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  • Monday
    The EqG Anniversary Spring Fling Contest

    Hey, hey, everybody! We've got something to say!

    The changing of the seasons is upon us, and love is in the air! And it’s up to you to choose who’s getting together!

    Yes, it’s time for a good old-fashioned shipping contest, just in time for us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movie and the Equestria Girls series as a whole. For this contest, your assignment is to take a character introduced in the first EqG movie – including Sunset Shimmer, the Humane Five, Flash Sentry, and even background characters like Micro Chips or Cherry Crash – and write a romance about them.

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    46 comments · 1,469 views
  • 3 weeks
    Arboreal Yearnings Contest I: "I'd like to be a tree..."

    The most up to date version of this contest's rules is at https://www.fimfiction.net/group/216891/arboreal-yearnings-id-like-to-be-a-tree-fluttershy-said/forum. Please ask your questions there.

    Welcome to the Contest

    In my extremely UNscientific survey, stories about Fluttershy wanting to be a tree receive more than a hundred likes each, 'on average.' (I took the average over all the stories in the "Arboreal Yearnings" group.)

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    9 comments · 2,904 views
  • 3 weeks
    Science Fiction Contest II (2023 Feb 05 - Apr 02)

    commissioned from: cereal

    It's happening again!

    About a year ago, a certain Science Fiction Contest transpired on this website. So many amazing stories were written for it that even the extensive results post was not enough to recognize them all.

    Let's see if we can do it again!

    From the moment you personally read this post, until 2023 Apr 02, the Science Fiction Contest II is officially open for submissions!

    What is Science Fiction?

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    63 comments · 3,841 views
  • 21 weeks
    Choices: A Species Change Contest [November 2022]

    Greetings, Fimfiction! You can call me Nitro Indigo, and you may recognise me from the roleswap contests I ran in 2020 and 2021. This year, I’ve decided to do something a little different: a species change contest. But first, you might be wondering:

    What is a species change?
    A species change is an alternate universe where characters have been different species for their whole lives (that is, not transformed). They can range from just one character being different, to the entire cast. This also includes ponies being changed to different tribes.

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    63 comments · 9,303 views
  • 21 weeks
    M/M Shipping Contest II: 2022 Oct 09 - Dec 11

    commissioned from: daOtterGuy

    Guess who's back?

    It's us! About a year ago, we had an site contest for stories about stallions (species-neutral term) kissing other stallions (species-neutral term). And it was a great success! We received so many amazing stories that, winner or not, all contributed to the wonderful experience of reading them.

    So of course we're doing it again this year!

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    29 comments · 6,667 views
  • 28 weeks
    Ancestral Tribute Contest

    Ancestral Tribute

    As the saying goes, everyone is someone’s child. Unfortunately, sometimes that means the parents don’t get much time in the spotlight. The latest contest from FanOfMostEverything (that’s me!) aims to correct that.

    The prompt is fairly straightforward: Write a story starring one or more parents without their children. Now, this isn’t license to just write Pinkie because Li’l Cheese exists. “Parents” is here defined as those whose primary narrative role in pony canon was raising one or more other characters. (Note that biological parenthood is not required. If you have a Lofty and Holiday idea that missed the deadline for Bicyclette’s contest a few months ago, now’s your second chance for glory. Though the judging will be all the harsher given the longer prep time.)

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    48 comments · 7,864 views
  • 35 weeks
    3rd Annual Cozy Glow Short Story Contest

    As we all know, no filly was as determined; as steadfast; as laser-focused on achieving her goals as Cozy Glow. Undeterred by Tartarus, brutal physical and magical assaults, avalanches, and universal contempt, she battled on to fall only to the combined might of all of Equestria.

    We can do no better than to emulate her fortitude. Through two years of global pandemic we uplifted her, and in these times of economic uncertainty we will uplift her again. The Cozy Glow group is delighted to present the third annual short story contest!


    All stories must:

    -Adhere to the site rules

    -Be between 2.5k and 15k words in length.

    -Contain Cozy Glow as a central character and be classifiable under one of the prompts.

    -Be written in English.

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    36 comments · 7,824 views
  • 46 weeks
    May Pairings Contest 2022!

    Hello everyone!

    May is nearly upon us, and with its return comes a celebrated tradition. That’s right: once again, it is time for May Pairings. 

    What is the May Pairings Contest?

    If you don’t know, the May Pairings contest is all about original, rare, or unique ships that aren’t afraid to explore unique dynamics between characters. This means that stories about Lyra and Bon Bon, Vinyl and Octavia, or Rarity and Twilight wouldn’t qualify. Rather, we want to see stories about Autumn Blaze and Lemon Hearts! Daring Do and Treehugger! Octavia and Applejack! You get the picture.

