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  • 14 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 · 8,229 views
  • 28 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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  • 29 weeks
    Crackship Contest: 2022 Jan 06 - Mar 03


    commission from the amazing Shaslan

    Welcome!

    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!

    Criteria!

    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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    51 comments · 8,904 views
  • 37 weeks
    Science Fiction Contest! 11 Nov 2021 - 06 Jan 2022


    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.

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    47 comments · 6,604 views
  • 43 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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  • 44 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 · 12,961 views
  • 46 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 · 6,422 views
  • 54 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 · 12,025 views
  • 54 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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  • 56 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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    31 comments · 10,271 views
Jul
19th
2022

Competition » 3rd Annual Cozy Glow Short Story Contest · 2:26am July 19th

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!

Guidelines

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.

-All chapters must be written and published between 23 Jul 2022 12:00 PM EDT and 25 Sep 2022 12:00 PM EDT. No exceptions. Post up to three entries in this folder. Stories may be sequels, but must be able to be read without knowledge of prior works.

-Entrants must be willing to reveal their country of residence (which must have an amazon website) if they win a monetary prize. If a monetary prize is not possible, an alternative prize will be offered.

-“Genre” refers to narrative type of story (e.g. adventure, mystery, etc.); “category” refers to tone (e.g. sad, comedy, dark, etc.).

Otherwise, there are no restrictions on content or maturity level. Stories will be assigned points based on the following:

-Narrative flow and cohesiveness – does it all work together as an organic whole?

-Quality of spelling and grammar – typos and copy/paste errors can ruin the most carefully engineered mood.

-Emotional impact – make the reader feel it.

-Relevance to the MLP universe – is there a connection to the characters, lore, and storyline portrayed in the show?

-Originality – take an old premise and add a new spin, or venture into the unknown.

-Style – speak to the reader in your own unique voice.

-X-factor – how sharp are the teeth?


Prizes

Monetary prize amounts will vary depending on the number of entrants. Winners are guaranteed the following:

1st place: An amazon gift code worth at least $40, posting with link to story on the Cozy Glow group front page, and brief review.

2nd place: an amazon gift code worth at least $30, posting with link to story on the Cozy Glow group front page, and brief review.

3rd place: an amazon gift code worth at least $20, posting with link to story on the Cozy Glow group front page, and brief review.

Runner-up: posting with link to story on the Cozy Glow group front page and brief review.

At 20 entrants, the monetary prizes increase by $15; at 30 entrants, they increase by an additional $15, and so on at each tier of 10 for up to 5 tiers.

Prompts


Any genre, any category

-Cozy writes a short story!

-Cozy Glow vs. …

-Twilight Sparkle gathers Cozy’s belongings for disposal. One object surprises her.

-Cozy makes an unusual friend.

-Cozy’s got a secret!

-Pipp Petals? What a loser. I can be way more popular than her!

-Luna’s villain support group gets a new member.


Adventure, any category

-As Princess Luna is delivering Cozy to Tartarus, they have an adventure.

-Cozy succeeded in absorbing not only Discord’s magic, but that of Celestia and Luna as well. There’s just one problem …

-There was only one way to fix things: destroy the unification crystal (G5 only).

-The talent contest is coming. How do I win?


Slice of Life, Sad

-That weird foal was being so extra ‘specially nice to her. Rejecting the pathetic loser was going to be just the best!

-Cozy was a straight-A student at the School of Friendship, on her way to becoming an Element of Harmony. Then there came a lesson that set her on a different path.

-Life was great until mom started barking like a dog.

-How can I make them be quiet when they’re already dead?


Grimdark/horror

-They showed her how to harvest the skulls, after she’d finished playing.

-Flurry Heart and Cozy Glow develop a strong friendship that turns into something more.

-Cozy teams up with a villain from a classic MLP grimdark (Director Dash, Pinkamena, etc.).

-All she ever wanted was a mother.



Judges

the dobermans

Anonymous Judge #1

Good luck!

Note: Wanderer D is not in charge of this contest. If you have questions that require direct messages, please go to the group and organizers.

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Comments ( 17 )

yay Cozy Glow time

Cozy teams up with a villain from a classic MLP grimdark (Director Dash, Pinkamena, etc.).

And if I enter, I can make it canon… 🙃

OOOH, I have had a story in mind since least a month! Does a fic with a prompt of "shenanigans with this group of frenemies/cozy glow gets adopted by the other two" sound like an acceptable prompt? Also, what does "-X-factor – how sharp are the teeth?" mean?

Posh #4 · 2 weeks ago · · ·

-Cozy makes an unusual friend.

This is the perfect chance to write that Breaking Bad crossover I’ve been kicking around in my head, in which Cozy helps Walter corner the narcotics market in Horsebequerque

Maybe I'll make a Cozy Glow vs a meme character since I'm good with those

no filly was as determined

Oh dear. That sounds like an Undertale crossover waiting to happen.

More Cozy Glow Stories!

I ain't participating, but I want to see what stories the community can come up with for best filly!

Yay, contest time!

Not for me since that entire arc happened way after I stopped following the show closely, but I'm always hyped for people coming together like this! Thanks to the organizers and judges for making this happen, and best of luck to everybody who decides to enter! :heart:

Neighsay: *cutely gets traumatized*

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I bet you could make it work under one of the "Any genre, any category" prompts. You'd just have to decide which one and work it into the story.

X-factor is that extra something some stories have. One way of explaining it is how long it stays with the reader. If they're thinking about it long after they read it, it probably had a strong X-factor.

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That would be most epic, most esteemed architect of the Factory :raritywink:

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Thanks for the nice explanations, I'll pick "All she ever wanted was a mother" but used for the slice of life/comedy genre, with use of the same genres for maybe a second or third story submission using the prompt "Cozy makes an unusual friend," then! Would that be alright? :)

I'm very happy to announce that Dezmo has offered to increase the prize amounts by the following!!

First: $100
Second: $50
Third: $25

Be advised that this is entirely of their own volition, and winners will need to interact with them directly. Thanks again Dezmo for your generosity!

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Hooray for Dezmo! Hip Hip Hooray!

I swear this contest becoming annual is a scheme to get me back into the horsefic game and by god, it might actually work this year. (Now let's see if I can actually choose a plot this time.) I don't know which prompt I can squeeze it into, but "Cozy vs" and "Cozy has a secret" can go any number of ways.

I've always assumed Cozy was a Shetland pony and was using her small size to pass as a filly.

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