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  • 3 weeks
    May Pairings Contest 2022!

    Hello everyone!

    May is nearly upon us, and with its return comes a celebrated tradition. That’s right: once again, it is time for May Pairings. 

    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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    61 comments · 3,134 views
  • 17 weeks
    Story contest: Who Crossed Over My Little Pony? (1/19/22 -- 4/1/22)

    There's a lot of ways we could describe MLP. A passion. A casual interest. The reason why most of us are here and yes, I said most. But ultimately, it's a cartoon. Animation. Still images which change slightly from frame to frame, creating the illusion of movement. And in that, it's one among many. One more example of an art that's been around for over a century. And some of the writers on this site like to take that cartoon and cross it over with other properties.

    All I'm doing is giving you a direction. If you want to enter this contest, then you'll have an extensive choice of IPs to cross over with. Extensive, and... if you do it right, if you're trying to win -- maybe just a little... looney.

    Who Crossed Over My Little Pony? story contest

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    89 comments · 7,829 views
  • 18 weeks
    Crackship Contest: 2022 Jan 06 - Mar 03

    commission from the amazing Shaslan


    Hello friends!

    Have you ever read a fic that romantically paired two characters you couldn't imagine ever interacting, much less dating? And then were blown away by how well the author made it work? Well, that is crackships, baby! And that is what this contest will be about, until 2022 March 03.

    Of course, picking two random characters, declaring that they're in love for no discernible reason, and then calling it a day isn't quite what we are looking for!


    Entries will be considered and rated based on a few metrics, including the creativity of every ship, how the ship itself is handled, and the dynamic and characterization.

    Creativity of the Ship

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    51 comments · 6,229 views
  • 26 weeks
    Science Fiction Contest! 11 Nov 2021 - 06 Jan 2022

    source: commission from daOtterGuy


    Hello friends!

    I've been doing some thinking. Wouldn't it be nice if there were more works exploring the ramifications of scientific ideas and technological innovations through stories about pastel-colored magic horses?

    Well, that is what this contest is for! Over the next eight weeks, until 2022 January 06, let's write some great science fiction!


    Note that all prize amounts will be sent by PayPal. If you are unable to receive money by PayPal, I, Bicyclette, will try my very best to arrange an alternative that works for you, but please be aware that it may not work out.

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    47 comments · 6,165 views
  • 31 weeks
    M/M Shipping Contest! 16 Sep - 11 Nov 2021


    Hello friends!

    It's time to show some love to the many wonderful male characters we have seen throughout the run of our beloved show, and the G5 movie! And what's the best way to do this? By getting them onboard the S.S. Romance, of course!

    So welcome, one and all, to the M/M Shipping Contest! Before November 11, 8PM EDT, your only duty is to take two (or more!) of your favorite stallions (or drakes, or dudes of any species!) to Shiptown. Maybe they're falling in love? Maybe they're saving the world together? Maybe they're facing a tragic separation? In all the forms a story about the love between stallions can take, we are here to celebrate it together.

    Oh, and there are a bunch of prizes, too!

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    30 comments · 6,442 views
  • 32 weeks
    Sunset Shimmer x Sunset Shimmer Contest (October 1, 2021 to October 28, 2021.)

    We have another contest down the barrel! And it’s some very curious shipping!

    (by nendo)

    Story Theme

    It is about time that Sunset Shimmer gets shipped with the most compelling and complex Equestria Girls villain of all: Sunset Shimmer! That’s right! This is a Sunset Shimmer x Sunset Shimmer Shipping Contest!

    What? But How Does That Work?

    In so many ways! Just off the top of my head:

    • Sunset’s originally-human counterpart!
    • Sunset’s demon form as a separate character from her, somehow!
    • Time travel!
    • Magic cloning!
    • Alternate timelines!
    • Changelings!

    Or think of your own, even better way!

    Additional Rules

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    41 comments · 12,423 views
  • 34 weeks
    Contest: Generation 5 Bingo Contest!

    As the new generation approaches, some things stay the same. Like contests. Check this one out!

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    49 comments · 6,059 views
  • 42 weeks
    StarTrixMaud Shipping Contest! 24 July - 31 August 2021

    We’ve got another live one, folks! ‘Tis the season for competition!

    source: dmann892


    Hello, friends!

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    38 comments · 11,419 views
  • 42 weeks
    Cozy Glow Short Story Contest!

    Here’s another contest about everyone’s favorite filly.

    Unless you like Twist or something.

    Greetings! Following the success of the 2020 Cozy Glow Short Story Contest, the Cozy Glow group is happy to announce a new contest for 2021. That so many writers and readers take joy in and adore our precocious Pegasus is not a surprise; rather it’s the lack of canon material released in the interim devoted to this precious, fragile life (given, as we know, such short shrift by the professed “Guardians of Harmony”) that is unexpected.

