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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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blackfire3 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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:iconblackfire3:
blackfire3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay :w00t:
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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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