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  • 9 weeks
    Science Fiction Contest! 11 Nov 2021 - 06 Jan 2022

    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.

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    47 comments · 5,111 views
  • 14 weeks
    M/M Shipping Contest! 16 Sep - 11 Nov 2021


    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 · 5,850 views
  • 15 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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    41 comments · 11,554 views
  • 17 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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    49 comments · 5,658 views
  • 25 weeks
    StarTrixMaud Shipping Contest! 24 July - 31 August 2021

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

    source: dmann892


    Hello, friends!

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    38 comments · 10,292 views
  • 25 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 · 5,387 views
  • 27 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 · 8,530 views
  • 33 weeks
    The My Little Pony Renaissance Contest


    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.


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    57 comments · 10,771 views
  • 37 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 · 8,287 views
  • 41 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest

    Contest By: GaPJaxie, Cold in Gardez, and Skywriter

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    75 comments · 8,622 views

Competition » Crackship Contest: 2022 Jan 06 - Mar 03 · 4:12am January 11th

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

For this contest, consider a crackship to be one a ship that is between two or more characters who do not naturally cross paths during the show, and are brought together in a way that feels natural with the characters (either currently or previously!) in a romantic relationship. Remember that this is a general guideline and fringe cases like, say, Pinkie Pie and Moondancer may violate this but still be accepted. If you aren't sure, please feel free to ask!

How the Ship is Handled

As stated, characters should have good chemistry with the other. The ship should be presented as a believable one!

Dynamic and Characterization

Do the canon characters act like the canon characters? If a background pony with little to no characterization is used in the show, how well-developed and rich is this background pony? Do they feel like an actual character or more of a prop? Each entry will be considered alongside the following factors. We're looking for the most creative and most dynamic ships!


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 four winners will gain the following in American Dollars:

  • First Place: $80
  • Second Place: $55
  • Third Place: $40
  • Fourth Place: $25

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.


The group Original Pairings will be hosting the contest. Please join the group to have contest updates in your feed as well as to submit your entry into the contest folder, which is an official requirement. You are also welcome to join the Discord to talk with the judges and other writers!


  1. Stories can be of any genre, not necessarily "romance" stories, as long as they center around a ship. It must also be a ship, not a friend-ship!
  2. Stories can be any rating or content, with the following restrictions: T-rated stories cannot have the Fetish tag, and M-rated stories cannot have the Fetish, Porn, or Sex tags. Sex and violence can be themes, but pornography, erotica, and gorefests are not allowed.
  3. Stories based on Equestria Girls, Pony Life, and MLP:ANG (G5) are allowed.
  4. AUs, crossovers, sequels, and side stories are allowed as long as they can be understood without having read their source material.
  5. OCs and crossover characters are not allowed as a part of the ship, but you may use background ponies, keeping in mind the judging criteria above.
  6. The deadline is 1900 03/03/2022 UTC-5:00 (7:00PM of March 03, 2022, EST). Stories must be published and completed, and placed in the Crackship Contest Submissions folder by this time in order to qualify. There will be no extensions or exceptions.
  7. The one exception to the above is if a fic is stuck in the moderation queue (because you are a new writer, for example). In this case, you must PM me, Bicyclette, with a password before the contest deadline 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. Authors may submit only one entry into the contest, but in the case of people who write multiple fics, they may change their mind on which to submit up until the contest deadline.
  10. Collaborations between authors are allowed, but count as the only eligible entry for all authors involved.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Other Contests

If this contest is not enough for you, try:

That's it!

Good luck!

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Comments ( 46 )

Here I am, all primed and ready to start working on new chapters to my older, neglected fics...
and then in walks this blog, tempting me away with tantalizing ideas of absurd pairings.
Oh what a terrible, dreadful decision... what to cut from my vibrant social life such that there's time to write both.
Alas, such is the fate of a writer.

This feels somehow appropriate:

I mean, I got entirely too many Flash Sentry/Carrot Top stories to work with here. But that's just me being a pretentious ass. Per the usual.

Still trying to decide between Tempest Shadow x Soarin or Big Macintosh x Daring Do.
For my competition entry

im personally hoping for another one of your last-minute contest maresterpieces:

TOh God Oh Frick I’m Back on My Bullshit, and Just in Time for the May Pairing Contest. Huh, This Title Doesn’t Feel Long Enough. Haha That’s What She Said. Though We as a Society Really Ought To Stop Shaming People for Their Pool Noodle Size.
Pinkie & Tempest Blow [yay] up in the desert. Written for the May Pairing Contest, which is unfortunate for whoever has to judge this story. I'm so sorry, contest judge; you don't deserve this. I hope you find a quarter on the ground to make it up.
Super Trampoline · 1.3k words  ·  16  22 · 380 views

if being pretentious means more Flash Sentry/Carrot Top stories then please be so!
either of those would be great!

as contest host my official position is that you should not deprive yourself of life experiences to write for a fanfiction contest, no matter how awesome it would be for me to see that absurd pairing!

I just finished the G5 Bingo. Why you doin' this to me?
I gots other things to write.

Now all I can think about is Sprout meeting that beatnik unicorn from the Crystal Tea Room...

