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BeccaJS's avatar
:new: AND WE ARE OFF! Don't worry, you can still sign up now if you are a tad late!

:bulletyellow: Plenty of space for people to sign up- remember as long as you aim for just 12 critiques you are a winner of this challenge!

:bulletyellow: squanpie has created some absolutely beautiful team artwork to represent this years teams. You have permission to use this as your team banner how you see fit (but be sure to credit)! Thank you so much :heart:

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've waited for...

November, NaNo pfft, that is over! Winter is coming and with it brings a greater show. The armies are rising again!

Those sneaky secret-storing Samurai Snowmen have melted now. Previous winners are just a legendary tale. Four new teams are rising, each fuelled with one desire- To be the best at delivering critique!

Welcome to Critmas 2018!

What is Critmas?

This is a multi formed challenge where the focus is about 2 things. 1. Giving 2. Critique.

The challenge for everyone is to submit at least 12 critiques (that's 1 a day) across the 12 days of Christmas (Dec 24th to Jan 6th). It doesn't matter what the art form is or your style of critique, it is all about giving back in the way most members on here value most; in giving feedback on their work.

The Critmas Story has evolved over the past 8 years and this year, we have another team event. Although individually the only qualification is to submit a minimum of 12 critiques- as a team you are trying to outwit the others to beat them and become the team champions of critique. How you do this is entirely up to how you operate as a team. 

The team element took this up to over 1200 critiques delivered by approximately 40 people last year. There were strategies, support and friendships formed as a result. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard, especially when you had spies, critique "bombs" and artwork to support the event. I want the same this year!

The 2018 Teams

To participate in Critmas, you need to "sign up" and upon being signed up, you will be assigned into one of these teams. What happens next is entirely up to you!

Beautiful artwork provided by squanpie the excellent!

Bullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red Holly Hand-grenadesBullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red 

Critmashh by BeccaJS
Deck the halls before they deck you! With grenades :stare:

Your team captain is: Meterious

"Book of Critmas Armaments, Chapter 12, Verses 24 to 36: 

And the great Lady Becca did raise her gaze to the heavens and say "Bless this, O Lord DA, that with it thou mayst blow thine Critiqueless enemies to blessed bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the fine words of praise and constructive comments and thoughtful advice and silly quips and impeccably worded phrases -And once the number twelve, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holly Hand Grenade in the direction of thine Critiqueless foe, who, being naughty in Becca's sight, shall be showered in Critmas cheer."

Team members

Bullet; WhiteBullet; WhiteBullet; White Mistletoe BowsBullet; WhiteBullet; WhiteBullet; White 

Critmasmb by BeccaJS
Aim for the heart, do not miss, I wouldn't trust the mistletoe's kiss

Your team captain is ThornyEnglishRose

"Noble archers, hold your heads high, for we are proudly skilled in hunting and in battle. Even at long range, we shall find those in need of critique, and to them we shall be the Robin Hood of Critmas. But to our rivals, we Mistletoe Bows signal the kiss of death. Onward now to glory!"

Team members

Bullet; BlueBullet; BlueBullet; Blue Poinsettia Pikes Bullet; BlueBullet; BlueBullet; Blue

Critmaspp by BeccaJS
There's a gift that is made for receiving and then there's a pike for plunging!

Your team captain is PennedinWhite 

"We may be a pretty bunch, but we sting as we slice through the competition. Not afraid of a challenge, we shall rise from the beauty of the art that desires to learn and grow. Our words shall rise above all others in power and numbers. So, my team, grab thy pikes! Prepare to flay in the ultimate rivalry!"

Team members

Bullet; GreenBullet; GreenBullet; Green Tannenbaum Trebuchets Bullet; GreenBullet; GreenBullet; Green

Critmastt by BeccaJS
Nordic pines, you better fir them when they fire!

Your team captain is doughboycafe 

"The advent of the trebuchet marked a revolution in warfare, allowing armed forces to overcome long odds and claim hitherto improbable victories. The critiques we reap will be our spoils, and our enemies will find no corner of deviant art to hide from our onslaught. Load your slings, and let fly, and may the bards sing of our victory come Christmas!"

Team members

The Important Information

Please read these bits carefully!

What is in it for me?

Critique is one of those important things we need as artists and writers to develop our technique.  Anyone can give a critique; you just need to be honest and constructive. If you're new to it, this is a great opportunity to give it a go! 

Not sure where to start with giving critique? LiliWrites has compiled an awesome collection of resources to help you with your quest!  

If anything a bit of team building and community spirit is more than welcome and we'd like to get you involved!


There will be prizes for the winning team, but also a chance of spot prizes for any participant who writes 12 or more Critiques in accordance with the rules. There is also a chance of being awarded points for completing challenges (see below).

I am collecting a points pool on my page, and the more points the better! Please if you are willing to donate points, or any other quirky prizes (features, critiques, prints etc) let me know and I will add this to the list below!

