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  • 6 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest

    Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

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  • 35 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 · 5,899 views
  • 39 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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  • 40 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 · 5,086 views
  • 49 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 · 5,224 views
  • 53 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 · 6,923 views
  • 59 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 · 5,124 views
  • 68 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 · 4,015 views
  • 68 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 · 3,601 views
  • 70 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 · 2,835 views
May
3rd
2021

Competition » May 2021 Pairing Contest · 3:35pm May 3rd

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?

If you were here last year, everything is basically going to be the same. If not, 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 Rainbow Dash and Octavia is OK, but not a story that focuses on Octavia and Vinyl Scratch.
5. All entries must be finished by May 31st. If it isn't completed by the deadline, it will be disqualified. :fluttershyouch:

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 all kinds of different species, 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. (If I can find 5+ stories that utilize ONLY your two character tags, however, your story might be disqualified)

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.

So it doesn't need to be a romance?

Correct. It can be a comedy, horror, adventure, whatever you'd like! (And of course, romance if you'd prefer.)

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 2021 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. *wink wink nudge nudge*

How many stories may I submit?

A maximum of 2 stories.

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

Sorry, but we're only going to accept stories written between May 1st, 2021 and May 31st, 2021. Remember, even 1k words stories have a chance of winning 1st place!

How will these stories be judged?

Every story submitted will be graded 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! If you have any further questions, please feel free to DM PRlNCESS CADENCE. I can't wait to read your stories! :twilightsmile:

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Comments ( 106 )
Comment posted by PixelatedPerson deleted May 3rd

A story writing challenge? I am intrigued by this. I haven't taken part in a contest before XD I think I will. Can I get a link to the Original Parings group as well?

I have some questions.

Should the story only be part of the MLP:FiM tag, or can it be Equestria Girls too?
And can we combine both MLP:FiM and EqG at one story?

Do our pairings have to be a couple all the way through? Or can we write coming together and/or breakup stories?

I have a couple old ones which might apply. Would you accept them? How do I submit?

I also have a question, hopefully an easy one - when you say “no OCs”, is it safe to assume that just refers to main characters of the story, but if for example I need a waiter-pony or a librarian pony or something, it’s fine?

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She did say they won't accept old ones. They have to be written from May 1st 2021 to May 31st. Nothing older.

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

Sorry, but we're only going to accept stories written between May 1st, 2021 and May 31st, 2021. Remember, even 1k words stories have a chance of winning 1st place!

I belive this excerpt answers your question. :twilightsmile:

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it's explained in rule 1

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.

It would be very hard to do otherwise and would be a separate challenge in and of itself

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FAQ #3

"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 all kinds of different species, so if you can make it work, I'd love to see it!

So. anyone goes, so long as their established canon.

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OK, thank you for telling!

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Okay, just wanted to check how that rule interacted with the “no OCs” rule. Though now that I think on it it’s not like there aren’t enough background ponies to fill pretty much any role I might want anyway...

Oh wow that sounds pretty fun for anybody who will do this I can't wait to see this how everybody write their story

And not only that it's kind of reminds me of this whole friends forever comic which I've always liked to see how odd pair works out

PRINCESS CADENCE is a hero for running this contest again :twilightsmile:

For anyone asking, this is the group associated with the contest. There's a bit more info there.

https://www.fimfiction.net/group/214077/original-pairings

Time for background ponies! :derpytongue2:

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https://www.fimfiction.net/group/214077/original-pairings
Right over here. :twilightsmile:

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FiM and EqG are both acceptable.

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They don't necessarily need to be a couple. It can be romance if you want, but the main idea is to use two characters who we never see interact with each other as the two main characters.

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Of course. As long as the OC isn't one of the main characters, that will be fine.

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Comic characters are fine so long as you make it to where people who haven't read the comic will be able to understand what's going on. Also, if you use a comic character, it would help giving us a little background about who that character is. (And of course, if there's a crossover within the comics--such as Optimus Prime--they wouldn't be permissible characters)

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No, YOU are! :pinkiesmile:

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Thanks! Got it! :twilightsmile:

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They don't necessarily need to be a couple. It can be romance if you want, but the main idea is to use two characters who we never see interact with each other as the two main characters.

Okay, cool! Yeah, not entirely sure which direction I want to go yet, but the word "pairings" is kinda messing me up, lol!

I'm interested. Gotta think of something really good, though! Are there prizes, or is this strictly a bragging rights contest?

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I'm sorry. I was a little preoccupied when I read it. :twilightblush:
I earned that thumbs down I got (and probably any that follow):eeyup:

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It was originally for bragging rights up until Dezmo decided to be super generous and donate to the winners. :rainbowlaugh: Now first place is $100, second place is $60, and third place is $40.

please don't write an entire encyclopedia on the comprehensive history of Equestria

We already got that with Pinkie Pie.

What about M/M?

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That would be fine, so long as the pairing is unique. Creativity is the most important part. :twilightsmile:

Dude, this is gonna be so cool! Can’t wait to see all the different pairings!

I’m afraid the one on the top-right and top left are straight up pedophilia. I’d suggest you to remove it.

Edit: I thought it was supposed to be a shipping contest though, just a translation mistake, what the fuck guys?

Is there a limit on the rating...?

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Any rating is fine. Last year we had one E-rated two T-rated stories in the top 3, but M-rated stories are also judged equally.

GaPJaxie #34 · 1 week ago · · 19 ·

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Yeah it should be removed.

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TIL that teachers are pedophiles for being within 500 miles of a child

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I mean, this isn't a shipping contest, It's a pairing contest. It's basically a contest to see who makes a good story of two characters paired together. The rules straight up said it doesn't have to be romance...

So. What about parings that are canonically sound, but aren't addressed much. I'm thinking specifically about Toola Roola and Coconut Cream here -- like definitely friends, definitively some potential stores there, but there are only 12 stories that use both tags.

I think, given what those stories that use both tags are, I should make it clear I'm not aiming to write foalcon here. :trixieshiftleft:

Or Sky Wishes and Star Catcher if I wanted to go into even deeper lore. :twilightsmile:

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I'd say to stay away from that specifically because when you think of Toolaroola, you think of Coconut Cream. Even if it were something like Coconut Cream and Sweetie Belle, that's a way to go outside the box and try something new without it being too much of a stretch.

That picture is just....what?:rainbowderp:

WIL_I_ZIN #41 · 1 week ago · · 1 ·

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Mentor
Teacher
Father figure
Guide
Cohort

Theres are the few of many types of relationships that it could be. The fact you immediately went to explicit shows more of your own inner mind though projection.

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I managed to finagle an Alicorn of Death out of a background pony, so anything else is probably easier. That's actually sort of the point of background ponies, isn't it? To fill minor positions that you don't have an actual character for?

You in need of judges?

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We have all our judges already picked out, but I appreciate you offering. :pinkiesmile:

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The best part is how you're both perfectly fine with Cozy/Derpy.

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Dammit I didn't even see that.

That's fucked up.

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Mate, you clearly don't see the part in the contest rules that clearly states that it doesn't have to be romance, do ya?

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I can see how you'd see "pairing" and assume it's romance, so in that context yeah it'd be gross. But down further it says it can be any genre so it's all good, as long as people don't start writing a starswirl/young diamond romance :unsuresweetie:

It took me a sec to remember that pairing isn't necessarily shipping. You scared the crap out of me fam

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