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Holiday Prompt Contest (Closed)

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 29, 2012, 9:52 AM



The contest has ended. Thank you to everyone that entered. I'll spend the next day or so judging the entries and selecting the winners. Then I'll post a fresh journal with winners, and I'll notify the prize donors of the posting of the results.

Good luck to everyone!




In about 13 hours, the contest ends! Last minute entries will be accepted up until 11:59 PM EST; the time stamps on notes or comments will be the indicator as to whether or not an entry will be accepted.




In the spirit of giving, I will be extending this contest to January 15th, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. This is the one and only extension that you will be getting.




:bulletgreen:Theme::bulletgreen:

The theme of the contest is Holidays.

:bulletred:Categories::bulletred:

Only literature will be accepted in this contest.

There will be three categories: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

:bulletorange:Rules::bulletorange:

1. You are only allowed one entry to the contest.
2. Deviations must be made specifically for this contest. That means they must be new.
3. Your word count limit is 1,500 words.
4. Absolutely no fan fiction. Even if it's a fandom I like, I do not want any fan fiction submissions for this contest.
5. While the Christmas prompt is a little far-fetched, I want realistic stories. People, not animals. That being said, please, no science-fiction. Though I don't like reading that genre, it's really for you; writing something that I can picture, believe, and judge fairly is in your best interest!
5a. As of 10/17, Fantasy will be accepted in regards to the Christmas prompt because it is more of a fantasy-like prompt.
6. Each holiday is going to have an associated prompt. You must use the prompt. Unrelated works will be disqualified.
7. To submit your entry, send me a note with the link.
8. Your entry must include that it is for my contest as well as a link to the contest.

:bulletgreen:Prompts::bulletgreen:

Halloween – You have a 16-year-old daughter who wants to go to a Halloween party with all her peers. You take her to the Halloween store to find an "appropriate" costume. She is resistant to most "conservative" choices.

Thanksgiving – You are cooking your first Thanksgiving dinner all by yourself. You have lots of guests coming. Detail the week of Thanksgiving from Monday to Thursday, and talk about if you pull it off or not. What are the dishes you make?

Christmas – Santa has decided to take the year off, and he has recruited you to be "Santa" for the year. What happens?

Please note that prompts are used to inspire you. You can expand on a topic! These are to just get you going, so you know the basic situation of your story.

Regarding the Fantasy Ruling

- I am removing the "no fantasy" rule for the sake of the Christmas prompt. However, I will uphold my stance and ask for no science fiction.

:bulletred:Deadline::bulletred:

The contest will begin today, September 29th, and end on December 31st, 2012 at 12:00 Noon EST.

:bulletorange:Prizes::bulletorange:

There will be 3 winners – first, second, and third place.

Prize donations are extremely welcome!

First Place:

300 points
100 points from missimoinsane
100 points from Kymira12
A line art from Missvirginia
A digital art sketch from missimoinsane
A literature commission from LightOverpowers58
A literature commission from Kymira12
A critique/comment on your winning piece from MeganLawler94
A critique/comment on your winning piece from missimoinsane
A journal feature from missimoinsane
A journal feature from Kymira12
A journal feature from IrrevocableFate
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-stock
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-crafts
A llama badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
A llama badge (if available) from Kymira12

Second Place:

150 points
25 points from missimoinsane
50 points from Kymira12
A digital art sketch from missimoinsane
A literature commission from LightOverpowers58
A literature commission from Kymira12
A critique/comment on your winning piece from MeganLawler94
A critique/comment on your winning piece from missimoinsane
A journal feature from missimoinsane
A journal feature from Kymira12
A journal feature from IrrevocableFate
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-stock
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-crafts
A llama badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
A llama badge (if available) from Kymira12

Third Place:

125 points
25 points from Kymira12
A literature commission from LightOverpowers58
A critique/comment on your winning piece from MeganLawler94
A critique/comment on your winning piece from missimoinsane
A journal feature from missimoinsane
A journal feature from Kymira12
A journal feature from IrrevocableFate
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-stock
A llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane-crafts
A llama badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
A llama badge (if available) from Kymira12

Everyone who enters will receive a journal feature and llama badge (if available) from missimoinsane. They will also receive a llama badge from LightOverpowers58.

Thank you to thorns for the wonderful donation! It means a lot :heart:
Thank you to missimoinsane for all the wonderful donations! :heart:

You can view entries here.

This contest is being featured by :iconanothercontestgroup:.

