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I'd like to have an official DeviantArt contest/event for the Literature community called It's Lit:fire: ;)

What should it be about/be comprised of?  Share your ideas and let's see what we can make happen!

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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say that the contest should be for poetry (all forms: traditional and free verse) and for prose (especially short stories). Interesting would be to include also visual and found poetry.
There should be a word limit between 1,000 and 2,000 words as stories are a bit longer and there also exists ballad poems that can be quite long, too.
Well, I have read that the fav theme is fire/passion.

I would it define a bit more open and suggest "light". "Light" can be fire, too or a bonfire as well. A heart full of "light" can be a heart full of "passion". Most important is that you are not bound to a specific topic as light means not only fire, it can also be hope and many other positive things. The theme should be one that is positive and uplifting, gripping (not in the sense of horror, but in the sense of moving a heart/a person).
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DreamyBreezyFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Perhaps writing a story, and deciding winners from each category, e.g. 0 - 5000, 5001 - 10000, etc.? 
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lovelymars908 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well. It's about time this is finally coming along. Contests were only just confined within the literature community, not that it was a bad thing.
But I'm just happy this happening for the first time.

I don't have much to say on the contest itself other than agreeing with others have said. Having poetry and prose, brief entries, have different subcategories of prompts.
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I am still trying to get over the initial shock of a major DeviantART website themed Literature contest. :faint:

This aside, most of my ideas/suggestions in regards to it have already been covered. But, to refresh:

Keep it simple, open it to poetry and prose, set a reasonable limit length for both and offer "lit" prizes to get people involved. (Might also want to contact the heavy hitters within the Literature community when it gets closer to time to help with official announcements for it, i.e: your Literature CVs to help spread the word, since not everyone follows you.)

:heart:
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NineFireStar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   General Artist
Haikus. ;P That way I have time for it. :D
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Akatix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So many great ideas here - definitely tying firey themes in would be a great fit for the title and summer! 

Perhaps asking writers to give their interpretation of fire in itself? Whether it's warm or dangerous, comforting or terrifying. Maybe have a few steps or 'classes' in which people can enter and be judged separately. That way you can include the poets, the songwriters, and the freeform writers and not struggle to judge them against the prose, fiction, and non-fiction writers. 

Super excited to see what comes of this! 
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Larry952 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
To keep entries manageable, you could limit word length to something like a thousand words, which is widely accepted as the length of flash fiction.  Long enough to develop a complete story, but short enough to be read in a couple of minutes.
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chaseawaythedark Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Writer
I like all of the fire/ camp ideas, but what about the true meaning of "lit": getting drunk? How about recklessness and living in the moment or something like that as themes :eager: 
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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018   Writer
:thumbsup: also good   :DrunkBummy: 
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:iconsalshep:
salshep Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2018
Yes! I mean 'fire' is a great theme, but it's not what I immediately thought of for a piece based on "It's Lit!". I thought of high energy and Bacchanalian partying. 

So yeah, I think the theme should be up to interpretation.. or based on some prompts that cover several interpretations of the theme.
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
Camp fire? :) Bonfire? Maybe some allusion to Camp NaNoWriMo?
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RoughArrowPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this :)
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Caffynebeenz1901 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I hear the term :It's Lit!" I think of fire and excitement around fire, like camping, hanging out in the backyard by a firepit, or fireworks. Lol, thats just my opinion.
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had something specific...but the thought "It's Lit" gives me a sense of excitement.
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beeswingblue Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018   Writer
I like the idea of fire/passion. I'm with BeccaJS and have a pet peeve about writers writing about writing. I think it's self-absorbed and really limits the audience, myself.
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
:thumbsup: agreed
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:iconasahi-taichou:
Asahi-Taichou Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
I too agree with that pet peeve. 
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: Such an awesome idea!
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Photographer
Loving this! I think, like many others before me, that "it's lit" itself would already be a fun theme! It's open to so many interpretations.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Writer
Absolutely love the idea!

It would be really interesting to see what ‘It’s Lit’ means to each writer, the interpretation of the phrase itself and what that inspires would be fascinating!

