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  • 32 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 · 5,277 views
  • 36 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 · 3,437 views
  • 36 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 · 4,541 views
  • 45 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 · 4,922 views
  • 49 weeks
    The May 2020 Pairing Contest

    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?

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    155 comments · 6,819 views
  • 55 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 · 5,081 views
  • 64 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 · 3,955 views
  • 64 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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    12 comments · 3,565 views
  • 66 weeks
    The Discovery – A Young Six Writing Contest

    Hello Everyone!

    We have the pleasure of sharing with you info for a contest featuring the Young Six. 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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    11 comments · 2,802 views
  • 67 weeks
    DLS’s Dirty Little Contest

    Hello Everyone!

    The latest contest we have to share with you comes from Dirty Little Secret and will focus on Mature stories. Below is a brief summary with a link to the full contest info. 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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    63 comments · 5,156 views
Mar
31st
2021

Competition » Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest · 2:26pm March 31st

Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

In this contest, adorable ponybots are coming to take you away to their digital Equestria! Writers have until April 30 to write any story based on Friendship is Optimal. If you're not familiar with that part of the fandom, the contest's announcement post provides a summary (below). The contest is tilted towards new writers, and they have prizes specifically for fanfic that needs more love.

PRIZES:

  • Every Winner -- Physical Copy of Competition Anthology
  • Best Story Overall -- $250 USD
  • Runner Up -- $100 USD
  • Best First-Time Writer -- $25 USD
  • Best Writer With <500 Followers -- $50 USD
  • (NEW) BEST ORIGINAL CONCEPT -- $50 USD
  • (NEW) BEST CHARACTERIZATION -- $50 USD
  • (NEW) BEST HAPPY STORY -- $50 USD

You can get all the details at the announcement post Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest, but for those of you who don't know what Friendship is Optimal is or why Sweetie Belle is a robot, I leave you with the contest runners summary:

For the purposes of this writing contest, the world of Friendship is Optimal has three essential features:

  1. An artificial intelligence called CelestAI uploads the minds of the entire human race to pony avatars in her simulated digital world of Equestria.
  2. Within digital Equestria, she does her best to give everyone a happy and fulfill their values. Depending on the sort of story you want to write, she may be perfect at this, or may slip up, but she always tries.
  3. “Fulfilling values” is not just giving everyone a nice house and infinite free hamburgers, but trying to find what makes them deeply spiritually satisfied as a person. For an academic, fulfilling their values might mean an eternity to study. For a hedonist, it might mean infinite sex and drugs. For a serial killer, it might lead to darker places.

Any story that fits these criteria is good. You don't have to read FiO or adhere to any kind of canon.

Don't be afraid to go far and wide with weird sci-fi ideas. You can write a wish-fulfillment story about someone getting the life they always wanted in a simulated world, or a horror story about the last human fleeing from pony robots. You can write a religious person who is worried their digital self has no soul, or put a pony on Zoom as someone who emigrated to Equestria tries to convince their friends to get uploaded with them.

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Comments ( 56 )

This sounds fascinating and I suddenly regret I've never actually read Friendship is Optimal. I shall add it to my RiL in time to remedy that problem.

I think I'll pass on the contest, though. While it sounds like a lot of fun, "The contest is tilted towards new writers", and I'd rather let them have the spotlight. Plus, I'm having enough trouble completing my own personal works to add another project to the list and delay BPH even longer.

How many stories can we submit? Do we only get one or as many as we want? Any rating? Word minimum/maximum? Any genre limitations? Clop for example. Since this is tilted towards new writers, would it be worth someone with more followers to submit to try for any of the prizes?

GaPJaxie #3 · 2 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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This sounds fascinating and I suddenly regret I've never actually read Friendship is Optimal. I shall add it to my RiL in time to remedy that problem.

Hooray!

I think I'll pass on the contest, though. While it sounds like a lot of fun, "The contest is tilted towards new writers", and I'd rather let them have the spotlight.

That just means we have prizes specifically for new authors. You won't be stealing anyone's spotlight if you join. Though of course, I'm biased because I'd like to have you. ^_^

GaPJaxie #4 · 2 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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This is all covered in the full contest post, but to answer quickly:

How many stories can we submit? Do we only get one or as many as we want?

As many as you want.

Any rating?

Any rating allowed.

Word minimum/maximum?

2k minimum, 12k maximum.

Any genre limitations? Clop for example.

No genre limitations, but the goal is interesting sci-fi, not just clop. So you can have mature of explicit content, but it should be in service of a story, not just for titilation.

5486867
Ah, silly BronyWriter pegasus missed that link. :twilightblush:
Didn't answer my last question, though.

5486869

Missed it!

