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All Hallow's Tales Contest 2014 - CLOSED

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 6:12 AM

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED TO ENTRIES!

See the Entry Gallery for the creepifying entries as the judges take up chainsaws and set to work. :evillaugh:
THANK YOU to all entrants and photography donors for making this one special!

This contest is generously sponsored by prize donors and:
:iconcrliterature:  :iconpersistent-practice:  :iconthewrittenrevolution:






Ghouls and Ghasts and ne'er do wells, welcome once again to the LaBORatory for our annual celebration of prosaic chills in this, the season of all things spooky.

Have you ever ran across a photo, perhaps lying on the sidewalk, or tucked between the pages of the family Bible, a photo so strange that your mind just couldn't help but to form a story around it? 

Dear writer, let this contest be the dusty attic, the abandoned parking lot, the spooky junk store with stacks of forgotten photos just waiting to have their story told. That, dear writer, is where you come in.






THE CONTEST

This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for submissions of PROSE FICTION. Each entrant will be assigned a photo at random from a bank of photos generously donated from photographers all over deviantArt.

When you are assigned a photo, you must write a story using that photo as inspiration. Ignore the photo's title, artist comments, and any comments or critiques left by others. You can take the photo literally or metaphorically, it's up to you. What kind of story you write is also up to you, but please remember that this is a Halloween contest. We're looking for stories that are scary, disturbing, morbid, chilling, creepy, or darkly funny. Halloween, most of all, is supposed to be fun. Your story should be entertaining to read, no matter how scary or gritty or butt-puckering it is. So have fun with it!





HOW TO ENTER:

Gather your courage, make sure your chemical beakers are full and your test subjects are appropriately drugged. Then, send a note to Memnalar with CONTEST PHOTO REQUEST as the subject line. He will then send you your randomly-chosen photo. If you don't like your photo, that's too bad. Make it work!

When your story is finished, upload it as a deviation and send a note to Memnalar with a link to your entry. He will then collect your entry into an Entry Gallery.

IMPORTANT THINGS:
:bulletpurple: For the judges' sake, please include a link to your photo in your Artist's Comments at the bottom of the entry.
:bulletpurple: You can make changes to your entry even after you've entered, but be aware that your entry is fair game for judging as soon as I've placed it into the Entry Gallery.





RULES:

Deadline is midnight October 25(CST), and winners will (hopefully) be announced by October 31. Prose fiction only, 3,000-word maximum.

Let me repeat that.  3,000-word  M A X I M U M.  No, I will not take your entry if it's 3,001 words long. Don't even ask.

One entry per contestant will be accepted. Prize donors are eligible to enter, but not judges. Entries must be new pieces posted after the contest begins. Entries earning Daily Deviations or major features before the end of the contest will be disqualified. No fan-fiction will be accepted. Prose only, no poetry.

JUDGING:

Each entry will be judged on a point system encompassing four factors: Creativity, Technique, Use of Photo and "The Halloween Factor."

The official judging period will be the week after the contest deadline. HOWEVER, judges will be encouraged to read and score the entries as they come in. Please be aware that your entry is fair game for judging as soon as I place it in the entry gallery, so don't send it to me until you're ready for it to be judged.


JUDGES
The following brave souls have agreed to read and score the entries. Worship
Beccalicious
DrippingWords
neurotype
KreepingSpawn



PRIZES:

I will be accepting prize donations until the contest results are revealed on October 31. Anything is welcome: Points, Premium Memberships, Prints, Commissions, Original Artwork, Journal Features, whatever you've got.


Points Pool Donors:
Pooled points may be used for prizes or other contest-related activities.

BarbecuedIguana - 1,500 points
GrimFace242 - 1,000 points
xlntwtch - 1,000 points
Tobaeus - 600 points
Halatia - 500 points
LadyLincoln - 300 points
Magnius159 - 300 points
Aranov - 200 points
TheSkaBoss 200 points
ThornyEnglishRose - 100 points
HuffingtontheOnly - 7 points


First Place
 prize by Memnalar Hardcover copy of Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye - from Memnalar  (candles not included.)
$20 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
2,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Second Place
$15 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
1,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Third Place
$10 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
700 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Features for All Winners donated by:  Persistent-Practice, theWrittenRevolution


A SPECIAL THANK YOU

Many, MANY thanks to these deviants who generously allowed the use of their photography for this contest.

iamadem, randomaxes, faeriecrone, WorldWar-Tori, jamberry-song, pullingcandy, LacedShadowDiamond, tiganusi, Lonacc, jenepooh, maxnort, SadisticIceCream, DrippingWords, Magnius159

I'll be accepting photography for use in the contest as long as it's running, so if you'd like to put your work up as inspiration, just send me a note!



