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~~The Royalty Contest~~



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Hey guys!

It's fast-approaching Christmas, which is a time that a lot of people enjoy. In the spirit of things, we wanted to run a Christmas contest, but, by scanning over DeviantArt and other groups, we saw that, naturally, a lot of other groups had the same idea. We don't much fancy running a contest that's almost identical to other contests on DA – a simple Christmas-themed pony contest is something that you can take part in elsewhere. We also realised that, if we did do yet another Christmas pony contest, we'd likely see a lot of people submitting a single contest entry to several similarly-themed contests. It would be the natural thing to do, and so we wouldn't necessarily blame anyone if that did happen, but, as always, we're interested in the pursuit of originality, as we know that you guys can be pretty darn original.

Our latest contest is, broadly speaking, called the Royalty Contest, primarily to make use of the pun on the word 'Royalty', as meaning both a representation of a monarchy and some sort of financial gain. We're not offering money as the prize, but, as was the case with our last contest, we will be offering a full year of Premium Membership as the top prize. Interested? Read on.


The Rules/What is this contest about?


This contest is linked to the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode of the show thematically. We fell in love with the concept of a Middle-Ages-esque Equestria, with its focus on different royal factions and the like. Equestria and “Friendship is Magic” in general has an extensive and interesting fantasy lore, and we really want to tap into the 'Old Equestria' aspect. It just so happens that, judging by the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode that 'Old Equestria', with its winter-themed locations, has a very Christmas-sy feeling to it that should feel very festive.

We want you guys to explore the theme of Royalty in this contest. That means you could draw Princes and Princesses, Queens and Kings, or Knights, or Castles, or Wintery Scenes, or ponies taking shelter around a fire in an abandoned keep, or anything like that, really! As long as it has a fairly Medieval-feel to it, we're happy! It doesn't necessarily have to include 'royalty', as in Kings and Queens; that's just an all-encompassing title for a large variety of potential themes you could explore relating to the Medieval motif. However, that's not all:

Your image must include, in some way, shape or form, the little black pony silhouette from our group icon (it doesn't need to be an exact image rip as long as it resembles the pony):



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That black silhouette could be put onto a banner, or a flag, or as a crest on a shield, or emblazoned into a crown, or perhaps something altogether more interesting! Maybe it could be on the front of a spell tome? All sorts of ideas could work: you're free to go fairly 'out-there' with this contest. As long as the entry has the silhouette in the image in some fashion (you could even make a castle in the shape of it, if you want!) and it has a general Medieval/Middle Ages feel to it, very much the sort seen in “Hearth's Warming Eve”, then your entry will be counted.

We've added the 'black pony silhouette' to the contest rules so that it's easy to tell which deviations are made specifically for this contest. People stumbling across our contest who may just happened to have recently drawn a Medieval-style picture won't be able to cheat by entering their existing deviation, as they wouldn't have the silhouette in the image. Having that as part of the criteria will keep things fair – only those who have put effort into the contest will be in for a chance of winning, rather than people simply seizing on an opportunity.


You are allowed to include:



•  Characters from the present-day show (Celestia; Fluttershy etc.)
•  Characters from the “Hearth's Warming Eve” episode envisioned as you like (Private Pansy; Starswirl the Bearded etc.)
•  Original Characters (If choosing this option, you're free to go into detail on their nation and monarchy and so on, if you feel the need – be creative!)


For this contest, I'm afraid that literature entries will not be counted – this is because in a contest between images and literature, it's very unlikely, if we're being realistic, that literature entries win, which isn't fair on writers. It's almost unprecedented that a story will prove to be as popular as an image in a contest like this. That's no insult to the story; it's just that the majority of people tend to find it easier to quickly look at a picture than invest time reading 1000s of words of text. As a result, though, we will be running a contest in the future EXCLUSIVELY FOR LITERATURE ENTRIES, if demand is high enough.


There is no limit on how many times you can enter, but each user can only win once!


How to Enter


During the time that the contest will be running, we will have a new folder that you can submit to underneath 'Submission Box'. This will be called 'The Royalty Contest Entries'. Submit your entries there and we'll handle the rest. It's a good idea to specify in the title of the deviation, or the description, that it's for this contest, as well.


How will the contest be judged?


At the end of the time frame for submissions, the ten deviations that we feel best represent the feel of the contest will be selected by the admins and a poll will be run. You can then vote on this poll, which will be on the main page of the group, for the entry that you think best illustrates the use of the black silhouette pony in the context of the “Hearth's Warming Eve” setting. This poll will run for one week, and at the end the three deviations with the most votes will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. By us selecting the top ten, and then you guys having control over which of them win, we hope to strike a balance between moderator and member interaction, so that everyone gets a say.


What are the prizes?


1st prize = 12 months premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)

2nd prize = 9 months premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)

3rd prize = 6 month premium membership (thanks to SAB3600!)


What is the deadline?



The deadline for contest submissions is December 10th, giving you just over one month to enter! Deviations will then be chosen and the poll will be put up!



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Best of luck to everyone who takes part! Tell your friends, and let's make our second contest into a massive success, just like the first! Again, many thanks to SAB3600 - it's because of him that we're going ahead with another contest! Thanks so much!

