All Hallow's Tales Contest

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Prizes list updated!
Here's the collection of entries thus far.
Dance Pumpkin, Dance by Larwck


Gnarled witches cackle over boiling cauldrons...

Bats keen from the moon-shrouded skies as crimson leaves skitter across the ground, blown about by crisp Autumn winds.

The year wanes. It is a time for endings, when all the crops are in, and we ward off chilling thoughts of the long winter to come with tales of ghosts and goblins told over cups of hot cider.

Some gather about a roaring bonfire to mark the end of the harvest, and placate the restless shades of the dead. Others garb themselves in costume and flit about the neighborhood, in search of candy and mischief. Still others revel in Dionysian madness with spirits of the bottle, or take up flashlights and tape recorders, and go in search of spirits of another kind.

However it is celebrated, it has been celebrated for millennia. It is a time of death, of fear, but also of courage, and laughter at the mortality that binds us all.

Samhain. All Hallow’s Eve. Halloween.

THE CONTEST

All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar
I invite you to enter a story, or a poem, or a song, or any written thing you like. The main stipulation is that your creation must involve Halloween, in any interpretation, angle or form you choose. Your piece may be grisly, or funny, or chilling, or romantic, or all (or none) of the above. You may bestow it with all the trappings of the holiday, or show me a side of All Hallow’s Eve that I’ve never seen before.


THE RULES

:bulletwhite:Please make sure your entry does not exceed 3,500 words. When your piece is ready, link it in a note to Memnalar, and I’ll add it to the tally.

:bulletwhite:At this point, I'm accepting up to three entries per person. If that changes, I'll post an update here, as well as notify anyone who has entered more than once.

:bulletwhite:Fanfiction is allowed, as long as the piece involves Halloween.

:bulletwhite:Older pieces are allowed, as long as they have not won any contests or awards (including Daily Deviations) prior to this contest. Of course, the entries must still involve Halloween to be eligible.

:bulletwhite:Entry deadline is Friday, October 23, midnight CST. Ideally, winners will be announced by October 31, if the goblins of real life so permit.


JUDGES

The following stalwart souls have volunteered to judge the contest entries. Many thanks to them for pledging the commitment of time and energy; scarce resources both!

GwenavhyeurAnastasia
apocathary
GaioumonBatou
y-limey

Volunteer judges are still welcome, but I would like to add you to a "reserve list" of judges that we will employ if we get enough entries to split the contest into categories. I have a feeling I'll need all the help I can get, so please be patient with me. Thank you all for your enthusiasm!


PRIZES

MANY thanks to prize contributors for your support and generosity! Prize donations will be accepted as long as the contest is running, so let's see how long we can grow this list! :evillaugh:

First Place
:bulletred:$30 value from winner’s Wish List, OR one-year Premium Membership from Memnalar
:bulletred: Three-month Premium Membership from LadyLincoln
:bulletred: Three-month Premium Membership from Friedemann
:bulletred: Digital Painting Commission from aeromachia
:bulletred: Digital or Traditional Drawing from Neko-Tan
:bulletred: Commission from MademoiselleMischief
:bulletred: Three Literature Tags from xRaccoonxJaymex
:bulletred: Critique from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Critique from kadarian
:bulletred: Month-long Journal feature from My-Shadows-Limit
:bulletred: Month-long Journal feature from midnight-eclipses
:bulletred: Journal feature from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Journal feature from LAPoetry-n-Photo
:bulletred: Journal feature from kazumisangel
:bulletred: Journal feature from strawberryxangie
:bulletred: Journal feature from Friedemann
:bulletred: Journal feature from fallenidle
:bulletred: Journal feature from HugQueen
:bulletred: Journal feature from kadarian
:bulletred: Journal feature from Poetrymann
:bulletred: Journal feature from seussical-love


Second Place
:bulletred:Three-month Premium Membership, AND $10 value from winner’s Wish List from Memnalar
:bulletred: One month Premium Membership from GaioumonBatou
:bulletred: Two Literature Tags from xRaccoonxJaymex
:bulletred: Critique from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Critique from kadarian
:bulletred: Month-long Journal feature from My-Shadows-Limit
:bulletred: Journal feature from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Journal feature from LAPoetry-n-Photo
:bulletred: Journal feature from kazumisangel
:bulletred: Journal feature from strawberryxangie
:bulletred: Journal feature from Friedemann
:bulletred: Journal feature from fallenidle
:bulletred: Journal feature from HugQueen
:bulletred: Journal feature from kadarian
:bulletred: Journal feature from Poetrymann
:bulletred: Journal feature from seussical-love
:bulletred: Journal feature from midnight-eclipses


