Yes, it is that time of the year again! Time to break out the thinking caps and dig the crafty shit out of the closet. Evil Squirrel’s Nest’s 2019 Contest of Whatever begins today! The CoW has been a February tradition on this blog dating back to 2014, and has resulted in literally
thousands hundreds dozens of wonderfully delightful creations over the years by Nesters hoping I’ll send them a prize. And everyone loves prizes!
Each year, two bloggers who play the CoW will bring home something utterly fabulous that they chose from my Cafepress shop. The themes and results of the first five Contests of Whatever can be found on this page, and you may note that none of the ten past winners has been a repeat. So if you have yet to bring home the gold, this may very well be your year! And of course, if you are a past winner…. well, somebody has to be the first to win twice, right?
So how does the contest work? Well, it’s very simple! So simple, that everyone reading this should play…. yes including you! All I want you to do is to create something. It can be in any kind of creative art you can imagine… writing, drawing, crafting, photography, chainsaw carving, mime…. literally anything and any combination thereof. As long as your work is something you can post on your blog and is your own creation, it is up to Contest of Whatever snuff.
Each year, of course, I always add in a stipulation to keep all the entries themed around. One year it was including a possum, squirrel and unicorn… another year it was killing off Buster… themes that are a lot of fun. You may recall last year’s CoW wanted players to draw their inspiration from each of three randomly selected images I dredged up off of Google. That seemed to bend the brains of the audience a bit too much, and if not for a last week onrush of entries, the whole contest would have gotten rained out.
So my challenge for this year was to bring the theme back to something simple. Something that will encourage the casual players, while also providing the opportunity for a more robust creation for those so inclined. The record for most entries in a single Contest of Whatever remains the 11 I received in the first game. I want that record matched if not smashed this year!!!
I think I came upon the perfect contest prompt while I was compiling my annual Sandy Awards list last month! Ladies and gentlemen…. the theme of the 2019 Contest of Whatever is……………
A squirrel walks into a bar…
There you have it! What comes to your mind with that one lined theme? Make something, and show off to the world just how awesome you really are!
Sometime between right now and the end of the day on Thursday February 28th, come up with something creative you can post on your blog based on the contest theme “A squirrel walks into a bar.” Where you go from there and how you choose to present your idea is all up to YOU! Simply post your contest entry before the deadline and make sure to leave a pingback to this post so that I won’t miss it (Leaving a comment here with a link can’t hurt either). I will post links to all of the entries received on Friday March 1st, and announce the contest winners on Sunday March 3rd. Prizes, as has been tradition, will be any one item valued at $20 USD or less from my Cafepress shop.
There will be two contest winners. One will be chosen by me entirely based on whichever entry I like the best. Then a second winner will be chosen at random from all of the remaining entries. That means that even if you think you don’t have the right stuff to beat out your fellow creative Nesters, you can still win something based entirely on dumb luck. But only if you make something for the contest!!!
Best of luck to everyone who plays along with The Nest’s crazy idea of fun and games this year! Spread the word, and get those creative juices flowing!