OFFICIAL EVENT Tales From Iwaku: Summer Edition ☼ (Writing Challenge & Showcase)

PavellumPendulum

in the name of whoever you believe you need
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  2. Advanced
  3. Adaptable
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Genres
Romance, modern, high fantasy, comedy, post-apocalyptic.
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Welcome one and all to the third TFI: Tales from Iwaku event!

I'm Pav, your host and fellow lover of the written arts. This event is meant to be an open challenge for the talented people here to both show off their work and read the works of others! Here's how it works: a few possible themes will need to be incorporated by the writers into a written piece of any format, be it a short story, a poem, song lyrics, a manuscript or even a diss track. Whatever they feel works best. Those submissions, at the end of the month, will be posted up for people to read and give feedback on. A public reading of the pieces (with the author's consent!) will also be done in the Iwaku Discord Server, to share more thoughts on each submission.

TFI will officially be open to submissions from June 1st to September 1st, closing at 11:59 PM CST. The date of the call on the server will be determined after submissions close.

So, what are the possible themes to choose from this time? Look no further, because they are:
- rebirth
- temptation
- irony


Only one theme needs to be incorporated into each submission, but you're free to use multiple if you want! It'll earn you extra Pav-Points, which have no financial value, but hey, at least I'll think you're super cool.

You might be thinking at this point, are there any prizes for joining? The answer is: YES! The winners will be able to choose from multiple different prizes, with first having first dibs (receiving two whole prizes!), second picking next, then third receiving whatever is left.

An important change for this time around, I am experimenting with different ways of handling TFI! The previous two were done with a sitewide vote. In an attempt to see what works better while TFI evolves, this time, I am trying it out with a judging panel instead of a vote. Please welcome to the judging panel the winner of the previous TFI @Nemopedia and our fellow wonderful mod @Dusk! These two have generously decided to join me. We can't wait to read all your submissions!

I really look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with and see you soon!
Feel free to ask any questions, discuss ideas or profess your undying love to me down below.

  • All submissions must be under 2000 words. Any submission longer than this will be automatically disqualified. Please note that if your entry is longer than 1000 words, it might not get read out over call due to how long it would take (it'll depend on how many submissions come in!)
  • All submissions must follow Iwaku rules.
  • The submission should, of course, be your own work and not anyone else's. Fanfiction is allowed, provided that you state what fandom the work is based on. However, just know that the judges who do not know this fandom might not understand your piece fully when voting!
  • The submission should include at least one of the selected themes for the month.
  • The submission cannot contain explicit content. Mentions of such things may occur, but you cannot submit full smut. If there is anything potentially triggering content (ex. Self harm, suicide, etc) in your piece, please leave a trigger tag at the beginning as well.
To submit a piece, please PM me and title the PM "TFI ENTRY" with this little form filled out to go with it!

Title of the piece:
Word Count:
Chosen theme(s):
Chosen format: (Short story, poetry, rap, joke master list... You get the idea.)

Remain Anonymous?: Yes or No
Permission to read aloud during call?: Yes or No
There will be no vote this time around, simply a deliberation between the threes judges mentioned above. We will be judging the pieces based on the incorporation of the chosen theme(s), the ease of reading and how complete the story is. Grammar will not be a huge deciding factor in judging, we care more about the story you have to tell! We will try to have everything judged ASAP but please allow us time to discuss!

The prizes for winning can be transferred to someone else if you so choose as well, but you must tell any staff member that contacts you about winning before the prize is given. First place will receive their choice of two prizes, second place will get to choose one from what remains and third will receive whatever is left!

The winners will also (with their permission) have their pieces placed in the TFI Showcasing thread, as well as a new trophy for the 1st place winner!

Prize pool (in no order, since prizes will be chosen by winners!):
- a half body digital sketch commission from yours truly, me! <3
- a Steam key for the game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (From the lovely @Absinthe <3)
- a Steam key for the game Suzerain (from Absinthe as well!!!)
- a half body digital art commision from the wonderful @riise <3

Details on art from me:
- I'm not great with muscled men but I'll try my best for you if you want.
- I do not draw furries or mechs. The drawing can include a very very simple background at your request.
- Please provide visual references for me, not just a written description. Even searching up pictures online to help me is preferable!
- It can take me up to 3-4 weeks in order to finish a piece because of wrist issues and other responsibilities, so please do not get upset if it takes me a while to get it done. It will get done eventually.

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Details on game copies:
- Whoever chooses these will be contacted by Absinthe in order to give them the code.

