The Original Character Contest

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| The Theme | The Categories | Contest Rules | Prizes & Other Awards | Judging & Criteria | Inspiration |


:icondisabled-dartist: is pleased to announce our first contest! In total, we will give out 13,180:points: and more in prizes!

Members and non-members are both allowed to participate! Everyone is eligible to compete in three categories (see below) for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Places. Members will have an additional chance to win an award, as 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Honorable Mentions will be selected from entries by our members (Note: placing in the Overall competition will disqualify a member from receiving an Honorable Mention).

Contest will run from 12:00PM/Noon (EST) May 20, 2016 until 12:00AM/Midnight (EST) November 20, 2016



The Theme

So, what is this contest all about? Well basically, it is all about creating characters. Contestants are asked to create an entry in one (or more) categories that features an Original Character created by them. Only, while the character can be anything (animal, mineral, vegetable, anthropomorphic object, robot, alien, human, etc.), it can't just be any character. As we are a group that celebrates Disabilities in the Arts and as there is a vast lack of disabled characters in media (disabled individuals constitute the largest minority in the world, with an estimated 1 out of every 5 people having some disability, yet are arguably the least represented in media), the Original Character must have some type of permanent disability. This disability can be anything from physical to mental (including learning disabilities) to emotional and must be listed in the description of the entry.

For a word on this theme from
:icondisabled-dartist:'s Founder, see the following journal:
Disabilities in Media: A Brief Subjective AnalysisI have used a wheelchair since I was 3; I am now 25. As a child, I yearned to see a reflection of myself in media and my parents went to great lengths to find any books, movies, and TV series that featured people with disabilities. I filled my mind with these characters and their stories, letting them inspire me to live life to the absolute fullest.
It was always a disappointment to me that there weren't many people like me shown in media, despite disabled individuals constituting the largest minority in the world (an estimated 1 out of every 5 people has some disability). Failure to include disabled individuals in any media portrayal of the world is a harmful failure to depict the world as it actually is. A failure that perpetuates both the stigmas against disabled individuals & the ignorance of many non-disabled individuals to the truth of the lives of disabled individuals and contributes exponentially to both the plague of prejudices and bigotry that infects our world & to t

The Categories

If you're unsure what Category your entry belongs to, you may enter it into the overall
Contest gallery folder & the Contest Judge will put it in the appropriate folder.


Note: If any category does not have enough entries 
for all allotted prizes to be distributed by the end of the contest, 
categories will be combined and the prizes will added.

Visual Art

These entries must be some form of visual art portraying an Original Character with a disability. The character's disability does not need to be obvious, but it should in some way be present in the piece. All mediums of visual art will be accepted (provided that all Gallery Submission Rules and Contest Rules are followed), including (but not limited to) traditional drawing, painting, digital drawing/painting, photomanipulation, costume design and cosplay photography, sculpture, animation, and 3d modeling.
Example

Writing Only

These entries must been written works that either describe an Original Character with a disability (i.e.: character profiles) or feature an Original Character with a disability in a leading role (i.e.: short stories). The character's disability should be evident in the piece, though it needn't necessarily be a focal point of the plot. All forms, styles, and genres of fiction will be accepted (provided that all Gallery Submission Rules and Contest Rules are followed), including (but not limited to) character profile, short story, exerpt from a longer work, one-act play, and poetry. (Note: Any entry that is not submitted in English will be translated by the Contest Judge with Google Translate, which is an imperfect tool that makes tons of mistakes. For this reason, it would be better to submit entries in English.)
Example

Art and Writing

These entries must include both writing and art that features an Original Character with a disability. The character's disability should be evident in the writing, though it needn't necessarily be a focal point of the plot, and in some way present in the art, though it does not need to be obvious. Entries may include (though are not limited to) short comicbooks and illustrated short stories (provided that all Gallery Submission Rules and Contest Rules are followed). (Note: Any entry that is not submitted in English will be translated by the Contest Judge with Google Translate, which is an imperfect tool that makes tons of mistakes. For this reason, it would be better to submit entries in English.) (Note: Art with only a few words on it belongs in the Visual Art Category, not in this Category.)
Example

Contest Rules

  • Entry must feature an Original Character with a disability
  • Entry must be created during the duration of the contest and Original Character must have been created for this contest
  • Entry must be submitted to the correct gallery folder/subfolder in :icondisabled-dartist:'s Gallery and all Gallery Submission Rules must be adhered to 
  • In the description of the Entry, the contestant must declare what disability the character has and very briefly state how they got it (i.e.: birth-defect or birth complications, genetic inheritance, some psychological trauma, an accident, somebody did it to them on purpose, they did it to themselves on purpose, etc.)*
  • Both the icon of :icondisabled-dartist: and a link to (or thumbnail of) this journal must be included in the Entry's description, as well as a statement of which category the Entry will compete in *
  • Any Stock Images or Resources used must be from legitimate sources and must be credited & linked in the description.
    * - Failure to adhere to any rule marked with a * will result in the entry being demerited 1 point from its overall score. These are the only contest rules which may be broken and the entry still be accepted. All other contest rules must be followed for the entry to be eligible for competing in this contest.