Have fun, darlings!



All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar



Other Halloween Contests around dA

I support and encourage any and all Halloween-themed contests, so if you are running one or know of one, let me know and I'll pimp it here.

:pumpkin: Annual Halloween Contest by In-Obscuro and Ombre-De-Nuit (Digital Art) - Annual Halloween Contest - NOW OPEN!!!

:pumpkin: October Book Club: Selections from Lovecraft by CRLiterature - Not technically Halloween and not technically a contest, but it's still horror, there are still prizes and it's muhfuggin Lovecraft for shoggoth's sake. Details here.

:pumpkin: Ghost Stories Lit Contest by OfOneSoul, IrrevocableFate, DreamingAutumn, and DrippingWords (Prose Fiction) - Contest Open to Entries!

:pumpkin: Halloween Horrors Challenge by DeviantsGallery (All) - Multiple Challenges, Multiple Prizes




All Hallow's Tales Contest 2014 - CLOSED

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 6:12 AM

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED TO ENTRIES!

See the Entry Gallery for the creepifying entries as the judges take up chainsaws and set to work. :evillaugh:
THANK YOU to all entrants and photography donors for making this one special!

This contest is generously sponsored by prize donors and:
:iconcrliterature:  :iconpersistent-practice:  :iconthewrittenrevolution:






Ghouls and Ghasts and ne'er do wells, welcome once again to the LaBORatory for our annual celebration of prosaic chills in this, the season of all things spooky.

Have you ever ran across a photo, perhaps lying on the sidewalk, or tucked between the pages of the family Bible, a photo so strange that your mind just couldn't help but to form a story around it? 

Dear writer, let this contest be the dusty attic, the abandoned parking lot, the spooky junk store with stacks of forgotten photos just waiting to have their story told. That, dear writer, is where you come in.






THE CONTEST

This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for submissions of PROSE FICTION. Each entrant will be assigned a photo at random from a bank of photos generously donated from photographers all over deviantArt.

When you are assigned a photo, you must write a story using that photo as inspiration. Ignore the photo's title, artist comments, and any comments or critiques left by others. You can take the photo literally or metaphorically, it's up to you. What kind of story you write is also up to you, but please remember that this is a Halloween contest. We're looking for stories that are scary, disturbing, morbid, chilling, creepy, or darkly funny. Halloween, most of all, is supposed to be fun. Your story should be entertaining to read, no matter how scary or gritty or butt-puckering it is. So have fun with it!





HOW TO ENTER:

Gather your courage, make sure your chemical beakers are full and your test subjects are appropriately drugged. Then, send a note to Memnalar with CONTEST PHOTO REQUEST as the subject line. He will then send you your randomly-chosen photo. If you don't like your photo, that's too bad. Make it work!

When your story is finished, upload it as a deviation and send a note to Memnalar with a link to your entry. He will then collect your entry into an Entry Gallery.

IMPORTANT THINGS:
:bulletpurple: For the judges' sake, please include a link to your photo in your Artist's Comments at the bottom of the entry.
:bulletpurple: You can make changes to your entry even after you've entered, but be aware that your entry is fair game for judging as soon as I've placed it into the Entry Gallery.





RULES:

Deadline is midnight October 25(CST), and winners will (hopefully) be announced by October 31. Prose fiction only, 3,000-word maximum.

Let me repeat that.  3,000-word  M A X I M U M.  No, I will not take your entry if it's 3,001 words long. Don't even ask.

One entry per contestant will be accepted. Prize donors are eligible to enter, but not judges. Entries must be new pieces posted after the contest begins. Entries earning Daily Deviations or major features before the end of the contest will be disqualified. No fan-fiction will be accepted. Prose only, no poetry.

JUDGING:

Each entry will be judged on a point system encompassing four factors: Creativity, Technique, Use of Photo and "The Halloween Factor."

