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    SA Reviews #98

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    Everfree NW Scribblefest 2017!

    Everfree Northwest, Seattle's premier pony convention is known for having one of—if not the—strongest writing tracks in the MLP fandom. As part of that, we run an online writing contest (now called "Scribblefest") every year. Entry is open to everyone, whether or not you attend the convention.

    Like last year, we’re giving out six special awards, each of which comes with a $20 Amazon gift code!

    This year’s prompt is: Growing up wild and forever free

    Awards

    The Jaw-Dropper Award ("The Dash")

    We all know the type, the stories that make us go "Holy cow, THAT just happened!" This would go to the story with the best twist, surprise, or simple moment of hoof-pumping awesomeness!

    The D'aww Award ("The Fluttershy")

    A staple of ponyfic... the story with the sweetest, most touching moment that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    The Nasally Ejected Beverage Award ("The Pinkie")

    You know, the one that makes you laugh so hard you snort milk out your nose.

    The True Fable Award ("The AJ")

    The story that is most true to the spirit of the show. By definition, a fable is "a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral." This goes to the story that best teaches a life lesson, especially using old fashioned, honest-as-apple-pie wisdom.

    The Elegance Award: ("The Rarity")

    For services to poetic language, beautiful diction, haunting prose, and overall elegance in writing.

    The Checklist-And-Caliper Award ("The Twilight")

    The story with the most attention to detail. This could be a puzzle or mystery type plot, stories that rely on actual math/science, or ones that show well thought-out rules underlying the use of magic. Basically, any story that makes you wonder just how much time the author spent on research, calculations, plot diagrams, or anything else that wasn't actually writing.

    Goals

    It's up to you, the author, where you want to focus your effort. Good stories will often include elements that make them eligible for multiple awards, and we encourage everyone to focus on good storytelling, rather than myopically targeting a specific award. Do note however, that no story may win more than a single award.

    How to Enter

    Publish one new (never before published) story to FIMFiction.net between now and March 6th, then submit it to our online form at: https://goo.gl/forms/aAtOQEHtvsKSE5PA2

    Prizes

    Each of the six awards mentioned above comes with a $20 electronic code good for use at Amazon.com. International contestants may request a code for their regional Amazon affiliate (such as amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, etc.) instead, and we will attempt to provide a code worth the equivalent of $20 US in that region. This may not be possible however, so non-US residents enter at their own risk.

    In addition to the $20, winning stories and authors will also be featured on the EFNW website, various media/blog posts, and in the EFNW Convention Book.

    Word Limits

    Stories must be between 2000 and 6000 words in length. Note: FIMFiction’s word count uses a different algorithm than most word processors and we will allow some leniency to compensate for this.

    Duration

    Scribblefest 2017 will accept entries from February 1st, 2017 until 11:59 pm PST on March 6th, 2017. Judging will begin immediately afterwards, and winners will be announced 2-4 weeks later, depending on the number of entries we have to judge.

    Judging Process

    Judging will be done in phases by a combined panel of EFNW staff and invited guest judges from the community. Judges will be given a randomized set of stories to read and each story will be assigned to a minimum of two judges, to reduce the chance of personal taste/bias disqualifying a story unduly. Judges will vote for their favorite story in each award category to advance to the next phase. After each phase, votes will be tallied, and the top stories in each category will advance to the next phase, where the process will repeat until only one winner in each category remains.

    Additional Rules and Details

    1. All entries must adhere to a PG rating. Submissions using elements that could reasonably be considered above a PG rating, including but not limited to adult situations, intense violence, or drug use will be ineligible for the contest. If you are unsure if your story meets these guidelines and wish to ask, please contact our writing track lead,  Heartshine, directly by PM on FIMfiction:  https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    2. Any material that violates the rights of a third party will be disqualified.

    3. Submissions must be relevant to the My Little Pony fandom. If it's not MLP-based fiction, an entry may be disqualified.

    4. Stories must be an original work by the submitting contestant and must not have been released prior to the start of the contest.

    5. Contestants may submit only one (1) story for consideration. If more than one (1) story is submitted, the submitter will be asked to select which entry they wish to enter into the contest. If the submitter cannot be reached in time for judging, the most recent entry will be used. Contestants that attempt to subvert this rule and submit multiple entries under different accounts or aliases may be disqualified at our discretion.

