Transliterations: Modernising Myths So it's Valentine's Day here and I'm off to buy shoes to go with my posh frock for my fancy dinner because blue moons just come around sometimes, but I thought I'd pop in to remind you that there's approximately forty-eight hours left to submit something for the contest. So to all you stragglers, you revisers and last-minute magic-makers, you photo finishers: pull all the stops out, stop arsing about and get those entries in. Think of it as a Valentine's gift to words.
At the request of participants and for the sake of my own failing sanity, the Modernising Myths Contest will be extended by ten days. This means that the new deadline is February 15, giving you until the day after Valentine's Day to complete your entry--and if you still need more time, I suggest cancelling your Valentine's Day plans and finishing it then. Because we all know you love writing more than you love your partner. And if they're reading over your shoulder, I'm sorry, but they had to know som
Demonstrably Deviant: Issue IAboutDemonstrably Deviant: Issue I3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sometimes we meet members of DeviantART who are just plain cool. They leave critique, they make great art or write great stories, they participate in groups and are generally just active and fun to be around. They also don't get any attention because being cool means you don't need attention to keep being cool. This interview series is meant to give all of you a small glimpse into the minds of these demonstrably deviant members. Twice monthly, I'll interview one of these deviants and feature work from their gallery. If you'd like to see someone interviewed for this series, just shoot me a note with the subject "Demonstrably Deviant".
PaperDart: Reader, Critic, Philosopher Extraordinaire
Hailing from South Africa, Charli is an avid reader, a prolific writer, and quite an interesting blogger. Her gallery includes several poems, short stories, and some non-fiction pieces. She loves the effort over at :devwriters-works
Blind Winter Poetry ContestThe Blind Winter Poetry ContestBlind Winter Poetry Contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
With the winter comes a specific sense of appearance, be it snow, a frosty window and a fireplace, or blistering sun, the beach, and a cool drink. No matter where the location, the season brings a certain sense of familiarity...and we're challenging you to reconsider that familiar scene!
The prompt, should you choose to take it on, is to write a poem about winter as you know it. The challenge, however, is that you can't use the sense of sight within the poem. Deprived of sight, you'll have to rely on your other four senses as a means of describing winter as you know it.
Only new poetry will be accepted for this contest, so no recycling older works as entries.
All entries must be posted to the Literature gallery (not Scraps), though any subcategory in the poetry category is allowed.
Entries must be no longer than 50 lines.
January's Complaint Challenge - DDsIntroductionJanuary's Complaint Challenge - DDs3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This activity is part of my year-long project to address complaints from the dA community. January's complaint is Daily Deviations!
"I find that the DD system needs to be expanded. Why? Sadly, it has become the only major channel on this site for artists and writers to receive exposure, and the selection choices are limited. On my journal, =Flyvapnet wrote that '[i]t smacks of a good-old-boys system, wherein Deviations are considered for recognition only if they're suggested by those who have an in-crowd relationship with someone in the award-giving hierarchy'. There are great artists out there who don't have any exposure simply because they can't get DDs, and the selections are biased: for example, they almost never include parts of novels. Offering more artists this exposure would help DA with what
The Village Bicycle ProjectThe Village Bicycle Project2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Village Bicycle Project
Pet projects. Groups, prompts, contests, news serials. We all have them, whether it be one, or two, or ten if we've got a premium membership and a largesse of time. We start them for various reasons: to make a change for the better, to provide an opportunity that wasn't there before, or simply to make our mark on this wide and diverse community. Of course, it wasn't always like this. When I was first kicking around deviantART, News was still in beta (heck, beta-testing was still in beta) and Groups were nothing more than a glint in the ninja milkman's eye. What few projects there were were run out of the forums, individual journals or dedicated accounts, while the vast majority of contests came directly from the Gallery Directors. But now, thanks to these new features, anyone can be a community volunteer. You might not get the hat or the tacit permission to fling poop or rend innocents with your dinosaur teeth, but you are a community volu
Prompt 14: The Beginning! Just one day left to send us your slice of weirdness! I'm working on my desperate and pathetically last-minute entry--how about you?Prompt 14: The Beginning!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Just under one week left to get those entries in! We've only had two so far, so all you people who favourited and shared and rhapsodized about how goddamn awesome it was we were back, get your arses into gear!
