A Pokémon POV One-Shot Contest
Wild Fan Fiction Contest Appeared!
Welcome, one and all, to SPPf’s newest one-shot contest, Perspective! After having seen a long line of successful contests on this forum with themes ranging from writing genres to celebrations of upcoming games, we decided to try something a little different. And so, as the title suggests, the theme of this contest will be the Pokémon’s Point of View! This contest is a celebration of the creatures we have come to know and love, giving writers the opportunity to tell the stories of these fantastic beasts from their own eyes. Neither human nor animal, Pokémon all have their own fascinating stories to tell, tales of friendship and battles, of new opportunities and change, of adventures and the struggles they face along the way. Now is the time to bring those stories to life.
The rules of the contest are few and simple. All rules of the fan fiction forum apply.
1. Entries must be written from the perspective of a Pokémon of your choice in first person, second person or third person limited point of view. Without this, your story is not qualified to enter the contest.
2. All non-legendary Pokémon, including those from the Isshu region, may be used. Legendary Pokémon can appear or be referenced, but this contest is not about them.
3. Entries must be original pieces written specifically for the contest. They should not be posted on this forum or any other until judging results have been posted.
4. Entries are to be submitted to Dragonfree via Private Messaging or her e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the deadline of midnight on November 15th, 2010, EST. One entry per person.
5. This is a one-shot contest, meant for short stories only. There is no exact minimum or maximum length for entries, however stories will be judged on whether or not they are the appropriate length by each individual judge. This means that if a judge feels that an entry was too short or unnecessarily long, the entry’s score will be marked accordingly.
Addendum: The actual subject of the story doesn't matter, as long as the perspective is a Pokémon's and reflects the differing perceptions of Pokémon and humans.
The judges for this contest are:
Dragonfree: long-time fic-writer and fan fiction moderator
Psychic: less active veteran fic writer/reviewer and moderator
purple_drake: thorough reviewer and fanficcer experienced in a wide range of genres
Negrek: occasional but thorough reviewer and recurring contest judge
Each judge will rate entries based on their own preferences. Some common criteria judges will be looking at are:
Grammar – it goes without saying that all entries should be thoroughly proofread to avoid having as many errors as possible. Entrants may have proof readers to help them go over their fics as well. Points will not be docked if entrants choose not to capitalize “Pokémon” or the names of species, as long as they are consistent.
Character – keeping in mind that Pokémon are not mindless machines, we hope to see strong characters who develop according to their situation.
Originality – something done in multiple entries has a lower chance of impressing the judges. However, keep in mind that you can definitely earn points for something old done in an original way.
Portrayal – this will be judged according to the judges’ personal opinions, but we hope to see the Pokémon chosen portrayed in a way that makes sense. Pokémon are not humans, nor are they exactly animals, and we like to see this in the narration.
So that’s it! Questions, comments, concerns and the like are welcome, so please don’t hesitate so speak up. We wish the best to all prospective contestants, and look forward to a vast array of entries.
Good luck to everyone, and have fun!
~the judging team