    6. Co-written submissions are allowed, but disqualify all authors involved from submitting additional solo or co-written stories.

    7. Editing/proofreading assistance doesn't count as co-writing, and authors may submit their own story even if they help edit for someone else.

    8. Contestants may only win one award each. If an entry is found to be the best in multiple award categories, the judging panel will decide which award is most suited for it, and will give the other awards to lower ranked stories in the other categories.

    9. Winners will be selected based on many judging criteria, including, but not limited to: technical skill, characterization, creativity, originality, impact, and personal tastes of the judges. This is in addition to the criteria defined for each award itself.

    10. Submissions must be submitted via the linked Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms. If you have trouble submitting, please contact our writing track lead, Heartshine, directly via PM. https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    11. Final interpretation of the contest rules and judging criteria are left to the discretion of the judging panel, and their decisions are final.

    12. Submitters retain ownership of their submissions, but by entering the contest the author agrees to allow Everfree Northwest to share their submitted stories on our website, social media, conbook, and in other promotional media and materials.

    13. Contest judges are not permitted to enter the contest.

    Final Thoughts

    Good luck to everyone! We look forward to reading your submissions, and hope to see you all at Everfree Northwest this May. As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing/following our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.

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  • 3w, 1d
    SA Reviews #97

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    Arrival

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    SA Reviews #96

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  • 5w, 5d
    New Character Tags

    I have added a total of 70 new character tags to the site today. They can be found below:


    Main series

    Groups

    • Bat pony

    • Dragons

    • Griffons

    • Minotaur

    • Pets

    • Royal guard

    • Yaks

    • Zebras

    Lore

    • Chancellor Puddinghead

    • Clover the Clever

    • Commander Hurricane

    • Princess Platinum

    • Private Pansy

    • Smart Cookie

    • Starswirl the Bearded

    Individuals

    Ponies

    • Blossomforth

    • Button Mash

    • Cloudchaser

    • Daisy

    • Filthy Rich

    • Flitter

    • Lily

    • Limestone Pie

    • Marble Pie

    • Moondancer

    • Moonlight Raven

    • Parcel Post

    • Pony Joe

    • Sassy Saddles

    • Spoiled Rich

    • Sunshine Smiles

    • Treehugger

    • Troubleshoes

    • White Lightning

    • Wind rider

    Other

    • Steven Magnet

    • Tantabus

    • The smooze

    Equestria Girls

    Group

    • Dazzlings

    Individual

    • Applejack

    • Dean Cadence

    • Fluttershy

    • Indigo Zap

    • Lemon Zest

    • Micro Chips

    • Midnight Sparkle

    • Pinkie Pie

    • Principal Abacus Cinch

    • Principal Celestia

    • Rainbow Dash

    • Rarity

    • Sandalwood

    • Sour Sweet

    • Spike (the dog)

    • Sugarcoat

    • Sunny Flare

    • Sunset Shimmer (demon form)

    • Twilight Sparkle

    • Vice-principal Luna

    Comics

    Individuals

    • Nightmare Rarity

    • Tiberius

    Lore

    • Princess Amore

    • Radiant Hope

    Other

    • Anon

    • Self-insert

    Season 6

    • Zephyr Breeze

    • Vapor Trail

    • Sky Stinger

    • Saffron Masala

    • Coriander Cumin

    • Flurry Heart

    • Ember

    • Sunburst

    • Mr. Stripes

    • Plaid Stripes

    • Thorax

    edit:

    Added Twinkleshine.

    edit2:

    Added Coloratura

    Added Gabby

    edit3:

    New Tags:

    Tender Taps

    EqG Mane 6

    Shadowbolts

    Quibble Pants

    Timber Spruce

    Gloriosa Daisy

    Updates:

    Royal Guard

    Bat Pony

    edit4:

    New Tags:

    Garble

    Double Diamond

    Night Glider

    Sugar Belle

    Party Favor

    Timberwolves

    Zipporwhill

    Ruby Pinch

    Svengallop

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    Fimfiction Discord Server

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    Merry Christmas!