Yes, it's us again. We reincarnate more often than Kenny.
This time is going to be different, though. And you can trust me on that, because it's not me who'll be ensuring it. futilitarian, a long-time contributor and judge for transliterations and someone whom I'm sure you all know if only by reputation, is stepping into the breach and making sure this dead horse keeps getting whipped. The one major change you should be aware of is that prompts will now go up on the 15th of each month and end on the 10th. Of course, this ending date is purely arbitrary and only influences who gets into the news feature; you can continue
Transliterations: Modernising Myths Resultstransliterations' Modernising Myths Contest: Results!Transliterations: Modernising Myths Results2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
So here we are, nearly three weeks after rounding up our biggest contest of all time and only three days after we said we'd get here, which has to be some sort of transliterations record. And it's nearly eight weeks since we first asked you to take your favourite myth, legend or fable and transmute its essence into a modern story. Forty-nine writers answered the call, knocking our collective socks off and putting a serious dent in what we laughably refer to as our free time; I have a newfound respect for judges everywhere, with the possible exception of Judge Judy. It was incredibly difficult coming up with just four winners--take a spin through the entries yourself and you'll see what I mean--but it's not a proper contest if it doesn't reward excellence, and so I hereby present to you:
Poetry, First Place
Breaking in to Lit!IntroductionBreaking in to Lit!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Literature has long been considered one of the closest knit communities on deviantART. As a result, some people find it difficult to "break in" to the Lit crowd. There are rumors of elitism, difficulty in getting exposure, and lack-luster appreciation for the incredible work that goes into writing a good piece of prose or a well structured poem.
If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
Those who do have large followings often also comment and read quite a lot of work h
Critique Contest: ALL Mediums!AboutCritique Contest: ALL Mediums!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In my opinion, critique is commentary on art or literature aimed at giving direction for improvement, encouraging artistic growth, and promoting education. These three elements are vitally important to any artist, in any medium because they provide a cornerstone for advancement.
On deviantART, we see entire communities dedicated exclusively to giving and receiving critique because artists of all levels understand the benefits of critique. February's Solutions Sanctuary project is focused on critique because many, many people complain that there just is not enough of it on dA. Well, time to put your keyboards where your mouths are, my fellow deviants!
For this contest, I challenge you to give at least one other deviant a critique. You may use the critique feature or leave critiques in comments. You may critique work from a group, from your watchlist, from the
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIII2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Below you will find a new assortment of various writers on DeviantART who are worth getting to know. All of their respective galleries are packed full of tremendous works that I enjoy and hope that you will too. If there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read the first seven articles in
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VII3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Below you will find a new assortment of various writers on DeviantART who are worth getting to know. All of their respective galleries are packed full of tremendous works that I enjoy and hope that you will too. If there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read the first six articles in this
Complaint Challenge Contest - Extended!Update: Deadline ExtensionComplaint Challenge Contest - Extended!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
New deadline: February 10th at 11:59 PM EST!
I could use an extra week before judging, and my poll suggested people could use a little more time than that. I've decided to extend the deadline by 10 days.
Don't forget you must note me your entry to be eligible for prizes. I know I saw some floating around. I do need an official entry note! You may find these other reminders helpful: http://fav.me/d4mk8a6
If your entry is not in this folder, you are not confirmed and should contact me: http://thorns.deviantart.com/favourites/47897505
If you have questions, or needed help, and I haven't fully helped yet, NOTE ME ASAP. If I haven't responded I misplaced your messages. (I know there is definitely one I cannot find.) I apologize and would be appreciate a reminder.