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:iconbrunettepanda:
BrunettePanda Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
So, I'm just a little confused. Do you do one of the prompts, or all of them?
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Just one of them.
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:iconestrellacorazon:
EstrellaCorazon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
so when it says "You" up there in the prompts, does this refer to an original character? or must the piece be written in first person?
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
It can be first or third person, an original character or yourself.
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:iconestrellacorazon:
EstrellaCorazon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
okay, thanks for clearing it up!
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:iconlaurajae:
LauraJae Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Artist
So I presume I have to use those prompts? Or can I swap?
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
You have to use one of the prompts.
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:iconlauralucyjae:
LauraLucyJae Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry home account here :D , my entry is here: [link]
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for your entry.
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:iconlauralucyjae:
LauraLucyJae Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ;O
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:iconwillwriteforhearts:
willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
Ooooh I wanna join, this looks fun :D yay literature!
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to whatever you come up with.
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:iconburningglory:
BurningGlory Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
I'll try to join this! c:
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Great! I look forward to whatever you come up with.
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:iconburningglory:
BurningGlory Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
Here's my entry! ;w;

[link]
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you for your entry!
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:iconburningglory:
BurningGlory Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
You're very welcome! (:
Thank you for the wonderful prompt! <3
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:iconxx-tsuna-xx:
xx-tsuna-xx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it have to be in first person perspective?
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Writer
It can be first or third person. I'd prefer to not have second person, but if you really need to, you can write it that way.
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:iconxx-tsuna-xx:
xx-tsuna-xx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. Okay. ^^
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:iconbookmouse:
Bookmouse Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
If Halloween has already passed can we still write about it? Also do I need to join any groups or anything to enter? Thank you!
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Writer
You can still do the Halloween prompt. You do not need to join any groups; this is my contest, and the journal is just featured in several groups to garner more exposure.
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:iconpocket-of-dreams:
Pocket-of-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Writer
I'll give this a go if you don't mind. (:
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Great! I look forward to your entry.
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:iconpocket-of-dreams:
Pocket-of-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome! I'll get started as soon as possible.
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:iconcolonelmarksman:
ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, sent you a link to my entry.

Be aware, another Halloween contest came up while I was writing it and they said I could submit it to them as well. So if that disqualifies it I can try and make something else for the other contest. Also I tweaked the scenario a very tiny bit but the theme is the same, so let me know if that was alright too.
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:iconpjohootkc:
pjohootkc Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a fun contest. I hope I'll have time to write something for it.
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to your entry!
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:iconxxwrittensinsxx:
xXWrittenSinsXx Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting. I might enter :)
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to your entry!
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:iconilyilaice:
ilyilaice Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
cool! might join this. (:
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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:iconcolonelmarksman:
ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Short stories of this caliber were always the most challenging for me to accomplish.

Word count limit, is that 1,500 being the minimum or the maximum? As a maximum, =|

Let's see how I can work around a cliche...
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Writer
It's a maximum. I'm sorry! If it's any consolation, someone has already submitted something that was 1,495 words, so you can use exactly 1,500 if you need to. (And, if you end up going over by just a few, I'm not going to punish you or anyone. 10 or 20 words over, that is. But, if you're going a lot over it, I won't be able to accept it.)

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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:iconcolonelmarksman:
ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I can make it work. I'm just a marathon runner in the writing arena: my first short story posted online was 7 chapters long, and I've since usually typed over 1 million words worth of stories a year, three of which are full-length novels and one I'm attempting to get published.

I find writing the -1,500 word dash really hard for some reason.
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I wish you luck in getting published!

I think you'll do well in the contest, too. Don't stress too much!
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:iconmaxnort:
maxnort Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Writer
yes, please!
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)
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:iconmaxnort:
maxnort Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Writer
actually, I rather like it so far. I hope you do.
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:iconanimewiccan725:
animewiccan725 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Definitely going to enter this. :3
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to what you come up with.
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animewiccan725 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist
^^
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Writer
:whisper:I can't believe I haven't offered a journal feature for the winners.

I can donate a journal feature for all the winners! :eager:
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Writer
:tighthug: Of course, of course! <3
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:iconkymira12:
Kymira12 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :wave:

If you'd like I can donate:

First Place:
100 :points:
Llama Badge (if available)
Journal Feature
Literature Commission

Second Place:
50 :points:
Llama Badge (if available)
Journal Feature
Literature Commission

Third Place:
25 :points:
Llama Badge (if available)
Journal Feature
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh, wow! Thank you so much for your generous donation :heart:
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:iconkymira12:
Kymira12 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconevelyntaliette:
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Writer
Hmm, I may enter this, though the prompts are a little too specific for me. Nonetheless, I'll give it a whir and see what shallow thing I can come up with.
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MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
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