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  • 3 weeks
    The My Little Pony Renaissance Contest

    Introduction

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to one of the final grand acts of My Little Pony Generation 4. Generation 5 Is scheduled to be released this coming September 2021 and in order to get ready I (Dezmo) have decided to host a major writing contest in the spirit of the upcoming change in the show.


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  • 7 weeks
    May 2021 Pairing Contest

    It's May! You know what that means, right?

    Welcome to the May 2021 Pairing Contest!

    The May Pairing Contest? What's that?

    If you've been on fimfiction for more than two days, you've probably noticed that the characters you see used in stories are typically only used with each other (for instance, the mane 6 plus Anon, Vinyl Scratch x Octavia, Derpy Hooves and Dr. Hooves, etc.) The May Pairing Contest is a competition to see who can write the best content by using two characters who we rarely see interact with each other. It's basically a fun way to get your creativity out and discover what would happen if two ponies who never get stories with each other (such as Princess Cadence and Fleur De Lis) just happened to be involved in the same plot!

    So what are the rules?

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  • 11 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest

    Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

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    75 comments · 6,860 views
  • 41 weeks
    A Most Delightful Ponidox

    Contest by: FanOfMostEverything

    Ever since Equestria Girls established that parallel universes are very much a thing in this setting, I’ve loved having different versions of the same person interact. There are only a few hundred stories out of more than a hundred thousand on the site devoted to that. Those are, in the words of Mark Hanna, rookie numbers. Let’s go bump those numbers up.

    The prompt for this one is simple: Two or more distinct instances of the same person have to interact. Whether it’s double Rainbows racing like Superman and the Flash, two Sombras going to war against one another, or just a blessing of Sunsets in the Isekai.

    Word limit: 15,000 or fewer.
    Rating limit: Everyone or Teen

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    30 comments · 6,038 views
  • 45 weeks
    AppleDash Warm and Fuzzy Feelings Event

    A lot of us have been stuck inside for the better part of the year, and might need a little bit of a pick-me-up. That's why this event has one, simple mission:

    Bring a little warmth and happiness to someone's day!

    During the month of August, each person who writes an AppleDash (romance or friendshipping) story full of the warm-and-fuzzies and publishes it to FIMFiction will receive $15! It's that simple! This is not a contest and there’s no judging involved!

    Beyond that, there's no prompt, so feel free to write a grand adventure, cute romance, captivating mystery, or whatever else your heart desires!

    In a nutshell: someone should be able to read your story and walk away feeling better about their day.

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    14 comments · 4,139 views
  • 46 weeks
    Cozy Glow Short Story Contest

    The time has come to celebrate our favorite filly! The Cozy Glow group is delighted to host its first short story contest. Cash prizes in the form of amazon gift codes will be awarded to the top finishers. In addition, the first place entry will receive a work of visual art depicting a (SFW) scene of the author’s choice. Why not enter and express your devotion to the true Empress of Friendship?


    Guidelines

    All stories must:

    -Adhere to the site rules

    -Be between 5k and 10k words in length

    -Contain Cozy Glow as a central character

    -Not endorse or feature any specific sexual theme beyond the existing categories and tags on Fimfiction

    -Be written in English

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    48 comments · 5,248 views
  • 54 weeks
    RIGHT BACK AT IT AGAIN!  2020 SHIPPING COMPETITION

    Hey everyone!

    So it's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to host a contest, but you know what they say: There's no time like the present! That being said, I think it's high time I host another one... and an interesting one at that!

    RIGHT BACK AT IT AGAIN! 
    2020 SHIPPING COMPETITION

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    71 comments · 5,264 views
  • 65 weeks
    The Halloween in April Horror Contest

    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?

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    109 comments · 5,190 views
  • 73 weeks
    Anon Filly Contest - Pony Transformation General

    Hello Everyone!

    Today we have a contest centered around Anonfilly to share with you. As a reminder, unless otherwise stated, this and all other contests featured are neither officially run by any staff members of Fimfiction nor officially affiliated with us; they are entirely run by the community. If you have an event or contest of your own you think may qualify for a social site post like this, you can find the criteria here.

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    21 comments · 4,063 views
  • 74 weeks
    Jake The Army Guy's Horse Word Extravaganza

    Hello Everyone!

    We have the pleasure of sharing with you info for a contest featuring different species from Friendship is Magic. Below is a brief summary with a link to the full contest info. As a reminder, unless otherwise stated, this and all other contests featured are neither officially run by any staff members of Fimfiction nor officially affiliated with us; they are entirely run by the community. If you have an event or contest of your own you think may qualify for a social site post like this, you can find the criteria here.

