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  • Saturday
    StarTrixMaud Shipping Contest! 24 July - 31 August 2021

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


    source: dmann892

    Welcome!

    Hello, friends!

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    20 comments · 1,198 views
  • Friday
    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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    26 comments · 1,301 views
  • 8 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.


    Theme

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    56 comments · 7,413 views
  • 12 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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  • 16 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest

    Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

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    75 comments · 7,560 views
  • 46 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 · 6,357 views
  • 50 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 · 4,176 views
  • 51 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 · 5,351 views
  • 59 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 · 5,304 views
  • 64 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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Jul
8th
2021

Competition » The Pillars Shipping Contest · 3:56pm July 8th

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! 

The purpose of this contest is to get more stories featuring not only the Pillars, but romantic stories with these underused characters as well.

Rules:

  1. All entries must have a romantic relationship between a Pillar and another character or characters. 
  2. Stories must be published on FimFiction between July 1st midnight Pacific and August 1st midnight Pacific. 
  3. One submission is allowed per author. The word cap of this contest is set at 15,000 words. 
  4. Submissions will be sent through the Rare Pairings Pillars Shipping Contest folder. Make sure to join the group and submit!
  5. Stories of any rating (E, T, or M) are allowed, and again the word cap is 15,000 words. Mature fics are allowed, but not required. 


    Finally, on July 11th, 2:00 to 3:00 Pacific time, there will be a Pillars Shipping Speedwrite contest on the Quills and Sofas Speedwriting server! NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS CONTEST, but is a great tool nonetheless. You will need a discord account and a reddit if you wish to participate. Feel free to check it out here

    Prizes:

    I am pleased to announce that thanks to an anonymous donor, a total of $250 is available for the winners as follows:

    1st place: $125
    2nd place: $75
    3rd place: $50

    And that’s pretty much all you need to know! Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Red Parade either on fimfic or through discord at @RedParade#0909. 

    On a final note, remember to direct contest questions here. Hope to see y’all there! 
     

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Comments ( 29 )

Ooh, that's interesting! I actually wrote a story shipping Flash Magnus with Rainbow Dash a few years back (here's a link for anyone curious), so there's definitely potential for some quality stories from this contest. Hopefully I'll be able to write something if I have the time to contribute.

Welp.

Cracks fingers

'ere we go!

Honestly, my personal favorite ship involving the Pillars is Flash Magnus x Somnambula. I wish there were more stories of them.

God, this will be great! I can’t wait to see all the different ways Somnambula gets her orfices invaded.

Sounds interesting, might take a crack at it with Somnambula.

If you have any questions feel free to reply to this post or contact me directly! Looking forwards to reading the entries!

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 was going to make a joke about the possible relationship between those two things, but then I remembered the sheer number of Twilestia fics. Still, Mistmane actually looks the part and that's nearly as much of a problem for some people as Star Swirl being a massive jerk is for others.

I was then about to make a point about the culture-shock that would have to be approached in the narrative, but then I remember that this time it's Luna who proves that's not an issue, but then I remember that most of those had it carry the story in its own right and didn't necessarily leave too much room for romance. Yeah, it'd take a better writer than I to pull that off unless you're shipping them with each other.

🌝✨My prayers have been awesnered!!!✨

Is stygian part of the group to write about?

5551809

Yep!

  1. The Pillar you choose must be at least one of the following: Somnambula, Mistmane, Meadowbrook, Rockhoof, Flash Magnus, Starswirl, or Stygian. Writing an AU where the Main Six are the Pillars and shipping them with each other is not allowed; that defeats the purpose of getting the Pillars more stories.

5551813
I presume the flipside of that AU is fair game? I'm not going to write it, but spitballing ideas for other people was the extent of what I ended up doing the last time I "participated" in a contest...

5551819

Yeah, Pillars as the main six would be cool if anyone does that!

