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bleachers

The winner of the previous month's competition will be the judge.

Like most challenges, there are rules.

Submission Rules:

1. The submission has to be published between the date that the prompt is issued and the deadline.

2. Entries must be at least five hundred words.

3. Write about what the prompt means to you. Interpret it as you wish.

4. Any pairing you wish is open, and you may also do general series.

5. Each author may only submit one story per month.

6. Crossovers are allowed at the discretion of the judge.

7. It would be best if you put "For the Monthly Oneshot Contest at Caesar's Palace" or something similar in the summary, but it is not required.

8. Place a hyperlink to your submissions in this thread.

Judging Rules:

1. The judge may not beta, edit, or view any submission before publication.

2. Winners must be announced no later than one week after the deadline.

3. It is not required, but it is encouraged, to review every submission.

4. Judges cannot compete.

If you are not a judge, please do not post in this thread. The post will be deleted.

4/14/2012 . Edited by turtledoves, 3/1 #1
bleachers

[Example Post]

Month:

Prompt:

Judge: (to be obvious from the poster, but...)

Deadline:

Entries:

Submission by Author

Submission Two by Author Two

Submission Three by Author Three

Submission Four by Author Four

[And so on...]

~Winners~

Winner: Submission by Author

Second Place: Submission Two by Author Two

Third Place: Submission Three by Author Three

Personalized message by the judge! (optional)

4/14/2012 #2
bleachers

Month: May

Prompt: Everything is measured by the hole it leaves behind. [taken from the song "Fantasy Man" by The Swell Season.]

Judge: swinging from mars [Rachel]

Deadline: 31 May 2012

Entries:

laughing and playing in flowers by we are the hurricane

the measurement of you and me by Wendy Brune

~Winners~

Winner: the measurement of you and me by Wendy Brune

Second Place: laughing and playing in flowers by we are the hurricane

Third Place: N/A

Guys, this was really hard to choose; I spent at least an hour debating with myself and weighing the two fics. Both fics were amazing and I'm sad I had to choose one! Summer, I encourage you to keep trying because your fic was great. ♥

4/15/2012 . Edited 6/1/2012 #3
Wendy Brune

Month: June

Prompt: Alternate Universe; it doesn't matter if the change is big or small, but something has to differ from canon.

Judge: Wendy Brune [Wendy]

Deadline: 30 June 2012

Entries:

black and gold by all we require is everything

salt stains and fingerprints by somewhere beautiful

Winners

First Place: black and gold by all we require is everything

Second Place: salt stains and fingerprints by somewhere beautiful

Third Place: n/a

6/2/2012 . Edited 7/1/2012 #4
singing like blue

Month: July

Prompt: A warning to the people; the good and the evil; this is war - This Is War, 30 Seconds To Mars

Judge: loki-laufeysons {Summer/Alex}

Deadline: 31st July, 2012

Entries:

this is war by anonaus

so this is war. by HeyJude95

Defining Moments by Victor Wizard Half-Blood Spy

where the water was by overstreets

Winners

First Place: so this is war. by HeyJude95

Second Place: where the water was by overstreets

Third Place: Defining Moments by Victor Wizard Half-Blood Spy

Guys, I had a really hard time picking second and third places. HeyJude95's fic was amazing, it was a clear first. I encourage you all to continue writing, all your fics were fabulous, everyone was different. One was about Cinna, one was about Gale and Madge, one was about Cato and one was about Johanna, Finnick, Mags and Portia; everything was different and not how I thought you'd use the prompts. PM me if you have any inquiries or questions! I'm always here to help!

7/1/2012 . Edited 7/31/2012 #5
HeartOfParadise

Month: August

Prompt: Lights will guide you home; and ignite your bones; and I will try to fix you - Fix You by Coldplay

Judge: HeyJude95

Deadline: 31st August 2012

Entries:

Poor mad Annie, my love by InSaNeAnNiE

fireflies by the epic bookworm

and we will build empires by spin me round again

No Utopia, No Paradise by destroy this city of delusion

he can't be fixed by keep my issues drawn

Iron Horse by irmaida

Note: irmaida and keep my issues drawn, I did review your stories but didn't realise that I was not logged in, sorry for any confusion caused!

Results:

1. Iron Horse by irmaida [The idea for this is so great, and there's a certain rawness about the emotions it evoked in me]

2. he can't be fixed by keep my issues drawn [This comes a very close second, in fact it took me a good fifteen minutes to decide first and second places. I love the pairing and the concept of an AU where Finnick is mad so much, and the writing is also superb!]