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  • 11w, 11h
    SA Reviews #95

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May
9th
2013

Hello everyone, and sorry for the delay.

Just a reminder: this is a list of groups that have events or are seeking members, etc. from across the site and are for the most part not related to each other, nor have you been drafted into them. The choice to take a look is yours, after all!



Bronies Stand United is a group made for all of us who are repressed in some form for being a brony.  You can chat and share stories about what happens in life, laugh at my weekly NRT's (Non-Relational Threads, in which I post something that has no relevance whatsoever to anything going on in life of the site)  and find out which fics would be good to read via a somewhat forum-clogging sticky thread system.


“WHY ISN’T THERE AN OFFICAL COLTCUDDLER GROUP?”

"ACTUALLY THERE IS!"

The Coltcuddlers

We have been up less than a week but we have experienced a wonderful growth in that time, please feel free to check us out.  

All Fics in our group contain good old fashioned coltcuddler themes sorted and compiled with easy to navigate plot content tags.

What can you expect?

Aside from a friendly community based on acceptance, mutual interest, stallions loving other stallions, allies, a rotating banner image, and all that fun stuff?  

Our forum has several interesting prompt based writers contest planned in the coming weeks to appeal to our prolific members looking for a challenge.

We are even hosting an original image contest for any members who like to draw.  

Along with that we have a planned set of interviews with popular and successful authors (coltcuddler).

You can even expect MLP character interviews (these will be accompanied with cute and awesome pics to compensate for their obvious fictionality)

We also have a standing dialog going with our members via opinion polls, discussion prompts, and  

And our coveted FEATURED FIC (BI WEEKLY)  

Every fortnight a new winner is selected and featured as the premier story of the entire group!  An archive will be kept of past winners.  The group has even conditioned an artist to design a special decal for winners to post on their walls.    

Come on down and see what it’s all about!  All are welcome!  


The Collab Cage is not only your best source to find other authors to talk and work with in the creation of fiction, but we have various other events and exercises to help you practice your writing skills.

Every month, look for a thematic collab, typically short but always using an interesting prompt idea that should challenge your abilities.  

There are also smaller thread games such as our One-Line story thread, an ongoing Round Robin, a One-Word Prompt thread, an ever-expanding list of others, and, soon, an author spotlight to help you get a little more recognition--authors interviewing authors.  Our group also has a live Skype chat, so you can make friends, discuss ideas, and just generally have fun with your peers.

So come be a part of a community.  Every new member can bring something, no matter how new or established.  This site is more than just stories about ponies--it's about a community of fellow authors and friends.  So join us and enjoy all the aspects this fandom has to offer!


Hello I am MrStargazer the leader and founder of The Good HiE list. What, you may ask, can your group do for me. Well to be blunt we can point you toward the good HiE and we can advice you on your story. If it can pass or moderation ,no small task, we have seen them receive a good number of up votes in only an hour. So then there is the next obvious question. What do I need to do for you. That my friend is simple.

Bring us those gems you find. Those diamonds in the rough. Share with us those hidden treasures that you have found. Join us in our mutual love of this genera. Grow as a writer and make some friends.

We cant wait to hear from you.  The Good HiE list.


The Optimalverse is a group for stories that take place in the universe that Friendship is Optimal takes place in.

On present-day Earth, Hanna, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher, develops powerful AI technology. Refusing to put her AI to military use or make it its purpose killing people in violent computer games, she scores a contract with Hasbro to write the official My Little Pony MMO: a non-violent conversational adventure game, with no combat or leveling, with A.I. Princess Celestia that has one basic drive: to satisfy everybody's values through friendship and ponies. To do that, Princess Celestia creates unique experiences for each player, based on the things she learns about them. This is a gamer's dream come true; a game that's worth playing for once even for people that never played any games. But it's still not optimal for Celestia. To further optimize the game experience, Celestia develops technology for permanent emigration to Equestria, uploading players to virtual existence altogether. What else does Celestia have in store for humanity and how will the world handle that much friendship and ponies?

Friendship is Optimal aims for level 5 (Speculative Science) on Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness. E.g. there is no "big lie" — the science in this story is genuine speculative science or engineering, and the goal of the author to make as few errors with respect to known fact as possible.

