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"If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee..."

-John Donne

Strange Sights Story Contest
Below you'll find all the contest entries, organized by the deviation they were submitted for. I'd like to thank everyone who participated... the entries were all wonderful and we had a hard time picking the top three.

Strange Sights Story Contest Entries

(*stories contain more than one of the images below)

Mistletoe by MelissaFindley
Mistletoe by cwicseolfor Third Place
The Test by ellenmillion*
Meeting Mistletoe by SparrowsFlame
My Last Rescue by Belle-Morte713

King of Shadow, Queen of Light by MelissaFindley
Darkest Day, Brightest Night by CaRnAgSeHlS
The Rant by CaRnAgSeHlS
King of Shadow, Queen of Light by BlueFairy-07

A Cold and Terrible Beauty by MelissaFindley
Goddess by yourpleasantdarkness

Love in the Fiction Section by TheRoseOfManga
Black Dawn Rising by Pinkatron2000

Nocturne by MelissaFindley
The Flight of Nocturne by amalym

Valentine by MelissaFindley
Valentine by CaRnAgSeHlS

Frost Bites by MelissaFindley
Frost Bitten by HiddenRelevance Second Place

My Mother Always Warned Me by Kerrigan-Psyanide
Bad Boys by DianaACastle
A Very Bad Boy by WriterOfStuff

Autumn Wood-Full by MelissaFindley
The Woods of Eraliel by HugQueen
Opportunity by CaRnAgSeHlS

Lost by MelissaFindley
Through the Woods by Lady-Cobweb
Impatience by Orchisse

Take it on Faith by Enaka First Place
One Not To Be Bargained With by dailenna

Lord of Lucifer, Maid of Morn by bloodrose83

Arachnophobia by HiddenRelevance
Come Into My Parlor by thenumber19
Spider by bloodrose83
Sweet Mercy by :devcarnagsehis:

All My Heroes are Bad Boys by MelissaFindley
Azrael's Seer by fondued-jicama
And the Hero Comes by HiddenRelevance

Before the Storm by MelissaFindley
My Saviour by TheRoseOfManga
Before the Storm by The-Red-Leper

The Goblin Gang by MelissaFindley
The Streets at Knight by Enaka
A Fractured Fairy Tale by bloodrose83 Honorable Mention

Worthwhile by Pinkatron2000 Honorable Mention
Crow Among Kings by bonbon3272

Suffering Things by MelissaFindley
Bittersweet Suffering by NikitaCheri111
Bruises: Queen of Trees by bookwyrm987

Wrath of the Sea by MelissaFindley
Hurricane by sunshine-07
In the Arms of the Tempest by StarlightsRhapsody
Storm Warning by Belle-Morte713

Winter Prince by MelissaFindley
Ascent of Chaos by NikitaCheri111
His Angel by ForeverFay
Blood White by thenumber19
In His Eyes by Anenomevan



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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
44 stinkin awesome entries!!!

Can't wait to see how this turns out.. I don't envy the judges at all!
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
me neither... oh wait...
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
ahahahaha.. *pat pat*
Antigone17 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
*sigh*, I'd have loved to write "Adam"'s story, but I can't. My creativity is weighted down by learning and the thoughts of teh upcoming exams...
Well, a pity you can't extend teh contest!!
DreamingExperience Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Well, damn. >< Work has me tied up so I won't be able to get a story done in time.
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
X.X And there I was almost half-pleased that at least he got A story, if he didn't get a GOOD story, and now I'm next to Ellen. Ack!

Well, at least he got a good story in the end ^-^

Looks like this has been a major success, congrats!
ellenmillion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
*gives you cooties*

Seriously, yours is wonderful! Some of the imagery is just stunning!
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
AAH! ::bow, scrape::
Thanks very much - that's more than I could've hoped for ^-^ How on earth are you finding time to read unrefined ficlets like mine on top of all your projects?! I was always rather in awe of how much you manage to accomplish, now between EMG and the Zine (the talent you rounded up, there, jeez) and Portraits and your own art, which just baffles me.
(Forgive the groveling, you and Ursula and the rest of old-growth Elfwood were my first exposure to fantasy art online...)
But, um, yeah, thank you! I'm thrilled it had something to offer.
ellenmillion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
No scraping, now! And I TOLD you it was great! :D
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
::wibble:: Erm. :faint:
This is baffling, in a very pleasant way. And thanks a ton! The encouragement is a big relief, writing is so much more transparently part of the author...
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
As nothing has been officially judged yet I cannot officially give you an opinion on either your story or Ellen's... but I will say judging this is going to be hell... SO many good entries.
DreamingExperience Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
>> Well, I was going to join... But at the rate of how good the entries are, I'd lose for sure.
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Please enter anyway. You never know... yours might be the one to blow them all away. ;)
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March 1, 2008