The official judging period will be the week after the contest deadline. HOWEVER, judges will be encouraged to read and score the entries as they come in. Please be aware that your entry is fair game for judging as soon as I place it in the entry gallery, so don't send it to me until you're ready for it to be judged.


JUDGES
The following brave souls have agreed to read and score the entries. Worship
Beccalicious
DrippingWords
neurotype
KreepingSpawn



PRIZES:

I will be accepting prize donations until the contest results are revealed on October 31. Anything is welcome: Points, Premium Memberships, Prints, Commissions, Original Artwork, Journal Features, whatever you've got.


Points Pool Donors:
Pooled points may be used for prizes or other contest-related activities.

BarbecuedIguana - 1,500 points
GrimFace242 - 1,000 points
xlntwtch - 1,000 points
Tobaeus - 600 points
Halatia - 500 points
LadyLincoln - 300 points
Magnius159 - 300 points
Aranov - 200 points
TheSkaBoss 200 points
ThornyEnglishRose - 100 points
HuffingtontheOnly - 7 points


First Place
 prize by Memnalar Hardcover copy of Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye - from Memnalar  (candles not included.)
$20 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
2,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Second Place
$15 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
1,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Third Place
$10 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
700 dA Points - from Points Pool
Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
Critique from HtBlack

Features for All Winners donated by:  Persistent-Practice, theWrittenRevolution


A SPECIAL THANK YOU

Many, MANY thanks to these deviants who generously allowed the use of their photography for this contest.

iamadem, randomaxes, faeriecrone, WorldWar-Tori, jamberry-song, pullingcandy, LacedShadowDiamond, tiganusi, Lonacc, jenepooh, maxnort, SadisticIceCream, DrippingWords, Magnius159

I'll be accepting photography for use in the contest as long as it's running, so if you'd like to put your work up as inspiration, just send me a note!



Have fun, darlings!



All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar



Other Halloween Contests around dA

I support and encourage any and all Halloween-themed contests, so if you are running one or know of one, let me know and I'll pimp it here.

:pumpkin: Annual Halloween Contest by In-Obscuro and Ombre-De-Nuit (Digital Art) - Annual Halloween Contest - NOW OPEN!!!

:pumpkin: October Book Club: Selections from Lovecraft by CRLiterature - Not technically Halloween and not technically a contest, but it's still horror, there are still prizes and it's muhfuggin Lovecraft for shoggoth's sake. Details here.

:pumpkin: Ghost Stories Lit Contest by OfOneSoul, IrrevocableFate, DreamingAutumn, and DrippingWords (Prose Fiction) - Contest Open to Entries!

:pumpkin: Halloween Horrors Challenge by DeviantsGallery (All) - Multiple Challenges, Multiple Prizes




All Hallows Tales 2014 Entries
22 deviations
Halloween
266 deviations
deviation in storage
:icona-wakefield: A-Wakefield
(Halloween contest is over here. This isn't about that.)

dA changed. You might be a bit angry. Before you run off and vent your rage, you might need to know some things:
  1. A Molotov cocktail consists of gasoline, motor oil and baking soda in a glass bottle and a rag soaked in alcohol as a wick.
  2. You can kit-bash a gas mask out of a plastic three-liter bottle, some foam rubber, an n95-rated facemask (tear gas is a dust, not a gas, so your rig needs to rate for particulates) and a rubber band to secure it to your head.
  3. There really isn't much functional difference where the Truper four-tine or five-tine pitchfork is concerned, so just go with your personal preference.
  4. Remember that dA is staffed by legions of people who - just like you - spend a lot of time, energy, care and love on the work they do here and the friendships they make here. Every move they make, they make because they want to make the place better, move it forward, and keep it relevant in the ever-changing social media landscape. They do good work, and they're doing it for your benefit.
  5. So calm down maybe. Do some writing. Smoke something. Just make sure it isn't that rag you soaked in alcohol. 

:iconbigheartplz:

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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, honey. :heart:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Thank you, dear!  :tighthug:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, lovely. :heart:
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Sky-Full-Of-Stars Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! :D :D :D :squee: :hug:

Have a wonderful day!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Thank you!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
F2U: Jack O Lantern  :cake::tea:F2U: Jack O Lantern 
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Edited 12 hours ago
There needs to be a pumpkin salute thingie.  But thanks!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I just might have to make one.  :devilish:

Hope you enjoyed your day!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Happy Birthday! :iconballoonplz:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Thank you!
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