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Yup, that time of the week again!

Some good news, no changes needed this week!

Similarly to last week's journal, we'll be starting off with our featured artist of the week! I won't lie, there were so many deviations this week that I felt like my head was going to explode, that atop the fact that I'm currently in my finals, I didn't nearly invest as much time in appreciating everyone's work. So I just wanted to apologize for that, but it still needs to be mentioned that I was very impressed with everyone's work, I'm just sad I didn't get to appreciate all of your stories more...

So without further ado!

F E A T U R E D  A R T I S T  O F  T H E  W E E K

TheStoyTeller with his story Youth thestoyteller.deviantart.com/a…!

Congratulations on a well deserved feature this week! Hope to see more of your work soon! Hope to continue seeing more posts from everyone in fact!!! :D

Now then, onto some business. Last week I had mentioned that we may or may not have an announcement for this week. It turns out that in fact we've got some awesome stuff brewing for all of you guys.

We'll be hosting our first official contest since the change in management! The contest rules are fairly simple and are as follows:

:bulletgreen:           The submission must be Christmas oriented! Now, what we mean here is that Christmas must play a part in the story. This in no way limits the genre of your story. You want to make a horror-themed Christmas? Go ahead! You want to make the happiest Christmas story ever? All for it. We just ask that Christmas play an important part in the story :)

:bulletgreen:           Your entry must be of a minimum of 2,000 words (give or take, we won't really count or anything...) and a complete story, or a standalone if you prefer. I don't think I need to really elaborate on this.

:bulletgreen:           The story must also be an original work. No fanfictions for this contest. And besides, if you can write fanfiction, you can write an original story. Just change the names and we'll be none the wiser :giggle:

That's all for the rules really. Next on the list is to say that the contest will be hosted 'til New Years! I understand that most of us will be busy (either like me with school, or just out celebrating and having fun). So you guys have plenty of time. We'll be announcing our winners sometime during the week following New Years (depending on how many entries we get, hopefully many!)

Can't have a contest without prizes, right? Right! We're improvising here, but for future contests we're hoping to make the prizes more interesting! So for now it's going to be points! They will be distributed as follows:

75 points for 1st place;
50 points for 2nd place;
And 25 points for 3rd place.

I am fairly certain that covers everything. If you have any questions, again, feel free to ask, we admins never sleep. Available 24/7 like... something open 24/7.... or something (graceful with words, aren't I?)

One more thing, VERY IMPORTANT

WE NEED JUDGES!!!

We'd ask a few of you to volunteer to help us sort through the submissions. We'd like this to be more a people's choice for the contest, although us admins will still have a say in the matter. We'd need about 3-4 members. If you're a judge, we'll have to ask you not to participate in the contest though.

So this should be it, finally. Sorry for the long journal, but I'm hoping that we covered everything. Again, questions, ask, we don't bite.

Have a nice one you guys! :)

[EDIT via The-Archaeon]

I can't believe I didn't welcome our newest members :(

Anyways, here they are and give a super welcome or nothing will happen to you, like, at all!

amour-raven
NoSoul13
mrsweasel
surprisinglypoetic
GrubbsWriting
Arashka
GeminusPons
Piegoose
SpiralofDragon
LoversPoison
JoshGilmour
Jomse

Again, big welcome to you guys, hope you enjoy being a part of our group as much as we enjoy having you!

[Tiny Edit Again]
Just let us know those of you who are interested in submitting your deviations as entries, since the contest is officially open as of now (we'll be recruiting judges during the contest).
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:iconebrethil:
Ebrethil Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'll be a judge
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:iconthe-archaeon:
The-Archaeon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Schweet, thanks man! :)
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:iconebrethil:
Ebrethil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^
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:iconskyfirethesolardemon:
SkyfireTheSolarDemon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like fun! :D

So just to make sure, the deadline for submissions is till New Years?
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:icongalialay:
Galialay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! :)
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:iconskyfirethesolardemon:
SkyfireTheSolarDemon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, thank you. :)
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:iconarashka:
Arashka Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! : )
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:iconthe-archaeon:
The-Archaeon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're most welcome! :)
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