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  • 3 weeks
    2024 Wonderbolts Sitewide Contest

    Art by daOtterGuy!

    Are you a brave, fearless, and daring pegasi in search of your next great adventure? Do you think you have what it takes to join the best flight team in all of Equestria? Then the Wonderbolts just might be the group for you.


    The Quills and Sofas Speedwriting team is proud to present to you, the 2024 Wonderbolts Sitewide Contest!

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  • 8 weeks
    The Shining Armor is a Terrible Dad 2024 Competition

    Do you love Shining Armor? Do you hate Shining Armor? If your answer is yes to either/both of these, then this is the place for you! Shining Armor is a Terrible Dad is a sequel to Cadance is a Terrible Mom. The original contest was a success, and I've been itching to host another like it ever since. The premise is the same, only the roles are reversed: Write a story about Shining Armor being an awful parent.

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  • 14 weeks
    Portal Transformations Contest I

    Announcement and Rules (3 January 2024 to 7 March 2024)

    The most up to date version of this contest's rules is at https://www.fimfiction.net/group/217156/portal-transformations/thread/529551/portal-transformations-contest-announcement-and-rules. Please ask your questions there.

    Welcome to the Contest

    "When Spike goes through the Mirror Portal from Equestria to CHS, he turns into a dog. What does X turn into when X goes through the Mirror Portal (or a similar portal)? You can pick X and the direction."

    Myself (Mockingbirb), I'm especially interested in changes that are less usual, not so commonplace (although I suppose very unsual treatments of the 'usual' changes can be interesting too.)

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  • 24 weeks
    Imposing Sovereigns IV

    An esteemed pedigree of Fimfic contests has entered its next generation. That’s right, Imposing Sovereigns IV… has actually been going for a while now. Apologies there. :twilightsheepish:

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  • 27 weeks
    The M/M Shipping Contest III: 2023 Sep 24 - Dec 03

    commissioned from: daOtterGuy

    Here we go again!

    It is, indeed, the subsequent year after the M/M Shipping Contest 2022 and I, Bicyclette (who is NOT Wanderer D if you are reading this from the site post, please do NOT message them about this contest) am still alive! Therefore, this contest is happening!

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  • 37 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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  • 43 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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  • 50 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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  • 56 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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  • 59 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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Competition » Choices: A Species Change Contest [November 2022] · 1:26am Oct 21st, 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.

Your entries will be judged not only on their overall quality, but also on how well they utilise the species change premise. The characters may look different and have different names, but their personalities should still be recognizable. On the other end of the spectrum, if things play out too similarly to canon, there’s not much point in writing an AU.

Examples of species change fanfics include:

  • Heart of the Forest: Applejack is a deer, Fluttershy is a draconequus, and they’ve both lived long, secluded lives in the Everfree Forest until Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash (who are griffons) come to visit.
  • Rainbow Unicorns: Rainbow Burst (Dash) is a unicorn, and Celestia’s student. (This can overlap with other common AU genres, such a roleswaps.)
  • Sparkles and Scales is an example of what doesn’t count for this contest. Twilight Sparkle accidentally turns herself into a dragon and Spike into a pony during her entrance exam; however, Twilight was still born a pony as in canon. 

The theme is choices.
The contest will run throughout the month of November 2022. Entries posted before the 1st or after the 30th in GMT (UTC 0) won’t be counted, unless it’s your first story on the site and is stuck in the approval queue when the deadline passes. If that’s the case, please PM me or another judge to let us know.

Rules and guidelines:

  • No M-rated entries or crossovers.
  • Please add your entries to the Choices: A Species Change Contest group.
  • There’s no word limit, but please make sure you can finish your entry by the deadline. Unfinished stories will be disqualified.
  • Your entry can be based on G4 or G5, and you can use any species that has appeared in their official media. That includes Equestria Girls and the IDW comics. (Also, since we haven’t seen much of G5’s world, you’re allowed to use species that have only appeared in G4 so far in G5-based entries.)
  • You can have original characters in your entries, but the protagonists must be species-changed canon characters.

Nitro Indigo
Punished Bean (who also made the logo)
Scriblits Talo


  1. £50
  2. £30
  3. £20

The prize money will be sent through PayPal.

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Comments ( 64 )

very excited for this one!

I may finally finish my roleswap entry!

Sounds like it’ll lead to some good stories

I'm definitely joining this one! I love doing some species swaps!

Because it's technically an Alternate Universe, are we allowed to change worlds as well? Or do we have to stay in the land Equestra?

So I'm curious, does Sweetie Bot count?

5693623 What do you mean?
5693625 Robots aren't canon, so no.

Oh, the species has to be canon? You should specify that, since there're stories like Snakity, and also bat ponies are technically not canon.

5693633 Eh, I'll allow bat ponies because they're depicted as separate from pegasi in the comics (eg: Convocation of the Creatures). Also, that's what the "you can use any species that's appeared in their official media" rule means.