5551820
Question: Would characters such as the ones in the Hearths Warming Eve play be up for shipping with the Pillars?

I should not take on more stories than I'm already working on but I feel a sense of professional obligation to consider this :trixieshiftleft:

5551873
heck yeah

-scurries off to drawing board-

Reminder that half of them are younger than they look.

Forget the 1000 year time displacement, that makes romance awkward by itself.

5552051
The temporal displacement makes everything awkward, though. Unless of course you decide to do something like 5551855 is implying and set it pre-banishment.

5552051
Especially Mistmane. Shes truly a young mare under her aged appearance. But then, she also has a wisdom beyond her years, so no wonder most people forget.

I wonder which pillars will be the most common. My guess would be Somnabula > Flash > Meadowbrook > Rockhoof > Stygian > Starswirl > Mistmane, but I might be surprised. Maybe this will have the surge of Twiswirl stories I was expecting to emerge after Shadow Play.

5552053

Even then you have a case of Mistmane looking like an old lady despite being a young adult-ish in age, Rockhoof looking like a Chad despite being a lanky bean boy teen, or Starswirl looking like a wizened old man despite suffering from magic burnout like Mistmane.

5552493
Star Swirl being younger than he looks is of questionable canonicity, given how much of the rest of the Journal has been retconned by the seasons that came after it. Even in Horse Play, which depicts events very similar to that listed in the Journal regarding the sun raising, explains that Starswirl continued to raise the sun just fine until Celestia took over (albeit with the help of other unicorns), while IIRC in the Journal he stopped doing it after the time he tried it on his own and got aged.

Starswirl calls himself very old in the show, making the aging thing unlikely to still be true.

Does the relationship have to be the main focus, or is it alright if the focus is on something that is enabled by the relationship existing in the first place (like, uh, Rockhoof and Ember having a contest of strength because they both want to prove themselves to the other, causing a fair bit destruction in the process)?

Also, does the "must have a romantic relationship" limit it to being a happy relationship, or does that also include more strained relationships (fights happen, one person is having doubts, break-up might happen and etc...)?

5553750

That example would be fine as long as you clarify that it is in fact a romantic relationship.

Romantic does not mean it has to be a happy relationship: stories about the other side or romance would be acceptable.

Hope that helps!

Does relationship between Pillars counts? Also could it be set in times before their disappearance and/or an alternative universe with them?
As I had some idea of that kind (not sure If I will realize it but I decided to ask just in case).
5551738
That was my paring idea actually. And that they have children before banishment...

I decided to give up the challenge. As I was writing the fiction I noticed that it would be a long story, and since I couldn't find time to even editi properly to even write it all the chapters. I decided to finish the fiction in my own time.

5557820

Does relationship between Pillars counts?

Yup!

Also could it be set in times before their disappearance and/or an alternative universe with them?

Yup! The AU characters have to be the pillars themselves though, no Twilight and Rarity swapped in for pillars.

5558283
Oh, I definitely meant pillars as themselves(Mane 6 swapped for Pillars is a VERY weird idea imo and I don't get why anybody would want to go with that...). This alternative universe just doesn't follow most of the chronological info established after season 6 (or outside the series itself). All characters are pretty much as they were, there are just some added.
So with the pillars, it goes pretty much as it originally was - near the foundation of Equestria after events from Hearts Warming Eve play... just the royal sisters were born far later and never meet the Starswirl or the other Pillars, as Equestria (or more precisely the III Kingdom of Equestria actually) has 2 alicorn ruler before them...
But well, considering just slightly more than a week left and I would have to translate it too, not o mention the story itself isn't fully crystallized. Actually, the only thing I already have as sure is that Flash Magnus and Somnanbula would be a couple, and they'd have a son, which happens to become an important historical figure of Equestria's military. So most likely I'm not gonna make it in time for the contest (When I lastly looked at the deadline I miscalculate and thought it's more time.)

The contest has been extended by a week! The new deadline is August 8th at midnight Pacific.

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