Note: Contestants may enter multiple times and into multiple categories, but each entry, regardless of category, must feature a new/different Original Character. Multiple pieces of the same character will not be considered separate entries, regardless of what category they were submitted to, and may be moved to a different category if need be. Contestants may enter as many times as desired, though may only place once per category.



Prizes


Note: If any category does not have enough entries
for all allotted prizes to be distributed by the end of the contest,
categories will be combined and the prizes will added.


Visual Art Category:


First Place (all category contestants eligible) - 1216:points: + any other donated awards
Second Place (all category contestants eligible) - 915:points: + any other donated awards
Third Place (all category contestants eligible) - 614:points: + any other donated awards

First Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 510:points: + any other donated awards
Second Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 310:points: + any other donated awards
Third Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 210:points: + any other donated awards

Writing Only Category:


First Place (all category contestants eligible) - 1216:points: + any other donated awards
Second Place (all category contestants eligible) - 915:points: + any other donated awards
Third Place (all category contestants eligible) - 614:points: + any other donated awards

First Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 510:points: + any other donated awards
Second Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 310:points: + any other donated awards
Third Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 210:points: + any other donated awards

Art And Writing Category:


First Place (all category contestants eligible) - 1820:points: + any other donated awards
Second Place (all category contestants eligible) - 1366:points: + any other donated awards
Third Place (all category contestants eligible) - 914:points: + any other donated awards

First Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 760:points: + any other donated awards
Second Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 460:points: + any other donated awards
Third Honorable Mention (only members eligible) - 310:points: + any other donated awards


Other Donated Awards:

From ------------- Prize
:iconmsfowle: ------------- Llamas and Features for All Winners
:iconsybilthorn: ------------- Llamas and Features for All Winners
:iconwesley-souza: ------------- Exclusive Stock and Features for All Winners

Thank you especially to our generous donors, without whom this contest would not be possible!
Donated Points: :iconiilektes: 
:iconlindartz: :iconcan-cat: :iconsybilthorn:
Donated Other Awards: :iconmsfowle:
:iconwesley-souza:  :iconsybilthorn:

Note: Donors may still participate in the contest!


Thank you to those who have featured this contest!
:iconentwinedbliss: :iconbeckdg: :iconxs-deviant: :iconevelivesey:  :iconcan-cat: :iconybsilon-stock: :iconerikshoemaker:
:iconcommunityrelations: :iconthe-imaginarium: :iconphotomanip-contests: :iconoc-fc-fan-club:
:iconmanip4fun: :icondafriendly: :icondigital-wings-art:

Note: Prize donations will still be accepted and highly appreciated! Contact :iconsybilthorn: if you would like to donate.


Judging


Voting will take place once contest ends. Each vote will count as +1 point. Contestants may vote, though not for their own entry. Any contestant who votes will receive +1 point to their most popular entry (popularity determined first by the number of votes, then by the deviation's official Stats). The five highest scoring entries by different contestants in each category will then be judged by :icondisabled-dartist:'s founder :iconsybilthorn:, who will select First, Second, and Third Place Winners from these based on the following criteria (see below). All Honorable Mentions will be selected by :iconsybilthorn: from the entries by members of :icondisabled-dartist: based on this same criteria.

Equally Scored Criteria (ratings from 0-10):
  1. The role and clarity of disability in the piece {more central role = higher rating}
  2. The uniqueness of character {use of stock that has been seen used multiple times may lower the rating, unless used in a new and/or unique way, as will characters that are extremely similar to already existing characters in popular media}
  3. The uniqueness of overall vision {including the effectiveness and creativity of any stock-use -- i.e.: use of unaltered pre-made backgrounds may lower the rating}
  4. The amount of work and effort evident in piece {the more detailed and polished a piece appears, the higher the rating}
  5. Effective use of artistic techniques {i.e.: colors, perspective, focus, etc.} and/or writing techniques {i.e.: grammar/spelling, structure, syntax, etc.)
  6. Judge's subjective feelings towards the piece {whether or not it appealed to the judge, based on opinions stated in Disabilities in Media: A Brief Subjective Analysis}.
  7. Ranking according to community Vote (1st = score of 10, 2nd = score of 8, 3rd = score of 6, 4th = score of 4, 5th = score of 2)
All 7 ratings will be averaged up to figure the overall scores and entries will be ranked from highest to lowest. As noted above, if the entry breaks any rule marked with a *, the entry will be demerited 1 point from its overall score per broken *'d rule. The three top-ranked entries will receive awards. In the case of a tie, Criteria #7 will be used as a tiebreaker.

