Ghouls and Ghasts and ne'er do wells, welcome once again to the LaBORatory for our annual celebration of stories in the season of all things spooky.
What is a MONSTER? A tentacled, eldritch thing beyond the ken of rational minds? A fiendish horror summoned from the pits for unholy accords? A misshapen simulacrum of a man stitched together and shocked into life in the depths of a madman's workshop? Or is it simply a familiar creature, the family pet perhaps, who has gone just a day too long without its bowl of kibble?
That is what we are here to learn, boys and ghouls! It will be YOUR stories and poems that show us the meaning of MONSTROSITY
This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for submissions of PROSE FICTION and POETRY
You'll be writing your entry around a MONSTROSITY that I, your esteemed and implacable host Memnalar
will assign you at random upon your request (see HOW TO ENTER, below). The monstrosity you are assigned must figure prominently
in your entry; the story or poem must be about the creature, or must be told from the creature's point of view, or must otherwise hinge on the creature as a critical component.
What kind of story or poem you write is up to you, but please remember that this is a Halloween contest. We're looking for pieces that are scary, disturbing, morbid, chilling, creepy, or darkly funny. Halloween, most of all, is supposed to be fun.
Your entry should be entertaining to read, no matter how scary or gritty or butt-puckering it is. So have fun with it!
Your first step is to send Memnalar
a note with MONSTROSITY PROMPT in the subject line. I'll then send you your Monster. Only one prompt request per person, please. If you don't like the one you get, I'm sorry; that's how the claw scratches.
When your entry is finished, upload it as a deviation (NOT a draft) and send a note to me (Memnalar
) with a link to your entry. I will then collect your entry into an Entry Gallery. 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.
NOTE: Before you send me your entry, PLEASE include your Monstrosity Prompt in your Description at the bottom. That will help the judges. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, and I reserve the right to reject your entry if you do not do this!
Deadline is midnight (
12:01 AM to be exact) Monday, October 23 (CST)
, and winners will be announced by October 31 or as soon as possible after that. PROSE:
3,000 word maximum. Fiction.
Both fixed forms and free verse are welcome, but with a minimum of 10 lines and a maximum of 150 lines. VERY IMPORTANT:
HAVE A QUESTION?
- Up to one entry per contestant per category (Prose and Poetry) will be accepted. Only ONE prompt per person, so if you want to enter both Prose and Poetry, you're using the same prompt for both entries.
- Prize donors and Sponsors are eligible to enter.
- Judges are eligible to enter ONLY in a category for which they are not judging. If you are judging Prose, you may only enter Poetry and vice versa.
- Entries must be written in English.
- 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.
See the FAQ
. Or ask Memnalar
Each entry will be judged on a point system encompassing four factors: Creativity, Technique, Use of Prompt 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
These brave souls have agreed to read and score the entries.
I will be accepting prize donations until the contest results are revealed. Almost anything is welcome: Points (through donation widget on Memnalar
's page), Core Memberships, Prints, Commissions, Books, Original Artwork, Journal Features, Critiques, Editing/Proofreading Services, whatever you've got. HOWEVER
: Llamas, faves and watches will not be accepted as prizes in this contest. Points Pool Donors:Pooled points may be used for prizes or other contest-related activities.
1,500 Points from Tobaeus
1,000 Points from BarbecuedIguana
500 Points from ThornyEnglishRose
450 Points from BlackBowfin
400 Points from akrasiel
300 Points from PsiDeschain
200 Points from LadyLincoln
200 Points from MagicalJoey
200 Points from BeccaJS
170 Points from Carmalain7
60 Points from Sagittarianism
20 Points from AnonymousGRAND PRIZE (One, from all entries):
$30 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Gift Card (or equivalent DA points) from Memnalar
1,000 Points from communityrelations
1,000 Points from Points Pool
Chainmail Dragon 11-inch, in Custom Colors (Example
) from squanpie
Found Poetry Commission from LiliWrites
Traditional Media Drawing (4.25X5.5") from KreepingSpawn
Substantive edit for 5,000 words of the winner's choice (academic, fiction, etc.) from jes6icaPROSE and POETRY First Runners-Up (One from each category):
$15 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Gift Card (or equivalent DA points) each from Memnalar
750 Points each from communityrelations
750 Points each from Points Pool
One Fractal piece (each) from Mythiril
One Digital drawing (each), 2000 x 3250px from MikesScribbles
Chainmail Dragon 7-inch, in Custom Colors (Example
) each from squanpiePROSE and POETRY Second Runners-Up (One from each category):
$10 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Gift Card (or equivalent DA points) each from Memnalar
250 Points each from communityrelations
250 Points each from Points Pool
I support and encourage Literature and/or Halloween-themed contests, projects and goings-on, so if you are running one or know of one, let me know and I'll pimp it here.
As long as you're writing about monsters anyway, you might want to keep this in mind.
