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Anniversary Contest

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2011, 11:34 AM



theWrittenRevolution is now two years old! As a tribute to how far we've come and to kick-off our future decades as an active and radical center for young writers, we're hosting our BIGGEST CONTEST YET.

At some point in the future, we plan on becoming an independent, not-for-profit online writing website, a place where members can share their written work in an artistic fashion, as well as give and receive critique to help them improve their abilities. An aspect of that organization that we are rather enamoured with is publishing compilations of our members' best pieces.

Here's where it starts: we've decided to put together an eBook of the thirty best entries to this contest.

Maybe you're not that impressed, you're thinking, "It's just an eBook, no big deal." We get that. But this is just the beginning. We have to start somewhere, right?

The Contest

We have prepared five themes and ten vignettes for you to choose from. You may use any of these to create any form of writing (poem, short story, prosetry, letter, etc.).

Themes
• Inversion
• Intense emotion mixed with something neutral (e.g. sensory perception/math equations)
• Crossing boundaries/borders
• Achieving your dreams/reaching for the stars
• A specific part of the day, over a span of time, to tell a story


Vignettes
For the vignettes, it would be best if you included it as close to word-for-word as possible (although if it doesn't fit right with your poem, or a slightly different style would work better for your prose, feel free to modify it).

The sky is not falling, we are rising.

He turned at the sound of my camera snapping, just in time for me to capture the expression on his face – curious, unguarded.

A rush of words, all lost in translation. There's a story here, and I can feel it building, like shadows at dusk, like mist on the windows, like ivy on stone latticework.

The black umbrella was classy, but soulless – I much preferred the red one we shared.

Have you ever seen the sun rise on a rainy day? It would be a Sunday, and you would be blinking the sleep out of your eyes and stumbling down the stairs to go fetch the morning paper before it was soaked through and the soft rays of dawn would sneak around the clouds and make the day worthwhile.

There are one thousand, eight hundred and sixty steps from the street level to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. It took only one to get back to street level.

I'm holding secrets so tightly my hands start to burn.

I mailed you a box of seafoam so you could hear the ocean, but it leaked out the sides like the blood from your mouth as the ambulance carried you away from me.

The sky is no one's canvas, but I made it my own just the same.

I'm a writer.


The Rules

Any deviant can participate.
• The submission does not have to be new, but we do recommend that you create a new piece based on one of the themes or vignettes.
• There is no limit to the number of submissions per deviant, but be aware that you may only win once.
• All submissions should be linked via note to theWrittenRevolution.

The deadline is Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.

The Prizes

The prizes are still under construction because we're trying to make this the biggest and baddest contest yet. However, what we do have planned is this:

The four best poetry and prose entries for each theme, and the best entry for each vignette will all be featured in the eBook.

There will be an overall winner for the themes and an overall winner for the vignettes, both of whom will receive one year Premium Membership.

The best entry for each theme and vignette will win a three month Premium Membership.

The prize list will be updated with more to win throughout the next couple of weeks.



So there you have it! We're two years old and still going strong. Good luck in the contest!

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:iconadventwinter:
adventwinter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why am I seeing this just now...
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Photographer
:hug: Next time!
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:icontsundoku:
tsundoku Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Writer
When are the winners being announced?
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Done!
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:icontsundoku:
tsundoku Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Writer
Apparently, when it said it wouldn't send that way, it did it anyways. Oh god, I'm so sorry...
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Photographer
:lol: I'm not sure what you're talking about, but it's okay. :hug:
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:icontheonly-makaila:
TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How long should a vignette be?
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Any length! :dummy:
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:icontheonly-makaila:
TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay :w00t:
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:iconsupersonicskybucket:
SupersonicSkyBucket Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Does that mean we have until February 4th to submit, or we have to submit by the 3rd?
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
You have until March! :dummy: [link]
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:iconsupersonicskybucket:
SupersonicSkyBucket Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Awesome! Thanks for letting me know!
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:iconhinatakaname:
hinatakaname Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do vignettes work? 'Cause there are some good ones there...
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Just use them as part of your submission. :nod:
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:iconhinatakaname:
hinatakaname Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought so, too. Thanks.
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:iconstutteringsentiments:
StutteringSentiments Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
How many entries per person?
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Unlimited! :w00t:
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm entering, but how do we give it to you. I sent it by group note.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Send it in by note is exactly right. :thumbsup:
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay. Thank you. I hope it's okay.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
:eager: I'm sure it is!
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:iconbeeinthebottle:
beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012   Writer
Can you enter and forgo publication if somehow you are in the top four?
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:iconbeeinthebottle:
beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Writer
Scratch that. The idea of an e-book is growing on me. :)
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
We'll give you the choice. :nod:
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Okay, so can I JUST enter using a theme, or do I have to use a theme AND a vignette?
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:iconsilverinkblot:
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Either way :nod:
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh excellent. Thank you!
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:iconsilverinkblot:
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No problem :)
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:iconthecookiepuppy:
TheCookiePuppy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I'm Defiantly Entering!<3
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Great! :w00t:
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:iconautospy:
autospy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Could the deadline be extended, by a month or so?
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Done! [link]
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:iconmarzarret:
Marzarret Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For the choice of theme or vignette, can we just choose the one theme or do we have to pair them with the vignette???
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:iconsilverinkblot:
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You can pick either/or, but you may also combine themes and vingnettes as you see fit :)
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:iconmarzarret:
Marzarret Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I'm not good in vignettes, I'd rather pick my own idea.
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:iconkuske:
Kuske Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Don't take this as an official reply, but I think that themes and vignettes and themes run along different judging, so you pick either a theme or a vignette, you don't need both.
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:iconmarzarret:
Marzarret Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then.
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:icona-u-r-o-r-a-s-k-y:
A-u-r-o-r-a-s-k-y Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
How do you submit your entries??
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Photographer
Send a link to the deviation via a note to the group: [link] :glomp:
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:iconozzla:
ozzla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   Writer
:w00t: It's because all you apart of the admin are doing an awesome job of keeping this project alive!
Now for a silly question - exactly how long should a vignette be? :meow:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Photographer
:glomp: Haha aw thanks so much!

The vignettes are those little clips provided. Your entry can be any length! :thumbsup:
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:iconozzla:
ozzla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Writer
Great! Knowing that, it'll make it easier for me to further refine it :)
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Photographer
:hug: Super duper.
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OMGOMGOMGOGOGMGOMOG *spaz attack* I am clearly excited :la:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Photographer
:dummy: Great!
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:iconsolarune:
Solarune Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Writer
Oh wow, I love the vignettes. Especially this one.
I mailed you a box of seafoam so you could hear the ocean, but it leaked out the sides like the blood from your mouth as the ambulance carried you away from me.
What an amazing switch. :faint:
This sounds wonderful. Best of luck everyone!
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Photographer
Most credit goes to =SilverInkblot for writing them. :] but the entire contest team for compiling them, neh?

:glomp: Thanks Sol!
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:iconsolarune:
Solarune Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Writer
Oh definitely. :heart: You're welcome!
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:icontheonly-makaila:
TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Let's do it! :onfire:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Photographer
:w00t:
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