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  • 8 weeks
    M/M Shipping Contest! 16 Sep - 11 Nov 2021

    Welcome!

    Hello friends!

    It's time to show some love to the many wonderful male characters we have seen throughout the run of our beloved show, and the G5 movie! And what's the best way to do this? By getting them onboard the S.S. Romance, of course!

    So welcome, one and all, to the M/M Shipping Contest! Before November 11, 8PM EDT, your only duty is to take two (or more!) of your favorite stallions (or drakes, or dudes of any species!) to Shiptown. Maybe they're falling in love? Maybe they're saving the world together? Maybe they're facing a tragic separation? In all the forms a story about the love between stallions can take, we are here to celebrate it together.

    Oh, and there are a bunch of prizes, too!

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    30 comments · 4,452 views
  • 9 weeks
    Sunset Shimmer x Sunset Shimmer Contest (October 1, 2021 to October 28, 2021.)

    We have another contest down the barrel! And it’s some very curious shipping!


    (by nendo)

    Story Theme

    It is about time that Sunset Shimmer gets shipped with the most compelling and complex Equestria Girls villain of all: Sunset Shimmer! That’s right! This is a Sunset Shimmer x Sunset Shimmer Shipping Contest!

    What? But How Does That Work?

    In so many ways! Just off the top of my head:

    • Sunset’s originally-human counterpart!
    • Sunset’s demon form as a separate character from her, somehow!
    • Time travel!
    • Magic cloning!
    • Alternate timelines!
    • Changelings!

    Or think of your own, even better way!

    Additional Rules

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    38 comments · 9,320 views
  • 11 weeks
    Contest: Generation 5 Bingo Contest!

    As the new generation approaches, some things stay the same. Like contests. Check this one out!

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    46 comments · 4,802 views
  • 19 weeks
    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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    38 comments · 9,437 views
  • 19 weeks
    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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    39 comments · 5,240 views
  • 21 weeks
    The Pillars Shipping Contest

    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! 

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    30 comments · 8,056 views
  • 27 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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    57 comments · 10,601 views
  • 31 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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    111 comments · 8,157 views
  • 35 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest

    Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

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    75 comments · 8,516 views
  • 65 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 · 6,703 views
Nov
16th
2021

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


source: commission from daOtterGuy

Welcome!

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!

Prizes!

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.

Judges!

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.

Rules!

  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 ( 41 )
Syke Jr #1 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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!

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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.

Syke Jr #3 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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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.

Syke Jr #6 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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new stories, please.

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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.

DrakeyC #10 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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

Posh #11 · 3 weeks ago · · 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.

:ajsmug:

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 · 3 weeks ago · · 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

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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.

NicLove #17 · 3 weeks ago · · 2 ·

where is that image from ?

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

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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.

Aprion #21 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

we could certainly use more sci-fi 😃

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it's really fun

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

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

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

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

DrakeyC #23 · 3 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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Thanks.

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?

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

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Okay, just wanted to check. Thank you

why nobody talking about the cute Spike Moon?

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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.

Isuvyw #35 · 2 weeks ago · · 1 ·

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

Aprion #36 · 2 weeks ago · · 2 ·

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

Isuvyw #37 · 2 weeks ago · · 2 ·

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Ok. Thanks :twilightsmile:

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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:

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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.

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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.....

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