It probably makes sense to have a poetry and prose track. Both will wind up with vastly different types of entries. Also, maybe a word target or cap for prose? It gets hard to judge long stories, so a range to keep submissions somewhat constrained would make working through the entries a little easier on the judges.
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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
It gets hard to judge long stories,

yeah and it also takes too long to write (good) long stories :) so not feasible unless time limit for this contest is very long...
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:iconsalshep:
salshep Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
Yes to all of this!
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018   Writer
:)
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Writer
I am totally with Memnalar on simplicity being the key, especially if you want to engage in all forms (though would suggest set limits/criteria for each form ie. line count). 

Don't be vague with the theme, go for something solid- I quite like the fire/passion idea. Please don't do a theme writing about writing (particular pet peeve of mine).
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
:thumbsup: the fire/passion idea is nice
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MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hot stories about all things fire.
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
:D hell yeah
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
When I look at the theme, I think about apocalypse, natural disasters, adventure or a thriller. Maybe suggest different prompts and let the contestants decide which one they prefer?
It would be interesting to have one winner per lit sub category, in order to encourage to give more chances for people to win :paranoid: 
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
Maybe suggest different prompts and let the contestants decide which one they prefer?
this is a nice idea

It would be interesting to have one winner per lit sub category, in order to encourage to give more chances for people to win They're all out to get me... 
would also encourage writers to be innovative/try something new La la la la like a category they don't normally write in
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018
:highfive:
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Student Writer
expanding a little on what others have said about fire/lit, what about incorporating whatever "lit" means using the slang definition? IDK what it means; I just know it's a thing?

side note: love the name. it works on so many levels :D
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
what about incorporating whatever "lit" means using the slang definition?
that's so Lit :eyes: revamp 


LitCoin, better than BitCoin, get it now! -->>> www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHWo55…
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Writer
:giggle:
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2018   Writer
"It's Lit!" ...I agree with a general theme on fire/light and that all forms of literature should be allowed. Suggest multiple/varied judges to cover all bases.
Suggest also that there be a limit on length, though it'll differ for the many categories of lit. I really like these ideas - the ones I read here - the one that started this. Good!
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:iconroseannesun:
RoseAnneSun Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perhaps it can be any kind/genre of literature with fire as the main theme?
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
:thumbsup:
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
Delightful! You should make sure both poetry and prose can attend the festivities though.
Oh, how about people can suggest challenges, which result in a list writers can choose from? That way people who are short on time can still contribute in a meaningful way!
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Daphne-Brown Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Literature in general, horror stories, smut stories, drama stories, humorous stories, and kids stories
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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
Mio (Surprised) [V2] little bit confused here... are smut stories even allowed on deviantart? (would be nice if they were...)
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Daphne-Brown Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, as long as they're not descriptive enough to be considered porn
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GarPlatinum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Write a story with only adjectives relating to fire.
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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
nice! :eager: sounds like a challenge
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RoseAnneSun Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be really cool!!
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loneXwolf97 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see a lot of people wanting both stories and poetry in place, so I would definitely have both present.  As for the theme, you could make it a pun and have fire/burning be mandatory in whatever is written XD!
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akrasiel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Writer
Flame elemental 

Whatever the topic, I'd like it to be open to all forms of lit: poetry, visual poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, etc. :) Let's see the full breath of writing on DA!
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I definitely second this!

-SkaBoss
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
I agree with the sentiment about incorporating poetry AND prose.

Simple themes work best. "It's Lit!" is very energetic to me. What fires passion? What engages you? What causes forward motion? What fills the street? Maybe that's the theme.

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:iconkaizenkitty:
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018   Writer
that works well as a theme :love:
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:iconasahi-taichou:
Asahi-Taichou Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
I'd have to agree with that. Poetry and prose. And that simple themes work best. However, someone mentioned Summer. And to be honest I've had my fill of the different seasons as a theme. 
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Writer
I like the questions you ask as themes. "What fills the street?" seems especially interesting these days. (:
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