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  • 1 week
    2024 Non-Pony Writing Contest

    Or, Fantastic Creatures And How To Write Fanfic Of Them!

    Hey, everyone!

    So it's been since 2020 that I was last able to actually help co-host a contest. I've been a judge in a few since then, but for the most part I took a hiatus from the site. But now I'm back, and I thought to myself: What better way to come back than to host a fun competition? So that's exactly what I'm doing!

    Introducing...

    Fantastic Creatures And How To Write Fanfic Of Them
    A 2024 Non-Pony Competition!

    Click the adorable kirin for a surprise...

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    50 comments · 2,062 views
  • 6 weeks
    Tropical Post-Apocalypse Contest! :D

    Note: PI is not the host of this contest. That is, instead, the lovely Robipony

    🌴Tropical Post-Apocalyptic Story Contest🌴

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    22 comments · 4,542 views
  • 7 weeks
    Dialogue only contest!

    Yahallo! The premise of this contest is very simple: dialogue only! Which means no prose, no descriptions, no ‘saidisms’, nothing like that. Otherwise, you may get as creative as you feel like! No limits on what the story content can be. Below are the rules. Please, if you have any inquires, ask me or one of the judges in a dm. 

    The contest will last from May 15th-June 15th, giving little over a month for writers to plan out and write out whatever they like! :D

    Here is the group where fics should be submitted.

    1. Dialogue only.No descriptions, prose, saidisms, or paragraphs that are outside of someone speaking.
    2. The word limit, considering the unique case of this contest, will be 3.5k. However, if you want to do just 500 words (which is the minimum) and post the story(s) as an anthology, you are more than welcome too.

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    144 comments · 6,575 views
  • 8 weeks
    May Pairings Contest

    Art by Mushroom!

    Howdy!

    It's once again May, and you know what that means: it's time to crackship!

    What is the May Pairings Contest?

    If you don’t know, the May Pairings contest is all about original, rare, or unique ships that aren’t afraid to explore unique dynamics between characters. This means that stories about Lyra and Bon Bon, Vinyl and Octavia, or Rarity and Twilight wouldn’t qualify. Rather, we want to see stories about Autumn Blaze and Lemon Hearts! Daring Do and Treehugger! Octavia and Applejack! You get the picture.

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    19 comments · 4,074 views
  • 12 weeks
    2024 Wonderbolts Sitewide Contest

    Art by daOtterGuy!

    Are you a brave, fearless, and daring pegasi in search of your next great adventure? Do you think you have what it takes to join the best flight team in all of Equestria? Then the Wonderbolts just might be the group for you.


    Hello!

    The Quills and Sofas Speedwriting team is proud to present to you, the 2024 Wonderbolts Sitewide Contest!

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    55 comments · 5,760 views
  • 17 weeks
    The Shining Armor is a Terrible Dad 2024 Competition

    Do you love Shining Armor? Do you hate Shining Armor? If your answer is yes to either/both of these, then this is the place for you! Shining Armor is a Terrible Dad is a sequel to Cadance is a Terrible Mom. The original contest was a success, and I've been itching to host another like it ever since. The premise is the same, only the roles are reversed: Write a story about Shining Armor being an awful parent.

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    33 comments · 9,939 views
  • 24 weeks
    Portal Transformations Contest I

    Announcement and Rules (3 January 2024 to 7 March 2024)

    The most up to date version of this contest's rules is at https://www.fimfiction.net/group/217156/portal-transformations/thread/529551/portal-transformations-contest-announcement-and-rules. Please ask your questions there.


    Welcome to the Contest

    "When Spike goes through the Mirror Portal from Equestria to CHS, he turns into a dog. What does X turn into when X goes through the Mirror Portal (or a similar portal)? You can pick X and the direction."

    Myself (Mockingbirb), I'm especially interested in changes that are less usual, not so commonplace (although I suppose very unsual treatments of the 'usual' changes can be interesting too.)

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    10 comments · 8,831 views
  • 34 weeks
    Imposing Sovereigns IV

    An esteemed pedigree of Fimfic contests has entered its next generation. That’s right, Imposing Sovereigns IV… has actually been going for a while now. Apologies there. :twilightsheepish:

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    7 comments · 7,920 views
  • 36 weeks
    The M/M Shipping Contest III: 2023 Sep 24 - Dec 03


    commissioned from: daOtterGuy

    Here we go again!