We got our complaints out in 2011. Now, 2012 is about doing something productive with them. I am not going to sit and grumble a
Love dA Lit: Issue 55Welcome to the fifty-fifth issue of my weekly news article, Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this news article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, interviewing various members of the literature community and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 553 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
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ScreamPrompts is back for December and has a new prompt!
beeinthebottle has created new group with "a drama-free, llama-free zone for fame-worthy literature written by grown-ups—and not-so-very-grown-ups!—of any age:" :
ScreamPrompt #25, April 2012Fourth Month.ScreamPrompt #25, April 20122 years ago in Personal More Like This
Four thousand words.
All prompts are live
Here's what's gonna happen. I will list four prompts, one for each week of this month. Once a new week starts, the prompt for that week will be posted. Since I've been rather word-count heavy lately, we're taking it back to Flash Fiction. Because the prompts are going to be fairly simple compared to the past, I will be attaching a difficulty to each one, mostly to help you avoid leaping toward to most obvious initial ideas. Read on...
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April 3-8: A character does not want to go home.
Difficulty -- there's no abuse waiting for them when they get there.
April 9-15: Something they believed in their whole life has been a lie.
Difficulty -- no religion allowed.
PE: Do You Really Want Critique?As part of projecteducate’s Critique Week, we thought it’d be a good idea to take into consideration when you should and shouldn’t ask for critique on a work you post to deviantART.PE: Do You Really Want Critique?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Before I get any further into the article, I would like to address the fact that the things I say here will not always apply. In fact, they may not even apply most of the time. As with all guides to art and feedback, your mileage may vary, and it’s always best to learn things for yourself. So, without further ado, here’s a few things to consider before you request critique:
Personal work: The most common issue with critique that I’ve personally encountered around dA is the critique of personal work, and a lot of the time this is because the artist requests critique on a work that they are not ready to receive critique on. A few examples of this could be work done as a result of a person’s passing, a difficult change in life, or a work based
Your Traditions Prose ContestThis season is full of tradition. Be it caroling, cookie-making parties, pub hopping through hot summer nights, or ringing in the New Year by running barefoot through cornfields full of snow, there are moments we all look forward to each and every year. But each an every celebration is unique, and we want to hear your story of the season.Your Traditions Prose Contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The prompt, should you choose to take it on, is to write a nonfiction story about your specific seasonal traditions. We want you to ditch the Christmas and New Years cliches everyone knows about Christmas (Santa, Rudolph, he ball drop, etc) and focus on the small things that are the strongest about the season to you.
Only new nonfiction pieces will be accepted for this contest, so no recycling older works as entries.
All entries must be posted to the Literature gallery (not Scraps), though any subcategory in the Nonfiction category is all
Love dA Lit: Issue 64Welcome to the sixty-fourth issue of my weekly news article, Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, interviewing various members of the literature community and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 642 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
This weeks group spotlight is Critique-It!
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News Articles in CRLiterature
transliterations has extended the deadline of their Modernising Myths Contest. [February 15th]
TenderPassion is a new Lit Romance group that will be up and running Febr
Announcing The First Lit-Visual Alliance CONTEST!Announcing the first contest for theAnnouncing The First Lit-Visual Alliance CONTEST!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What is the Alliance, you ask?
The Alliance is a project group intended to encourage visual and literary artists to work together. I've felt for some time that the dA Literature Community can at times be somewhat insular - to its detriment. We in the Lit Community are also sometimes prone to griping about the lack of exposure our work receives when compared to that of visual artists.
So. In the spirit of thorns brilliant Complaint Challenge I would try to do something about that. And so :iconlit-visual-alliance: was born.
As often as I hear literary artists complaining about lack of exposure, I hear visual artists complaining of a lack of inspiration and motivation to create art. And that, I must say, is simply nonsense. There is a massive amount of inspiration to be found on dA - and it's called th
Flash Fiction Month 2012Flash Fiction Month 2012Flash Fiction Month 20122 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
July is Flash Fiction Month.
Every day, from July 1st through July 31st, participants are asked to submit an original piece of flash fiction between 55 and 1000 words. There are thirty-one days in July, and that means thirty-one short stories. Any topic. Any genre.