3. fireflies by the epic bookworm and and we will build empires by spin me round again [I couldn't decide! The first had such a lovely ending full of hope, and the second was written so well!]

Also congratulations to destroy this city of delusion and InSaNeAnNiE for great, solid pieces. It was a very tough decision to place the top three. Thank you so much for taking the time to participate :) If there are any questions, don't hesitate to message me.

8/1/2012 . Edited 8/31/2012 #6
irmelonlord

Month: September

Prompt: Bell

Judge: irmaida

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Entries:

Ring Ring Ring by Shine The Tribute (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8523386/1/)

A Troubled Heaven by nathan-p (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8538393/1/)

Victor: Ring Ring Ring by ShineTheTribute

Runner-Up: A Troubled Heaven by nathan-p

Third: n/a

Sorry that it took me a while to update--really rude of me considering I only had two entries to read! So I sincerely apologize. A huge thank you, and congratulations, to everyone who entered! I really enjoyed reading both of the pieces and the originality of the ideas.

9/1/2012 . Edited 10/4/2012 #7
ShineTheTribute

Month: October

Prompt: Dancing on their graves(It IS Halloween this month, after all)

Judge: ShineTheTribute

Entries:

Tear Ducts by Irmaida(http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8610198/1/)

The Waltz by Caladbolg777 ( http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8622288/1/The-Waltz)

Winners

1st: The Waltz- I loved the poetic way it was written and the comparison of death to dancing

Runner Up- Tear Ducts- Another beautiful piece, the end was heartbreakingly lovely

Both entries were amazing, and although I wish someone had taken the prompt on the metaphorical sense I intended, I loved the way the entries interpenetrated the prompt. Good job, both of you( Sorry this wasn't up three days ago, RL was being stupid)

10/5/2012 . Edited 11/3/2012 #8
Caladbolg777

Month: November

Prompt: When one gives thanks in a most unusual manner.

(Note: I'm looking for unusual actions that say thank you, not words. Please try to show me instead of telling me. Here's some more info on that idea with examples that will help you with all of your writing, not just this prompt: http://www.writedesignonline.com/assignments/shownottell.html).

Judge: Caladbolg777

Entries:

1) An Odd Thank-You by ShineTheTribute - (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8685542/1/)

2) The Last Thank You by District11-Olive - (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8698336/1/)

3) Stings, Screams, and Arrows by Our Little Infinity - (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8700026/1/)

4) Thanksgiving in Panem by Belle453 - (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8705035/1/)

5) A Reason to Say Thanks by Zoe Alexandra Morrison

(http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8745233/1/)

6) Title: More Than Words by DarkGoddess76

(http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751926/1/)

Winner(s): A Reason to Say Thanks

The runner up was More Than Words. I appreciate the high fic turnout and it was lovely to read them all. I think a general and fair critique for all of these fic, including the winner, is that I thought there was too much explanation. That's totally fine given that the prompt is kinda tricky and I completely understand the desire for it. I believe this is partially my fault too because I didn't think of something along the lines of "be clear but also be vague enough where I have to figure things out a little."

Having said that I liked everyone's approaches to the topic as well, and I think with some polishing (which to be fair every story could use polishing) these entries can become greater than they already are. Thanks for participating and I look forward to judging again!

11/4/2012 . Edited 12/10/2012 #9
stand in your light

Month: December

Prompt: Come take a walk on the wild side; Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain; You like your girls insane; Choose your last words, this is the time; Cause you and I, we were born to die.- Born to Die by Lana Del Ray

(I know it's a long portion of the song, but I want you to be able to interpret it as concrete or abstract as you wish. Any questions, feel free to PM me).

Judge: Zoe Alexandra Morrison

Deadline: January 7th, 2012

Entries:

Sister of The Accident by Irmaida

Symphony of Screams by angels entwined

Funeral Fleet by Estoma

you and i, we were born to die by smudged crimson lipstick

Some People by XoxoFeelLovedoxoX

∞ Winners ∞

1st Place: Symphony of Screams

2nd Place: Sister of The Accident

3rd Place: you and i, we were born to die

Ohmygosh, guys all of your entries were fantastically written, and it took me a very long time to decide the top three. It was super close for all of you, and I encourage each author to keep writing! Thanks for participating :)

12/10/2012 . Edited 1/8/2013 #10
angels entwined

Month: January

Prompt: Without hatred, you cannot appreciate love. Without war, you cannot appreciate peace. Without darkness, you cannot appreciate light. Without loneliness, you cannot appreciate everyone.