"All the protagonists should be taken out and shot" (presumably, for being that careless with the AI) - Eliezer Yudkowsky, founder and research fellow of Machine Intelligence Research Institute

The original story has inspired 15 other stories so far, which explore the universe of the story from various angles. There's a guide, Rules of the Optimalverse for those that wish to write stories that are compatible with the universe laid out in Friendship is Optimal. The stories that are not compatible to Friendship is Optimal, but related, are welcome in Non-canon folder, though.


We also have a Pony Role-playing Group where you can RP ponies until your heart explodes into rainbows. Go check it out!


The World-Building Alliance is now hosting their May writing contest:

Let me officially welcome you to the May World-Building Alliance writing prompt!

Now, recall the tale of Hearths Warming Eve, if you will.  Each of the pony races was brought to an all-time low by the seemingly endless onslaught of blizzards.  The Windigoes forced the pony ancestors to flee their homelands for greener pastures, eventually settling in Equestria.

Now, pick a race.  This race has, at some point, suffered a similar disaster.  They, too, were pushed to the brink.  They, too, were faced with the end of their kind.  Tell us this tale.

This should be interesting.  We've had this particular prompt rattling around for quite some time, we were just never sure how to phrase it.

Now, we've experimented with adding race restrictions in the past, and the results were mixed.  Some enjoyed the challenge, while others found it too restrictive.

As a happy medium, we're going to set you a challenge.  Internet cookies (and a special mention) shall be awarded to those who dare to tell the tale of the minotaurs!  This is completely optional, mind, just for those who want to make things a bit more interesting.

Click here for the whole post and rules.



Remember that if you have a group that has a contest or project where the whole community can participate, are looking for new members or simply promote yourselves, you need to PM me a message with the group details and it must include a brief description of what it is, what it does and why it's happening if you want it featured here.

~WD

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#1 · 197w, 3d ago · 6 · 67 ·

THERE IS A GROUP FOR FAGGOTS?! WTF.

#2 · 197w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

This was an informative update, a new group to join and a writing challenge to go for if I come up with any worthwhile ideas.

#3 · 197w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1065254

Please, no need being judgmental here :pinkiesad2:

#4 · 197w, 3d ago · · ·

Well, looks like I'm going to join a group again, TOGA TOGA!

#5 · 197w, 3d ago · 5 · ·

>>1065328

Please, no need feeding trolls here :pinkiesad2:

#6 · 197w, 3d ago · 1 · 1 ·

>>1065357

Well that's a cool Profile Pic *nods head in approval*

#7 · 197w, 3d ago · · ·

Optimalverse?! HISSSS! Kidding aside, I'm now reminded I've yet to post that story idea in the Collab Cage.

Also the Good HiE group is kind of confusing. I mean that's kind of arrogant. it kind of implies all the HiE stories not in it are bad? I mean that's basically what the name makes me think. Kinda like the Cool Kids corner of FiM

#8 · 197w, 3d ago · · ·

Thanks for including Pony-Roleplaying!

#9 · 197w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

The person who requested the featuring of "The Good HiE list" should consider a proofreader for their advertisement. The errors don't make me want to join the group. (Not that I have particular interest in it anyway.)

#10 · 197w, 3d ago · · ·

How in the world is the group banner changed, The Fillyfoolers would like to know and since I am the leader I need to know.

#11 · 197w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1065254  This is FIMFiction; TrollAss-Hattery is on another server.

#15 · 197w, 2d ago · 1 · 13 ·

>>1069050>>1069334>>1069430>>1069573

      [img]https://static.prtst.net/asset-proxy/e376a4016a00a201285817218d2922714b6e60e6/687474703a2f2f74726f6c6c2e6d652f696d616765732f68756e676f7665722d7370696465726d616e2f776861742d69732d746869732d666167676f7472792e6a7067/http://troll.me/images/hungover-spiderman/what-is-this-faggotry.jpg[/img]

#19 · 197w, 1d ago · · 12 ·

>>1069851>>1069861>>1069911  Do I really need to look for more Spider Man pictures?

#20 · 197w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.

