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  • 20 weeks
    Reunions: A Swapped Roles Contest!

    Okay guys here's something fun presented by Nitro Indigo.

    Presented by me, I guess, but I digress.

    Last year, I (Nitro Indigo) noticed that there was a surprising lack of roleswap fanfics on this site. To fix that, I decided to run a roleswap contest over the summer themed around secrets. While it didn’t get many entries, it nevertheless attracted the attention of some big authors and was the origin of two of my favourite fics. Overall, I think it was a success, so I’ve decided to run another one!

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  • 93 weeks
    Minor Rules and Reporting Update

    Hope everyone is enjoying the new year.

    Some small changes have been made to our rules as well as to the reporting process.


    "No attacks directed at individuals or groups due to race, gender, gender identity, religion or sexual identity."

    This better clarifies our previously ill-defined hate speech rule and includes groups as well as individual attacks.

    "No celebration, glorification or encouragement of real life criminal activity."

    This includes past, present and potential future crimes.

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  • 95 weeks
    Jinglemas 2019

    There's truly no time like the holidays. What's better than copious amounts of food, quality time with family and friends, hearing the sweet sound of Trans-Siberian Orchestra on repeat, and unmanagble financial stress from our capitalist overlords?

    Gift exchanges of course!

    Our Own Little Way of bringing Hearth's Warming to Fimfiction

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  • 115 weeks
    "Ponyfic: There Can Be Only One" wrap-up [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We're still recovering this week from the fandom's final Bronycon.  (In some cases literally — a con-crud-ridden Horizon is dragging himself out of bed to write this.)  So in lieu of a Bronycon-week feature, we'd like to talk a little bit about the panel we hosted to find THE FANDOM'S BEST FANFIC™.

    We've got a full writeup on our website — including the complete bracket of 16 fics in contention for the title; shout-outs to great fics which we couldn't fit on the shortlist; and the full results of audience and curator voting.

    Our hearty congratulations to Monochromatic's "The Enchanted Library" for taking the BEST FANFIC title in an upset victory over our #1 seed!  We'll be running an interview with Monochromatic as soon as possible.

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  • 116 weeks
    Come See Us at Bronycon! [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The run-up to Bronycon has been a mad whirlwind of RCL activity!  Five curators are attending (two for the first time!), and one of us is an official community guest. Several of us are participating in the Golden Oaks Bookstore (as author, author and publisher).  And we're even running a panel!

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  • 147 weeks
    Merry Christmas

    Hope you all have a great Christmas full of lots of food and fun times. Also ponies

    ~From everyone on staff

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  • 169 weeks

    I will be at galacon this weekend so if you see me feel to say hi!

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  • 173 weeks
    MLP BOX T-Shirt Contest

    Hey guys, MLP BOX are doing a competition for a t-shirt design to be included in one of their boxes, and since I know we have a mix of people here including artists, we thought it'd be a good idea to promote them so you guys can get in on it too. Below you can find more information about the contest: and MLP BOX have launched the first in a series of "Design a MLP T-shirt" contests over on  The winning design, voted on by site visitors,  will not only be featured on a shirt but the winning designer will also win $1000 dollars pending approval of their design by Hasbro.   Second and Third Place will also receive a cash prize.  All winning designs will be printed and be made available in t-shirt form for sale through the Brony website.

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  • 179 weeks
    Patreon & Survey Follow Up

    First of all, reminder that we have a Patreon you can find at . Apparently a lot of people didn't know we had one so there it is. $5 will remove ads on the site for you. I'll be making the Patreon page more prominent in relevant areas of the site soon to make sure people actually know it exists.

    Thanks everyone for filling in the survey last night. We had over 5,000 responses and I did in fact read every single comment left as they were coming in and finished reading them this morning. It seems there are a few features which we would potentially be interested in making premium features (part of the $5+ patreon rewards).

    • Custom emoticons you can upload
    • Custom titles / colours
    • Animated avatars
    • Avatar border frames
    • Extra themes
    • Custom CSS
    • Higher tier patreon rewards that let you “gift” premium?
    • Mass story download
    • Banners
    • Automatic day/night theme selector
    • Free advertising slots?

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  • 194 weeks
    Announcing the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest Official Start!