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    64 comments · 11,208 views
  • 60 weeks
    Story contest: Who Crossed Over My Little Pony? (1/19/22 -- 4/1/22)

    There's a lot of ways we could describe MLP. A passion. A casual interest. The reason why most of us are here and yes, I said most. But ultimately, it's a cartoon. Animation. Still images which change slightly from frame to frame, creating the illusion of movement. And in that, it's one among many. One more example of an art that's been around for over a century. And some of the writers on this site like to take that cartoon and cross it over with other properties.

    All I'm doing is giving you a direction. If you want to enter this contest, then you'll have an extensive choice of IPs to cross over with. Extensive, and... if you do it right, if you're trying to win -- maybe just a little... looney.

    Who Crossed Over My Little Pony? story contest

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    89 comments · 16,453 views
  • 62 weeks
    Crackship Contest: 2022 Jan 06 - Mar 03

    commission from the amazing Shaslan


    Hello friends!

    Have you ever read a fic that romantically paired two characters you couldn't imagine ever interacting, much less dating? And then were blown away by how well the author made it work? Well, that is crackships, baby! And that is what this contest will be about, until 2022 March 03.

    Of course, picking two random characters, declaring that they're in love for no discernible reason, and then calling it a day isn't quite what we are looking for!


    Entries will be considered and rated based on a few metrics, including the creativity of every ship, how the ship itself is handled, and the dynamic and characterization.

    Creativity of the Ship

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Competition » Science Fiction Contest! 11 Nov 2021 - 06 Jan 2022 · 4:10pm Nov 16th, 2021

source: commission from daOtterGuy


Hello friends!

I've been doing some thinking. Wouldn't it be nice if there were more works exploring the ramifications of scientific ideas and technological innovations through stories about pastel-colored magic horses?

Well, that is what this contest is for! Over the next eight weeks, until 2022 January 06, let's write some great science fiction!


Note that all prize amounts will be sent by PayPal. If you are unable to receive money by PayPal, I, Bicyclette, will try my very best to arrange an alternative that works for you, but please be aware that it may not work out.

Thanks to me, Bicyclette, we have a total prize pool of $250!

The top three winners will gain the following in American Dollars:

  • First Place: $80
  • Second Place: $55
  • Third Place: $35

Entries will be judged on two metrics: concept execution and characterization. To highlight standouts, we will also give the following prizes:

  • Best Concept Execution: $20
  • Best Characterization: $20

In addition, each judge will bestow a Judge Prize of $10 on any entry of their choosing.


Please keep in mind that judges are not allowed to preread, edit, or discuss any entries with the author before the contest results are released! In addition, judges are asked to withhold commenting on entries until after the release of contest results.


  1. All entries must include the Sci-Fi tag.
  2. Stories will be judged on both concept execution and characterization.
  3. Stories can be rated M, but if so, please contact me, Bicyclette, before submission to make sure it's within what the judges are good with reading.
  4. Stories based in Equestria Girls and MLP:ANG (G5) are allowed
  5. Stories from a specific fandom multiverse (e.g. Friendship is Optimal) are allowed as long as they can be understood without having read the original. The same spirit applies to AUs, crossovers, sequels, and side stories.
  6. OCs are allowed, with the same caveat as above.
  7. The deadline is 1900 06/01/2022 UTC-5:00 (7:00PM of January 06, 2022, EST). Stories must be published and completed by this time in order to qualify.
  8. There is no minimum wordcount, but the maximum is 20kw. If you feel this is too restrictive, please contact me, Bicyclette, to discuss a possible exception.
  9. You may submit as many fics as you want to the contest! However, each person may only win one prize.
  10. If you are a new writer and your entry ends up stuck in the moderation queue, please contact me, Bicyclette, to avoid being disqualified for this.
  11. Submissions will be collected in the Science Fiction Contest Submissions folder. Feel free to join the group and place it in yourself!
  12. If you feel like your idea, despite technically meeting all these rules, might go against what we might reasonably expect from a good-faith entry, or if you have any questions or want to clarify anything, please don't be afraid to discuss it with me, Bicyclette! The last thing we want is for you to spend a lot of time working on an entry and then have it not qualify at the end. We understand there will always be corner cases to consider.
  13. For legal and job reasons of myself, any submission under the same account as fics that would be illegal to publish in the nation of Australia (a certain subset of pornographic material) are disqualified. This is the only requirement based on factors outside of the actual submission itself.

That's it!

Good luck!

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Comments ( 47 )

Finally I get to live every writer's dream: participating in a contest by sitting in judgement of others without having to write anything myself!

You get to live this writer's nightmare: having to formulate an objectively valuable artistic opinion (as opposed to just assigning points based on dry sarcastic wit and well-executed puns) on other people's work, and having to push oneself into doing something productive within a short timeframe without getting your own shiny new story to show for it at the end.