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May
2nd
2020

Competition » The May 2020 Pairing Contest · 4:33pm May 2nd, 2020

It's May! You know what that means, right?

Welcome to the May 2020 Pairing Contest!

We had such a great turnout last year, so I've been waiting for months to announce that we're going to be bringing it back this year as well! If you competed last year, the rules are going to be basically the same. If this is your first time, welcome to the contest! Let's get started.

The May Pairing Contest? What's that?

If you've been on fimfiction for more than two days, you've probably noticed that the characters you see used in stories are typically only used with each other (for instance, the mane 6 plus Anon, Vinyl Scratch x Octavia, Derpy Hooves and Dr. Hooves, etc.) The May Pairing Contest is a competition to see who can write the best content by using two characters who we rarely see interact with each other. It's basically a fun way to get your creativity out and discover what would happen if two ponies who never get stories with each other (such as Princess Cadence and Fleur De Lis) just happened to be involved in the same plot!

So what are the rules?

The rules are as follows:
1. You may only use two character tags. You're allowed to have other characters in the story, but the plot should revolve around two characters who we rarely see interact with each other.
2. Your story may not include any of the following: OC's, Anon, Self-inserts or non-canon characters (which means unnamed changelings/gryphons/humans/etc.)
3. The story cannot be a crossover
4. The pairing must be rare if not unique. A story that focuses on Twilight and Octavia is OK, but not a story that focuses on Octavia and Vinyl Scratch.
5. All entries must be finished by the time they are submitted. No incomplete stories, please.

Is it ponies only, or can I use gryphons, seaponies, Equestria Girls, etc?

You're more than welcome to use whoever you'd like, just so long as they're canonical characters. Last year, we had a really fun story involving Gabby and Terramar, so if you can make it work, I'd love to see it!

How do I know if something is original, though?

Use your best judgement. If you're not sure, trying typing in the character tags into the search bar and seeing if there are many stories that predominantly center around the two characters you use. Of course, there are bound to be stories that use both tags that don't center around your pairing, so as long as you're honestly trying to use an original pairing, your submission will count.

Is there a word count? Does it need to be a specific rating? What about a genre?

You may use whatever genre or rating you prefer. As for word count... just try not to be over 10k words, OK? It's fine if it goes a little bit over, but please don't write an entire encyclopedia on the comprehensive history of Equestria, featuring Autumn Blaze and Bulk Biceps.

When does my story have to be finished by?

Submissions will go until 11:59 PST on May 31st. Can you imagine a May Pairing contest in June? Me neither.

How do I enter my submission?

By joining the Original Pairings group, you'll be able to post your story in the May Pairing Contest folder. Feel free to also post it in one of the other folders as well. It also doesn't hurt to put in the long description that you're writing this for the May Pairing contest.

How many stories may I submit?

Literally as many as you want, just so long as they meet all the criteria.

I just did a story like that a couple weeks ago! Can I submit it?

This year, we're doing just stories written between May 1st, 2020 and May 31st, 2020. Remember, even 1k words stories have a chance of winning 1st place!

Wait, there are winners?

Yes. There will be a first, second and third place. Once the contest is over, I will add the winners to the "Winners of the May Pairing Contest" folder along with the winners from 2019. It's also nice to put in the description of your story that you won an award. :raritywink: Not only that, but there are going to be CASH PRIZES!

First Prize will be awarded $15
Second Prize will be awarded $10
Third Prize will be awarded $5

Also, if you want to donate, be sure to PM PRlNCESS CADENCE so that the funds can be dispersed properly. All proceeds will go to the winners in a 3x2x1 ratio. (Important: Anyone who donates will not be allowed to win any of the cash prizes due to conflict of interest. I'd hate for someone to donate a whole bunch of money and be disappointed if they don't win. If you can donate, though, it would be a real treat for the winners!)

How will these stories be judged?

I (as well as possible judges, depending on how many entries we receive) will read every story that is submitted and will grade based on the following criteria:

  1. How original is the pairing?
  2. How well is the story written?
  3. How creative is the plot?
  4. How well has it been received on Fimfiction? (This will receive the least amount of consideration, but it is still a factor just so that there will always be more than one judge reading your story.)

AND THAT'S IT!

So I hope that all of you participate in the contest, and spread the word while you're at it! My goal is to get as many original stories going on Fimfiction as possible! I can't wait to read your stories. :twilightsmile:

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Comments ( 155 )

From April horror to May shipping, the contests lately have been interesting for sure.