    And so, please join us once again as we address this disturbing gap in the storyline by celebrating the ambition, courage, and charismatic leadership of the best of all possible fillies, Cozy Glow!

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    39 comments · 5,740 views
  • 45 weeks
    The Pillars Shipping Contest

    Source: SkullJooce

    Despite being some of the canonically oldest characters in Friendship Is Magic, there is strangely a lack of stories featuring these characters and romantic endeavors. I believe it’s time to change that! 

    (Me and the gang when we found out there’s barely any shipping material for the Pillars)

    From July 1st to August 1st, I (The Red Parade) will be hosting the Pillars Shipping Contest! 

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    30 comments · 9,636 views

Competition » The Halloween in April Horror Contest · 4:12pm Mar 21st, 2020

It’s coming up on April, and the world is a very scary place right now. What better way to distract ourselves than to frighten everyone around us with horror stories?! Fimfiction doesn’t feature as many good, scary horror stories as ‘Slice of Life’ or ‘Comedy,’ and we here at the Barcast think it's time to change all that!

Announcing: The Halloween in April Horror Contest!

That’s right, we want YOU to write a genuinely scary horror story or two to help spooky up this difficult time. You can have your story featured prominently by the Barcast, and win fabulous prizes!

What you’ll be judged on:
-Is it error-free?
How’s the grammar? Is it clean from punctuation and spelling errors? Are there tense-change problems? One or two issues isn’t so bad, but if you have errors every sentence, you’re going to get dinged.
-How is the flow and style of the story?
Is there good tension? Rising and falling action? Are the characters engaging? Is the plot well-paced and immersive? This can’t just be scary, it has to be a good story.
-Is it horror?
Is this really horror, or is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a mystery? Themes from other genres are great, but it has to mostly be a horror story.
-Is it scary?
Scary varies from person to person. Even if it didn’t frighten the pants off me, I can still judge if it was, as a concept and in execution, a ‘scary’ story to the average person.

Comments, upvote/downvote ratio, and who wrote the story will not factor in. I will be judging alone, and I will not give favor if I accidentally see a name of someone I’m fond of. Being in the feature box will also not play into judging.

Each of these categories will be judged out of 5, that being the highest possible. Each category will be weighted the same, then averaged into a master score. The highest master score wins. In case of a tie, I will tap other Barcasters to read the stories and judge who should win. If you want to know your final score after the contest has ended, as well as any comments I might have, please send me a PM. Rest assured, I will not post scores/comments for the stories publicly so as to protect the feelings of the writers. The top 3 and one honorable mention will be listed and touted in a post here. All submitted stories will be prominently featured with links as well.
So, what can you win? Check out these spooky prizes!

* 1st. Place: $30, a reading of your story by me and other Barcasters, 5 full size pony horror art prints by Rainb0wdashie
** 2nd Place: $15, 3 random full size pony horror prints by Rainb0wdashie
*** 3rd Place: $5, 2 random full size pony horror prints by Rainb0wdashie

There aren’t many rules, but you MUST follow them if you want to do well in this contest. People who break these rules will be disqualified from judging.

1. The story must be under 5,000 words! It can be merely 1,000 words too. It must be a complete story, not a chapter to begin a longer work.
2. Two entries maximum per person.
3. It must be HORROR. It can be spooky, psychological, paranormal, thrilling, any genre of horror at all. Just make sure it rightfully has that “Horror” tag! Stories may be ‘Mature.’
4. It must be a NEW story. Only stories written and published between 3/23/2020 and 4/23/2020 will be considered.
5. Your story must mention in the description that it is for the Halloween in April Horror Contest with the Barcast, AND link to the group or this contest post.
6. The story must be placed in the “Halloween in April Horror Contest” folder in this group to be considered.
7. Hosts of the Barcast show may enter stories if they wish, but are disqualified from winning or placing.
8. You must follow all Fimfic site rules entirely. No stories listed off-site will be considered.

THIS CONTEST WILL END ON APRIL 23rd AT 11:59PM PST! Winners will be announced APRIL 30th!

Horror is an incredibly subjective thing, especially when it comes to being scary. I assure you that I will be doing my best to judge objectively as possible, not on whether it scares ME, but on whether others/people in general would find it scary. (If you were trying to just scare ME, this would be a rather specific and difficult contest…) BUT, as far as how to be scary for this specific contest, I’ve included some tips in a post below to help you along and give you more clear expectations.