    It is, indeed, the subsequent year after the M/M Shipping Contest 2022 and I, Bicyclette (who is NOT Wanderer D if you are reading this from the site post, please do NOT message them about this contest) am still alive! Therefore, this contest is happening!

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    24 comments · 7,725 views
  • 46 weeks
    Cozy Glow Short Story Contest #4

    ⬇⬇⬇THIS COULD BE YOU!!⬇⬇⬇

    They said* it couldn’t be done. They said* the child was dealt with, problem solved, nothing more to see here. Rendered completely harmless as a statue. A grotesque chunk of frieze in the old gothic style, fallen from the ramparts of Canterlot Castle. A lawn gnome set in ambush to bemuse wanderers in Celestia and Luna’s precious hedge maze. No way could she inspire a single expression of overwhelming support, let alone three.

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    31 comments · 10,249 views
May
26th
2024

Competition » The Rainbow Rocks 10th Anniversary Shipping Contest! · 10:41pm May 26th

Note: PI is not the host nor a judge.

Welcome to the season of love.


Summer* has arrived (well, close enough, anyway), and with summer comes summer romances! But just who is getting together this year? Well, that's up to you!

*Or, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere: Winter has arrived! And it's up to you to choose who's bundling up together!

Last year, we hosted the Spring Fling contest, celebrating the 10th anniversary of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. And the turnout was spectacular -- better than we'd ever dared hope. Some of the best talent on the website, veterans and newcomers alike, assembled to deliver over 30 stories of EqG shipping goodness, with such an abundance of quality that narrowing it down to our finalists was genuinely stressful. To see last year's various prizewinners and honorable mentions, click here!

So here we are again a year later, just in time for us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sequel, Rainbow Rocks! We've been itching for this contest ever since the last one ended, and for darn good reason -- after all, for quite a lot of the fandom, Rainbow Rocks is the best EqG movie of all! So, whether you're a returning competitor, someone who missed their chance to enter last year, or someone who's just passionate about shipping our favorite technicolor humans, the Rainbow Rocks Summer Shipping Spectacular (or Wondrous Winter Wuvterland) is for you!

For this contest, your assignment is to take an identifiable human character introduced in the first two EqG movies – including Sunset Shimmer, the Humane Five, Flash Sentry, the Dazzlings, Lyra Heartstrings, and even background characters like Fuchsia Blush or Pixel Pizazz – and write a romance about them.

There’s a few rules below, but, basically, that’s it. A romance starring a character from our first or second outing in the pastel human dimension. What better way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Battle of the Bands?

Prizes!


How much we dole out in prizes will depend on how many entrants we get (submit stories here!). 5 stories unlocks a 2nd place prize, 10 stories unlocks 3rd place, and 18 stories unlocks the special judge prizes! So the more entries we get, the more (and bigger) the rewards! The minimum amount we'll be giving out is $75 USD; the maximum is well over $400 USD! (And that's before we get to the add-on prize...)

  • 1st Place: $75 at minimum; $125 if we get 10 entries or more; $175 if we get 40 entries or more
  • 2nd Place: $40 when unlocked; $70 if we get 10 entries or more; $100 if we get 40 entries or more
  • 3rd Place: $35 when unlocked; $60 if we get 40 entries or more
  • Judge Prizes (x5): $13 when unlocked; $20 if we get 40 entries or more
  • Special Bonus Prize: Keep scrolling!

Prize amounts will be sent by PayPal or through Ko-Fi. If you are unable or unwilling to receive money in these manners, please contact me (EileenSaysHi) so we can arrange an alternative (e.g. a go-between, a charitable donation, etc.).

Judging Criteria


So how do you win these exciting prizes? Here’s some of the key things we’ll be judging your stories on:

  • How’s the writing? A contest-winning story should be well-written, readable, and have good spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure.
  • How engaging is your story? Does it have an interesting narrative? Is the romance compelling? Does it move at a good pace? The stories may all be below 15k words, but, if you’re not careful, they could still feel like a long read.
  • How believable is the pairing? While most pairings (including poly relationships) are allowed, a good story still needs to show why these characters would go well together, at least in the context it provides.
  • How much focus is the romance given? Is it the core of the story, or just a small part of it? This is a shipping contest, after all, so a winning entry won’t reduce the romantic aspect to just a token element.