Deadline Announcement: Myths, Monsters, MutationsMyths, Monsters, Mutations
Deadline is now set for November 15th.
The spooky season means popcorn and best of the B's! Movies, that is. And LadyLincoln
is offering up a contest to write your own!
The B-Movie Horror Script Terror-tastic ContestIf you have been a watcher of mine for a while, you might remember this fun Halloween Contest from 2010. I decided to bring it back this year, because everyone loves Halloween and it gives me another excuse to spoil my friend Memnalar for his birthday (October 29th). Lets face it, he deserves all the spoilage he can get during the month of October as he is our resident Jack Skellington of DeviantART. Plus: we all want him to stay active and not disappear into the shadows again.
So without further adieu, let's slice right into the pumpkin! We all know that October is a spooky month full of ghoulish ghosts, delicious candies and awesome baddies, but it also has:
Zany, Madcap B-Rated Horror Movies!
If you are an Elvira fan like me, your dark and stormy night just is not going to be complete without a special midnig
The more monsters, the merrier! A MONSTER CALLS 2017 PROSE CONTEST.
A Monster Calls 2017- A Prose ContestFall is here. Leaves are turning. Eight poetry forms! Can you handle OCTACULA?
Apples and pumpkins are EVERYWHERE.
Halloween is right around the corner.
It's time for scary stories.
It's time for a contest!
A Monster Calls.
This is a literature contest.
Show me a monster in prose.
Scare me. Thrill me.
Tell me a monstrous tale!
Note me with your entry,
Please mention this contest in your comments.
New work for this contest please.
Only prose please (1000 word limit).
The Deadline for submission is October 30th 2017.
Be scary! Be creative! Show me a monster!
Winners. There will be two.
1st prize gets:
400 points, a scary short story by me, and a feature by :iconprettyflour:, :icondeviantsgallery:, :iconpoeticalcondition:, :iconpoets-and-warriors: and :iconspectrum-of-art:
2nd place gets:
100 points and a feature by :iconprettyflour:, :icondeviantsgallery:, :iconpoeticalcondition:, :iconpoets-and-warriors: and :iconspectrum-of-art:
Go on, write me something monstr
Another Octacula Approaches You know what's scarier than Halloween? National Novel Writing Month!
Stamp made by the formidable and fierce HugQueen - go give love!
Welcome To the Third, Annual
Welcome to the third year of Octacula! In honour of October and all it cree-eights, Octacula shall reign throughout the entirety of the month. Whether it's the tenth month or the eighth (Oct as in eight baby).
Octacula features eight forms divided into two groups. The first group consists of:
Chant Royal: The Chainsaw Wielding Psychopath
The Chant Royal is a murderous French form, invented by Christine de Pizan and Charles D'Orléans in the 15th century. It consists of five 11-line stanzas with the rhyme scheme [a-b-a-b-c-c-d-d-e-d-E] (E is a refrain) and either a 5-line [d-d-e-d-E] or a 7-line [c-c-d-d-e-d-E] envoi (finishing stanza). The biggest obstacle in a
has a way to make it a bit less scary by teaming you novelists up. Check it out and sign on:
Project: NaNo SquadNaNoWriMo is going to be here before we know it. In fact, it’s only two months away. Are you ready for it? Do you know what it is? Are you even a writer? Well, I can’t help with that last question, but the first two I can definitely handle.
What Is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and is traditionally held in November. During the month, writers make their fingers bleed trying to get to complete a 50,000 word novel. It’s not easy and takes a considerable amount of devotion. Which is why I’m here.
I think we can all agree that if we have a team of friends and comrades, it’s much easier to stay motivated and on task to complete something. Think about it. You’re at work and you get a huge assignment. You think you’re swamped, but then a friend pops by your office/desk and tells you how awesome you are, drops a mug of coffee and pats on the shoulder. Next thing you know it’s four hours late
Does all that talk about novels scare you poets out there? FEAR NOT. MagicalJoey
has you covered, with the Anthology Contest!
MagicalJoey's Anthology Contest IIIWhy hello you lovely person checking my hair for lice...or maybe it's the skull fracture I got from the drama over the last few weeks you're looking for? Well, whatever it is, put down your lice comb or suture kit and listen up...because I have a treat for you. What type of treat you ask? Well, while I don't have candy, cake or oreos, I do have a contest. Contest? Did I say contest? Why yes I did! You've arrived at the wonderful home of what I like to term:
Why, Jo, isn't this the contest you host annually in April/May to celebrate your birthday? Yes, it is...but because I'm a sucker for punishment and have a bit of free time I thought - why not host it twice this year and give the kiddos something do to with all those mad skills they have? See, I'm being generous and promoting talent. Also, as an aside, anyone ever notice how Lucy Lawless (Xena) has the most amazeballs facial expressions? Love her to bits -