Celtic Samhain Festival Contest - (Closed)

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UPDATE: Due to a major power outage in Québec affecting 1 million people, I have extended the deadline for this contest to the 15th of November. That leaves you 2 more weeks to create and submit what I know will be amazing entries! If you need longer, let me know. ;)


And Finally, what you've been waiting for since a week...

Ladies, gentlemen and variations thereupon...

Welcome to a very special event...

:iconelysian-mark: 's first Contest!

And since we're closing in on October... We all know what October means! 

Halloween!


However...

Elysian Mark was created to celebrate the positivity and the beauty of art. And this contest is no different. 
Halloween comes from the Celtic festival Samhain. And unlike modern interpretations, Samhain was not a festival of gruesome, horror, and dark arts.
Samhain was the legendary day where the veil between the worlds faded, and lost souls could return and visit their friends and family members.
Feasts were prepared to nourish those spirits with their favourite food and drink; the villages were decorated to welcome in joy those spirits.
In short, Samhain was the miraculous day every year where families and friends could be reunited with the passed souls.

So here is your challenge!

Create a literary piece (poetry, prose, etc) or a visual art (traditional/digital drawing/painting, photomanipulation, etc) depicting the traditional Celtic Samhain Festival, where joy and happiness welcomes the spirits. 

What will NOT be accepted are: gruesome, horror, dark magic, everything that represent a negative relationship between the dead and the living.

 - You must be a member of :iconelysian-mark: to participate. If you aren't and wishes to, join us! 

 - You have from the 22th September to the 15th November to submit your art in this folder: Contest Folder

 - Please write in the comment section of your artwork that it is for :icon Elysian-Mark: (without the space) 's Celtic Samhain Contest. 

 - If possible, write in the comment section of your artwork a little about your inspiration for the piece, what it means to you.

 - Nothing that requires a Mature filter (nudity, violence, gore, etc). Kids should be able to see/read your entry. Plus, it goes against the whole point of this contest. :D 

 - If the entry doesn't meet these requirements, it will be removed with an explanation. You'll be welcomed to submit another one.


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Judging and Prizes!



There will be two categories: Literary Art & Visual Art

I am still looking for prizes donations, as I would like this contest to be as rewarding as possible. So if you want to donate points, llamas, features, or any other prizes, you still have a month to contribute, and write a comment below or in this Journal to let me know!

All entries will be submitted for public voting from 23rd to 30th October, and the results will be posted on the 31st October. The entries with the most public votes in each category will be the winners.

Prizes:


(Literary Art)

- 1st Place: 150 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

- 2nd Place: 100 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

- 3rd Place: 50 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

(Visual Art)

- 1st Place: 150 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

- 2nd Place: 100 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

- 3rd Place: 50 points from :iconclara-01:
feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:

All remaining non-winning participants will receive:

feature from :iconclara-01:
llama from :iconclara-01:


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Some positive inspirational Samhain art (do not copy!)



  

Samhain by Illahie  

  


 My Samhain by Saidge42   I.Sabbat Festival : SAMHAIN by LustAndDevotion


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Current Entries:




Elderspirit Protector by Andromatonrecursion


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Have fun, and good luck!

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Malintra-Shadowmoon's avatar
I am member of your group and have my piece ready, but I cannot submit to the contest folder. (The +sign is not visible, so I guess that it is not open to the members).
clara-01's avatar
My apologizes! Try again, it should have been fixed. Sorry for the late reply... a major power outage affected Québec, and my own sector just regained electricity this morning. 
Malintra-Shadowmoon's avatar
No problem. Thank you so much. :)
clara-01's avatar
My pleasure! :hug:
Andromatonrecursion's avatar
Well I have done my piece, but I have a bit problem when joining the group, it is the approval took that long or maybe other things? Because I'm affraid that I can't submit if it past the deadline XD. Thank you, and sorry for pointing it out  Sweating a little....  
clara-01's avatar
My apologizes once again. :(  The power outage that hit Québec happened right at your request to join! It's accepted now, so go for it. I'll extend anyway the contest in any case my members were affected as well by the outage.
Andromatonrecursion's avatar
Oh, sorry to hear that Oops!, I didn't know such things happen there. But I think it is running good for now :D 
clara-01's avatar
Yeah, it is. And yes, Québec is often at risk, because its entire electrical system relies on flimsy electrical cables that can be broken by winds, fallen branches, frost and snow... We can expect 3-4 power outages each winter.
DesignStash's avatar
I feel so bad, because I don't think that I'm going to be able to work on a submission for this. :( (Sad)  I recently was commissioned by a therapist to redesign all of his book covers and a couple of new ones he's going to publish the first of next year. 

I hope that you continue to come up with contests just like this, based on historical things. I think it's a most excellent idea.Nod 
clara-01's avatar
It's okay, no worries. :hug:  

Well, I will try. Anything that is hopeful, joyful, that brings out the best in people, it's for sure that I will create contests for. :) 

The next one will be actually a contest for a concept design of an ecological futuristic city. Something that combines the innovations of the future, with a harmonious cohabitation with our sacred Nature. :)
DesignStash's avatar
Oh now that is a great one!! :heart: Hopefully I'll get a chance to participate. Fingers Crossed For Goodluck Emoticon. 

I'm still thinking about doing a Celtic Samhain Festival scene anyway down the road when I have time. My vision of it will take a lot of time to gather all of the pieces and clip and manipulate.
clara-01's avatar
Oh, really? Cool! 

Yeah, why not? :)  I can't wait to see it. :)  Who knows, I'll perhaps do a contest around Christmas which is to show historical and varied cultural festivals other than Christmas during winter. ;)
DesignStash's avatar
Omg! I love old old Chris Kringle art!!Love 
Yes, do it! And post it NOW. This will give people time to work on it, since this is the busiest time of year. Can't wait to see what people come up with based on history and culture! :) (Smile)
clara-01's avatar
Okay! Will do it in two weeks. Next week I need to post the ecological city contest; my affiliate and I need it before next year. Long story. :)  But since it's for winter festivals, and not Christmas, I'm thinking of allowing a really long deadline, up until February or March. 
Kianlon's avatar
Currently working on an entry - thank you so much for extending the deadline because with all that's going on, I'm probably gonna need it
clara-01's avatar
Oh cool! I'm looking forward to it. :hug:
If you need even more time, let me know. ;)
DesignStash's avatar
Are you still having this contest?
I ask, because I do not see any entries. sad 
clara-01's avatar
Yes, the contest is still active. Members have until the 22th to submit. 
And yes... there isn't any entries so far. I'm a little bummed by it, but it is a busy month for many people, with school, work, life, etc.
DesignStash's avatar
Thanks much for the update.

Glad that it is still active. I think it's a great idea. I'm still working on a vision for a design. :) (Smile) 
clara-01's avatar
Cool! I can't wait to see it. Well, you still have 8 days left... I can extend it if you need more time. 
DesignStash's avatar
Ok, you have committed me! I have a sort of have an idea based upon some other GREAT artists here. I am about to finish up some real work, that pays assists in paying my living bills. I would only ask you to extend the time in order to give more people to contribute to your contest. I know it is a busy time during the year, but I really want to see more people participate in your contest. Mostly because it is unique and it grasps the beginnings of a how a celebration began... your contest is an education piece!!
clara-01's avatar
Okay! Do you think the 9th of November is better, or more?
And thanks for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed the concept! :hug:
DesignStash's avatar
That's probably a good extension. Like you said, everyone is busy now, and on top of that there are a bunch of contests and challenges going on right now on DA.
clara-01's avatar
If anyone needs more time, let me know!
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