Judge: angels entwined

Deadline: January 31st, 2013

Entries: silvery bright linings by stand in your light

Winner

silvery bright linings

Note - where were you people when the contest went on? XD

Anyway, I enjoyed the entry I had. :D Nice work, Zoe.

xx, Angel

1/8/2013 . Edited 2/2/2013 #11
stand in your light

Month: February

Prompt: Skinny Love by Bon Iver/Birdy {Will edit in link}

Judge: stand in your light

Deadline: February 28th, 2013

Entries:

∞ Winners ∞

2/2/2013 . Edited 2/2/2013 #12
truces

... Because no one submitted for February. :/


Month: March.

Prompt: 'angels and demons'.

Judge: our little infinity.

Deadline: March 31st.

Entries:

A Capitol Party by Estoma.


Winners

A Capitol Party by Estoma!

3/1/2013 . Edited 4/2/2013 #13
Estoma

Month: April

Prompt: "I've taken to chewing bottles, to see if I still bleed" Lyrics by Radical Face. Listen to the full song here

Judge: Estoma

Deadline: April 30th

Entries:

Fuchsia Lollipops by Irma

A Misty Forgotten by Angel

Winner:

Fuchsia Lollipops by Irma.

Well done to both of you, it was a terribly hard choice. Please keep it up!

4/2/2013 . Edited 5/1/2013 #14
irmelonlord

Month: May

Prompt: paper cranes

Judge: Irma

Deadline: May 31, 2013

Entries:

Like father, like son?, by Viennese Oyster

(paper), by wilds

the infinite inkblot by angels entwined

Victors

[only a day late posting yay?]

third place: the infinite inkblot

second place: Like father, like son?

first place: (paper)

5/1/2013 . Edited 6/1/2013 #15
and i am all alone again

month: june

prompt: tracing infinity on their heart

judge: yew

deadline: june 3oth, 2o13

entries:

Hide and Seek (All games have a winner and loser) by estoma

Just A Little Bit by johanna

sounds of normalcy by clara

winners:

first place: sounds of normalcy by clara

sedond place: Hide and Seek (All games have a winner and loser) by estoma

third place: Just A Little Bit by johanna

all the entries were amazing. good job on them. o7

6/1/2013 . Edited 7/1/2013 #16
lydiamartins

month: july

prompt: clearly, i am a passerby but i'll find a place to stay; dear pacific day, won't you take me away, small town hearts of the new year brought down my gravity, crystal clear, and morerainbow veins, owl city.

judge: clara

deadline: july 31st, 2013

entries:

Wander by Amanda

Running by DefiantGrey

bringing down my gravity by Tigerlils

winners:

first place: bringing down my gravity by Tigerlils

second place: Wander by Amanda

third place: Running by DefiantGrey

Guys, this was really hard to choose. All of them were amazing, and congrats to everybody, :)

7/1/2013 . Edited 8/1/2013 #17
madworlds

Month: August 2013

Prompt: Innocence.

Judge: Tigerlils (the.Chipmunk)

Deadline: 31st of August.

Entries:

When Innocence died by Shady

All children are innocent by Estoma

After, ever after by katsparkle

Little Interruptions by Rue

Innocence is not to be taken lightly by Brooke

No Game for a Child by (Gamemaker?) John

Innocence: Being Innocent Of A Crime by Kitty

Language of the Flowers by Johanna

winners:

first place - All children are innocent, by Estoma

(equal) second place - Little Interruptions by Rue, and Language of the Flowers by Johanna.

third place - No Game for a Child by (Gamemaker) John.

personalised message.

This was very hard to judge; every entry was amazing and I literally wanted eight winners. But especial congratulations/thanks to Estoma for great portrayals of Cinna and Finnck, Rue for her thought provoking entry about the tribute, Johanna for linking Foxface's suicide-by-choice so well to flowers, and John for an insight into something I've been wondering about ever since reading THG. Well done to everybody :) ♥

(and Katsparke for portraying Clove after death; Brooke for showing Clove as an innocent; Kitty for presenting Lavinia an entirely different way from almost all of the rest of the fandom; and Shady for that heartbreaking piece about Bonnie. I didn't forget, guys ♥ )

8/1/2013 . Edited 9/10/2013 #18
Estoma

Month: September 2013

Prompt: "When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose." From 'Holes' by Passenger. Listen to the full song/lyrics here.