That’s all there is to it, gang. I look forward to all your thrills, chills, and this spooky good time! Good luck everyone, feel free to ask any questions below. For all sorts of Writing tips and more, be sure to check our Group Forum for details! And happy (April) Halloween!

-anonpencil and the Barcast

Comments ( 109 )

That image... I regret checking the feed just before going to bed.

Why that one? Every time I close my eyes, i can see it.
I don’t even read horror for the same reason.

If Fluttershy says unplanned guests are scary, does that count as horror? :fluttershysad:

My body is ready.

Now there's a pony who failed her SAN check...

Fucking HELL, that picture. My screen froze for a sec just as that image came up.

The reason people don't read good horror stories is not because there isn't a good supply of them.
Its because no one reads them and it leads to diminishing returns.
All in all, if people read more horror stories, it wouldn't be that bad.

That pic sure is creepy as hell.

is there a way I can mute posts like this?

Wanderer D

5225161 Yes! Let me quote Naiad:

You actually can unsubscribe from these--in your feed, click on the "view" button close to the top, uncheck "social site posts," and you shouldn't see these anymore.

Bless you and may we never meet again unless I were to stumble upon a story made by you where Twilight Kicks ass and takes names in an action packed way.

Yep I'm gonna have nightmares tonight and checking for her face in my room

Wanderer D

5225177 That is oddly specific, but if I do, you'll know!

Thank you for posting this to the site! :) I look forward to reading people's spooky entries.

So how do you link to a post exactly?

Is that the Never Tardy image with eyes edited in? Honestly not sure if that makes it more or less creepy.

Wanderer D

5225194 Keep an eye on the comments to make sure you answer any questions

I'll do my best! I get notifications if people ask questions in The Barcast forum, so I'll be watching there too.

Question does the stories require canon characters or can OCS enter as well and what happens of a story finishes just over 5k words is there a limit how much over or is it 5k exactly?

You are at a post right now. If you look up at the top of your screen, you should see a URL. Copy that. Add it as a link in the description of your story. There is a little image above the text box in a bar that looks like chain links, or even a tiny pair of glasses (I mean, they kinda do look like that). Click that to add a link. Hope that helps.

5k is the limit. Please do not go above that. If it's like 10 words over or something, I'm not going to pitch a fit. But please try to keep it UNDER that amount.
OCs are welcome. As long as it can be posted on this site, is horror, and is scary, you're good.

Thanks for the clarification there now I need to figure out how to turn a guy that's bound to demon's into a horror fic 1shot should he be scary or be scared lol

Is the art based on Russian Sleep Experiment?

Screw Smile Dog, this is my nightmare fuel.

Ah, proof that ponies have the 1040 Form to fill out. Looks like Twilight finished her income tax.

Hm. I've got dibs on the EqG title "Cannibalism is not the FIRST option!"

"So..." Rainbow Dash dug an elbow into Rarity, who was filing her nails. "Who would you eat first? Pinkie Pie?"

"Pinkie?" Rarity raised one immaculate eyebrow. "Please. No. She's far too chubby."

"Hey!" Pinkie Pie pulled up her shirt and stuck her round tummy out. "That's marbling, I'll have you know. And insulation on long, cold winter nights, as well as a reserve calorie supply. I won't have to eat any of you for months."

it's a little annoying to open my feed and get jump scared because there's nothing new to displace it yet. wouldn't be so bad if the picture wasn't so big.

Twilight time!

*See the image*
Me: "Alright... that's scary!"

Hmmm... I'm gonna need to listen to some spoopy tunes to get inspired. Any ideas?

Great, I think I just sealed my death a week from now just by looking at that image. :rainbowwild:

Good news, everyone! There are incredibly powerful beings who make sure curses do not and cannot exist in this universe!

Most of those franchises could easily work for horror. I'm not convinced Evangelion could work for anything else.

Yes. I do enjoy seeing nightmare fuel when I pull up my stream...😑

me too, it’s the absolute best, -.-

Sarcasm my friend. Sarcasm.

Personally, I think the unedited eyeless version is more frightening. :pinkiecrazy:


I also like the one where the eyes move. :)

Did you notice it has never tardy written in the eye holes?

Jesus christ i was just scrolling down through the feed and saw the eyes first. Bad twilight

Because this made me want to take a look at some favorites...

*Upon closer and brave inspection*
No, I guess I hadn't until now.

My very real pleasure. Might want to refresh; thought of and added a few more.

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God dammit do I hate that picture D:

I might have to do this. Would be a good excuse to get something finished for once.

AAAAAAAAAAAA! That picture right at the top of my feed!

It actually says Never Tardy. Never in left, tardy in right

Me too 😭. That's picture is horrific
Me too 😭. That's picture is horrible

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