    Greetings Aspiring Writers!

    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 every year: The Everfree NW Scribblefest! Entry is open to everyone, whether or not you attend the convention.

    This year, we’re offering the winners a $10 Amazon gift code, as well as mentions across a bunch of sources of media that Everfree NW utilizes to tell people about your awesome story!

    This year’s prompt is: Family Trees: Roots, Branches, and Leaves


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Site Post » Fic Spotlight #06 · 5:38pm Apr 18th, 2014

Psst. Hey. Hey you. Yeah, you. Over there.

C'mere, c'mere. I got some stuff here to sell you. Good stuff. Real high quality stuff. Stuff that'll blow your mind.

It is also stuff that's generally illegal, so instead of selling you all these drugs I think it's best if we stick to featuring stories.

It's just better that way for everyone involved, y'know?

While the content featured here will not give you an addictive high, it will hopefully satisfy your craving for knowledge, refinement, and horse fiction. Which is almost as good, and substantially less likely to ruin your life. Maybe. Probably.

Oh, well, all right. Small colorful ponies probably will still ruin your life. Don't let this stop you from reading, though.

Here's some links you may want to check out regarding The Royal Guard and its featurings:

-The Royal Guard Group
-Submit Your Story!
-The Royal Guard's Reviewing Omnibus
-Join The Guard!


Out on the frontier, the only friend a pony can really trust is the gun in her hoof. Out where the land is wild and the buffalo roam, more than a few ponies have foregone scratching out a living on the farms or mines to seek riches and glory on the wrong side of the law. As a particularly mysterious and valuable cargo heads west on a long train journey, six mares follow with trouble in their wake, each intending to claim the prize for her own.

Also, a lot of ponies get shot.

Will I like this?: An absolute blast to read. Everything fits within the context of the universe presented, the events in the story leave the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time, and to top it off, everypony's characters are totally awesome. It left me hungry for more. —PR BronyWriter

Long before the coming of the Princesses and the Modern Age, long before the coming of Discord and the Chaotic Age, and long even before the three breeds moved apart, the Age of Separation, there was the first age: The Age of Grazing.

The Age of Grazing was the birth and childhood of the world, where ponies made many discoveries that would one day shape the future of Equestria and its sister lands. Behind every great discovery was a bewildered pony, marveling at a mystery of the world.

This is the tale of one such pony. From mouth to mouth and quill to quill, from whinny to word and from neigh to notes, his name has been transformed and altered, but today, now that his tale has been immortalized in a thousand history books, he is known as Sun Brandisher.

Will I like this?: An intriguing peek into the history of the early days of Equestria. Short and succulent read. Good for any fans of world-building and suchlike. —PR Pearple Prose

Clover Cordelia is a freshmare student at the Cambridle Academy of Magic who is determined to become a great sorceress.

Star Swirl the Bearded is a legendary wizard who is in need of an apprentice.

Clover will soon discover that having great magical power might not actually make you easier to be around, and tends to attract unusual difficulties…

It's nothing Star Swirl can't take care of, provided he and Clover manage to resist killing each other first.

Will I like this?: Characterization is the name of the game here, and this story's take on Star Swirl is one of the most enigmatic and intriguing I've seen. His eccentricity is offset perfectly by his straight mare, Clover the Clever, and the interactions between them are a joy to behold. —PR Prak

Twilight isn't having a very good day. An experimental spell blew up in her face, an army of changelings is attacking Canterlot, and she just died. Yet somehow, it looks like it's going to keep going downhill from here.

Given the chance to correct what's gone wrong, Twilight swears she's going to fix all this even if it kills her. Which it will. Frequently.

Will I like this?: A story that does not hold back in the action and pushes you right into it. If you’re a fan of time loop tales, dark fare, and one of the most snarky interpretations of Twilight Sparkle in the fandom, then you’ve found the story for you. —PR Garnot

Words can bring joy. Words can bring pain. Words can bring knowledge. In the hands of the right pony, they can bring all of these things at once. In the lands outside the fledgeling Equestria, one such pony has tracked a newfound fable back to its source, and she has a few choice words of her own prepared—because words... words have power.