I wish you best of luck and much fun with it though though. I will be doing my own judgmental-ing over here in that shadowy corner. Quietly to myself, using a pun-based points system.

I formulate objectively valuable artistic opinions for breakfast.

Or... something.

Quick clarification question: are pre-existing works eligible, or do they need to be brand-new stories?

Against my better judgement, I'm tossing my hat into the ring. See you later, folks.

new stories, please.

That's what I thought as soon as I asked. Thanks! :twilightsmile:

Well, I do have a G5 sci-fi story idea that's in the planning stage. This is all the motivation I need to finish it.

Dumb question - I assume this would have to be a new fic we write?

Posh #11 · Nov 16th, 2021 · · 1 ·
  1. For legal and job reasons of myself, any submission under the same account as fics that would be illegal to publish in the nation of Australia (a certain subset of pornographic material) are disqualified. This is the only requirement based on factors outside of the actual submission itself.


Wouldn't anything involving magic count as science in mlp, as magic itself has already been extensively studied and turned into a science? :rainbowderp:

Posh #13 · Nov 16th, 2021 · · 1 ·

5607920 Bike would be the person to ask, but I think it depends on how it’s presented and framed.

Sci-Fi is very broad genre. Are we limited specifically to stories about tech, or can we reach beyond? Like... Classic Twilight Zone stuff. Aliens and what have you?

Fallout equestria is a pretty good look at what could happen if you gave ponies guns

Likely foalcon stories, not that Bicyclette would tell you which ones disqualify you. As it stands that means I can't participate in any of their contests.

where is that image from ?

The source is actually listed in the post. It was commissioned from daOtterGuy.

yes, science fiction is not limited to technology! we are looking more for how well stories deal with science fiction themes, and not necessarily about technology, stories dealing with aliens or extradimensional beings and such would qualify, as would stories about hard magic systems, alternate physics, or even just proven scientific theories in the context of a world in any time or place. just keep in mind that we are grading on both concept execution and characterization!

I'm tempted to try... a sequel to my story 'Horse Play'. Gives me something to think about.

we could certainly use more sci-fi 😃

it's really fun

that's great to hear! good luck with writing your entries!

yes, it has to be published between the start date (11 Nov) and the end date

definitely do consider it! sequels are welcome as long as they can be understood without having to read the original

definitely! which is why i am spending all this money on a contest lol

I am interested in the contest but science-fiction isn’t really up my alley. The best I can do is have a bit of science fiction in the story. Do you know what other contest you’ll be doing after or have you not decided?

I got a question, in lines of the genre of Sci-Fi; would anything Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Terminator, Steampunk-estic apply to this contest?

the one right after this one will be crackshipping, most likely
yes, those would count, but remember that crossovers should be able to be understood and enjoyed without having read or seen the source material!

Okay, just wanted to check. Thank you

why nobody talking about the cute Spike Moon?

it is great! as are the Pie sister moons and the Scootlaoo comet, daOtterGuy did really great work here

I assume because of the max word limit multi-chapter stories are good to go?

I just wanna know who got butthurt so bad they downvoted everyone on this post.

Damn. Was going to submit my most recently completed story.

This sounds interesting, so I'm going to give it a shot.

I'm sorta new here, but interested. I might give it a shot. One thing though, where do I submit the story?

if you look at the post above, there's a link to the group where you can submit the story

Ok. Thanks :twilightsmile:

The down-votes are probably from people who are:

A: Too dumb to understand sci-fi stories.
B: Have zero writing talent, so they are filled with impotent rage and jealousy whenever they see a contest pop up.
C: Sad little trolls with nothing better to do.
or most likely
D: all of the above.

Lets see how many down-votes this comment gets. :ajsmug:

So far no one has downvoted you :ajsmug:

But as for B, "Zero writing talent", I would say that it's not that they have no talent at all, but that they didn't spend enough time practising their writing. After all, skill is obtained, not bestowed.

So, an encouragement to new or amateur writers like myself, just keep practising. I heard a quote: 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.

Also passion. Gotta be passionate about what you write. :twilightsmile:

(*Lets his mind wander a moment... then has a brilliant idea....*)
Oh, yes..... I think I can manage something.....

I still havent gotten a scifi idea XD, time running out

AAAAND POSTED! Best of luck, Everypony!

I've never posted any writing of mine, but I'll give it a shot here!

Welcome to the site! The moderation queue for new authors' works can sometimes take a few days to post. Make sure to submit your story a few days in advance of the deadline or, if you wait until close to the deadline and the story has not yet posted, you may wish to note rule 10:

10. If you are a new writer and your entry ends up stuck in the moderation queue, please contact me, Bicyclette, to avoid being disqualified for this.

Good luck to everypony! This contest is right up my alley but disability is preventing me from entering. I'll be in the G5 competition ending in a few days, though.

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