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  • 6 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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    28 comments · 3,740 views
  • 12 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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    47 comments · 6,616 views
  • 20 weeks
    3rd Annual Cozy Glow Short Story Contest

    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.

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    36 comments · 6,963 views
  • 31 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 · 11,025 views
  • 45 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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    89 comments · 16,234 views
  • 47 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 · 10,616 views
  • 55 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 · 6,954 views
  • 60 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 · 7,151 views
  • 61 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 · 13,407 views
  • 63 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 · 6,624 views
Oct
21st
2022

Competition » Choices: A Species Change Contest [November 2022] · 1:26am October 21st

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.

Judges
Nitro Indigo
Thesmokinguy
Casketbase77
Punished Bean (who also made the logo)
Scriblits Talo

Prizes:

  1. £50
  2. £30
  3. £20

The prize money will be sent through PayPal.

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Comments ( 63 )

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.

5693629
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 October 21st

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
Moderator

5693684
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
Moderator

5693705
My bad! Fixed!

No M-rated entries

:raritycry:

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.

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5693629
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:
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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!

5693629
Like, different worlds. For example, a human Rockhoof in Skyrim.

5693976 Crossovers aren't allowed, so no.

Is there a word limit for fics?

5694009
Oh, ok. Thanks!

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

5694018
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.

5694026
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?

5694059
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

5694060
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.

5694105
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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