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Tell Your Story: Fiction Challenge

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:30 PM




I absolutely love fiction, but tend not to dedicate much time to it myself in between uni and what painting I can get done in between it. In light of this along with the series of paintings Ive done with little real direction Id very much like to give fiction-go-ers something fun! This competition is OPEN from now until January 1st 2013!

WHATS THIS ALL ABOUT?
I have painted a series of pictures that go together. In the past I have been asked about the story behind them, however I have to admit Im a dreadful artist and generally theres nothing too deep in any of my artwork. I see something cool in my head - I paint/draw it! However this series of pictures has most certainly evolved to a point where they could paint images of a fantastic journey. What is it? you decide!

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RULES
Im not a fan of rules and all they do in this case is squander creativity!

* Competition is OPEN until January 1st 2013!
* The fiction can be as long or as short as you like.
* The story should be inspired by this series of scifi paintings.
* You are free to create characters from people depicted in the images in any way you see fit.
* You want one of them to die a horrible death? no worries!
* The story you tell must take place in a science fiction universe
* Im in Astrophysics, I'l know if you explain your star-drive badly ;) (just kidding, if you want it to be powered by hopes and dreams thats cool with me)
* Stories containing gore or any other explicit material is fine. (note: vampires dont sparkle in space)

JUDGING

Fiction will be judged by a panel of three people. The following qualities will be something we are looking for:

* Character development
Characters, just like humans (but not Edward) are flawed. Sometimes characters are hated, other times they might struggle to be kind, or compassionate. Its important that characters have well defined strengths and weaknesses

* The world you create
One of the greatest wonders of science fiction are the wonderful worlds of tomorrow that are created. This sets scifi apart from fantasy in that unlike fantasy, scifi stories could just as well take place five  minutes from now. Even in short science fiction stories, the ability to create an environment and give the reader a feel for the place they are in is important.

* Overarching Themes
Science Fiction often deals with important issues of today, in the far future. The quality of themes used in your fiction are important and considered closely.

* Quality and Quantity
Given the length of your piece we will be looking at how effectively you portrayed the above things within your story.

Prizes

*First Place
First place will receive a Fella bundle from the DA store and 400 points to put towards whatever your heart desires!


*Second Place
Second place will receive a DA accessory pack and 400 points.


*Third Place
Third place will receive 800 points to spend in the DA store, or towards whatever evil plans they're planning.



LOTS OF SPECULATION Q&A

If anyone has questions they would like to ask and have answered in regards to the paintings or their content then ask away. I will update this section with the relevant answers as they come in.

NOW WHAT?
Let me know how you feel about the challenge in the comments section of this journal entry! and get writing!

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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Do you have to incorporate all of the pictures, or can you write a story based off of only one of them?
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NocturnalButterfly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
So another question xD it's any problem if we are inspired in one or another images order? I mean, you painted Last and that Last II. We have to put it in that order or do whatever we want? (I mention it 'cause there is soo many things I can do with one or another order).
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great contest idea! I'd love to enter. I am a little strapped for time, but if I can find the time I'll definitely do this! :D
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vegarBlack Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Remember it can be as short or as long as you would like and Ive tried to give plenty of time so that people who are strapped for time (I know how that feels!) can also have an opportunity. Hopefully your schedule is kind to you, It would be a pleasure reading your contribution xx
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup::D I'm already playing around with ideas for it. :plotting:
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NocturnalButterfly Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I'd love to do it (i have a few ideas, untill now), but i have two questions:

1) i have to be into this group? (i think so xD but i'm no usually write in english)

2) we have to put it on deviant? and I'm not sure the words limit, if is too long, if I can put it in various entries.

Don't worry about my english. I have friends studying it (i say it because the mistakes and spelling :P )

Kiss
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vegarBlack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This competition is open to anyone, there are no restrictions on who may enter. This competition is being hosted by myself, though you should join the #CR Literature group anyway if youre not, because everyone seems pretty damned nice ;)

Submissions should be sent to me and be uploaded to deviant art. You can view the original journal entry in regards to the competition on my page. In the event that it is too long for DA (I am unsure of word limits on literature, possibly someone else can confirm any restrictions?) I dont mind at all if you would like to upload it to another location, as long as I can link back to it. It is always preferable however that it be located on DA, even if its in several parts.

Hope that answered your questions! hearts!
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SigneAndersenDK Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm.. Haven't done Sci Fi before.. I might give this ago.. It's always easier when you have something to go by.. In this case, your awesome paintings. :D
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vegarBlack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scifi is something Im very passionate about but also something that gets neglected a lot. For people who tend not to ever stray far into scifi universes I very much hope that this will be something really fun that they can take experience away from. Sometimes pushing a little outside of your comfort zone teaches you wonderful things! Given that I know many entries will be from people who have not ever attempted scifi before, I absolutely cant wait to take that journey with them :)
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Writer
This is a great idea for a contest. :)
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