It’s that time of the year when The Nest looks to its readers to supply the fucked up humor by tapping into those creativity reserves we all have somewhere inside our craniums. Today kicks off everyone’s favorite February tradition, The Contest of Whatever! (Click the link to see the CoW’s history) Since 2014, bloggers just like you have competed for the chance to pick something out of my Cafepress shop just by using their imaginations… and we’re ready again to find ourselves another pair of winners in 2017!
Normally, I provide a couple key elements that must appear in your entry while allowing you the freedom to use pretty much any creative media imaginable to pull it off. Like how in the inaugural CoW your submission had to contain each of a squirrel, a possum and a unicorn…
This year, however, I’m leaving the content part of the creation wide open while restricting the exact format I’d like you to use. And if it isn’t obvious from the images I’ve used so far in this post, the theme for the 2017 Contest of Whatever is going to be The Nest’s newest weekly feature, Shelf Critter Theatre! I have had a lot of fun breathing bizarre personalities into otherwise lifeless objects and having them interact with each other in stupid ways for the past few months. And now, I want you to do the same!
So, here are the official rules for this year’s contest:
1: Pick out multiple (at least two, but as many as you need/wish) inanimate objects you have lying around and anthropomorphize them…. that is, give them a personality and have them engage in a short play of your own creation. Please include at least one photo of the story’s characters “acting out” a scene from your tale (though you are free to include as many as you wish to tell the story).
2: At least one of your primary characters needs to be an object that is NOT a representation of a well known real or fictional figure.
To clarify the second point… well-known representations of characters would be like my My Little Pony figurines of trademarked characters, Santa Claus, Snuggle Bear, even Buster and Rainbow Donkey whose SCT personalities are largely borrowed from my comic. The reason I’m including this restriction is that these are generally figures that already have well defined personality traits. While you are welcome to include these kinds of characters in your entry… you just need to make sure at least one of them is a completely original “character” you create a personality for from scratch…
Simply post your completed entry on your blog sometime between right now and Thursday March 2, 2017 at noon Central Standard Time (UTC -6). Please include a link to THIS POST somewhere in your entry so I’ll get a Pingback (of course, you are also welcome to notify me in the comments if you’re afraid the pingback will die in WordPress purgatory somewhere)…
OK, that’s not too hard…. is it?
As usual, there will be two winners crowned at the end of the contest. I will choose one winner on merit based on the simple criteria of whatever entry I like best. Once that winner is chosen, all other entries will be placed in a random drawing to find the second winner. Yes, as always, even if you think your imagination sucks giant possum balls (and it’s probably not as bad as you think it is)… you can still be a winner in the Contest of Whatever!!!
Each of the two winners will be allowed to choose a prize from my Cafepress Shop valued at $20 USD or less. I will try to add a few more things to the shop before the contest is over, and rather simple requests for custom content by any of the winners will be considered. All completed entries will be posted here for all to see on Friday March 3rd, and I plan to announce the winners on Sunday March 5th.
So, are you up for the challenge? Let’s see if we can finally top the record of 11 entries from the very first CoW this year (Psst! Spread the word!). Good luck, have fun, and get creating!!!