Critmas 2016: Battle of the Critters!

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Greetings all!

PLEASE NOTE: Don't forget to sign up to be assigned a team!


I hope everyone is gearing up for the festive season! What better way to encourage the gift of giving with a bit of giving on deviantART here? Back for its 6th (yes 6th!) year running, I would like to introduce you to:

CRITMAS 2016:

BATTLE OF THE CRITTERS!




The challenge is back! Between the 12 days of Christmas (December 24th to January 6th), I am encouraging every one of you to submit at least 12 critiques (that's 1 a day) for this challenge. 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.


But this year there is a slight twist!



All year in the North Pole, the critters have been working getting Christmas and Santa ready for the big day. The Elves made toys of every shape and size that children could dream of. The Gnomes grew and pruned lush green Christmas trees. The Pixies perfected walnuts and crackers for Christmas feasts. The fairies tinkered with all the lights, glitter and sparkle. Joy filled the workshops and everyone was happy. That was until...

critter; unknown who, told another critter they were doing things wrong. Angered by this criticism, the other critter in turn criticised another. starting a chain of bad criticism, dividing the critters into their respective race. If this wasn't resolved quick, Christmas could be a catastrophe! 

So Santa called the captains together to resolve this. Santa wanted each group to prove they could deliver critique without being critical. thus restoring the magic of Christmas back to the North Pole. With reluctance, the captains agreed and set off on a quest to encourage their teams they were the best. Yet this challenge wasn't without rivalry!

By signing up to Critmas, you will become part of a team on a mission to get more critiques complete than the other teams. The four teams are:


The Elves (Green) 


Elves by BeccaJS
Team Captain: :iconcinestress: Cinestress 
"We Elves are Santa's favorites as we are known by the world over! We'll show the others how proper critique is given (and received)! Keep an eye out for my journals on critique to help you along the way!"
JessaMar
Rieal-Dragonsbane 
Pepper-the-phoenix 
inkstaineddove
SavageFrog
Lillendandie
vikfrachris
neurotype 


The Pixies (Yellow)

Pixies by BeccaJS
 Team Captain: :iconhugqueen: HugQueen 

"My beloved Pixie friends the oven is the perfect temperature for baking, but outside the kitchens things are heating up! Keep an eye out for my journals as there will be lots of fun, encouragement, and snacks! To prove myself as your Captain I've composed a little poem for you:

Pixies are cutest,
I used to be a flutist.
You will get cookies!"
WhiskeyDreamer
Inventor-Micheala
Zara-Arletis
NemoX7
CiCi-Arts
vvlpes
ninebark
Carmalain7


The Gnomes (Blue) 


Gnomes by BeccaJS 
Team Captain: :iconliliwrites: LiliWrites 


"Gnomes! We've been preparing all season for this! We know how to trim and prune till only perfection is left. People bring the product of our knowledge into their homes every year. We grow the centerpiece of the festivities! I am speaking, of course, of our beautiful trees.

We already know we have what it takes to win this epic battle of critical success friendly competition between friends. Let's get to it! Follow my journal daily for strategic instructions and recognition of fallen soldiers encouragement and  shout-outs for great work from the team! Victory shall be ours! :gnomefist: by JauntyBot"
AspiredWriter
kerrybush42
SilverInkblot 
MagicalJoey
squanpie  
flatw00ds
w-h-i-s-p-a
SlytherclawPadawan


The Fairies (Red) 

Faries by BeccaJS
Team Captain: :iconbattlefairies: BATTLEFAIRIES 


"We'll show everyone how it's done! Team Fairies makes the best critique sandwiches - 'fair' is our middle name after all (and 'ies' our last). I hope you're all having lovely backsides, so the other teams will have something to look at when we're miiiiiiles ahead of them...!"
Domaex
doughboycafe 
LifeOfSherman
TehAngelsCry
craftsbyblue 
Heartcrocher
FruitTartz
aatosiwa


Awesome Team art provided by Mythiril
Team Avatars (free to use) by Synfull 

:bulletgreen: Elves
:bulletyellow: Pixies 
:bulletblue: Gnomes
:bulletred: Fairies

Why participate?


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? Here are some useful resources:

:snowflake: Crit Ticks for the critics
:snowflake:  Critique
 :snowflake:  How to accept a critique
:snowflake: A Critical Community
:snowflake: An ABUNDANCE of articles at projecteducate 

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

Prizes


There will be split prizes for the winning team, but also a chance of spot prizes for any participant who writes 12 or more Critiques.

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 = 6900

:bulletblue: 2500 from communityrelations 
:bulletblue: 1000 from namenotrequired*
:bulletblue: 500 from BeccaJS 
:bulletblue: 500 from xlntwtch*
:bulletblue: 500 from Mythiril 
:bulletblue: 400 from doughboycafe 
:bulletblue: 400 from ObsydianDreamer 
:bulletblue: 400 from Cinestress 
:bulletblue: 200 from brennennn *
:bulletblue: 184 from BATTLEFAIRIES *
:bulletblue: 135 from LiliWrites *
:bulletblue: 81 from SkippyJr*

*points donated via donation pool

Features:

:bulletgreen: A selection of features from: doughboycafe , Mythiril , Cinestress, MagicalJoey, LiliWrites 

Critiques:


:bulletred: A selection of chosen critiques from: Mythiril, LiliWrites 

Other exciting swag

:bulletyellow: A copy of All The Kings Men and awsome Sci-Fi anthology from ObsydianDreamer 
:bulletyellow: A collection a retro dA swag (stickers, badges and keychains) from BeccaJS X 2
:bulletyellow: High quality fractal printable gift from Mythiril x3
:bulletyellow: A custom Illustration from flatw00ds



How do I play?

(The important bit- PLEASE READ!)


  • Firstly you sign up on this journal and will be assigned at random to one of the 4 teams. You can help encourage and talk to your team and get them involved too.
  • 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, but don't critique the same deviant multiples timesThe idea is to spread the joy!
  • Please only critique pieces from deviantART using the critique function or 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 do not have to critique just literature (SERIOUSLY ANY ART!); you can pick any art form, as long as you write 12.
  • Deadline for submissions: 6th January 2017, by 11:59 PM PST

Any questions, queries, Christmas puddings or confusions, please do not hesitate to ask away/ offer pudding!


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

*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!

:iconbigheartplz:
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Sardrellas's avatar
kerrybush42's avatar
Is there a way to get the timestamp for critiques before they're accepted? Or if they're not? I'm new to this. :la:
SlytherclawPadawan's avatar
You don't need their approval/having the critique to show up on their deviation to get the link. Just write the critique, then visit your profile page where your activity section is. Click 'View Critique' and there you go. :)
kerrybush42's avatar
Thank you so much! :D
Lillendandie's avatar
You can just click the date on the actual comment. I save my crits in a favorites folder. 
kerrybush42's avatar
yeah I figured it out, but thanks! :)
aatosiwa's avatar
I haven't heard anything from anybody so I am withdrawing my name from the challenge.
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the FAIRIES
SlytherclawPadawan's avatar
Anybody home? I'd like to start the game soon please. T_T
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the GNOMES
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the GNOMES
SlytherclawPadawan's avatar
vikfrachris's avatar
Hi! I know I'm a little late, but I would absolutely love to join this! :)
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the ELVES
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the ELVES
w-h-i-s-p-a's avatar
I'm a day late but may I still join?
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the GNOMES
w-h-i-s-p-a's avatar
All good! Thanks!
Carmalain7's avatar
Hey Becca, I'd love to join a team, please.
BeccaJS's avatar
Apologies for the delay in response, I am not at home at the moment!

You have been assigned to the PIXIES
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