Will I like this?: A pony walks into a bar and starts telling stories. If you're hoping I'll follow that with a silly punchline, you're going to be disappointed. If you're in the market for a great dialogue-driven story, however, this may be exactly what you're looking for. —PR Prak

Prophecy is a dangerous game; meanings which are obvious can become obscure in an instant, and fates are laid bare only in hindsight.

After the fall of Discord but before the rise of Nightmare Moon, a dragon breaks the peace between his race and ponykind, and Princess Luna flies to mete out justice.

Will I like this?: A well-constructed story which manages to feel like the most epic fantasy despite its short length, "Wyrmlysan" is a deliciously dark little tale. It's rare to find any story that manages to portray pre-Nightmare Luna in a believable, compelling manner, but this pulls it off flawlessly. —PR Headless

For several years now, Tom has been maintaining a vigil over the Everfree Forest. Set to guard the secret of the Mirror Pool, he has never once let anything through.

He is surrounded by life and vibrancy, but he feels none of it. Nothing notices him or cares to notice him. He is alone, as alone as a rock can be.

Bloomberg similarly feels lonely, but is surrounded by wanton lust and fake intimacy. He stands apart, but wishes for the eternal coupling that he remembers so many of his elder trees having in Sweet Apple Acres.

Separated by distance and only able to see each other in their dreams, these two must find a way to reconcile far more than their inhibitions if they have any hope of being together.

Will I like this?: By all logic this story shouldn't work. It's a shipping story about Tom and Bloomberg, and it is played 100% straight and... the author pulls it off flawlessly. Nobody can ever say that a ship is impossible again after this story. This story, I think, has changed shipping forever. Scootareader did something amazing here. Everything I thought that I knew about writing romances is wrong. —PR BronyWriter

Egged on by Rainbow Dash, Princess Twilight has found a way to summon Daring Do from the pages of one of her own books! This seems like a wonderful thing; all her fans get to meet their hero, after all. But there's something wrong. Daring was meant to be a storybook puppet, content to stick around for about a month then fade away with a smile and a wave. Instead, Daring has opinions. She's thinking independently. She's self aware, and she doesn't want to disappear.

Daring Do is alive. That wasn't supposed to happen, and it complicates things. As Twilight heads off to engage her royal peers in an ethical debate over this issue, Daring is left to her own devices, wondering whether she'll even be allowed to live.

But the questions around her own existence aren't the only worries Daring faces. Eager fans won't give her a moment's rest, a certain author isn't happy that her life's work is being toyed with by mages, and to top it all off, Daring's starting to fall head-over-hooves for a certain timid pegasus.

And when Rainbow finds out that Daring's got eyes for her oldest friend, she may go from being Daring's greatest becoming her greatest enemy.

Will I like this?: A story of hope and love with a dash of existential and ethical dilemmas for seasoning. It asks how much of a life you can live in only three weeks. —PR Lab

Rarity discovers an old tradition involving the exchange of felt dolls as a sign of affection. This sparks a brilliant plan to play matchmaker with her friends, and between herself and Twilight.

But brilliant plans never go as expected, do they?

Will I like this?: Ah, Felt Heart. A matchmaker-Rarity story that shows that not all romance stories can be labeled simply as "shipfics," and can be so much more. It reads like a dream, and feels so very real. Romance is more than falling in love, it's a journey with its own challenges. Sometimes, you just need that little push... —PR Flint Sparks

The Power Ponies are coming again.

Another escape from custody, another scheme to take over Maretropolis, and another chance for the Power Ponies to defeat her. Such is the cycle that Mane-iac has endured for as long as she can remember.

And she's sick of it. She's sick of all of it. Now on the cusp of one more battle with her nemeses, she can only think of how much she has sacrificed for the city in her battles against the Power Ponies, and how much more she can take.

Will I like this?: There are only a handful of stories out there that explore Mane-iac's character, and even fewer that have done it well. This little gem helps to fill that void, offering a sympathetic portrayal of a villain who deserves a lot more attention. —PR Prak

For as long as any of the Cutie Mark Crusaders can remember, Diamond Tiara had always been the biggest bully they knew. But when that said bully dies in an accident, each of them starts to go through their own emotional experience from this sudden change in their lives. Each will learn more about themselves and about the pony who they all thought they knew before she is laid to rest.