Comment posted by Spacecase deleted Oct 21st, 2022

i have one idea, and it's changelings. does it count if they keep their disguises on until the punch line?

Ooooh...another contest for me to take a crack at. I'm a sucker for race swaps and species swaps.

Haven't progressed far enough in Solar and Lunar to make a spinoff fic with Alicorn Sunny or Alicorn Izzy, though...but I'll think of something.

You had to host this the month of NaNoWriMo

Gud Luck Everycreature! And Have Fun

What about showing the Dazzlings as Windigoes? I always figured they were basically the same species anyways.

5693651 To be honest, I forgot NaNo existed.
5693659 Sure.

Appleyak :)

Hello, I have a question!
I got an idea for a story but it might include some violence and swearing, but is not M rated - would that be okay to submit?

So assuming a Changeling Fluttershy story, you're looking for one where it does matter that she is.

*Let's get it!*

5693680 Yes, it's allowed.

Wanderer D

But would it matter if she did?

Man, this looks very interesting! I'm tempted to join. Mostly to experiment with AU and different species.

5693697 *she (If you're referring to me.)

Wanderer D

My bad! Fixed!

No M-rated entries


Fine then! I'll just go make my own contest. With blackjack! And hookers!

The prizes have changed. Please could you edit the post to reflect this?

Sounds fun. I’ve made it a point to participate in every contest I see from now one, in an attempt to.puhs myself out of my boundaries and explore more of my own writing.

This contest sounds unique and kinda hard, but I’ll see what I can do. One question, though. Can you explain what you mean by ”the theme is choices”?

Oh so this is why Heart of the Forest is getting read again. Sweet! I think I'll actually enter this one.

Ooh, this one seems tantalizing, with loads of possibilities. I'll have to see if I can squeeze in the time to take a crack at this myself. :twilightsmile:

5693740 As in, your entry needs to involve a character making a choice.

The post says any species that's been in official G4 or G5 media, and official G4 media has so far had four different appearances of robot species, including specifically Sweetie Belle temporarily species-swapped into a robot by Discord in the second IDW Friends Forever comic:
If that doesn't count due to being a Discord thing, there's the mecha ponies from Pony Life, which included Pinkie Pie being temporarily species-swapped into one:
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The remaining 2 robot appearances are Transformers (while those IDW comics are official G4 media, this probably violates the crossover rule) and very recently, robots of the mane 6 supposedly created by Flim and Flam in Gameloft (don't know the details yet, so these could be very simple robots).

5693882 I honestly wasn't aware of those, so I guess Sweetie Bot is allowed.

hmmm sounds like bat fictions main six :3 in the alternate universe... they shall fall but then rise from the crypts of despair! Of eat mangos all day!

Like, different worlds. For example, a human Rockhoof in Skyrim.

5693976 Crossovers aren't allowed, so no.

Is there a word limit for fics?

Oh, ok. Thanks!

Do all the characters have to be species swapped? Or can we only pick a couple to swap?

I'm not a judge, and I hope I don't intrude or spread misinformation, but it says in the description:

What is a species change?
They can range from just one character being different, to the entire cast

Like with the example with Rainbow Dash. She can be the only one different, tribe or species, and the rest could remain 'normal'

So, you should be fine changing only a couple of characters.

Alright. I don't know how I missed that even after reading this multiple times lol.

Sorry for the abundance of questions lol. So personalities must stay the same? Like, for example, a character that in cannon is evil can't be good?

Pretty sure everything goes in an "alternate universe" but that's just a personal opinion.

Another quote from the description:

if things play out too similarly to canon, there’s not much point in writing an AU.

But remember:

The characters may look different and have different names, but their personalities should still be recognizable.

e.g. I can see an evil Pinkie Pie that has a recognizable personality, but that's just me

So... a good Sombra would be a personality change... *sighs* Well, there goes my idea 😕

5694105 I haven't read FIENDship is Magic, but I think Sombra has a tragic backstory in one issue, so making him sympathetic isn't completely out of left field.

Actually, IDW had a mirror universe where the villains (including Sombra) were heroes, and Celestia and Luna villains. Normal universe Celestia fell in love with Good King Sombra, too.

Regular universe Sombra also reformed in the IDW comics at one point, with the help of the mane 6 and his goody-goody optimist bucktoy Radiant Hope. This was of course ignored by season 9 and even later comics, with Radiant Hope never even appearing afterwards.

The main character traits Sombra has when good or bad is that he's flamboyant and all about presentation, and loving having power, a sort of refined romantic big ham. The differences between good and bad are really just that that when bad, he's pretty sadistic with his cruelty, while when good, he's extremely selfless.

Good luck to the people entering the contest! Do wanna see some underrated species being represented such as Parasprites; you don't see that concept in fics much. The most memorable one I know was a one shot all the way back in the 2011-2012 days.

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