Judges


And just who will be looking at your stories? I am happy to announce that our entire Spring Fling judging team is returning for another round, listed in alphabetical order below:

Rules


The core rule of the contest, as noted above, is that it must focus on a pairing that involves at least one of any* of the human characters introduced in Equestria Girls (the 2013 movie) or Rainbow Rocks. That character can then be paired with any canon human EqG character that has appeared in animation (with a few restrictions – keep reading), including ones introduced in later EqG movies/series/specials, as well as FiM's Princess Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer, as they've both made canonical appearances as humans in Equestria Girls.

So you have a lot of characters to choose from! Between the first two EqG movies, you have characters like:

  • Sunset Shimmer
  • The Humane Five (Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity)
  • Flash Sentry
  • The Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, Sonata Dusk)
  • The Principals (Celestia and Luna)
  • The CMCs
  • Cheerilee
  • Micro Chips
  • Background Characters from the first movie (e.g. Sandalwood, Cherry Crash, Cloudy Kicks, Scribble Dee, Curly Winds, Wiz Kid, Brawly Beats)
  • Background Characters from Rainbow Rocks (e.g. Fuchsia Blush, Lavender Lace, Raspberry Fluff, Blueberry Pie, Violet Blurr, Pixel Pizazz)
  • Human Counterparts from the first movie (e.g. Trixie Lulamoon, Derpy Hooves, Photo Finish, Big Mac, Vinyl Scratch, the Cakes, Granny Smith)
  • Human Counterparts from Rainbow Rocks (e.g. Lyra Heartstrings, Bon Bon, Maud Pie, Octavia Melody, Bulk Biceps)
  • Characters introduced in the Rainbow Rocks shorts (Flim, Flam, Mr. Cranky Doodle)
  • And more!

Now remember, that’s a lot of eligible characters, but it doesn’t cover all EqG characters. For a few examples, Wallflower Blush, the Shadowbolts, Timber Spruce, Juniper Montage, Dean Cadance, and more weren’t introduced until after Rainbow Rocks. If you want to use these characters, you can – if you pair them with an eligible character like Sunset or the Dazzlings. (For poly relationships, at least half of the characters involved must be from the eligible roster.) The same applies for Princess Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer, since they were introduced outside of EqG. Characters who never appear in human form in animated media, like Spike (either one) or ponies in Equestria, cannot be used.

What about Sci-Twi? At the very end of the credits of Rainbow Rocks, we get our first glimpse of the human world's very own Twilight Sparkle. But since it's only a credits cameo, and our favorite bespectacled dweeb doesn't get a defined character until Friendship Games, we're making the call that she doesn't meet our criteria for a Rainbow Rocks character. You can absolutely still use her in your story, but if she's part of a romantic pairing, it has to be with an eligible character to qualify.

We also urge you to exercise caution with pairing ages. Shipping adult humans with student-age characters is not allowed unless the latter are aged up (and, importantly, are not still students), and shipping students whose pony counterparts are foals with older students is not advised without an age-up as well. (For the purposes of this contest, the Dazzlings are considered student-age.)

Those are the important things to keep in mind when coming up with your story. Here are a few more general rules:

  1. All stories must be complete, published, and added to the contest folder between 12:00am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Sunday, May 26 and 12:01am EDT on Sunday, August 4. Stories should also state that they are an entry for this contest in their long description. If you are publishing your first story and are concerned it will not make it through moderation by the deadline, contact EileenSaysHi and be prepared to give a link for the judges to access your story.
  2. No edits may be made to stories between the deadline and announcement of results, though edits prior to the deadline are allowed.
  3. All stories must be rated E or T.
  4. All stories must be 15,000 words or less. Judges have the right to stop reading after 8,000 words (or after 2 chapters, whichever comes first) if they are not engaging with the material, and at any point if they are seriously uncomfortable with it. Contestants can submit up to 2 stories, with a combined total of no more than 15,000 words; only one entry per contestant can receive a top 3 prize.
  5. The Romance tag is required for all stories. You can certainly include other genres, as long as it still works as a romance.
  6. The Equestria Girls tag is required for all stories. While stories can feature characters crossing over into Equestria, they cannot solely be about pony characters in the pony world.
  7. The following tags are not allowed, no exceptions: Fetish, Non-consensual, Anthro, Porn, Anon, Self-Insert, Crossover. (And no, “forgetting” to include one of these tags for a story that needs them is not a loophole.)
  8. Be careful with the following tags: Alternate Universe (if you’re using a character with a canon pony counterpart, it needs to be obvious that we’re still dealing specifically with the EqG version; simply being human isn’t necessarily enough), Gore (consider if your story is really an E or T), and OC (your fic can have OCs, but you cannot use an OC as a romantic partner for your eligible character).
  9. No incestuous pairings, no foalcon, and follow the character-age guidance stated in the above paragraphs. (For the purposes of this contest, the Dazzlings are not siblings unless you make them so.)
  10. Judges may not pre-read stories (except to ensure they qualify for the contest) and are advised not to offer public feedback until the contest period has closed.