You must be in our group to enter! Any questions about the contest/unclear about anything? Feel free to ask in the comment section and we'll respond ASAP! Good luck!
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:iconsmartcookiethepony:
smartcookiethepony Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a feeling that I'm not even going to get third prize.
Ah well, guess I can dream XD
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:icontetrisman64:
tetrisman64 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
add me!
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:iconintraart:
IntraART Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't know if my computer is acting up or what, but it won't let me contribute to the gallery so I can put my entry in, so here it is
[link]
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I requested it.
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:iconintraart:
IntraART Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Added.
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:iconintraart:
IntraART Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmizuki-yorudan:
Mizuki-Yorudan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link] My Entry ^*^
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:iconwolvesstar97:
wolvesstar97 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, I better hurry up, I'm done but I havent submitted....
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:iconjdan-s:
Jdan-S Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My second entry [link] has been accepted into the group's gallery. I was sure I submitted it in the contest folder, but it somehow got in the general submission box and is now filed under "Miscellaneous > Techy Stuff" instead.

Do I need to resubmit? Thanks in advance.

P.S. Pony silhouette is in the center of the fifth card, as per contest rules.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Oh, fantastic entry! I really like the concept. If it was in the submission box I assume you submitted it there accidentally, although it's quite possible that it was a mistake on our end. Thanks for letting me know - I'll locate it and move it over now, so no need to submit again ^^
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:iconjdan-s:
Jdan-S Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might've been a problem with dA, my browser or both. A few things have been getting kinda glitchy lately.

Anyway, I'm glad it's been sorted out. Thanks for the help! =)
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:iconaskre5:
Askre5 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alas doesn't look like I'll enough time to focus on this contest after all. Good luck to all participants. :)
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:iconpikachu1089:
Pikachu1089 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My Piece of art! [link] download to see everything ok and whats on the ticket ;)
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks good! Don't forget to upload it the contest folder.
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:iconshhutchison:
shhutchison Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
The deadlines my B-Day! Lol!!!!
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:iconsab3600:
SAB3600 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool :)

Hope you have a happy birthday :D
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:iconemmyzbunny:
emmyzbunny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my entry [link] thanks
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Where is the pony silhouette in the image?
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:iconemmyzbunny:
emmyzbunny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
????
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
You clearly didn't make this for our contest, so it won't be accepted.
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:iconeagle1division:
Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh. This is... Argh.
Lookie here: [link]

There's floodlights, but also a castle and guards in "Clover the Clever"-type cloaks, not to mention the interesting spin on royalty, here (Eh. I've got a really epic story for how Celestia has ended up being a normal, but immortal, pony. But I don't want to spoil too much for the fic...).
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Are you suggesting entering this picture for the contest? We wouldn't be able to allow that because you originally made this image for something else and not for this contest. If you look at the details in the journal: "We've added the 'black pony silhouette' to the contest rules so that it's easy to tell which deviations are made specifically for this contest. People stumbling across our contest who may just happened to have recently drawn a Medieval-style picture won't be able to cheat by entering their existing deviation, as they wouldn't have the silhouette in the image. Having that as part of the criteria will keep things fair – only those who have put effort into the contest will be in for a chance of winning, rather than people simply seizing on an opportunity."
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:iconeagle1division:
Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh. I didn't think that would be considered dishonest :O

...I guess I can kinda sorta see how...

Well, whatever, alright :P
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:icon00mystic-artist:
00Mystic-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
so where i will submit my entery?
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In the Royalty Contest folder.
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:iconmosspath48:
Mosspath48 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess I could try to draw my Transponies race....
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:iconmosspath48:
Mosspath48 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, back then, in the...midieval..era...*Scrap this is gonna be hard <:( *
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:iconaskre5:
Askre5 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A ponyfeathers I knew I was forgetting something *goes to get his pixels into gear*

Hey does the silouette have to be black? Or can it be an outline like say for a window or something?
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It can be an outline so long as it's recognizable.
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:iconaskre5:
Askre5 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right, good to know, thanks :D
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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:icon00mystic-artist:
00Mystic-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I will join in this time i will be focused
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:iconardyliciouce:
ardyliciouce Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

i will do my best..
^^
:love: :love:

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:iconyuji8sushi:
yuji8sushi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question.
Does it have to be based around Hearths Warming Eve? Like, IF I were to enter, would I be able to just go for a medival/winter look instead?
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just going medieval is fine, but you can't have a just winter theme.
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:iconyuji8sushi:
yuji8sushi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okey dokey, thanks! :iconpinkiepieplz:
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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:iconlokibuns:
Lokibuns Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll join ^^

May I ask though, would it be too much to ask if I could have an extension to the 12th AUS Time?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
For now, try and get your entry in within the deadline, if possible.
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:iconlokibuns:
Lokibuns Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure :)
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:icontacbrone:
TacBronE Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
DOIN IT :iconbababaspikeplz:
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:iconklumsykitsunekat:
KlumsyKitsuneKat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I'm going to enter. It sounds fun and bout' time I learn to draw ponies and sketch XD
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:iconxxkyalisexx:
xXKyaliseXx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Entering!
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:iconkyshone:
Kyshone Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds interesting.
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:iconbeavernator:
Beavernator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Two things:
1) Do I need just the silhouette, or the beige background to go with it?
2) Can I get the name of the pony featured in that silhouette, or a vector of that image to make it easier to incorporate that logo into my deviation?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
It also doesn't need to be an exact rip of the silhouette. You can adapt it/re-draw it or whatever to match your image.
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:iconturkeysm:
TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You need just the silhouette. The pony doesn't have a name, and as of now, I don't think there are any vectors of it out there. It's just your standard earth pony I suppose.
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:iconpriscillatheangel:
priscillatheangel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How Do I join ? o-o
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