Whole of the Moon
One-Shot Contest: Mischief and Malice
The Pokémon World is a world of heroes, whether they be new trainers setting out to upend the status quo, trusty partners driving back the tide of darkness, or wise mentors helping the next generation along its path. But wherever there are heroes, there must be villains to oppose them--and the Pokémon World has those in spades, too! Whether they're trying to fling the planet into the sun (again) or merely thwarting some meddling kids, Pokémon's antagonists shape its world at least as much as its exemplars. In this year's one-shot contest, evil prevails--it's time to let the bad guys have their say!
Your story should shed light on the perspective of a villain(s) or antagonistic character(s) in the Pokémon World. Which world that is is up to you: animeverse, gameverse, PMD world--whatever version you please! While the Pokémon franchise has plenty of great villains to use for your story, this contest also welcomes original characters. And while larger-than-life villains with world-ending plots can be a lot of fun, this contest also welcomes more low-level or mundane ne'er-do-wells, too: a bully who picks on newbie trainers or a crooked orb salesmon always looking to unload faulty goods on the unwary would both make fine characters to focus on for this contest, for example. If you're not sure whether the story idea you have in mind fits what we're looking for, feel free to ask!
Entries should be no more than 10,000 words long. Different writing programs will give different word counts, so if you're worried about your entry going over the limit, check it using this online calculator, which is the one the judges will use to determine eligibility. There is no minimum word requirement.
The story you submit should be a new one written for this contest, not one you'd written previously that happens to fit the contest theme, and it should adhere to Thousand Roads' story guidelines. Please refrain from publishing your work online until the final results of the contest have been posted.
All entries are due by Midnight UTC on July 1, 2022. Not sure when that is in your timezone? You can keep track of the deadline with this handy online countdown. To enter, send your story to Negrek via PM or DM, or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. One entry per person, please.
Judging and Prizes
Everyone who enters will receive in-depth feedback from our three judges: bluesidra, SparklingEspeon, and windskull. In addition to writing reviews, each judge will rank the entries from what they consider to be the best to the worst. The judges' scores will then be combined to determine overall first-, second-, and third-place winners.
The top three stories will receive an individual promo and author interview to be posted on the Thousand Roads forums, as well as a free art commission. Throughout the writing period, we'll be featuring interviews with last year's top-placing writers to give you some insight into their process, inspiration, and encouragement while you work on your own entry! (For real this time!)
Stories will be judged on overall writing quality as well as on their use of the theme. You are welcome to have your story looked over by one or more beta readers before submission, and it's okay if those beta readers are participants themselves--just as long as none of them are judges! We encourage you to spell-check and do your best job of proofreading, as technical errors are likely to impact your final ranking.
That's it! Have fun writing, and I look forward to your entries. If you have any questions, feel free to post in this thread or ask Negrek via PM/DM. You can also check out last year's contest and results to get an idea of how these contests tend to go.