Special Bonus Prize!


As a reward for making it through our list of rules (which likely won't matter much to you unless you're interested in a rather edge-case story), here's the special prize we mentioned earlier. Since this is the Rainbow Rocks 10th Anniversary, we're offering an additional add-on reward for prizewinning stories that specifically feature Rainbow Rocks character pairings (i.e. ships involving Adagio, Sonata, Bulk, Maud, Octavia, Lavender, Flim, etc.). A top 3 story will get $15 USD added on; a judge pick will get $5 added. All told, this brings the maximum prize pool to over $500 USD. Keep that in mind when choosing your pairings!

That's it!


Please make sure to join our group so that you can follow along with any updates, submit your fics, and see the results!

And if you have any further questions, feel free to ask below! (Judges reserve the right to make any changes to the rules deemed necessary.)

Now go forth, craft your EqG romances, and let us see what this season of love delivers unto us!

Once again, all fics must be submitted to the contest folder here by 12:01am Eastern Time on August 4. (Meaning the last day is effectively August 3.)

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Comments ( 19 )

Good luck to all entrants, and we look forward to some truly fabulous stories. We had plenty of greats last time, and we hope to see a similar level of quality and enthusiasm here! :pinkiehappy:

Finally, an excuse to write the Dazzlings again :)

I feel there will be a lot of stories with this mistake named Flash Sentry.

Posh #5 · 4 weeks ago · · 7 ·

Oh yeah. That movie. I remember it.

Am I allowed to submit William S. Burroughs's acclaimed 1959 novel, Naked Lunch, which I did not write, to the competition? It's one of the great works of American literature (and in a literary canon that includes Big Man On Campus: An Enemies To Lovers College Romance by Stephanie Queen, that's saying something), and if it's ineligible for the contest for trivial reasons like "it's not pony-related," "I (Posh) did not write it)," or "that would constitute copyright infringement," I'm going to throw a tantrum and make it everyone else's problem.

Wait...didn't my favorite movie (this one) come out around September 22 or sometime similar? I thought we would have until then to write. Anyway - that's a LOT of words! I guess this will be novel writing practice for me. Good luck, everypony!

5783099
15,000 is the maximum, not the minimum.

Hmmmmm

HMMMMMMMMMMM

5783075
I actually hope so

While I myself will not partake in this, I do feel Vinyl, who helped be a big part of the movie near the end, deserves some good respect, especially given the fandoms......less than savoury depiction of her in a lot of works I've read.

Her and Pinkie would be an interesting ship, as OctaScratch has run its course too long at this point.

5783115
You could finally write an EQG sequel to ...But the Kitchen Sink. I'm sure a sink has shown up in an EQG film :unsuresweetie:

Oh, look, a convenient excuse to rewatch Rainbow Rocks again.

Tempting. We'll see if I have any ideas that inspire me.

Neat. I'm expecting to write the Dazzlings later this year, but not in a way suited to this contest. Still, good luck to the participants.

5783098
Thanks for making me smile.

You know, Sci-Twi may not get much character development in the second movie, but she's still got more lines of dialog than Vinyl Scratch. :derpytongue2:

Currently assessing whether I am genuinely intesested in returning to writing [hominid-] horsewords for this, or am merely nostalgic... (If there ever were a time...)

5783101
OK, thanks! O_O

And I was almost correct, Rainbow Rocks came out in Sept 27. That's why I thought that the competition should end then. Haha, thanks for this contest!

I have an idea that might be borderline regarding admissibility under the rules, due to use of the AU tag. Who may I contact to ask some more detailed questions?

5785324
You can message me, but just as a quick gauge, AU is only an issue if it’s not clear we’re dealing with EqG characters specifically.

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