Don't be intimidated by the thought of having to write exactly thirty-one stories in thirty-one days. Flash Fiction Month isn't about deadlines, it's about having a go.
So sign up here to register yourself for a month of fiction, friendship and fun.
Every week prizes will be on offer for the best submissions. To be eligible for prizes, you'll not only need to complete all seven stories for that week and upload them before each day is through, you'll also need to complete our challenges. W
Transgressions: Vices and Virtues ONLY 3 MORE DAYS TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!!Transgressions: Vices and Virtues2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Contest folders are open! You have from now until May 31st to get your entries in:
Vice and Virtue: Prose
Vice and Virtue: Poetry
"Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
a : moral depravity or corruption : wickedness
b : a moral fault or failing
c : a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming : foible
: blemish, defect
: a physical imperfection, deformity, or taint
The Acrostics Series: BornBlitzedHello, and welcome to The Acrostics Series, which gives notables from around the lit community the opportunity both to sum themselves up in an acrostic of their username and to pretend they're back in the third grade!The Acrostics Series: BornBlitzed2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Next up we have HaveTales-WillTell, who got his tick in the latest round of senior announcements and looks very fancy with it on. He's been in the deviantART business five years now, and for all you trivia bods out there, he's a big fan of duckpin bowling (which is apparently way less cruel to animals than I initially thought). He joins us now live from the Grave Accent On Your Head Sartorial Convention, and his acrostic goes something like:
Blessed with abnormality
Non sequiturs prevail.
But preaching practicality
Leaves out originality;
I have a personality
That hates like hell to fail.
(..and thus concludes my tale.)
Anniversary ContesttheWrittenRevolution 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.Anniversary Contest3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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?
We have prepared five themes and ten vignettes for you to choose from. You may use any of these to
Love dA Lit: Issue 73Welcome to the seventy-third issue of my weekly news article, Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 732 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Note: Don't forget ATrue's Yearly Literature Community Fundraiser, where she collects points to then give Literature groups a Super Group subscription!
This weeks spotlight is Lit-Visual-Alliance!
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Literature DDs for December 2011December's Literature Daily DeviationsLiterature DDs for December 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello all! This is an article showcasing the deviations from the Literature gallery that were featured as Daily Deviations throughout the past month. So, without further ado...the features!
Featured by Beccalicious
Lady Depression by megsmadShe's half a step from me by ReinventReinvigorateA Christmas Surprise by nngrossin praise of scavengers by LancelotPriceThe art and technology of life by CatalystSparkPygmalion by YitikOrigin of the Sisters by TheBuggiest
Featured by Halatia
Fishbowl by RenderMeRainbowCaught Drowning by ninjababyfree verse poetry by baharimtotoPerfect Contrition by HesperieHarvest Moon by poshlost:thumb272367524:The Mundane Magic of Med School by ElmaraA Constellation of Scars by foxthepoetNot Quite Earth by leyghanUmbrella Terms by Alex-Fry-FanUncle Tom's Cabin by frizzymissizzy11 3 by bailey--elizabethA tall, lidded sunrise by pardonM3After the Dry by BrandonRChinnDixie Red by DownwardsSaintEulogy for Bear by SitkaReign:thumb175127048:borne by pagan-poetessFootnote To The Apocalypse by GentlemanAnachronism37 by brittlejacksSelkie by Peemu
Featured by wreckling
Critique Challenge - JanuaryThis is a link to the January Critique Thread in the Lit forum: http://forum.deviantart.com/art/literature/1681835/Critique Challenge - January2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Your mission is to go to that thread, pick something, post a critique to it, and send me a note with a link to your critique. I don't care if you use the actual critique system or a regular comment.
When January is over, I'll pick the three best critiques and give 300 points to each winner.
If I get good responses to this, I might do it for subsequent months. Additional prize donations accepted, but I'd much rather see you go and critique something.
Meanwhile, here's a cat trying to bend it like Beckham.