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"I keep seeing these people, all recognizing each other. Something is passing between them all, some secret. It's a conspiracy, I know it."
- Elizabeth, Invasion of the Body Snatchers


"You see, I take these glasses off, she looks like a regular person, doesn't she? Put 'em back on...formaldehyde-face!"
- Nada, They Live


"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."
- Grandpa, The Lost Boys


"Watch out for the weirdos, girls."
"We are the weirdos, mister."

- the driver and Nancy, The Craft



They seem like normal people. They go to work every day, keep their lawn nice and trimmed, and pay their taxes on time. They vote. They go to school. You run into them at the mall, or at the playground with their kids. Such nice folks, upstanding citizens.

If you only knew the truth.

You'd never have suspected that they...That those things...

LIVE AMONG US.


:pumpkin: THE CONTEST
This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for submissions of prose fiction around the theme of They Live Among Us, or the idea that something or someone malevolent, alien, supernatural or just plain bizarre dwells among everyday society under the veneer of normalcy, and what you don't know CAN hurt you.

Interpret the theme however you see fit, but do remember that this is a Halloween contest, and creepy, suspenseful, scary, bone-chilling, spine-tingling, and even darkly humorous or ironic stories are preferred. If you aren't sure if your idea fits the bill, feel free to note Memnalar and ask.


:pumpkin: HOW TO ENTER:
Submit your entry as a deviation in the appropriate Literature category. Send a note to Memnalar with a link to your entry, and it will be collected into an entry gallery.


:pumpkin: RULES:
Deadline is midnight October 23 (CST), and winners will (hopefully) be announced by October 31. Prose fiction only, 3,000-word maximum. 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.

Rules, deadlines, sponsorships and prizes may be subject to change. Please see this journal entry for current contest information.


:pumpkin: JUDGING:
Each entry will be judged on a point system encompassing four factors: Creativity, Technique, Use of Theme 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 you submit it to Memnalar.


:pumpkin: JUDGES
The following brave souls have agreed to read and score the entries.
angeljunkie
jon-com
SadisticIceCream
safia3
Lucy-Merriman
PurpelBlur



:pumpkin: PRIZES:

Points Pool Donors:
Pooled points may be used for prizes or other contest-related activities.
200 points - Anonymous
300 points - ThornyEnglishRose
28 points - orphicfiddler
50 points - Samiraku
30 points - Anonymous
71 points - Anonymous
200 points - apocathary
200 points - neurotype
400 points - Anonymous
50 points - Penfury


First Place
$20 Amazon Gift Card by thorns
Devwear shirt by PurpelBlur
"Trick or Treat" Bunker Gear Tote Bag made by Aranov (see example)
Toy Vault 12-inch Cthulhu Plushie by Memnalar
One Art Commission by Lucy-Merriman
One-year Premium Membership by AGMeade
Six-month Premium Membership by LadyLincoln
Three-month Premium Membership by Beta-Readers
Three-month Premium Membership by PurpelBlur
200 points by Lucy-Merriman
100 points by TheSkaBoss
Critique by Lucy-Merriman
Critique by TheSkaBoss (prose only)
Feature in “Friday Night Features” news article by dreamsinstatic


Second Place
Toy Vault 6-inch Cthulhu Plushie by Memnalar
One-year Premium Membership by RalfMaximus
Three-month Premium Membership by LadyLincoln
Three-month Premium Membership by Beta-Readers
100 points by Lucy-Merriman
50 points by TheSkaBoss
Critique by Lucy-Merriman
Critique by TheSkaBoss (prose only)
Feature in “Friday Night Features” news article by dreamsinstatic


Third Place
Toy Vault 6-inch Cthulhu Plushie by Memnalar
Six-month Premium Membership by FocusOnLit
Six-month Premium Membership by inknalcohol
Three-month Premium Membership by LadyLincoln
100 points by Lucy-Merriman
20 points by TheSkaBoss
Critique by Lucy-Merriman
Critique by TheSkaBoss (prose only)
Feature in “Friday Night Features” news article by dreamsinstatic



Journal Features for all winners:
ikazon
toxic--sunrise
angelStained
Solarune
dreamsinstatic
HugQueen
ThornyEnglishRose



:pumpkin: Other Halloween Contests around DA:

Poetry Screams Contest - Deadline November 1
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:iconemmygir:
Emmygir Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't written in what seems like forever. Time to dust my pencils off and get scribbling!
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
:eager:
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SpiritTigar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds interesestingly epic! I will give it a go~! I hope my writing skillz are as epic as the prizes!! and btw can you trade your subscription for :points: its ok if you cant :D!
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Excellent, I hope you can enter!

