Those of you who hung around these parts a year ago may recall last February that I held The Nest’s very first contest with actual prizes… a somewhat free for all game I hastily dubbed The Contest of Whatever. The only thing I asked for was some sort of creation that contained a squirrel, a possum, and a unicorn… and I got 13 brilliant entries that came straight from the hearts of my readers! In the end, it was YoungAtFifty (see Buster above) and Goldfish who came out winners!
And so off the success of that first contest, we’re going to do it all over again this February! Just like in the first edition of the contest, I want you to create something using whatever kind of art form you wish. It can be drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, a diorama, opera, mime…. if it involves creativity, and is some original idea of your own, it’s fair game!
Of course, it’s not quite that open-ended of a contest. There are a few stipulations… just like the squirrel, possum, and unicorn requirement last year. But to mix things up, we’re going to make the requirements a bit different this year….
1. The theme this year is games. I want some form of a game to be involved in your creation. Anything that involves competition between two or more participants is allowed… board games, sports, multiplayer video games, children’s activities… etc.
2. Since we don’t want any solo gaming, your creation must include at least two characters… and they must be at least two different species of animals (and while your entry may contain humans, they do not count towards this two species requirement. Fictional animals, such as unicorns, do count towards this requirement). Note that your creation may have as many characters as you wish, just so long as there’s at least two different animal species represented.
And that’s it! Somewhat more complicated than last year, but still… the possibilities are almost endless for you all!
Your entry should be posted on your blog with a link somewhere in your submission post to THIS post, so that I can easily keep track of each entry (Don’t be alarmed if a pingback doesn’t show up right away, they always end up in moderation). You have the entire month to ponder an idea and get to creating it! The deadline for contest entries is 7:00 AM Central Standard Time (-6 UTC) on Sunday March 1, 2015. I will post the entries I have received that morning, and announce the winners the very next day (Or whenever I get time that week).
Like last year, there will be two prizes up for grabs… each being any one (1) item of your choosing from my Cafepress store valued at $20USD or less (I can also put any original image I own of your choosing on any qualifying item if you wish). The first winner will be the entry that I consider to be my favorite. The second winner will be determined by a random drawing of all of the remaining entries… meaning that even if you don’t think you’re creative enough to come up with a winning entry (And you’d be wrong if you believed that… even people who claim to have no creativity or talent have impressed me at times), you still have a shot at one of the prizes… all you gotta do is ENTER!
So what are you waiting for? Get in on the fun and start creating something! I can’t wait to see all the fun and interesting things you all come up with this year!