Contest name: I Write the Songs
Whether you are a girl who likes a bump and grind on the dance floor, sings into your hairbrush or imagines a slow dance with a tall blond sex god, this is the contest for you! Any song will do as long as it inspires you to write, you can't get much more 'Free Bird' than that can you? Join us, we want to 'Teach the World to Sing' (well the SVM fandom anyway :))
"Do Me” “Feel Like Makin Love” “Pillow Talk” "Love to Love You Baby” “Freak Me” “I Want to Sex You Up” themes encouraged but not required.
If you have the urge to write some Pam and Eric snark; “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away”, “Papa Don’t Preach” or any other non-romantic pairing with Eric then ‘Have the time of your life’.
Your Host is: Northwoman (Anne)
Use a song as the title
2,000 – 12,000 words, unlimited for multi-chapter fics
Can be a first chapter to a multi-chapter fic, which you can add to after the contest ends. Pleas specify if you plan to continue the story.
Canon SVM, AU,OOC or AH
Eric and Sookie with each other if either one is romantically paired (psst … the more Eric the better!) Otherwise Snarky Pam, Kill Bill or torture Quinn themes are good too. Or do a bromance. Or a Pam/Stan or Jason/ Michele, or Sophie Anne / Andre or Amelia /Trey or Bill / Lorena, or some other pairing. Humor is as valuable as lemons any day!
MUST use a beta. I WILL either return your story to you or send it to a beta service if there are obvious mistakes.
Maximum 3 entries, collaborations welcome
Must be a new, not posted story
Include a disclaimer that you do not own the SVM characters or the song
Do not use complete lyrics from a copyrighted song
Must be 18 to post M rated story
Please do not tweet about your story on twitter or talk about it on your blog until after posting. You can say you are going to enter but don’t say when you are submitting. We want anonymous judging please!
Please no rape, incest, pedophilia or graphic abuse themes (unless you are torturing Bill or Quinn. LOL)
Do NOT post until after judging, may post to sites other than fanfiction which we will link up in the blog
Send entry as an email to I.WritetheSongs.SVM @gmail.com. DO NOT post your story until you get the email back from us after judging!! Please do not mention you are submitting on Twitter or Monday teasers either. Our judges are geniuses and might figure it out.
Attach a document in one of these formats: MS Word, OpenOffice, or GDocs format
Judges will receive the anonymous documents in MS Word format. After judging, we will let the authors know when they may post their story/stories on their fanfiction profile enabling us to link them to the community. Authors will receive averaged scores.
Submissions: May 11 – July 14.
Final submission. July 14, 8 pm Pacific time, 10pm Central time.
Final Judging deadline July 28.
Final Posting to Fanfiction: July 29, 10pm Pacific time, 12pm Central time
Public voting from judges top 10 to follow July 30 - August 12.
Winners announced by August 14
We are honored to welcome the following as your judges: BatheshebaRocks, NYCSnowbird, Onefee27, Suki59
The above judges get an MS Word doc with a story title (but no author or penname) on it and have up to 2 weeks to judge and turn in the scoring sheet.
Each of the 6 criteria is given 1-10 points. After the scorecards are all in for their story, the author will receive an email telling them to go ahead and post their entry, and send back the link so that we may add it to the community and blog.
1st & 2nd place by Judges (anonymous)
1st & 2nd place by Public vote (not anonymous from Judges top 10)
Host picks (not anonymous, not necessarily from the top 10)
Virgin winner (anonymous, may or may not be the same as Judges 1st or 2nd, may or may not be in the Judges top 10).
No prizes other than the great kudos of winning, the overall scoring & comments from the judges, and banners created for their story.
Sample fics will be added as favorite stories here. Some of them don't meet all contest rules as they were not written for the contest.
I Write the Songs 2010 has a profile and community with its stories.
I Write the Songs 2012 has a profile and community with its stories.
Northman Maille had the brilliant idea of music for a theme and co-hosted the first contest in 2010. A_Redhead_Thing helped out in naming this contest. Our blog banner, sample fics banners and avi were created by DazedRose. Thanks to you all!