As to whether or not you can trade subscriptions for points, that's up to the individual prize donors. If you win a prize, you'll need to check with them.
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rfrb99 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist
I'm almost done with mine just need to type it.
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:iconmegamijadeheart:
MegamiJadeheart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I think I'll give it a try. I've never been good at horror, but, tis the season :3 It's fun to try new things.
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
:pumpkin:
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:iconmegamijadeheart:
MegamiJadeheart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
And it is written and submitted ^_^
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
:heart::pumpkin:
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:iconfudgyvmp:
fudgyvmp Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
ooh a horror warm up for NaNo
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Yes, indeed. :pumpkin:
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:iconalzrith:
aLzRitH Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsupereagerplz:
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
:iconexcitedplz:
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:iconwtfgirl:
WTFgirl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't exercised my horror bone in a while, but I'm going to give this a whack. It should be interesting and I'm going to enjoy it.

I wish everyone luck and I'm sorry but I'm rooting for myself first and my favorites second.
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Rock on. Good luck!
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:iconwtfgirl:
WTFgirl Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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:iconnyanqueen:
NyanQueen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite shocked nobody has added this yet!

This is *NyanQueen from #AnotherContestGroup and I'd like to inform you that we've found and added your contest to our listing! The group also features results and offers prizes to contests so note it if interested for more information. Want even more exposure? Apply for the Contests Around DA bi-weekly news article, more info here [link]

Hope you have a successful contest!
*NyanQueen :iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Thanks very much!
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:iconflarimar:
Flarimar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Writer
Sounds like a fun challenge!
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I hope so! :pumpkin:
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:iconlammalord:
Lammalord Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
if you want you can add :iconanothercontestgroup: to the prizes. We do monthly features in our Gallery, News article, and blog for contest winners.

Also, someone will probably see this and add it to the listing from that group eventually :)
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Rock on, thanks!
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:iconvalleyoffalron:
ValleyofFalron Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So going to try this!
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Yes! :pumpkin:
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:iconrfrb99:
rfrb99 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist
I wrote like 5 today but i couldn't read my hand writing
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
There's no way I'd write a story by hand, for just that reason. ;)
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:iconrfrb99:
rfrb99 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist
lol But if i don't then i get mad trying to type it. So i write it, try to read it, type what i see lol
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:iconpsychowing:
PsychoWing Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome. I'm definitely going to try my hand at it. And I'm so happy I came across this - it's helped me get over my writer's block, so even if I don't win, I'm still doing good. =D
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
That's the spirit! :pumpkin:
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:iconpwnedbypineapple:
PwnedByPineapple Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my muffin, that plushie.
So going to enter this.
Now... for an idea...
/starts thinkin'
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
:pumpkin:
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:iconcaedy:
Caedy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce:

:iconcandycornplz:
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
:pumpkin:
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:iconcaedy:
Caedy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcandycornplz:
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:iconariolus-academy:
Ariolus-Academy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
would like to join in, but will I be able to write it set in a different world which my OCs live in??? seeing as it is supposed to be set in a normal situation and this fantasy world isn't really 'normal'
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
There's no rule against writing in an alternate setting as long as you keep with the contest theme. :)
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:iconariolus-academy:
Ariolus-Academy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
great :) thanks a lot
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:iconlizru:
lizru Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
totally entering this contest especially when i have a few characters that fit this theme so perfectly
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, for a moment I was glad that the story I'm writing will fit in the contest, but then I saw the word limit :/ It would fit into 5.000, but not 3.000...
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:icontytina:
tytina Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
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ZigzagZirk Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't done much horror, last time I wrote something 'spooky' was about three years ago but I'll give er a shot. I think this could be fun. :iconpumpkinlaplz:
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ZigzagZirk Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh goodness, my signature always makes my comments look crazy :U
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:iconechorider:
Echorider Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
how do i add my story, i am an avid writter...............
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Just post it to your gallery as normal, then send me a private note with a link to it. :)
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:iconechorider:
Echorider Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you, will do.
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Tetronix Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I read this article while my dad was watching a movie in the living room, so I had impending-doom music playing while I read it. xD

Nice idea, I might enter!
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Excellent! :pumpkin:
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:iconnetbug009:
Netbug009 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Writer
Ooooh, I LOVE the concept of fantasy placed into an otherwise regular place! I'm gonna have to try and plot out some time to write for this. :D
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
:pumpkin:
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:iconfreakiegeekie:
FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've got an idea but I don't know if I'll have the time.
I have a Halloween costume and a doll to finish but I will try just because that satchel looks awesome :iconiwantitplz:
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