Welcome to the first DreamCraft Contest on Pokémon Elite 2000!
This unique contest combines the artistic aptitudes of writing and art into one competitive contest with an actual real prize involved for the winner(s). In this contest, authors and artists step up to the plate and enter either completely by themselves, or pair up with someone else to work together to create the most epic story and art entry they can.
And the winner(s) will receive a copy of either Pokémon Black or Pokémon White for the Nintendo DS/DSI!
If you win, all you need to do is provide me with a valid shipping address, and the newest version of Pokémon will be yours. Yeah, I can tell you like the sound of that!
So, ready to put your writing and art skills into overdrive?
HOW IT WORKS
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
In the beginning, signups for the DreamCraft contest will last about a week. This should give you ample time to start planning, obtain a partner if you want one, and, if you think you want to start early, time to do that as well. Since this is a high-stakes contest, planning and giving serious thought about what you plan on doing might be a good idea, but if you’re confident you’re ready to start working, go for it.
STEP ONE: THE NOVEL
The first step of this contest, Step One: The Novel, is to construct the Pokémon fan fiction. You will have a whole month to plan, write, and finish the story, very similar to the NaNoWriMo writing challenge presented every November. Once the month is up and the deadline has been reached, you will not be allowed to post any new additions or make edits to your story (entries will be checked for this. Posts that have been edited past the deadline will be completely disregarded, while all new material in the fan fiction will not be looked at). Length is good, but the real challenge is to make the story as thrilling, as epic, and as awesome as humanly possible with the time you’re given. Yes, one-shots are legal and are within the rules, but think twice before going for something brief. Your competition will be fierce and will try to outdo you the best they can. Don’t let them.
There is no limit to how much you can write either, but the story must
start, go on, and finish. Unfinished fan fictions will still be judged, but there is a severe point deduction for unfinished stories and it may cost you the win. Thrill the judges, knock our socks off, and go all out. Hold nothing back.
Rules for Step One: The Novel
STEP TWO: THE ART
- The story can be as long or as short as you like, but finishing it is a crucial step. Make it as unique and as original as possible.
- The story also needs to be an entirely new fan fiction, and can't be a preexisting work.
- The fan fiction can be any genre or combination of genres you please, but still needs to have Pokémon in it.
- Proper spelling and grammar is very crucial. Your final score will be affected by it.
- Plagiarism is a serious offense, and will completely void your entry.
- Whether you're working alone or you’re working with a partner, it doesn’t matter who posts what at what time. Both of you are free to post, make additions, and make revisions to the story whenever you wish within the one month time period, as long as it’s before the deadline.
- Any level of violence is fine, and swearing is also allowed (but should really only be used for character development). However, extreme sexual content or malicious racism (to real life ethnic races, in-story racism toward fictional races for storyline purposes is fine) is prohibited.
Once the deadline for the fan fiction part has been reached, Step Two, The Art will begin immediately after, and will last for two weeks. This time, a wallpaper sized (must be at least 1280x1024 or larger) piece of graphic and/or drawn art based on the fan fiction will be created. The actual art can be based off a particular event in the story, what the cover art would be, or any other aspect of the story that’s related to the fan fiction that was written in Step One: The Novel. Make the story come to life through this artwork, and capture the mood, color, feeling, and theme of the fan fiction as best as you can. Show the characters in living color, and truly illustrate how awesome and powerful this story is through this image.
Rules for Step Two: The Art
- The wallpaper image must have the story’s title in it as well. Feature it as if it were a brand logo somewhere on the image, so everyone knows the story that it correlates with, and gives the story its own unique emblem.
- The image has to be in either PNG, JPEG, or GIF format, and must be at least 1280x1024 or larger in size.
- Characters featured in the image have to be the original creation of the contestants, and cannot be stock images of Ken Sugimori’s art, official Nintendo images, or any similar pre-created artwork. Using another artist’s artwork off of sites like DeviantArt or Photobucket is also not allowed. Also, using preexisting artwork isn’t allowed either.
- You’re free to post the artwork and/or make changes at any time before the deadline.
- Besides that, it’s all up to your imagination. Have fun and good luck!
To enter this contest, all you need to do is fill out the sign up form at the very bottom. As stated, there are two ways to enter:
– If you enter alone, you’re solely responsible for creating the fan fiction and the art wallpaper. If you’re confident that you can handle both writing and art on your own and you like the premise of handling your own ideas, then this option is for you.
– You can also choose to work closely with another person. How you divide the task is up to you. You can handle the writing portion while your partner handles the art, or vice versa, or the both of you can work on both tasks together. As long as both partners work together and both make significant contributions, both of you have the potential of winning a copy of the latest Pokémon game. However, if it is evident that only one of the partners is doing all the work, your team’s score may suffer.
When you start posting your submission, place the new thread in the Pokémon Fan Fiction Section
. Also to clarify, your art wallpaper will also go in the same thread, NOT in the Mixed: Art Contests board.
Also, put [DreamCraft] in the thread's title to highlight it as an entry in the contest.
Once the deadline for Step Two: The Art, has been reached, judging will begin immediately, and each submission will be judged based on the Step One’s work, Step Two’s work, and how well both pieces worked together. Judging is based on a score of 1-100, higher being better. Once each submission has been judged and graded by two judges, the scores are added together, and that total is the final score. The submission with the highest final score is the winner, and the contestant(s) will receive a copy of either Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version, their choice. If you win, all you have to do is provide me a shipping address, and you’ll have a copy of the newest Pokémon game right in your hands. :)
I’ll do my best to ensure judging is completed within a week, but if the amount of submissions is very high, please allow for additional time for judging to be completed. I will definitely be closely monitoring judging, so rest-assured; I’ll be on top of things.
I also welcome anyone to elect to become a judge for this contest, but you will have to give up the privilege to take part in it yourself. If you want to become a judge, let me know through PM. I welcome anyone and everyone and will greatly appreciate the help, but the judging process will need to be detailed, and you’ll have to explain your reasoning out of respect for the contestants. Also, I will be providing my judges with a grading rubric/guideline to use while reviewing the submissions to make it easier and to ensure everyone follows the same judging standards. All you’ll need to do is follow its directions and guidance while reading and reviewing the submissions you’ll be assigned to once everything is in, follow the point allocations and questions, and explain your reasoning. The contestants will eventually be reading how you judged their entry once everything is posted and the winner is declared, so inform them of what was good and what needed improvement, and why you scored it the way you did.
If I accept you to become a judge, please do your best to grade your assigned entries within the judging week. If things seem to get rough, let me know ASAP, I understand if other things conflict with your schedule, but I need every judge to be well coordinated, on task, keep in close communication, and to work together if you have questions or need advice/help from other people. Also, I will be asking how things are going on a regular basis every few days. Please respond to each PM and keep in close communication so I know what’s going on. I want this contest to be the best it can be, so please help me as much as you can.
Currently, these are the deadlines.
Signup and Registration: March 16th – March 23rd 11:59 PM EST
Step One: The Novel: March 24th 12:00 AM EST – April 24th 11:59 PM EST
Step Two: The Art: April 25th 12:00 AM EST – May 7th 11:59 PM EST
Judging and Winners Announced: May 8th 12:00 AM EST - May 14th (May be earlier or later depending on circumstances)
Sign ups have officially closed.