Critique Contest: ALL Mediums!About
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
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.Transliterations: Modernising Myths3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
Write and Revise Contest: Part 1You thought we were going to let you rest after the Summer Contest, huh? Wrong! We're back with a two-parter to hopefully get you both creating and editing, as all good writers must. This contest is brought to you by VertigoArt, who has rejoined the ranks of DLD as our contest and affiliate admin! Please go give him some love.Write and Revise Contest: Part 12 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Part 1: Go Wild!
The first part of the contest is relatively simple: write something. It can be a journal, a stream of consciousness, a scrap of a poem, an idea you've had for ages or one that comes to you in a burst of inspiration.
This part of the contest is open from August 11th to
September 11th, 2012October 11th, 2012.
If you need some help getting started check out prompts set up by our affiliate groups, Live-Love-Write listed in their blog here: http://live-love-write.deviantart.com/blog/ and theWrittenRevolution archived here: http://thewrittenrevolution.deviantart.com
Announcing The First Lit-Visual Alliance CONTEST!Announcing the first contest for theAnnouncing The First Lit-Visual Alliance CONTEST!3 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
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 643 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
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
Breaking in to Lit!IntroductionBreaking in to Lit!3 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
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIII3 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
Love dA Lit: Issue 66Welcome to the sixty-sixth 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 663 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
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Daily Deviations Update
TenderPassion is a new group and has launched.
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:" :
The Village Bicycle ProjectThe Village Bicycle Project3 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
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
May Contest: Navigating deviantART The contest deadline has been extended to June 10th! There will be no further extensions, so get your entries in ASAP!May Contest: Navigating deviantART3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's a common complaint...
Particularly for our newer members. "I've set up my profile...now where do I go?"
May's contest aims to answer that question. Your challenge is to create a tutorial aimed at deviantART's new members that shows them as much of the site as possible. Think about when you were new - what areas of the site did you discover only after blundering around? What areas did someone else point out to you? What do you wish you had known as a new member that seems like common knowledge now?
You must be a member of SolutionsSanctuary to enter. All join requests are automatically accepted.
All entries must be created specifically for this contest (uploaded on or after May 10th).
Entries should be uploaded to t
AoS Group and Contest Launch Anthropology of SelfAoS Group and Contest Launch3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Explore your world as it is and all the ways it might have been
DEADLINE EXTENSION. So many of you are still hard at work on your submissions, so there will be a one week extension. Pieces are now due on March 4 at 12 AM PST
Welcome to the launch contest of Anthropology-of-Self. This group’s goal is to craft prompts and contests that help you investigate your world as it truly is and in all the ways it could have been. We hope to create a place where fiction, nonfiction and poetry can all mingle happily together while creating weird, wonderful stories.
For this contest, we ask you to go back to your beginning moments as a writer, that first time you chose to place a pen to paper and change the world around you. Your mission is simple:
Rewrite Your First Ever Story
Rewrite your first story as you best remember it.
Many of us only remember tidbits o
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 733 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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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
Project Educate: Critique Week Welcome to Critique Week!Project Educate: Critique Week3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
For the majority of us on DeviantART, critique is an essential part of our experience and development as artists. As much as we love praise or positive comments from our nearest and dearest, most of us are seeking to improve our craft and to be able to shape our Art more effectively. Some of us purely post our work here to get that all important feedback and the extra special people amongst us are on here to give it.
However, to get critique is not always as easy as slapping up our latest piece into our gallery and wait for the responses to come flooding in. In fact if you genuinely want good critique, you do need to make a bit of an effort to get it and get effective, constructive feedback in return.
This week at communityrelations, we are using the power of Project Educate to have a whole week dedicated not only to how to get critique, but how to give it, use it and make the most of what deviantART can offer and hopefully show you that
PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.PE: Literature Critique Tips3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.
Before you start
READ the piece all the way through.
Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that
Summer ContestUPDATE: Submissions to the contest are now closed. Watch for an announcement on the results.Summer Contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Use an object to connect the lives of two or more otherwise unrelated characters.
Contest Begins on June 1st, 2012.
Contest Ends on August 1st, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time
All entries must be Literature. Prose, Poetry, and Scripts are accepted. No visual poetry; concrete is allowed.
All entries must be written specifically for this contest, uploaded to dA on or after June 1st, 2012.
All entries must include a link to this contest journal in the artist's comment of the deviation.
All entries must adhere to deviantART's Submissions Policy and Etiquette Policy.
Anyone who is not judging may enter the contest, including DLD st
(UPDATE 1/19) Mini ContestHey, everyone!(UPDATE 1/19) Mini Contest3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will be running a Mini Contest during this month. I've been wanting to hold one for a while now, and with the Complaints Challenge going on, I thought now would be the perfect time.
My biggest complaint about deviantART has been that it is really difficult to break into the literature community when you're a new writer. So I thought it would be interesting to hold a small contest specifically for folks who are fairly new to deviantART! The goal of this contest will be to expose new writers to the community and try to bring them some attention.
The theme will be Resolution. You may interpret the theme however you wish.
Contest entries must be submitted by the end of January 31st, 2012. You will submit your entry by sending me a link or thumb of your piece.
This will be a literature only contest. However, any type of literature will be accepted.
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.
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
Operation TYP [Contest Event!]Grim Face (GrimFace242) and I decided running our own separate contests in January weren’t enough. We put together a joint event contest too.Operation TYP [Contest Event!]3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Operation TYP?
It’s 24 hours of fun, and a dash of mischief, for the literature community. At the start date you will be given a simple task that can be done in as little as 2 minutes. It will be up to you to make it fun and creative though.
What is this task? It’s so super secret we can’t tell you until the start date!
What we can tell you is this: It will be quick and easy. It will be fun. You will have 24 hours to complete the task. You can participate multiple times. There will be prizes for random participants and a little something extra for three creative deviants!
Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Time: 12:00 AM EST*
Check back at that time for your Operation TYP task
ScreamPrompt #23, February 2012First of all, I have to give a shout out to TheSkaBoss for collaborating on this prompt with me. For real, I couldn't have done it without her. I really like what we came up with.ScreamPrompt #23, February 20123 years ago in Personal More Like This
Bear with us/me -- it's kind of involved but it promises to be very cool.
There is a couple. They can be married, single but in a relationship, heterosexual, gay/lesbian/bi, we have no discrimination in Screamtown. One member of the relationship wants their significant other, who is easily and constantly distracted by their own pet hobbies (something they do by themselves as opposed to with their mate), to spend some quality time away from the hobby and do something together. In order to do this, the member who wants the quality time must sabotage their mate's ability to do their hobby.
Example: If the girlfriend wants to go to brunch with her boyfriend but it happens to be during the Super Bowl (to be
ScreamPrompt #25, April 2012Fourth Month.ScreamPrompt #25, April 20123 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.