Will I like this?: Character death is rarely handled with the delicacy and weight that it deserves. For young characters, this is doubly true; finding believable, in-character reactions for the rest of the cast is even rarer. "Why Am I Crying?", therefore, came as an incredibly pleasant surprise. It doesn't feel cheap or ham-fisted, and the depth that its narrative gives to the Cutie Mark Crusaders is astonishing without ever stepping outside the bounds of what is believable for a child. —PR Headless

In the time before the three pony tribes became one, a rampaging monster tears apart a noble caravan. Now the baron’s shattered family must put itself back together—with one remarkable addition.

Will I like this?: A nice bit of history/world building in a style that we rarely get to see, and even more rarely get to see done well. It focuses on the characters, and is both a lead-in to a larger story, while still working as a stand-alone deal. It's a really interesting look into Equestria long before the events of the show, particularly in the area of inter-race relations. —PR BronyWriter

The Princesses' birthday celebration is here again, and Mayor Mare needs a scapegoat—er, trusted citizen—to handle Ponyville's gift. Certainly, deciding what to get for an ancient ruler who's seen everything will be a piece of cake. Hm, cake. Maybe that's not such a bad idea.

Will I like this?: A charming, touching look on the princesses, and how the entirety of Equestria views them. Pinkie Pie is wonderfully characterized here too, better than most authors manage, actually. It's a very good read, that will leave a smile on your face. —PR BronyWriter

Left only with a promise to keep in touch, Rainbow Dash struggles to convey her feelings, and to figure out what the words were that she couldn't say on that last snowy night at the train station before Twilight left. As everyone slowly drifts apart, Dash will have to put in the effort if she wants to keep her friends together.

Will I like this?: The whole things feels more like a heartfelt memory than a here-and-now story. The important bits are crystal clear, and everything else is purposefully blurred behind the narrative lens so as not to get in the way. All in all, an experience that shouldn’t be missed. —PR ArgonMatrix

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Comments ( 21 )

Congrats to PaulAsaran for having A Figment of Her Imagination here. It really deserves it. :raritystarry:
Everyone who did not like the episode "Daring Do" should love this story. In my mind, this it what it should have been.

Ponies. Drugs. What's the difference at this point? :pinkiecrazy:

~The lizardman is too high for his own good

D'aw, you make me blush. :twilightblush:

Oh, look, some literature to inject myself with. Gonna get high on imagination.

Hm... Figment of Imagination looks interesting.
I was expecting more comments on this spotlight post.
(Inb4 I spoke too soon.)

I'm surprised to find how many of these I've already read. Boy, do I feel classy right now.

Nevertheless, did add two more to the read later list today. Thanks again, Royal Guard!

My to-read list is trying to get back to over triple my favorite list and your not helping (depending on if it's a good thing or not). Thanks for the extra recommendations though :derpytongue2:

2021733 Hey, Trev, where's my LSD!? I didn't got the package last week! :flutterrage:

Holy ****, my story gets featured alongside classics like Hard Reset and Felt Heart :rainbowkiss:

Jokes on you, none of these interest me. :ajsmug:

2022439 I thinked we made it clear - Eye vill giv ze moneh ven Eye vil hold ze fing in mah handz! :twilightangry2:

Will I like this?: A story that does not hold back in the action and pushes you right into it. If you’re a fan of time loop tales, dark fare, and one of the most snarky interpretations of Twilight Sparkle in the fandom, then you’ve found the story for you. —PR Garnot

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but when I last read this story, it was far from the quality of which this groups asks for. Like, really far. That doesn't mean it was a bad story, but there are many things wrong with it that would need to be changed for Hard Reset to ever get in. So, I am curious of this decision.

Am I the only one who imagines Obselescence looking like this whenever he does these blogs?

Pardon me while I bask in the awesomeness. Also, my Read Later list is getting soooo looooooong, it might put Longcat and Tacgnol to shame. :twilightblush:

2024238 No grugz, no moneh. That's my statement, Bi*ch!

I always love these because there's always something I like here and usually, I click on a description I like and end up disappointed, these never disappoint

A few of these seem pretty interesting... :twilightsheepish:

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