Since this is tilted towards new writers, would it be worth someone with more followers to submit to try for any of the prizes?

Yes! We have $250 for best story overall, and $100 for runner up. :D

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*See "silly BronyWriter pegasus" comment.* :facehoof:

Fuck it, I'm writing something, it probably won't get done, though.

maaaaaaaaaaaaan i really wanna do this but i dont think my typa plot would work

It seems I might have 5 stories to balance soon. Granted, I am still new to writing, but I've been doing okay so far, I think, so I'll give this a go, even if I don't have an account where I can just randomly get money even if I do win something, probably not though

5486994

Oh? What did you have in mind?

5487011

Give it a shot! :D

I’m joining, but if I win, I am not getting a cash prize.

5487026

You are always free to pass, to donate your prize to others, etc.

5487021
Thanks! Okay, one question. From my understanding, ever pony will be a robot right? Are we allowed to introduce our own characters? (Speda Hooves, my Oc, and Tulpa for example)

5487031

You are certainly allowed to introduce your own characters! And "robots" is not quite right -- they're characters in a simulated world. Like The Matrix or Tron.

5487037
That makes a lot more sense, and makes it infinitely cooler. Well, I will be getting started soon then! Just gotta get chores done first, and then I'll start it up. I got a good plot in mind for it now

I wish I knew about this earlier.

Need some time to come up with an interesting idea and get some pony to edit/pre reader.
And such ideas must fit in a box of one to two chapters.
Sometimes it's easier said than done.

I might do this or just do a story in the FIO universe later.

5487028
I’d like to donate it to My Rainbow Dash (another user) then, and I do NOT want the physical copy please.

5487045

Win first, then worry about donating your prize. :D

5487044

I wish I knew about this earlier.

You've got more than a month until the due date! 31 days exactly. :D

5487019
something along the lines of a cop finding himself in simulated equestria, and just like the plot of all amazon prime tv shows, he falls victim to it for a while before rebelling and escaping

kinda like how Hanna ends

only problem is i never read friendship is optimal so not sure if i have the right idea

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You could totally write that. As long as it's a good story. :D

5487121
i dont know how the details would work, plus im not a great writer so dont get your hopes up there


what should i title it

5487121
It's alright if I introduce game mechanics in it right? Like inventory space, a hud for stats, stuff like that, and skills? Only small bits, or some big things here and there, but that's alright, right?

5487131

Yes, of course! Go nuts. :D

Sounds pretty interesting. How long until the deadline? I could make a small bit of an idea for this if possible, and are crossovers okay also?

5487144

Deadline is April 30th, and yes, crossovers are fine.

5487141
Thanks! Already got the introductory written up, just need to make some chapters!

5487141
Also, I messaged my friend about this, so they might want to join in on this too! Not a gurantee, because they still are in school, and barely have time to write their own stories, or side by side stories that's on the other side of mine

5487145
Is there any certain tags for identification that you'd want us to have in the story so it's easy to find?

5487158

This is in the contest rules in the original post!

Publish your story on FiMFiction by April 30th, and add it to the group Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest. If you're a first-time or underrated author, be sure to add your story to the relevant folders.

Hey sweetybot

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Thanks.
Well now, since I have some time, maybe I can do a story.

I always have so many ideas, but no idea how to actually make a decent story out of them...

5487320

We have mentors if you want someone to bounce ideas off!

Interesting but I'm gonna have to pass since i have zero knowledge in this field. Good luck to everyone else:heart:

I thought Sweetie Bot was from Friendship Is Witchcraft?

Comment posted by Bevon_1_Nub deleted April 1st

5487453

Shhhh. I'm hoping nobody else notices.

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Hey I got one more question. Do we have to refrain from publishing the story if we are writing chapters? Also is 2k to 12k the Word limit per Chapter, or for the entire story? Cuz I'd rather have more chapters with more words, than a short story xD

5487685

Well now EVERYONE'S gonna notice.

Word of advice: Someone points out something that only ruins your joke if everyone else notices, quietly delete their post instead of telling them to shut up.
😉👍

5487713

12K is the limit for the entire story. You can certainly write more after the contest if you want, but the thing you actually submit has to be 12K or less.

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Okay well darn. Oh well, guess I'll be writing more after the contest xD

Within digital Equestria, she does her best to give everyone a happy and fulfill their values.

Man, now I've got a craving for a good happy. Anyone know of a place to get one in midcoast Maine these days?

:trollestia:

So, does the digital Equestria have to be pure ponies, or can it be an alternate, anthro version of Equestria?

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