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  • 8 weeks
    Cozy Glow Short Story Contest #4

    ⬇⬇⬇THIS COULD BE YOU!!⬇⬇⬇

    They said* it couldn’t be done. They said* the child was dealt with, problem solved, nothing more to see here. Rendered completely harmless as a statue. A grotesque chunk of frieze in the old gothic style, fallen from the ramparts of Canterlot Castle. A lawn gnome set in ambush to bemuse wanderers in Celestia and Luna’s precious hedge maze. No way could she inspire a single expression of overwhelming support, let alone three.

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  • 13 weeks
    The "New Blood" Contest

    [EDIT]: After some debating among the judges, we decided the minimum account age allowed will be 2020 instead of 2021. Makes more sense this way.

    At Bean’s Writing Group, we have always done our best to help authors, be they seasoned or novice, struggling or not, take their writing to the next level. But now we want to put the spotlight on the smaller, more recent authors – those who had joined way after the end of G4, and who might find normal contests daunting because of the competition of established, more experienced authors.

    This is a chance for you guys to shine and show what the new generation can bring to the table!

    For this contest, entries won't be confined to a specific set of characters, a genre, or any other narrow set of requirements. Instead, we will employ the system BWG is most known for: prompts.

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    76 comments · 8,207 views
  • 21 weeks
    May Pairing Contest 2023


    It's once again May, and you know what that means: it's time to crackship!

    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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    55 comments · 8,361 views
  • 27 weeks
    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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    52 comments · 8,701 views
  • 30 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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    12 comments · 8,120 views
  • 30 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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    66 comments · 7,287 views
  • 48 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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    64 comments · 10,230 views
  • 49 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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    30 comments · 7,066 views
  • 55 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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    49 comments · 8,214 views
  • 73 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 · 11,546 views

Competition » 3rd Annual Cozy Glow Short Story Contest · 2:26am Jul 19th, 2022

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.

-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?


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.


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?


-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.


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 ( 36 )

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 · Jul 19th, 2022 · · ·

-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*


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.


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

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!

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.

Very interesting contest, I might give it a little whirl! Would be nice to try my writing hand at a different MLP character than my usuals.

When it says post up to three entries in this folder in guidelines, does that mean you can post three separate stories or do you have to?


You can post one, two or three - it's entirely up to you.

That's good to know, thank you for answering.

Oh wow, this isn't over yet!! I'll have to do a little brainstorming ... Tickle the ol' Cozy Glow braincells... :rainbowlaugh:

Just a reminder: a little less than a week to go!

I am sorry, I saw the rules, but could the deadline be made to be 11:59 tonight like most contests do? I have been busy with college work all this time, and my story is only close to complete.

The submission period is now closed. A sincere thank you to all of the entrants. We look forward to reading your submissions!

It appears that some entrants didn't understand the deadline, so a question to the entrants who did submit before noon: do you object to extending to 11:59:59 PM (midnight) 9/25/2022 EDT? A single objection will uphold the current deadline.

When are the winning entrants going to be announced?


Roughly one week left! I'm so nervouscited!:pinkiehappy:

Thankies for the update!

Update: Anonymous Judge #1 and I have completed reading the entries, and are now determining the order of the finalists. Thanks for your patience.

The results are in! Check out the Cozy Glow group home page for the details. Thanks again everyone for your interest.

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