Graphics merchandise.

In future competitions we may also be offering a choice of signed original artwork donated by members (if you are interested in donating prizes, please contact us)

All entries will be displayed in our Competition Gallery and the winning entry each month will be featured in this column and in the Elfwood Hall of Champions.

Good luck and have fun!

Current Theme

Curious Composites

In almost any culture you can find mythological creatures which are composites of one or more common animal. Many of them are people crossed with animals, like the minotaur, naga, or centaurs. Others are purely animal, like griphons, cocatrice, or even animals crossed with other mythological creatures like the hippogryph (cross between gryphon and horse).
For this competition, we want you to come up with a new creature which is a composite of animals (or animals and other mythological creatures) only.
This would mean that there would be no griphons, centaurs, or mermaids, but something entirely new.
NOTE: While you can cross existing mythological creatures to create your own one, your creature/s should not contain any human elements.

Send your entries to

Rules & Conditions
1. Your work must be original. For collaborative effort, the work must be done and planned equally on both parts (or multiple parts).
2. Your work should follow the contest theme.
Your entry should not be recognisable as an existing mythological creature, and should not have any human parts.
3. If your entry is in picture form, it must be no larger than 700x700 pixels maximum, and the file size should be no larger than 150kb. You can submit the picture, or a url for the online location. File types accepted are .jpg and .gif
4. You may submit only one entry per person (in collaborative efforts, though, you may be a part of multiple groups).
5. Your entry must conform to the Elfwood rules - this is an all ages site so excessive porn, violence, or use of foul language will not be accepted.
6. Your entry can be written or visual, or a combination. If it is in written form, the following file types are accepted: .html .txt .doc
7. Send your entries to
If you are putting an entry in please tell us your name and add a link to your gallery/library so we know who you are.
8. Please tell us the title of your piece, and a brief (one or two sentences) description to tell us about it.
9. At the end of the contest time, a public poll for Elfwood members will be created and everyone will view and vote on their favorites for each contest.
If you have any questions, please send them to
ENTRIES: entry closes October 5th 2003. The poll for voting will be announced in our November issue, and the winner will be announced in the December issue.

Voting is now open in last months competition!
Up Up and Away!

Have you ever looked at your favourite superhero and wished they'd done one or two things differently? Have you ever thought about what secret power you would have if you were a superhero?
We challenged our artists and writers to design their ultimate superhero. We asked them to include information about their special power, their weakness - everybody has one (even Superman had kryptonite), their secret idenity if they have one, and a little back-story into how they came to have their powers.
We've had some great entries, and voting is now open!

Visit our Entry Gallery to view this months entries, and cast your vote for your favourite picture and written entry in the voting poll.

Announcing the Winners of our July Competition:

The challenge was to design a living creature made of inorganic materials (stone, crystal, metal, plastic etc).
These creatures could be man-made like a cyborg or robot (but must be alive in some way), or it could be born as a silicon based life form from another planet.
It could be a crystal dragon, or a statue brought to life by magic (golems etc).

Our winning artist entry was Anikka Nilsen with Flame Dance

Our winning written entry was Matt Summers with Ghosts in the System.


To see the wining entries from each month, vist our Elfwood Hall of Champions

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