2018 Halloween Competition, Shockmancy Shindig
Ladies, gentlemen, assorted ghosts, spirits, demons, abominations before science and nature, monstrosities and librarians, it is that time of year again.
The time... (dramatic pause)
For the Erfworld Halloween Competition!
That's right, now is the time to start preparing your fanfics, fan art, songs, and other miscellaneous oddities for the delight and fright of your fellow Erfworlders!
- Art (comics and one-off fan art);
- Fan fiction (stand alone and multi-part);
- Song & poetry (original and redone song lyrics);
- Animation, this is an all new category sponsored by ObsidianLion;
- "Other" (dolls, handcrafts, cosplay, the kitchen sink; everything else basically)
Now, this is a competition, so the categories will be opened once there are 2 or more entries in a given category. Winners will receive a prize made possible by the frighteningly generous donations of the following Erfworlders: Lipkin, Salvage, kaylasdad99, Cloudbreaker, Gohei, Kyiote, No one in particular, Omnimancer, Gildomar, Brother Mirtillo, t3P, mattlistener, aristotle2600, ObsiianLion, Burley, Cryptomancer, Jaxad0127, Darth Curious, curator, Lonthalus and last but certainly not least, Zebio. The prizes are currently:
- First prize of 2,171 Shmuckers;
- Second prize of 1,086 Shmuckers;
- Third prize of 543 Shmuckers
[Update] Thanks to a ghoulishly generous donation from the Cryptomancer Mining Co, all winners will also receive their very own beautifully glowing Dusky Gem! The glow may or may not be the souls of the Gobwins and Marbits who perished during the volcano uncroaking.
Runners up will may also receive an "Honorable Mention" award of $200 Shmuckers, courtesy of curator!
Do you have some time on your hands? Do you like helping? How about holding the fate of others in your cold iron fist? Shoot me a PM and we'll talk about including you in the judges panel.* Likewise, if you want to sweeten the pot and add Shmuckers to the prize pool send me a PM to coordinate.
And here's the rules, reprinted with minor modifications from last year's contest because they help protect my threadbare sanity (probably?).
- 1. Theme: Just to emphasize, this is a Halloween / Erfworld themed competition. Scary stories, creepy art, spooky Edgar Alan Poe-etry, pictures of your Hamstard porch Pumpkin; all of them can compete in their respective category so long as they have the Erfworld twist;
- 1.1. Brother Mirtillo Corollary: Non-scary stuff like costume parties, or from other cultures like the Day of the Dead celebration, are also acceptable if it's evocative of the Halloween spirit;
- 2. Tone: Again, creepy, scary, funny, irreverent, even gross out is okay. Just keep it classy, this isn't about gorn;
- 3. Finish date: The competition is open until the stroke of midnight for October 30th. Anything posted on 12:01 AM CDT of October 31st will have to wait for 2019;
- 4. Entries: You can submit multiple times for each category, but only one of them (your choice) will be considered to win a prize. Similarly, if you feel inspired to make a multi-part story, only the first part will be judged, so make sure it's got a good hook and is self-contained;
- 4.1 Cloudbreaker Corollary: In the spirit of promoting new content, all entries must be created within the last year;
- 5. Submitting: Links to the entries (either as forum posts or as independent Submissions in the Submissions stream) must be posted in this thread in order to be considered. While you can post links and descriptions here in the comments, the judges and I will be monitoring the forum thread more closely. I highly encourage you to post your story/art/poetry/80's rock ballad on the Submission stream and/or the Fiction sub-forum so it has more visibility.
Any questions or clarifications can be asked here, on the forum post, or sent via PM.
Well, that's all, fright knights and scream queens, we all look forward to your malevolent masterpieces.
* (No being Judge, Jury and Contestant. If you want to participate as a judge you can not have an entry in the given category you agree to help judge.)
Hmm, I hadn't considered that. It's a good (and tough) question so I had to give this a big think. While I don't see a problem with older art that hasn't been entered before, the spirit and intent of the contest is to spur the creation of new art, fanfics, etc.
Please do post the 2012 fanart to the blog if you haven't already, but for contest purposes you should post something brand new. I'll add that as a corollary rule later today along with updates to the prize pool. (Predictamancy spoiler: it's gone up!)
Regardless, thank you! We look forward to whatever you draw and surprise us with.
By the way, the competing stories for the last Halloween contests as well as a lot of other fantastic fanfictions and examples of fanart can be found here: https://forums.erfworld.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=13095
Coincidently, that list is also maintained by Spicymancer. I just wanted to boost general awareness.
The multi-part fanfic rule is there to avoid judging an incomplete story, essentially. So out of the two options you posted, a multi-part story would count as the first: an ongoing serial fanfic. The other option you posted are essentially stand alone stories that can be interconnected. Those are absolutely fine as they don't require readers/the judges to have to previously read through lots of pre-existing stuff.
Now, there is a way to make an entry in a multi-part story eligible, and that's to make the submitted entry a stand alone or self contained story.
Like in last year, the story The Town of Hollowin' was accepted. It was a creepy, funny side story that fleshed out the antagonists in an existing serial fanfic. Kind of a "side story" really, but since it was a stand alone with a beginning, middle and end it could qualify.
even gross out is okay. Just keep it classy, this isn't about gorn
That's funny coming from this site. I'm not a Tool but from what I've seen of the art blog teasers the site's already leaning towards gorn - and, amusingly enough, I would say is leaning more towards the orn than the gor. Not that I care, I just find the juxtaposition amusing
@curator: Yes it is, and it's a very generous gesture on your part. =) I'll write you down for 1,000, to be distributed to 5 "honorable mentions" as the contest closes. For coordination purposes, would you rather tip me the 1000 to add to the prize pool and distribute to the winners, or that I send you a PM once the judging is complete to coordinate awarding the prizes?
This always comes up, so the time zone is included in 3. Finish date.
The cutoff for accepting submission is 12:01 AM CDT of October 31st, since that's my local time zone. Apologies, I don't actually know what time zone Rob is in, to give you the equivalent. =/
Right now we have prizes for 20 submissions. We have multiple judges. We have the amazing Spicymancer organizing everything.
Now we need submissions, lots and lots of submissions. I think it would be really great if this turned into a serious competition. I figure that means like 25 - 40 submissions.
Let's get creating, people! Good luck!
Thanks! It's been a real rollercoaster so far.
Thank you, you're too kind. =D Dittomancy to what you're saying. We are going BIG this year.
There's been a very impressive and heartfelt turnout, I just want to share some highlights of the amazing response and generosity everyone's been showing. As of now, we have:
- Animation, a whole new contest category
- 9 volunteer judges;
- 20 donors;
- $16,754 Shmuckers donated;
- 15 Dusky Gems (large, medium and small) with a net value of $5,000 Shmuckers!
And right now? We only have 2 excellent poetry / song lyrics submissions. What are you waiting for? Come on, get creative! The prizes are right there for the taking!
Big is certainly one word to describe the whole thing. As for entries, give it a bit of time. The contest is only on since a couple of days. Obviously a poem can be rather quick to write (for those gifted with a sense for it) but most people will need time for their submissions. Not everyone can write epic Fanfiction with 60.000+ words like you do Spicymancer and Art, Animation and "other" take their time as well.
You are entirely right, Bandaid. We will probably not see the majority of entries until mid-october. A push right before the deadline makes sense as well. I don't think anyone is worried about the limited entries so far. My guess is just that people are trying to excitedly encourage the community to get involved. I know I am excited.