Points Pool: Total = 14,000

Bullet; Blue 4000 Points from communityrelations 
Bullet; Blue 2500 Points from Zara-Arletis *
Bullet; Blue 2000 Points from BeccaJS 
Bullet; Blue 2000 Points from akrasiel *
Bullet; Blue 2000 Points from LiliWrites 
Bullet; Blue 1000 Points from BlackBowfin *
Bullet; Blue 1000 Points from Memnalar *
Bullet; Blue 600 Points from ThornyEnglishRose *
Bullet; Blue 500 Points from neurotype *
Bullet; Blue 155 Points from GrimAlpaca*
Bullet; Blue 100 Points from LadyLincoln *

*points donated via donation pool


Bullet; Blue 12 x Journal Features from LiliWrites 

Other exciting swag:

Bullet; Blue A copy of the book Sol.Terra Complete Collection by C-A-Harland from LiliWrites 
Bullet; Blue 2 x $15 Amazon gift cards from LiliWrites 

How do I play? 

  • Firstly you sign up and will be assigned at random to one of the 4 teams.
  • From December 24th, we go live for critiques and you can start giving critique. (You can sign up after this date, but obviously less time for critique!)
  • It doesn't matter who you give the critiques to, try to spread the joy to as many different people as possible
  • Please only critique pieces from deviantART posting in the comments of the deviation.
  • Once you have written your minimum 12 critiques, leave a comment in the launch day journal (separate journal on 24th December), linking your critiques for verification.(Click on the time-stamp of your post to get direct comment link).
  • Critiques must have a minimal word-count of 100 words per critique.
  • Past critiques CANNOT be included, only critiques given after and including the 24th December will be accepted.
  • You can pick any art form- not limited to literature.
  • Deadline for submissions: 6th January 2018, by 11:59 PM PST

Bonus Challenge Game!

So this year I am adding an extra challenge! 

Yes! Not only will you be giving critiques, but those critiques come with extra scores depending on how, who, when and what you critique! These challenges will be revealed in the journal on the 24th December as well as some bonus challenges appearing daily so keep your eyes peeled and find ways to achieve more points! :eager:

So who is signing up?

Thank you very much to the following groups for supporting this awesome project*:
:iconcrliterature: :iconthewrittenrevolution: :iconcommunityrelations:


*Can your group advertise this? Let me know and I'll add your icon to this list!

Thank you and I look forward to lots of you signing up!

:new: December is also time for December Forms Challenge! Check it out!
ProjectDFC: December Form Challenge 2018
It's tiiiiiiiiimmmmeeee....
This is the namesake event of ProjectDFC; the 2018 December Form Challenge is heeeeeerrrreeee!
Hello everyone!  Hi!  OneWithTheStars here and welcome to ProjectDFC's 2018 main event!
I haven't had the pleasure to be around for it during its entirety, however, we have a VERY exciting DFC this year!  We are celebrating the decennial of this absolutely marvelous challenge that has inspired monthly challenges of poetic forms, bringing together fellow poets as we torture challenge ourselves with just a sampling of the many, many poetic forms in existence around the world.  We also have a new contributor; please everyone give a hand in welcoming Amarantheans to our group!  She's a wonderful person I've come to know over the past couple of years and enjoys poetic forms as much as the rest of us.

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Oh godddamnit, wrong thread!
AfroChica94's avatar
Ah, discovering this late, but I still love the idea.

Is it too late to join a team? If not, I'd like to sign up.
BeccaJS's avatar
Never too late! You can join the Bullet; BlueBullet; BlueBullet; Blue Poinsettia Pikes Bullet; BlueBullet; BlueBullet; Blue and that evens up the numbers! 

I'd drop a note to your team captain to let them know you're an extra recruit!
AfroChica94's avatar
Thank you!
Getting started now.
FuschiaButterfly1's avatar
so who do we critique?
BeccaJS's avatar
anyone you like :)
FuschiaButterfly1's avatar
oh ok, and post a link on here of who we critiqued?
FuschiaButterfly1's avatar
BeccaJS's avatar
ah so you are! Ok, just crack on then :)
FuschiaButterfly1's avatar
ok, I have been so busy.
SavageFrog's avatar
I'm curious: by "individuals", do you mean people participating solo?
BeccaJS's avatar
People are put into teams automatically, but can just do the individual challenge of 12 critiques if they wish only to do that :)
SavageFrog's avatar
Ah ok.

(Sorry for responding to this a bit late. I won't be able to participate since my mother just injured herself & will be requiring my assistance. Sweating a little... Hope that there's a ton of participation though!)
Trollchong's avatar
Can I sign up, please?
BeccaJS's avatar
Bullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red Holly Hand-grenadesBullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red 
IamNoHere's avatar
Hi! I guess I haven't signed up yet, sorry about thatSweating a little...  I hope it's not too late by now - is there a place for me in one of the teams, please?:)
GrimAlpaca's avatar
I expect great things from you, rival.
IamNoHere's avatar
Same on my end. Let's do our best. Good luck.
BeccaJS's avatar
Its ok you made it!

Bullet; WhiteBullet; WhiteBullet; White Mistletoe BowsBullet; WhiteBullet; WhiteBullet; White 
nosedivve's avatar
hi! i just noticed that my username is spelled incorrectly--i have two v's! sorry about that!
Lillendandie's avatar
I wish everyone the best of luck. My art is open to everyone for critique. I appreciate honesty so you don't have to worry about getting any backlash.
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