I don't wanna wind dollars, I don't even have a bank account and we are in different countries

Hey so I blocked Wanderer D but still got this notification, what gives?

Oh dear im absolutely horrid at writing romance

This is a site notification I think you have to go to settings to turn those off. And also because I'm a saucy bitch who loves drama, why the fuck would you block wanderer d?

Because I don't want notifications about these contests and whatever

Quick rules question: Do stories about Ex-s meeting again count? Relationships that failed? What if, though focused on their present ex-couple state, it includes repeated flashbacks to earlier, happier times when they were dating?

Why was this posted in HIE?

After raising the sun, Celestia was sitting in her garden with her morning tea, contemplating
a 'statuesque' Discord, when Maude ambled by with Boulder.

............................ that's it, that's all I got...................

A while ago, just for funsies, I made a computer program that would pick two MLP characters at random, then print out, "One's a [description]. The other's a [description]. They fight crime!" Maud and Lyra, for instance: "One's an emotionless geologist who wouldn't have a reaction if the apocalypse was nigh. The other's a musician with an unusual fixation on impossible cryptids. They fight crime!" I guess I can change that last sentence to, "They kiss!" That Tempest x Sunburst fic I was planning would be too long, anyway.

I haven't written any horse words for a while, but my brain's pinged me with a potential pairing that doesn't seem to have any stories yet, and now I'm considering it...

I haven't written MLP fanfiction for a while now, but I kinda want to write something for this.

...that is, if I can think of a crackship.

Alright! *cracks knuckles* Time for some good ol' Kerfuffle x Hoity Toity!

I haven't written fanfic in a pretty long while now, but a friend (Thanks, SaddlesoapOpera!) mentioned this in a chat, and a flash of inspiration hit me.

... guess I'm doing this? Maybe? I definitely have my ship and their setup in mind, at least.

answered elsewhere but yes, stories about exes are definitely shipping stories. the winner of the SunFlower Shipping Contest was exactly that, and an amazing entry (and much better than my own)

TTending to the Heart's Forgotten Garden
Wallflower Blush comes to terms with the end of her relationship. Twenty years ago, Wallflower Blush and Sunset Shimmer fall in love.
Botched Lobotomy · 8k words  ·  24  0 · 361 views

very pog
hope you do!
now that's a crackship

Due to a current living situation, I would not be able to recieve money via Paypal or any other alternatives. Can I still enter the contest just for the sake of writing pony? It sounds fun!

(Had to edit a few times, apologies)

I look forward to copious amounts of MordiTwi.

Funny, I was just about to try my hand at running a contest, with the plan for Applejack crackshipping...:applejackunsure:

Bad timing, but at least this happened before I posted anything definite.

I'll subvert expectations by finishing the story this week but don't worry it will still suck

suck on Trixie's worm ayelmfao

I wrote a story of this type a while back, would I be allowed to enter that or would I need to write something new?

Same, this sounds fun! :yay:

Comment posted by Runic Script deleted 6 days ago

I can't think of a more crack ship than the Trixie/Smeargle pairing I pulled for a contest like this years back.

...maybe Ivory Cedar/Jormungandr or something like that.
........ah horseapples, that's practically canonical the more I think about it.

ooh, best of luck! very happy to see this little contest inspiring people to get back in the saddle
of course! and if you are unable or unwilling to receive money, i can also direct any winnings to an agreed-upon charity of your choice, or have it redistributed back into the prize pool to other writers
i personally love the MordeTwi ship, but crossover ships are sadly disqualified by the rules, as tempting as the single-ship exception is
oof, really sorry about that! i think that the more contests there are, the better, and encourage double submissions to any applicable concurrent ones, but i understand it's awkward to do when one prompt is a subset of the other. but i hope you get to run that one at some point, so i can enter it myself!
good luck! also, i can't read text that's been crossed out so i have no idea what the rest of your message says
it would have to be published between the listed start and end dates of the contest, so any story published before 2022 Jan 06 is not allowed. you are the third person to ask this, haha

sadly, for this one we are restricting to ships between characters canon to the IP, and not crossovers, as fun as those are

Figured, just wanted to be sure.

Well, my only other idea was Tempest Shadow and Argyle, but I'm not good at writing serious romance without injecting a hectoliter of crack into the ship so I'd have to figure out a decent comedic twist.

that's a good one, good luck with it!

You accidentally put a Maudlestia pic up for your crackship contest.

Is it alright if it involves Luster Dawn creating a spell mishaps and ended up in MLP:ANG, and ended up dating...Hitch? That's like an era apart, enough to be considered a crackship for me. It's just that I've never written a shipfic before (even in WIP form), not to mention a crackship, and I hope this can get a good laugh out of me. Imagine Luster Dawn being horrified with Equestria collapsing in a way :pinkiecrazy::rainbowlaugh:

Does the fic have to come out in a single installment, or is it okay to release it in chapters (with a combined total of less than the 20k limit) if they're all out by the limit date?

yes, if you need a contrived situation to get two characters together, it counts!
it's exactly like the second, publishing in chapters is perfectly fine as long as it's Complete by the end date!

When you say "collaborations between authors", does that count for editing as well as cowriting? Or only for cowritten entries?

editing does not count as cowriting, so you can edit for an entry and write one yourself, for example

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