Judge: Estoma

Deadline: 30th September

Entries:

Nothing to Lose by Slim (Catching Fireflies)

for your own good by Shady (subliminal shady)

Empty with nothing by Imp97

Lobotomy Scars by Rachel (compartmental)

Holes in Our Lives by Leviosa7

Everything by Dominique (DomiHearts1497)

All I Never Lost by Rue (RueThisDay)

She Had Nothing To Lose by Kitty (Psychopathic Kitten)

I Have Nothing by Brooke (Deranged and meandering)

Winners:

1st place: Lobotomy Scars by Rachel

2nd place: Nothing to Lose by Slim

3rd place: Holes in Our Lives by Leviosa7

Message:

Congratulations to everyone who entered for doing a great job. I'm over the moon to see so many responses to the prompt and it just warms my heart. Thank you everyone, and good luck in advance for the october prompt.

9/2/2013 . Edited 9/30/2013 #19
bleachers

Month: October 2013

Prompt: "Don't leave my hyper heart alone on the water; cover me in rag and bone sympathy, 'cause I don't want to get over you." From "Sorrow" by The National.

Judge: Rachel (compartmental)

Deadline: 31 October 2013

Entries:

Swimming Lessons by Estoma.

don't leave me here alone by Shady.

Get Over Her by Slim.

The Five Stages of Grief by Sydney.

Rain on Gravestones by Brooke.

Animal by Johanna.

Winners:

1. Animal by Johanna.

2. Swimming Lessons by Estoma.

3. The Five Stages of Grief by Sydney.

Gah, this was really hard to judge and I'm so sorry it's late, but thank you to everyone who submitted!

9/30/2013 . Edited 11/6/2013 #20
turtledoves

Month: November 2013

Prompt: "You see her when you close your eyes; Maybe one day you'll understand why; Everything you touch surely dies" From 'Let Her Go' by Passenger - Listen Here

Judge: Johanna (turtledoves)

Deadline: 30th of Novemeber

Entries:

Everything Dies by Slim

Close Your Eyes by Rose

Red Rose Girl by Alyssa

A Crack in the Mirror by Sydney

A Thousand Years by Lyra

hapless by Lils

Touched by Purple

Gone With The Wind by Brooke

You'll Understand One Day by Rue

After by Janet

Stabs of Remorse by Shady

glory and gore by Racheltwo

to build a home by Rachel

Winners:

1. glory and gore by Racheltwo

2. A Crack in the Mirror by Sydney

3. to build a home by Rachel

4. hapless by Lils

Notes: Do you guys have any idea how hard this actually was? Thirteen entries? That's insane. The top four were super hard, and I have like three of you heaped together at fifth place, and the rest of you aren't far behind. Really, it was all amazing and I'm so thankful all of you guys submitted ♥

11/6/2013 . Edited 11/30/2013 #21
lara jean song

Month: December 2013

Prompt: "If you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones; 'cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs" from Youth by Daughter.

Judge: Rachel (supernovas)

Deadline: December 31st, 2013

Entries:

Dear Diary, Love Maggie by Rose

We Are the People by Julie

Once Upon a Time by Lyra

Blood and Roses by Alyssa

in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace by Rachel

Curses on the Lucky Ones by Shady

Yellow by Johanna

shadows on the wall by Hazel

Soft and Drunk by Bloodredfirefly

Unlucky by Brooke

abovehead, the angels spoke of damnation by Zoey

The 'Hunger Games' Case by Penny

Winners:

first place: abovehead, the angels spoke of damnation by Zoey

second place: shadows on the wall by Hazel

third place: Yellow by Johanna and in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace by Rachel

Personalized message: i'm sorry this is three days late posting! this was just really hard to judge and everyone's entries were so well-written. these were all amazing and 12 entries is a lot (even though johanna got more). the rest of the entries really aren't far behind - i loved them all. thanks for submitting and keep writing! ♥

12/1/2013 . Edited 1/3/2014 #22
barriers

month: january 2014

prompt: "count back, anesthetize / colors burnt into my eyes / life for you is shades of grey / help me, help me find my way" - all those friendly people by funeral suits

judge: zoey

deadline: january 31, 2014

entries:

the ecstasy of visions/delusions against a breaking sun. by yew

nicotine kisses by angel

black is the color by shady

finding ways through a twisted life by brooke

-winners-

first place: the ecstasy of visions/delusions against a breaking sun. by yew

second place: nicotine kisses by angel & black is the color by shady

third place: finding ways through a twisted life by brooke

message: urgh you guys this was really hard to judge. i loved all of your entries and the fact that you did such a great job working in my shitty prompt was spectacular. congratulations to yew on winning (and angel on her fabulous blend of myth and modern romance, shady for her haunting study of annie, and brooke for her fantastic ruto. c:) o7

