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What is Prose?

Prose is, of course, for those of you who weren't quite sure and too timid to ask, plain ol' regular pen-on-paper writing. Prose encompasses many things, from essays to reviews to novels. Prose writing usually follows the general decorum of the English Language (this contest will, unfortunately, be offered only in English) Prose is especially good for telling stories.

Do I have to write a story?

Of course not! You can write a news report -- telling about ponies preparing for IDP, perhaps! You can write column, a play, an obituary, a speech; you can even write an essay, if you're truly compelled. As long as it has to do with ponies, anything goes!

Does it have to be about IDP or Celebration?

Nope again! You can write about whatever you like, in any genre (subject matter) you choose. That means you could write the mystery of the century, or the passionate drama of two ponies in love. Or you could write about adventures in pony collecting.

And, because the question has already come up, yes, you can even write "x-rated" pony material... like how all those baby ponies came to be with only a dozen guys... Do note that certain explicit material may not be displayed on the site; this has nothing to do with you or your writing, merely the contract I signed to get this website with Angelfire and fact that many of the people in the pony community are under age. Please see the General Guidelines for the type breakdown.

What makes a good story?

Ah, wise query, my pony friend! A story, like an essay, has three basic parts - The Beginning, The Middle, and The End. A story has a plot, and the plot is put in motion by a conflict, which most stories spend their length trying to resolve. This all builds up over the course of the tale until the climax - the point at which all things come together. The tale is thus resolved; we all live happily (or unhappily) ever after.

A good story catches and holds the reader's interest; this can be done with well-developed, intriguing characters, or a plot thick in on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense. A story can be quite short:

Elvis ate here; he died.

or span the length of several generations, like the Christian Bible or Vickram Seth's "A Suitable Boy". Each are equally interesting; it's all in the way you say it!

After all, there is no incorrect way to write a story, as long as it is from the heart. The heart is where the mind's inspiration takes nourishment from to grows and bloom; as long as you write from the heart, you can't go wrong!

Happy writing!

Prose Contest Guidelines

Each person may enter one (1) piece of work.
Prose will assessed with these functions in mind:

Content - what is this story about? does it hold interest?
Function - does the story work together as a whole?
Creativity - has the writer expressed something unique, or found and interesting way to express him/herself?
Form - has the writer used the proper form for his/her chosen media?

The length limit for prose is 20 pages (20 pages in a word processor at 10pnt font). Stories that are over this length are still welcomed, but please note that judges are only obliged to read the first twenty pages. Of course, if it's really good, they won't stop reading!

And, if you are submitting your story as a document attachment, please make sure that it has been saved in a simple text format that can be read readily by even the clunkiest ol' word processors; a .txt file is always a safe bet.

There will be a First Place, Runner Up, and Honourable Mention prize for the best stories in the contest; the number of place holdings may be adjusted depending on the number of applicants.

Submission deadline is July 25th, 2002.

Questions? Ask me!

Need some inspiration? Read last year's winner:

"The Challange"

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