Details on the art from riise:
- i vastly prefer drawing more feminine characters, but can try my hand as masculine if you wish.
- anthros are fine, i'm not quite capable of drawing full furries nor mechs.
- background will be a simple design and colour (example above), nothing too extravagant.
- pictures are a must, though feel free to add more detailed written descriptions as well.
- life is busy, so i may not be able to finish your piece within a short time frame, however i'll be sure to get it done as soon as i can

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Kuno

Django Jane
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Genres
Fantasy, Sci fi, Romance, Historical, Modern, Supernatural
@Red Thunder @Doctor Jax Join or we can't be friends anymore.

I kid, I kid. But I'm excited to join this time around! It's been a loooong time since I've tried my hand at writing a short story
 

Nemopedia

Chaotic Lawful
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@everyone join and you are a winner in my heart. :heart:
 

coyote.

❀𖤣𖥧.𖤣𖥧𓆏𖡼.𖤣𖥧𖡼.𖤣❀
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Preferred Character Gender
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EXCITE EXCITE !!!! i am fr joining 👀
 

Red Thunder

A Warrior in a Garden
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Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
  2. Female
  3. Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Fantasy, SciFi, Modern, Magical
@Red Thunder @Doctor Jax Join or we can't be friends anymore.

I kid, I kid. But I'm excited to join this time around! It's been a loooong time since I've tried my hand at writing a short story
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
 
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MaryGold

he is half my soul, as the poets say
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  1. Intermediate
  2. Adept
  3. Adaptable
Genres
romance. angst. drama. modern. fantasy. supernatural. adventure. crime. period pieces.
@Spekkun This is the event I spoke of! You should join
 

firejay1

The Phoenix
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My times are pretty erratic, but it's only really rare to see me EST 3-11am. I'm on most of the time.
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  1. Intermediate
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  3. Advanced
  4. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
  2. Female
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Fantasy, Modern, Historical Romance.
Will judging be by panel from now on?
 

PavellumPendulum

in the name of whoever you believe you need
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  1. Looking for partners
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  1. One post per day
  2. Multiple posts per week
  3. 1-3 posts per week
  4. One post per week
  5. Slow As Molasses
Writing Levels
  1. Adept
  2. Advanced
  3. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. No Preferences
Genres
Romance, modern, high fantasy, comedy, post-apocalyptic.
Will judging be by panel from now on?
I’m not sure! For the last two I really struggled to get people to vote, and some people told me they felt it was excessive, like I was shoving it in everyone’s faces LOL so I’m trying to experiment with the format. I will likely have a poll later on when I put up the entries to ask what people prefer, sitewide voting or judging panels.
 

Constellations

❝You've had the power all along, my dear.❞
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  3. Advanced
  4. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
  2. Female
  3. Primarily Prefer Male
  4. Primarily Prefer Female
Genres
Modern
Fantasy
Historical
Medieval
Fandoms
Crime Drama
Slice of Life
Romance
Angst
I will not be joining this time around, unfortunately, but excited to read everyone's entries! 😁
 

XIII

Convicted of High Witchery
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I work graveyards, so I reply during the day.
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  1. Intermediate
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  4. Adaptable
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  1. Female
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Romance, Fantasy. Always some kind of non-human involved. (Such a vampires, succubi, incubi, etc.)
I wrote and recorded a diss track about my ex best friend because she abused her boyfriend (who happened to be one of my good friends since middle school,) and when I called her out on it, she flipped out and told everyone what a bitch I am.

I am not denying I am a bitch. I am also an asshole, and I am also a jerk. But don't be an abusive shit. I am a dick, but I stand up for those who need it.
 

PavellumPendulum

in the name of whoever you believe you need
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  1. Looking for partners
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  1. One post per day
  2. Multiple posts per week
  3. 1-3 posts per week
  4. One post per week
  5. Slow As Molasses
Writing Levels
  1. Adept
  2. Advanced
  3. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. No Preferences
Genres
Romance, modern, high fantasy, comedy, post-apocalyptic.
You have two more months to submit for this! Wooooooooo!
 

PavellumPendulum

in the name of whoever you believe you need
Original poster
COMMUNITY LEAD
COMMUNITY DEPARTMENT
FOLKLORE MEMBER
Invitation Status
  1. Looking for partners
Posting Speed
  1. One post per day
  2. Multiple posts per week
  3. 1-3 posts per week
  4. One post per week
  5. Slow As Molasses
Writing Levels
  1. Adept
  2. Advanced
  3. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. No Preferences
Genres
Romance, modern, high fantasy, comedy, post-apocalyptic.
Starting tomorrow, you have one month left to submit for this! :D
 
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