Third Place
:bulletred:Three-month Premium Membership from Memnalar
:bulletred: Literature Tag from xRaccoonxJaymex
:bulletred: Critique from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Critique from Friedemann
:bulletred: Critique from kadarian
:bulletred: Month-long Journal feature from My-Shadows-Limit
:bulletred: Journal feature from GwenavhyeurAnastasia
:bulletred: Journal feature from LAPoetry-n-Photo
:bulletred: Journal feature from kazumisangel
:bulletred: Journal feature from strawberryxangie
:bulletred: Journal feature from Friedemann
:bulletred: Journal feature from fallenidle
:bulletred: Journal feature from HugQueen
:bulletred: Journal feature from kadarian
:bulletred: Journal feature from Poetrymann
:bulletred: Journal feature from seussical-love
:bulletred: Journal feature from midnight-eclipses


Prize list may change as prizes are donated and the number of entries increase.

At present, all entries will be judged together. I may separate them (poetry, prose, etc.) depending on the number of prizes and judges that materialize.
:teleport:

Prize donors may enter if they wish. Judges can’t enter, but I won’t let you walk away empty-handed for your efforts. After all, I prefer treats to tricks.

Fave the news article if you wanna spread the word! news.deviantart.com/article/94…

Feeling ambitious? Double your Halloween literary spirit by entering fllnthblnk's Sestina-ween Contest. news.deviantart.com/article/94… You are welcome to enter your Halloween sestinas here, as well. There's more than enough straitjackets to go around.

Good luck! Please keep an eye on this journal for updates. Enjoy your cider, and don’t forget to look under the bed before you go to sleep…

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Journal CSS by GaioumonBatou (He takes CSS commissions!)
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EveryNextDream's avatar
I've listed your contest and collected the stamp in my Virtural Halloween Party journal.
Memnalar's avatar
Awesome! Happy Halloween! :hug:
KneelingGlory's avatar
Thanks for including fanfiction in this! I have the perfect idea now :D :#1:
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SweetblossomsMJ96's avatar
Yehey, I suppose it would be absolutely great to enter!! :eager: My Grade 7 teacher thus far did insist I was someone with rather high literature talent (he stated I wrote, like, at a span of Grade 10 students and up!!! o.O, and I was just merely 13! Ooh, shock! >///>;)

;) Well, I do adore whipping up tales so muchh, and of course, drawing. So okaaay, I'm going to start on my entry really soon! :dance:

Hehe, I am so glad I saw this!! So excited!! :eager: Happy Hallowzz, ma peeps!
Memnalar's avatar
Hurry hurry! Deadline is October 23! :eager:
SweetblossomsMJ96's avatar
SteampunkedRP's avatar
WOOT WOOT! I'm going to so show my true side. :) o and how many entries am i allowed????
Memnalar's avatar
Three per person, 3,500 words maximum each. Has to involve Halloween.

Go. ;)
SteampunkedRP's avatar
wooooo hooooooooooo
EatingMyOwnFears's avatar
ok, so I had like 4 hours of sleep last night.

You have 'tale' in the title ~ Of course you are a literary thing. Yeah, I need coffee.

hehe
Memnalar's avatar
Yep. I'm clever like that. :D

Thanks for your interest; I hope you enter!
EatingMyOwnFears's avatar
is it ok we enter 'old' pieces?
Memnalar's avatar
I'd rather you wrote something specifically for the contest, but I am accepting older pieces as long as they involve Halloween and haven't previously won any contests or major recognitions (Daily Deviations, etc.)
EatingMyOwnFears's avatar
Alright!! I was thinking it would just be an image contest so I'm glad I checked it out ~ I can do stories! I'm in ! :highfive:
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Anna-Kaley's avatar
I'm entering ^^
Merciless1's avatar
Definitely entering more than ONCE, maybe three if I've got time. ONE POEM, ONE STORY (Guaranteed), maybe something else. Prosetry?
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Antram444's avatar
This should be fun!
Memnalar's avatar
It has been so far. :)
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