Inspiration

If you are struggling to come up with an idea for a character, here are some things that may get your creative juices flowing. Just remember, this contest is about creating new characters, so don't just rehash already existing characters and people. You can base a character off of any real person or existing character without copying them completely. Just make sure that your character is somehow unique from whatever/whoever inspired them. For example, :iconsybilthorn:'s character Mildred Ethel Vaine Tabach, a wheelchair-bound spy, was inspired by Virginia Hall, a real-life spy with a prosthetic leg.

For information on various disabilities, click this link.

Famous Disabled Individuals:  


Popular Disabled Characters:

X-Men - Foe And Friend by IngeniusBlue The Prof... not the Hoff by spidermanfan2099 The Winter Soldier by PatheticMortal Winter Soldier by sunsetagain Daredevil by phil-cho DAREDEVIL by jackegiacomo

  Growing Up Fisher by rest-in-torment Gary from Alphas by Steam-Customs Signals by bellarose357 Gary and his talent by kyokouzuma
Birds of Prey by Ciro1984 Always Batgirl by luxshine HAWKEYE by ISIKOL Furiosa by CorinneRoberts Imperator Furiosa by DarkerEve  

Racing on Wheels - Teoph by Porcubird The Boys of Avatar - Teo by suzannedcapleton Avatar  Last Airbender - Toph by TophWei Madam Web by Jethro-Lee-Gibbs

For more, click this link.

OCs & Other Artworks:

<da:thumb id="347463149"/> Lor and Nor in the Museum of Monstrosities by AbigailLarson The girl without hands by Megan-Arts T62- CLOSED by griffsnuff Your Majesty by MagnusTenebrous
Gesto and Frankie by MagnusTenebrous  Kels ft. An OCT I Never Entered by WakorJones What I've Seen by DestinyBlue What Are You Doing In The Dark by Slave2Karma
Time by L-ONN  Samuel - Character Description by OnTheMountainTop Schizophrenia by pin100 Twilight of chest key by LINGDUMSTUDOG
The Red Warriors: A Short Story by SybilThorn Mildred Ethel Tabach by SybilThorn Kinesis by SybilThorn Milie by SybilThorn
Wheel Charm By Dratinigirl-d945lhs (3) by SybilThorn SybilThornByCircuitGirl by SybilThorn Blind Rage by SybilThorn
Potterverse OCsUniverse: Harry Potter, Potter Era - Epilogue Era (1990-Present)
Name: Tage Thistle (Her Cherokee name is Atsasgili Atadiusti and pronounced ah-jaw-sss-gee-lee ah-tah-dee-ooh-sss-tee)
- art by :iconcircuitgirl:
D.O.B.: 8/13/1990
Blood: Mixed (though officially considered a Magbob daughter of two No-Majs, a Squib father and a Muggle mother)
Year: Graduated
While in school, it was known that Tage was previously largely self-taught, meaning her knowledge is extremely limited in comparison to other witches and wizards her age, a result from her being kept from going to magic school at the proper age by her parents. Furthermore, she was commonly considered to be rather pitiful at wandwork, a fact that is probably also tried to her educational background but is commonly rumored by prejudiced bullies to be caused by her status as the child of a Squib (she never combated these rumors for fear that her parents
Steampunk Post Destruction OCsUniverse: Steampunk Post Destruction
Name: Mildred Ethel Vaine Tabach

On August 13th in the year 1235 PD (Post Destruction), Mildred Ethel Vaine, the elder daughter of a prominent family in the Capital City, was born. Her nanny soon noticed that Millie was weaker than the average baby and brought this to the attention of young Millie’s parents, who, concerned for their child, immediately sought the help of the most renowned doctors in the medical community. The Vaines were heartbroken to learn that their young daughter would never be able to walk. Millie’s parents arranged the best care for her and had a well-respected inventor build her a wheelchair.
A couple of years after Millie was born, her mother gave birth to another daughter, Latha Louise Vaine, who, despite the worries of their parents, was perfectly healthy and strong. Millie and her sister grew up as the closest of friends.
And so, Millie lived, unti
OCs: Universe: Nierhoesville
The League of Legendary Lasses:
Sci. Inc. Test-subjects:

Kinesis - Ryder Davis
   Power: Telekinesis
   Specialized Weapon: NA
   Bio:     Ryder Davis was a 22 year old grad-student studying psychology at Silas College in the metropolis of Nierhoesville and interning at Umeraspin Asylum and Rehabilitation Center, the largest and arguably best mental hospital in the city, when something happened that changed her life forever.
   Umeraspin’s campus was devided into four buildings, each of which housed one of its four departments. First was the Deeton Building, the location of the Umeraspin Addiction Rehabilitation Center. Here, addicts of all kinds found both refuge and respite among a support system of fellow recovering addicts from all stages of rehabilitation and a staff of le


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Hi, if I'm not too late I would like to enter the contest - here is my piece Real Superheroes