So long as the characters are canon, how canon does the world around them have to be? For example, love forming in the trenches of the Sombra Wars, or romance blossoming between zeppelin technician and wealthy financier in Steampunk-questria?

Well now. This should be very fun. I'll see what I can come up with.

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April scares bring May hugging mares.

if i clear out my assignments maybe hahah

I suppose the story has to be written in May.

I'd love to enter however most of my stories suck so I will be passing on the contest.

Interesting. NOPE! I'm already in a contest and I know I can't write well, I don't need to be in another. Probably. Maybe. Fine, I'll consider doing it after I write my other contest story. Happy, me? Very.

Finally! An excuse to write my Daring x Boulder crackfic!

(That's only half a joke. Maud is also involved, so this particular idea is ineligible.)

Combinations of less well known and obscure charactes can lead to a lot of world building, next year giving variations that build on those, but how often are rare pairings between more well known characters?

Poor Stephen Magnet. Up the river without a mudpack?:duck:

2. Your story may not include any of the following: ...Anon

{unpopularhottake}Oh, thank Sun.{/commentdownvotesincoming}

Oh, a writing contest where the focus is on obscure character pairings?

GEE, I WONDER HOW YOU CAME UP WITH THAT IDEA?!

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Next month, we're going on a quest for the six treasures of the Elements!

So I guess that means I can't use my story 'Turn Around, Flutters', huh?

Any restriction on the rating? And does the story have to primarily be a romance, or can that be a subplot of a story in a different genre?

Dang, I just had an idea for one a few days ago. Guess I have a reason to get working on it.

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It can be rated whatever you'd like, and it doesn't need to be romance. You can use whatever genre you'd like so long as the pairing is original. :raritywink:

I just had an extremely silly idea thanks to this. Time to crank out another oneshot, then!

Would Coluratura and applejack be Eligible? Feel like they’re right right on the line of yay or neigh

Would Button Mash be an acceptable character to include?

Cool idea for a contest! Definitely tempted by this.

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I would say nay, just because there are already plenty of Coloratura stories that also use Applejack.

I do like doing this kind of thing once in a while, so sure, why not, this might be fun.

Just a quick question though, is there someone we can try running specific combinations by if we think of one sometime in the middle of the month? I know you said to use our best judgement, and I like that, but I was curious about certain cases of ones that seemingly came and went. Like, I was thinking of doing a Sandbar x Ocellus thing a couple months ago. I'm familiar it had traction for a while early on, but was pretty much sunk after Yonabar became a thing.

You know, Rainbow Dash and Moondancer would make sense, considering how much RD and Twi get shipped together.

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PM me if you'd like to run specific pairing ideas. :twilightsmile:

Can we make up our own shippings or are we supposed to use the ones on the blog?

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You're encouraged to come up with your own! :pinkiesmile:

Sounds fun.

I'm always interested in donating to good causes.

I can probably donate $50-$75 a week till the end of the contest.

Can I write something Equestria girls? or is it just the main series?

Also do I need to link this post?

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That would be amazing! PM me for details if you'd like to donate to the winners.

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Equestria Girls is totally acceptable. It's encouraged that you link either this blog post or the announcement on the Original Pairings group found here.

I should consider myself fortunate that I neglected to write that [Redacted] x [Redacted] story I’ve had in my head for years until now.

Out of curiosity, does R63 count as canon?

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Yup. It's OK so long as their regular counterparts are an original pair.

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Since I sort of threw it out there anyway, is the whole Sandbar and Ocellus thing okay? Or is that a nay?

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I was originally going to say no, just because they're both part of the Young 6, but after doing a little bit of research, I found that there are currently zero stories on fimfiction that focus solely on Sandbar and Ocellus. So yeah, you can use those two if you want!

So does this contest require us to ship the two characters we use, or can they just be in any kind of story?

Does it need to be a romantic ship?

I can think of a few ponies I’d pair platonically to tell a story (Maud and Vinyl Scratch reminiscing about their university days, for example), but I wouldn’t wanna go against the spirit of the contest.

I see that it can be any genre, but just to be completely clear, the pairing itself doesn't have to be romantic?

I don't know if I'll enter but I love random ships, so if I don't end up entering I wish you all luck.

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Any kind of story. It doesn't have to be romance.

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Noice! I've got a few non-ship pairings in mind that I can wrangle into stories.

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I can't wait to see them! :twilightsmile:

In a flash of serendipity, I wrote a one-shot today to slam one more entry into DLS's contest before it ends that totally qualifies (Gilda/Ember). Can stories be in multiple contests?

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Yup! Just as long as they're written in May, it's totally fine. (It'd also be nice if you could put in the long description that you wrote for this contest too)

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