Hello, everyone. To start things off, I should probably explain what this is about. In a nutshell, the Shizuran-Project is having its first writing contest for its debut, just as it says above. The reason I decided to approach it in this manner is because the community is still fairly new. Meaning, it lacks readers and members. Therefore, I thought it would be practical to kick things off with a competition. That way, the group will have an example of what we are capable of, all the while having everyone involved, as opposed to having only a select few join in the activity. That's the main reason behind this contest; however, this method will ONLY apply to this release. Later releases will be handled by different methods in a later thread/announcement to come.
The winner will have their submitted piece turned into a graphic novel. Also known as a manga/doujinshi~ ^^
However, keep in mind that this event has rules that need to be followed. Just like any other contests out there. Here is the list. They may seem long but they are a necessity to this event.
Here are the rules:
1. This is expected, but those taking part in this contest MUST be a member of the Shizuran-Project community. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of this contest. If you are not a member, but are interested in participating, please read this over http://nanofate.us/forum/shizuran-project-new-yuri-communitygroup and decide whether you are interested in joining, if you have not already. Anyone is welcomed to join and welcomed to take part in this event! =3
2. Expected as well, the genre MUST be yuri. Other than that, be creative~ =3 But, please keep things T rated or below.
3. Working together with (an)other writer(s) is encouraged since the entire community is about teamwork and communication. It is recommended to have six partners at most, just for simplicity and… preventing conflict(s) purposes. Likewise, proof reading is also encouraged prior to the product's submission.
4. Submissions must be a one-shot of either an original work or fanfiction that is new to the competitor's collection. Repeated works, or ones pulled out from ones that are already posted, will not be accepted. It is recommended for it to be the latter to make it simpler for the one(s) who will be drawing it and the writer(s) involved. The recommended length is 1,500-4,500 words in either plays/scripts or in regular story format that must be submitted to any admins/staff members (CrazyLikeAnko/Crazyla, Nanoha89-san/Nanoha-san, Sammie-chan89/Sam-chan89, Sha Yurigami, Kail-Mello) via PM by November 16th.
5. Once submitted, competitors are asked that they do NOT post the piece anywhere else. The winner will be announced once the piece is actually done and is asked to give a postscript/author's note prior to its publication. Once the visual version has been released, competitors are welcomed to post their submissions anywhere they like.
6. The judges will be the admins/staff members so other members and readers will NOT see the actual result until the release of the visual version. If an admin or staff member is also participating, they must pass on their right to vote to someone else of their choosing. This is the only exception to the "no members or readers are allowed to read the submissions" rule mentioned above. If there are not enough staff members/admins to vote, or there is a tie, random members of the group will be selected and asked to assist.
7. Have FUN! ^^ This is meant to be a friendly competition~!
Lastly, I wish you all luck, should you choose to participate! ^^ If you have any questions, feel free to ask via PM or simply post them here. =3
Below is the list of those who are participating in the contest, as well as the title of their submissions in italics. Keep in mind that there may still be some participants as there are admins who have not reported back on whether they have received any other submissions.
-Kaname08: Dates and Sweets
-Caelion, Silber-1, and Yui Moonlight (collaboration): The Star, The Cross, The Lightning
-darkhalo191: See You Tomorrow
-TsurugiNoMiko/Alicia Testarossa: Predator
-JustMadMan: Before the Clock Strikes Twelve
And others that I may have forgotten... Sorry. I'm human. ^^" I make mistakes. Please feel free to lecture me on it with your 'You forgot about me' statements. XP Oh, and if you're interested in helping draw out the submission or are able to serve as a judge (since we have an even number of judges so far), we'd be happy to have your help. ^^
In regards to how the piece will be judged, the components are listed here:
Oh! Oh! I'd love to participate! I have no intention on winning (nor any hope) but I still think it will be a fun thing to try out~ Heh heh, I'll be sure to concentrate as much of my ridiculous story-telling and jokes into something that as unbelievably insane and stupid as much as it is horribly hilarious!
Alrighty! Getting pumped! Oh, I wonder if I could do one of my trademark oh-so objectively terrible comics? I'd love to be able to submit something like that but if that's not allowed I'll just write it up~
Oh, one more thing. A visual novel is those computer games where you're basically reading a book but you can make some dialogue choices and stuff. What you're think of is a graphic novel ^^;;
Interesting... I think I'll sign up for this challenge!
I'm soo taking part in this event.
Now, this is what you call LFG xD On a more serious note, I'm looking for people who'd like to collaborate. Are you interested in working in a group? Drop me a message if you want to work with me ^^ It doesn't matter if you're a writer or a beta, both are fine, as long as you're willing to cooperate.
Hmm... I'm interested in joining but as I've already said earlier, I'm still not confident in writing Yuri fics but... oh... Caelion! sign me up for collaboration but most of my contribution would probably only be betaing and some suggestions regarding the plot here and there...
Thank you Yui! Of course, the offer is still up.
I sent you an email with more details.
If there are other people interested as well, feel free to write me a message or reply here ^^
Heh...I'm definitely thinking of joining in on this. I may not be as good with yuri compared to others but I'm willing to give it a shot.
Although I'm still thinking about joining, I have two questions.
1. If I join the group just to participate in this and never do any joint products or write yuri again, is that allowed? I get the feeling that this is to recruit active members and me just joining just to submit one piece of work seems to defeat the purpose.
2. If that is allowed and I complete it, can I ask my friends who have no interest at all in joining the group to proofread for me?
The second question is kind of theoretical, I'm waiting for their examinations to finish before asking them if they would like to proofread it.
I do have some future fics planned, but they barely/do not have any yuri in them. Therefore, even if I do remain active I will not be contributing to the group at all.
I understand where you're coming from for the rest of the post; I'll have to rethink my plans thoroughly if I do join. :|
Nevertheless, good luck with the new community ＾∇＾
Quick question regarding deadlines but...when does entry submission start and end?
Does the word limit have to be within that 1,500-4,500 range? What happens if it goes a bit over that limit? Second...how will you know with regards to entries the amt. that you guys get?
Sorry for putting the abbreviation. Amt. = amount (I was asking about how would you guys know in terms of the amount of entries that you guys get for those that would be participating in the contest)
Mello-san, I think you should put the participants names up so that they know they are for sure in it. :3
I already answered your question, but I thought it'll be best to answer it here too.
I asked a lot of groups to participate, so hopefully we'll get some answers soon~
So I've got a question that's been bugging me. How will entries be judged? Cause I've been working on my submission for some time and now I'm kind of worried how the winner will be chosen.
Personally I think your judging factors should be a little more in-depth than that. Have points ranging from 1 to 10 for each section: grammar, detail, plot, characters, and etc. Leaving things from a simple 1 to 3 will disgruntle more notable writers from participating. With the two judging methods you spoke of a "story" like (just to name one for example's sake) Betrayal and Agony. Also sympathy points might come into factor, too.
Baaah, I'm just rambling on. This be nothing more than simple opinion.
Sometimes you like something and that's the end of it.
But why do you like- I SAID THAT'S THE END OF IT!
I recognize the fact that writers appreciate feedback on their work, I totally do. I also recognize that having a "rate these categories from 1 to 5" is a good way of organizing reviews and making sure all the bases are covered.
... I also feel like it might end up stifling the reviewer's/judge's true feelings of the work if they have to restrict themselves like this.
I feel like the best way to do it would be to use the categories as a guideline and allow the judges more freedom to express what they want. Hopefully this would allow for more personal feedback instead of just staring at a number at the end of your work. It's a little easy to just say "3 out of 5" and leave it at that instead of explaining why, you know? ^^;;