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I would like to announce the launch of the SIW Feedback Contest! :hooray:

:star: We are now accepting stories to be commented/critiqued for the entire month of December. Contest participants will then have the opportunity to leave feedback on those stories during the month of January for the chance to win prizes. :star:

We will open the feedback portion of the contest on Jan. 1st. The feedback portion will be open for the entire month of January so there should be no conflict with holidays. You will want to leave the best feedback you can because at the end of the month, we will ask each author to select the two members who gave their story the best/most helpful feedback. We will tally these up and the member who was selected by the most authors will win the grand prize. All group members are encouraged to participate in leaving feedback, not just the writers.

To distinguish feedback left on stories for the feedback contest from other critiques or comments received during this time, participants must add "SIW FC" at the end of comments/critiques to alert the author that it is for the SIW Feedback Contest. Authors will be told not to consider comments/critiques lacking this tag.

A new journal will be posted at the beginning of January with the list of stories for feedback, some helpful guidelines for leaving feedback, and a reminder about the rules and prizes.

Here are the contest rules:

:bulletblack: Note the group with the following information: thumbcode for the story you would like to enter, brief summary (3-5 sentences), and genre (romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.). Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 31st.

:bulletblack: One entry per group member. You may enter a story that you already have in our gallery, or you may write a brand new story.*

:bulletblack: Must add "SIW FC" at the end of comments/critiques to be eligible for judging.

:bulletblack: Must be a group member to participate.

:bulletblack: Must leave feedback on at least 5 entries before you will be eligible for a prize.

:bulletblack: There must be a minimum of 5 stories entered. If fewer than 5 stories are entered, the contest will be canceled.

*New stories must follow all group rules and standards to be accepted into the gallery and the feedback contest. All stories submitted to the group during this time will still be entered into the bi-weekly/bi-monthly contests.

:star: Prize List: :star:
First Place:
3 month premium membership from SIW
200 :points: from SIW-pointpot
Journal feature in group journal
Journal feature by BloodrainFireDawn
Journal feature and llama from meryvamp
Journal feature and llama from Starija
Llama from justiceiskira

Second Place:
1 month premium membership from SIW
100 :points: from SIW-pointpot
Journal feature in group journal
Journal feature by BloodrainFireDawn
Journal feature and llama from meryvamp
Journal feature and llama from Starija
Llama from justiceiskira

Third Place:
100 :points: from SIW-pointpot
Journal feature in group journal
Journal feature by BloodrainFireDawn
Journal feature and llama from meryvamp
Journal feature and llama from Starija
Llama from justiceiskira

I also plan to hold some :points: in reserve for prizes to be announced once the contest has ended. We don't want to give anything away too early. ;)

:star: EDIT: Thanks very much to our meryvamp for donating 300 :points: to the contest! And thanks very much to thorns, one of the Lit CVs, for donating 100 :points:! :star:
We will decide how to divide them up among the winners and then update the journal.

We would also like to have smaller prizes for other winners, depending on what we have available, so please donate whatever you can and spread the word to your friends, watchers, and other groups to support this contest. Let us know what you would be interested in seeing as prizes. Journal will be updated as more prizes become available. If you have questions or concerns about the contest, please leave them in the comments or note me (Jade).
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The winner of the bi-monthly contest was:

by meryvamp

:party: Congratulations, Mandy! :party:

That's all for now, I think. Questions, comments, concerns - leave a comment on the journal or note me. And don't forget to send in your stories for the SIW Feedback Contest!

:heart: Jade



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:iconstarija:
Starija Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
is fan fiction allowed in this contest? also, i'll be giving all the winners two llamas and a journal feature.
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BloodrainFireDawn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
I think *meryvamp already answered this question in the poll comments, but I'll answer it again. Yes, we accept fan fiction in the group gallery and the contest as long as it meets group standards. Just know that some commenters may not be familiar with that particular fandom, and it may affect the amount and/or quality of the feedback you receive. But feel free to enter fan fiction if you understand and accept that.

Thanks for the prize donation! Just to be clear...you will donate two llamas and a journal feature to each of the three place winners. Is that correct? If so, I was given to understand that a deviant can only donate one llama, not multiple llamas, to other deviants.
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Starija Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
sorry for the late reply. i do (usually/most of the time) reply to everything when i talk with someone for real, especially online. but lately i'm making it a long time to respond since i'm being lazy with some updates. (this means i'll also reply to that first-or second, rather-comment you sent me about two weeks ago.)
yeah though, mery did answer my question. the fanfiction i submitted to the contest should be recognizable. ;p i never look for feedback ever, though, so like i said in the note i'll just help by putting in the story to add another 'entry' for that contest.

two llamas (one being from my other account, ~justiceiskira) and one journal feature to all winners, meaning each of the three placed winners, yes.
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BloodrainFireDawn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Writer
No worries about lateness, lol. Maybe you'll get some helpful feedback even though you aren't necessarily looking for it, and I'm sure the other writers would love to get feedback on their stories as well. Thanks for the prizes donations. I've updated the journal. :)
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YumeNouveau Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great idea, I love it! I'll totally participate, I really hope this will help with feedback increasing cause that's really what I joined this group for ^^
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BloodrainFireDawn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Writer
I'm happy to hear you like the contest. :aww: I hope we get a good response on feedback too. I would love it if this jumpstarted interaction within the group. *crosses fingers* :eager:
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YumeNouveau Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, now THAT would be something! I would love to get feedback and be able to give helpful feedback as well within a group that cares about one-another's works...what a dream :la:
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BloodrainFireDawn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
It shouldn't be an unattainable dream. We'll see how open people are to it. *is hopeful*
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:iconyumenouveau:
YumeNouveau Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, it really shouldn't! And it's not like I don't try to make the first move...commenting on other ppl's works and all, but I don't seem to get anything back except from the same few that have supported me from the beginning so...idk what's up with ppl :shrug: Hopefully this will give some incentive....
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meryvamp Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I'll offer journal features and llamas for the winners. I might be able to offer some points by the end of the month, not sure yet.
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