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12 January 2010 @ 11:30 am

You asked for it! You got it! It's a fic contest with groovy prizes! (The reason there's not any art this time around is that there was an all-art contest last summer and the artists may get another turn later in the year). bleachness will be accepting entries from right now until Valentine's Day of this year. The rules (under the LJ-cut below) are pretty easy to understand. Ask any questions you may have here in the comments section of this post.

The contest prizes will be decided by judges and not by a popular poll, so instead of the contest being a popularity contest for the pairings represented in the fics, the entries will be judged on the merit of how they're written. A secret panel of bleachness  English majors will looking for how writers adapt the theme, colorfully portray the pairing (or trio, either IC or OOC), and affect, move, charm, and entertain. All genre of fics are welcome for this Valentine's contest--angst, smut, fluff, etc. Just be sure to label your fic appropriately if you know what genre it is and to put any warnings for mature material.

If there are enough entries, there may be a popular poll with one winner and one prize.

At this writing, the prizes (subject to change)are: 2 LJ accounts, one $25 gift certificate from Anime Castle, a short smutty fic involving the Bleach pair of your choice by smut writer extraordinaire nehalenia, a short romantic fic featuring the Bleach pair of your choice by _debbiechan_ , and a Valentine's art of your design by mezzo_marinaio . See how I don't spend money on postage this time? XD

Don't you want in on the fun? See under the cut for the rules!

Also, newsflash: awesome awesome artist who does wonderful Bleach stuffs, cacodaemonia is open for  $10  sketch commissions until January 24!
Grenatescarboucle on January 12th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
The theme is really hard, me think. I'll try to participate, but I'm not sure what I'll come up with. >_____>' If I can come up with anything, that is. XD
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

You can do it.

Be imaginative with the theme. It doesn't have to be an all out fight. Or it can just show the making up part of the fight with the fight part summarized or implied. Or vice versa.

Or it can be a fake fight!
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)

Loving your little Tesla and Nnoi. The theme could adapted to tell a story in essay form! Go for whatever you want! Be creative with the theme!
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enisy: Bleach:: Ulquihime (Not Allowed)enisy on January 12th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Agree that it's a tough theme, especially for the more unconventional couples. I'll see if I can come up with anything...
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)

I was hoping to get fic for unconventional couples, actually. There's a lot of room to play with in terms of disagreements--"breaking up" doesn't have to mean splitting up as a couple. Interpret the theme in all sorts of ways! Be flexible with it!
mrdracospirit on January 12th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I guess the real crunch question is what to have the fallout over? Oh and which couple to use >.<.

I might be tempted to go for a less used pairing and the good old hidden POV 0.-
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)

K.: Excessively Pinkpolina_slosvau on January 12th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an interesting theme! I would love to participate if I can come up with anything decent.

Also. Sorry to bother you, but. Do you, by any chance, know a place to find beta-readers? I can't make myself post fics that aren't beta-read, my poor English might cause brains to melt. ;_;
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)

No I don't know of a place to ask for beta-readers but you maybe someone here might offer to help you?
K.: Peacefullypolina_slosvau on January 13th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks! Would it be okay for me to make a post at some point and ask (perhaps make it a post where other people could ask for help as well?) or is that too OT for this community?
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 19th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)

Hmmm, under ordinary circumstances I would think that advertising for beta help is sort of OT but when you're finished with your fic maybe you could post about what type of fic it is and see if anyone wants to help? Maybe other people will find one another through your post too.
koizumi_miwakoizumi_miwa on January 13th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Ah~! I'm totally going for this one!

*has like fifty ideas all ready*
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)

aeri: ichirenruki // death and all his friendsiluxe_love on January 13th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun! Maybe I'll whip something up for this contest :)
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)

go for it! There are never enough Bleach fics lately!
manonlechat: Ulquiorra_Cifermanonlechat on January 13th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)

1. Can the couple be bromantic instead of romantic?

2. Are quartets permitted?
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)

Yes and yes.

I'm real flexible. Yes to bromance. Yes to more than one pair so quartets are permitted.

kaibasgirl on January 13th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
ahhh~ I'm so excited! This will give me an excellent excuse to write for one of my crackpairs!

Thank you Debbie!! <33
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)

My pleasure! Looking forward to your fic!
DANGER!: HP: [Bad posturerioter on January 13th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
hurrhurr. Let's see...I haven't written a single fic in five years due to a mean WoW addiction and a boyfriend who picked on me relentlessly for writing Naruto fanfiction (what a guy ^________^). Seeing as I am now rid of one of these things, it would appear I now have an excuse to write again. Oh my.

Besides, my OTP is pretty underrepresented and is in dire need of some fanlove. The theme is rather befitting so it should make it easier on me. Muwahaha! ♥ This will be too fun. :3

*slides back into lurkdom*
derp @ BA

edited a thousand plus times for making no sense whatsoever

Edited at 2010-01-13 03:05 am (UTC)
Vayshti: bleachvayshti on January 15th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)

A competition's a great way to jump back into the fray.

Welcome back to Fanfic Land. I'll ignore that it was Naruto, and not Bleach before :
Cairnsycairnsy on January 21st, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
That is perhaps the most awesome icon ever (random comment is random).
Vayshti: bleachvayshti on January 21st, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Here! Have it again!

semicolon abuse hotline: girl powah yo.hallowd on January 13th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
How much can we stretch this? Because I, uh, may have a fairly solid 'fic outline I didn't use for the birthday contest last year that could work with this theme, but the "breaking up" part would have to be subject to some interpretation...
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 13th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)

Stretch it. The fic can focus on one part or the other. You can do some inventive stuff to adjust your fic so it meets the theme! You can do it! There aren't enough Ishida with tension/plot/a bit of a struggle! XD
Adam Epp: What? 9000!adam_epp on January 17th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Okay, I think I have an idea for this. Let's see if I can write in a month on top of all the other stuff I need and/or want to do.
America's Next Top Hermit: bleach: kisuke/yoruichi shoulderprofoundly_grey on January 22nd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Hmm... May have to give this a try. :)