1/3/2014 . Edited 2/1/2014 #23
and i am all alone again

month: february 2o14.

prompt: history is full of wars fought for a hundred reasons— dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (how sweet and honourable it is to die for one's country).

judge: yew.

deadline: february 31st, 2o14.


entries:

strange beautiful children, by Heart of Sunshine.

whispered, sighed, wept, by sticky-at-nought shady

the sun will soon set, by turtledoves

honour and grace, by lydiamartins

heroes' stand, by Rose Tyler Valiant Child

-winners-

one— the sun will soon set, by turtledoves.

two— honour and grace, by lydiamartins

threeheroes' stand, by Rose Tyler Valiant Child


2/1/2014 . Edited 3/10/2014 #24
turtledoves

Month: March 2014

Prompt: I spend my night dancing with my own shadow; And it holds me and it never lets me go from Slow and Steady by Of Monsters and Men

Judge: Johanna

Deadline: 31st of March

Entries:

Waltz Solitaire by Mei

Darker, Emptier, Simpler by Rue

Dancing Alone by Shady

You Can Step On My Toes, Only If You Promise Not To Leave by Kitty

Letting Go by Brookie

Winners:

1. Waltz Solitaire by Mei

2. Dancing Alone by Shady

3. Darker, Emptier, Simpler by Rue

3/10/2014 . Edited 4/1/2014 #25
sakurasencha

Month: April 2014

Prompt: "Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken." - Emma by Jane Austen

Judge: Mei

Deadline: April 30th


Entries:

The Blank Slate of Honesty by Shady

False Pretenses by Johanna

Winners:

Since it doesn't seem like I'll get any more entries, I'll post results now. I've been really spoiled with this one since Finnick, Annie, and Johanna are actually my three favorite characters :)

First - False Pretenses by Johanna

Second - The Blank Slate of Honesty by Shady

4/2/2014 . Edited by Estoma, 5/1/2014 #26
turtledoves

Month. May 2014

Prompt. "But you can't breathe in if you don't breathe out." - From Ghost by American Authors

Judge. Johanna

Deadline. 31st of May

Entries:

Exhale by Mei

Little Wood Elf by Shady

Winners (Judged by Estoma)

1st: Exhale by Mei

2nd: Little Wood Elf by Shady

Notes: Thank you both for entering. Two different fics, but with a common theme of coping with various hardships. Well done, Mei; you covered the prompt perfectly, and your descriptions were lovely. Shady, some lovely little touches and I'd like to see you take your story a bit further, a bit deeper into your character's feelings. Cheers.

4/30/2014 . Edited by Estoma, 6/1/2014 #27
sakurasencha

Month: June 2014

Prompt:

Monday's child is fair of face,

Tuesday's child is full of grace,

Wednesday's child is full of woe,

Thursday's child has far to go,

Friday's child is loving and giving,

Saturday's child works hard for a living,

But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day

Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

--English Nursery Rhyme

Judge: Mei

Deadline: June 30th


Entries:

Winners:

1st place: The Tide by Rowan

2nd place: The Darkest Words by Slim

Notes: Thanks Slim and Rowan for your entries. They both covered the prompt differently but equally well. Mei would be very pleased to see you take on her prompt so well. Cheers.

6/1/2014 . Edited by Estoma, 7/1/2014 #28
indelibles

Month: July 2014

Prompt: Lost

Judge: Rowan (indelibilities)

Deadline: 31st July


Entries:

In Remembrance by Sydney

Tallied by Johanna

Paths for the Wandering by Shady

Sense and by Lils

Breathless by Brooke

-Winners-

First Place: Tallied by Johanna

Second Place: Sense and by Lils

Third Place: Paths for the Wandering by Shady

7/1/2014 . Edited 8/1/2014 #29
turtledoves

Month. August 2014

Prompt. Sweet as sugar

Judge. Johanna

Deadline. 31st August

Entries.

Snow Is Still Learning by Zero

Winner.

I'll give you one guess...

...it's Zero!

8/1/2014 . Edited 9/1/2014 #30
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