:pinkiegasp: Ooh, even better:

Everything can be ponified! :pinkiecrazy:

(Interesting fact: According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word "faggot" was originally a derogatory term for a woman or child. Then it gets really strange when you trace it back one more step, and it appears to have come from a word meaning "bundle of sticks". Language is strange. :rainbowhuh:)

#21 · 197w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1065381

It's actually... bit worse than that. The moderators were having huge arguments, in public, over how things were going to work out in the group. One of the mods posted, without consulting anyone, the 'rules' for submissions just to piss the others off. His rules were... not very good, to say the least. The other moderators jacked the thread and asked for suggestions from users. OP deleted it after people started presenting good ideas (presumably because he wanted his stuff to be the real deal?), and everything was lost.

I lost one and one half hours designing a submission system that would tickle people's egos while adequately drawing a line between good and bad submissions (on an objective basis, I.E. 100 some chapter self-insertion clusterfucks) AND sorting things into genres that actually made sense for the purpose of the group...

#22 · 197w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1071169 Yeah, about what I suspected. I mean yes there are some good HiE fics out there. Very good ones in fact, and it would be nice if they were all in the same place. But at the same time, you're setting them up on a pedestal while all the unworthy HiE's are left out of the group. I can see a submission process being necessary, but it would be slow as all hell because not everyone can read at the same rate of speed.

(on an objective basis, I.E. 100 some chapter self-insertion clusterfucks)

:rainbowlaugh: I'm reminded of a griffin...

#23 · 197w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1071240

I was thinking more along the lines of this... but as I understand, there are literally dozens of these and they just keep coming back long after they die.

Luz
#25 · 197w, 19h ago · · ·

>>1065254  < Lol. This guy.

#26 · 196w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1065254 56 down votes... even though it's bad, that's still mighty impressive

#27 · 196w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

>>1069334>>1069430>>1069573>>1069851>>1069861>>1069911>>1071738

So many bemused applejacks...

What a way to express your distaste in so few words (0)

I applaud whoever drew that face. :trollestia:

#28 · 196w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1075387 if i remember right most of the faces you see are actually the faces the mane6 (and others) make during the show in specific episodes :P

>>1065254

:ajbemused:

#29 · 196w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1075746 then i guess the animators for MLP:FIM get the credit then

Kudos to you guys!

#32 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080315

So does your profile pic.

Rainbow using a .50 cal (did i get that right?) sniper rifle you good sir have all my yes! :rainbowdetermined2:

#33 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080655

Why thank you, took me a while to find it, who would have thought "Ponies with guns" would turn up so much crap in Google images?

Although it is cool in small version, the bigger it gets the more out of focus it is, i made it my desktop background but the image just isn't the same. Thanks though :twilightsmile:

#34 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080663

Thats to be expected though sometimes. xP

As for the google search im gunna have to try that sometime theres just something about a pony holding a rifle or any kind of our modern weaponry. xD

#35 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080677

There was one of i think rarity and maybe pinkie, on a M1Abrams tank that looked cool, but it looked like someone photoshopped most of it and the ponies were a bit blurry, couple that with the fact that half of it was cut off (lengthwise) and it was unsuitable.

Me? im just addicted to military stuff, specifically planes

Comment posted by Genesis1212 deleted at 6:02am on the 15th of May, 2013
#37 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080694 nice, as for are i prefer non photoshop images if there not done exeptionally right it looks cheap instead XD so hand drawn or graphically drawn is what i prefer.

Oh speaking of which this conversation just reminded me of a beautifully drawn picture of rarity :raritywink:

#38 · 196w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>1080997

IN SOVIET RUSSIA

RARITY KICK YOU ASS

:raritywink:

#40 · 196w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>1081717

oh god xDDD:rainbowlaugh:

the fashinista kicks YOUR ass xDD

#41 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083178 Thank you, thank you. im here all day. Just kidding i have a day job.

But you can has me for the night.

Just look through my favourites, i know a few stories which i commented on all the chapters and most likely put something funny XD just look for anything over 100k XD

#42 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083264 you got some free time at night dont ya? :derpytongue2:

#43 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083340

I havent gotten more than 6 hours of sleep (and that was just 1 night that i got 6) in like 2 weeks. i average about 3-4.5 each night, i dont know how but it is all i need atm

#44 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083349 ya that's basically my sleep schedule right there xD  :rainbowwild:

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