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  • 75 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.

    Rules

    "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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  • 78 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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  • 97 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 royalcanterlotlibrary.net 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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  • 98 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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  • 130 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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  • 151 weeks
    Galacon

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

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  • 156 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:

    Brony.com and MLP BOX have launched the first in a series of "Design a MLP T-shirt" contests over on Brony.com.  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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  • 162 weeks
    Patreon & Survey Follow Up

    First of all, reminder that we have a Patreon you can find at https://www.fimfiction.net/patreon . 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
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    • Animated avatars
    • Avatar border frames
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    • Higher tier patreon rewards that let you “gift” premium?
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    • Banners
    • Automatic day/night theme selector
    • Free advertising slots?

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  • 176 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

    Goals

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  • 181 weeks
    Happy New Year

    Have a good 2018.

    - From everyone on the team.

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Jun
1st
2021

Site Post » Reunions: A Swapped Roles Contest! · 2:40pm June 1st

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!

This year's theme is reunions. It will run throughout the entire month of June, in the BST (UTC +1) timezone.

But what is a roleswap?
A roleswap is a fanfic that takes place in an alternate universe where canon characters have each other’s roles, but are still otherwise themselves. For example, a fanfic where Spike is the Element of Magic and Twilight Sparkle is his assistant - but Spike is still a plucky, young dragon and Twilight is still a bookish, older pony - would count as a roleswap.

Roleswaps are not to be confused with other kinds of swaps, such as gender (Spike is a dragoness and Twilight is a stallion), personality (Spike is bookish and Twilight is plucky), species (Spike is a pony and Twilight is a dragon), age (Spike is older and Twilight is younger), or body (Twilight screws up a spell that makes her switch bodies with Spike for a day). However, these can overlap with roleswaps. (eg: If you wanted to swap the Crusaders with their sisters, it would be logical to swap their relative ages as well.)

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, feel free to use my roleswap generator! If you’re not sure if your idea counts as a roleswap, don’t be afraid to ask!

Rules and Guidelines

  • Entries will be judged not only by their quality as stories (grammar, coherency, etc.), but also on their originality. Celestia turned evil instead of Luna? Nah. That’s been done to death. Octavia is the Element of Magic? Daring Do is the captain of the Wonderbolts? Twilight hatched Smolder during her entrance exam? Now you’re talking!
  • Unlike last year’s contest, you’re allowed to write sequels, prequels, and side-stories to existing roleswap fanfics this time. However, they must introduce and focus on a roleswap that hasn’t appeared in that continuity before. If it’s a continuation of someone else’s story, remember to ask them for permission!
  • Only one entry per person. They must be written specifically for the contest, published no earlier than the starting date, link to one of the announcement posts in the long description, and be added to the contest folder in the Swapped Roles group
  • No M-rated entries, crossovers, humans in Equestria, or ponies on Earth.
  • You can write entries based on other My Little Pony generation 4 media, such as the comics and Equestria Girls.
  • There’s no word limit, but please make sure you can finish your entry on time. Unfinished entries will be disqualified.

Judges

Prizes

  1. $40. This will be sent through PayPal.
  2. Art of your choice from RayneTheSkunk. He'll only draw up to two characters with a simple background.
  3. A reading of your entry on my YouTube channel.

A reminder: all questions go to Nitro Indigo.

Okay guys let's have some fun.

Comments ( 47 )

I had an idea like this, though it would be a divergent path from the show rather than a complete alternate universe. Does that still count?

5528219 Yes. I'm pretty sure all roleswaps follow the "diverges from canon at some point" setup, as opposed to being complete AUs like Fallout: Equestria where the setting is fundamentally different.

What is a roleswap?

Well if theres a role swap, such as with Spike, more things would need to be swapped

Sounds cool.

Tried the generator. First result:

Princess Celestia ⇌ Princess Celestia on a typical day.

...
Could be interesting, but probably not in the spirit of the contest. :p

Looks like fun. If I wasn't dealing with so many things already, I'd join in.

5528222
People have different definitions of what AU means, so i ask to be sure

5528228 I don't know how to prevent duplicates from appearing.

5528223
It was literally explained in the post...

5528249
I'm swapping Aloe and Lotus and nopony can stop me :trollestia:

40$ that's some big money. Thats a whole short shift at McDonalds.

5528228
Be creative, Celestia and evil Celestia from the mirror universe swap places. :P

Oh damn, this sounds like fun! Am I allowed to write a story inspired by an image? Assuming I have the image's artest's permission, of course

5528456 That's... honestly less creative than swapping her with her normal self!

Swapping places with evil self is so well-known there's even a prog rock band named for it.

This seems interesting enough.

Well there goes my idea of using the Different View universe...

https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/802359/the-different-view-universe

In fact I don't think any of the aus I made will fit in so guess I'm out.

5528589
True but this is comic canon evil self instead of just her being an evil version of that universe of her. XD

5528355
Anyone wanna call dibs on swapping Flim and Flam? :rainbowlaugh:

Do you have to show both sides of a swap? Or can it just be one or more characters who have obviously exchanged roles with another? Also would swaping cultures count?

