Interpretation: A World-Building One-Shot Contest
Welcome to Interpretation, Serebii's next one-shot contest!
The Pokémon world is a wondrous place rife with mysteries. For every element of it that is thoroughly explored and explained in canon, dozens more are left up for speculation. This gives it unique potential for fans to expand upon it in imaginative ways, and this contest celebrates that potential.
The theme of this contest, originally suggested by opaltiger, is interpretations of the Pokémon world. We mean that fairly broadly: any one-shot entry that substantially explores an original interpretation of some element of the Pokémon world is eligible, whether it's explaining how a puzzling move or ability functions, imagining the origins of Pokéballs or Pokémon training or detailing the structure of the Pokémon world government.
There are a few things that it's not, however:
- While exploring characters who go unexplored in canon is also a wonderful theme for fanfiction, we have decided to stick with world-based exploration in this contest - if you expand upon underdeveloped characters too, that's great, but the interpretation element you will be judged on has to be about more than the motivations or backstory of a character.
- Simply presenting canon itself, or a canonical legend, in the form of fiction is not an original interpretation. For example, simply retelling the origin story from Diamond and Pearl about Arceus, Dialga and Palkia would not qualify as an entry in this contest. You have to bring something of your own to the picture.
- It has to be an interpretation of something that exists or at least can be inferred to exist in canon - you can't just make up an element out of whole cloth and interpret that. For instance, making up a Pokémon move and then explaining how that works does not qualify, unless the explanation also explains something that is canonical.
Basically, when considering whether your idea fits the bill, ask yourself whether it explores some unexplored or underexplored aspect of the Pokémon world.
Additionally, the original interpretation presented must be yours, not simply some common fanon (e.g. the Ash-in-a-coma theory or various 'creepypasta' theories). Finally, it should not have been posted publicly before, even in a non-fiction format, to ensure that every idea is fresh to the judges and can be evaluated on the same terms.
Otherwise, the stories may tackle any subject matter, be of any length within reason for a short story, and be written in any style or perspective. If in doubt about whether your idea qualifies, you can ask the judges via PM.
Entries must be PMed or e-mailed to me, Dragonfree (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than July 20th, 2013. This is in all likelihood the final deadline - we do not expect further extensions to be made.
The judges are Dragonfree, Psychic, purple_drake, Negrek and Phoenixsong. The criteria to be studied by the judges include the following:
- Basic writing mechanics. All entries are expected to be thoroughly spellchecked and proofread to leave few or no typos, spelling/grammar errors or other simple mistakes.
- Overall story quality. This includes plot, characterization, structure and general enjoyability. It's not enough to just explain an interpretation of the world: you have to tell a good story, too.
- The interpretation element itself. In particular, the judges will consider:
--- creativity, or how unique and clever the idea is
--- plausibility, or whether the interpretation makes internal sense and generally hangs together
--- canonicity, or whether your interpretation rhymes with canon
All questions and concerns are welcome in this discussion thread.
Have fun, and good luck!