5528910 Yes to the first two questions. An alternate universe version of Discord features prominently in It Takes a Princess (an entry to last year's contest that was disqualified because it's unfinished), but the canon Discord doesn't appear at all.

As for your last question, I'm not sure. Please could you be more specific?

5528929
Say I reverse the nature of two cultures say Griffinstone and Mount Aries. So Hypogiffs are dirt poor fishermen for example and Griffinstone is still the shinning kingdom it once was, and this has a affect on how the story plays out. Or you could reverse the nature of the species; have Hypogiffs be greedy materialists while Griffons are more laid back in general.

5528953 Yeah, that counts. I sort-of did that in one of my fics, The Lost Fledgling of Griffonstone.

5528958
Great! Thanks for the help! :pinkiehappy:

Dibs on Swapping Flim and Flam with Aj and Big Mac!

Ack, that "reunions" theme has me stumped. I had "Cozy Glow and Diamond Tiara pre-S8" and "Sandbar and Twilight Sparkle pre-series" as options, but I don't think I could make a reunion work.

Oh well, I'll just have to think harder. Does sound like a really cool contest for an idea that I haven't seen much of, as compared to RGRE or transformation or something.

Have to ask: is there a time parameter on the swap? As in, can it be temporary or must it have always been like that, i.e. if I were to switch Derpy and Daring Do (that's a good one), is it allowed to be a temporary thing in normal canon, or must they have always been switched?

5528899
Maybe do a crossover with Bill and Ted, also swapped.

One last question. What about minor role swaps? Like you change one thing in the time line conceivably minor and yet that leads to massive changes between two character dynamics. Like a story that focuses on Pinkie Pie having become Discord's friend (as opposed to Fluttershy) but it's still very much Pinkie Pie as opposed to a full character swap.

5529195 That would still fit.

5529150

Have to ask: is there a time parameter on the swap? As in, can it be temporary or must it have always been like that, i.e. if I were to switch Derpy and Daring Do (that's a good one), is it allowed to be a temporary thing in normal canon, or must they have always been switched?

Roleswapping a single episode or other event is fine.

5529044
Go for it. I wouldn't have thought of that, but it sounds amazing!

I'm notoriously bad at finishing contests I enter, but I'm gonna try this one out! Maybe it'll help me get my creative horse-words flowing again!

When are entries due by? I can't find the due date on this page.

What would be the limit to how far these Roleswaps can go to be allowed?

For example, Let's say Celestia, Luna, Thorax and Pharynx swapped places. The Equestrians are ruled by tough, fair and good-intentioned Royal Brothers, while the Changelings are ruled by corrupt and evil versions of Luna and Celestia, and the two easily overthrew Chrysalis and took her place as rulers?

Not gonna enter this contest but here's a idea if people are struggling, feel free to use it.
Mlp Villains as the Element Bearers and the good guys. Chrysalis as Honesty. Discord as Laughter. Nightmare Moon as Loyalty. Tirek as Kindness. Cozy Glow as Generosity. And King Sombra as Magic.

And while the Villains are good guys, Twilight and her friends fill the role as Villains.

5529936 That sounds fine.

Interesting contest, might have to keep this in mind for motivating me to write again.
Two questions though: what about non-binary roleswaps? As in, role triangles or hypothetically role dodecahedrons? A in the role of B, B in the role of C and C in the role of A.
And is the theme "reunions" specified somehow? I'm a bit confused if it means reuniting with their counterpart in the other role, or with their canon versions, or something else?
(Edit: Would it count as a "reunion" of the roles for example if the swapped characters actually meet for the first time in the story?)

5529936
I like the idea, but "evil, corrupt versions of Luna and Celestia" feels like it's stretching the rules of the contest a little since the first rule specifically says

canon characters have each other’s roles, but are still otherwise themselves

. So if you'd want to go a serious route, making them Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker would probably be fine but having them look like Luna and Celestia and otherwise act nothing like themselves would probably against the spirit of the role swap concept.

Alternatively one could make it a comedic fic and have Luna and Celestia trying to rule a hive who is used to Queen Chrysalis.
("The blue one does do a lot of yelling but there's barely any threats or shooting magic at me. And the white one keeps calling me her little changeling. The old Queen didn't do that and she was literally my mother.")

Do we need to include both halves of the role-swap?
As in, if I were to swap two characters, would I need to include both of them in the story, or can I have just one?

I’m only asking because all the role-swaps I can find have both of the swapped characters.

I have an idea I'm planning for this contest. There are two ways I could write it, one of which is a retelling of Friendship Is Magic parts 1 and 2 to highlight the differences from canon. I see though that the first contest explicitly forbade those. This contest doesn't seem to actually specifically say that's not allowed, but would I be right in guessing that it's still going to be frowned upon?

This is a fun idea! :) Wish I had seen this earlier, but maybe I could still come up with something. Might be a good way for me to get started here. I know that the entry is due June 30th, but is there a time as well? I don't see it on here. Sorry if it's a redundant question. I'm still learning my way around this site, and a lot goes on here, lol.

Thank you. :)

How about Maud as the element of Harmony and Pinkie as the geologist? Has it been done to death yet?

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