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:bulletblue:Introduction:bulletblue:

Good afternoon, Fillies and Gentle-colts. I come to you all today with a simple proposal. Many of you may remember a few months ago, I ran a similar contest for the cover of a fan-fic that I wrote. Recently, I've finished that endeavor, and have begun writing its sequel. In this case, however, we are hoping to run the contest prior to the impending release of the story's first two chapters and prologue. Of course, we wouldn't be arrogant enough to not give you a good idea of the fic. The story is primarily an adventure story, with a bit of shipping.

Synopsis:It has been three years since a rogue Draconequus threatened the stability of Equestria, and a further three since the defeat of Nightmare Moon. Since then, life has settled for even Equestria's newest resident, Goldenrod. However, following a bizarre celestial event, Twilight Sparkle has received not just a quest from Princess Celestia, but one that has the fate of the Mother of all Alicorns in the balance. If they fail, it's not just the mother of the Alicorns that will die; so will all Alicorns. The fate of Equestria rests in the hooves of Twilight Sparkle and a select few from what has become colloquially known to those involved as the Morrigan Affair, and those hoof-picked by Princess Celestia.


:star:Prizes!:star:

1st Place Prize: 1600 :points:, being Featured on FiMFiction and possibly Equestria Daily as cover artist, and getting into the Featured folder for Bronies
2nd Place Prize: 1000 :points:, and getting into the Featured folder for Bronies
3rdPlace Prize: 600 :points:, and getting into the Featured folder for Bronies

In addition, DarkxRedemption is running a donation pool for additional prize winnings.
Edit August 20: I am in the process of migrating $20 I've recently come into possession of into a paypal account, so that when the transfer clears, I should be able to nab 1600 points to put up.
Edit August 21: I am pleased to announce that NickieBoy has matched my contribution of 1600, so the main prizes have been finalized.

:? :bulletpink:Rules:bulletpink: :?
:bulletred: Minimum dimensions w300 x h400 px1
:bulletred: Should feature the Title
:bulletred: Artists are encouraged to include their own personal touch, as well as personal identifier/signature, to the image.
:bulletred: NSFW submissions will be automatically disqualified.
:bulletred: Inclusion of the cast2 in the cover image, is encouraged.
:bulletred: Make sure you have fun! 3
:bulletgreen: All submissions should be made for August 31st.
:bulletblue: All submissions should be made to the Cover Contest folder.

EDIT: Fixed the goof where the folder was unavailable for submissions. My bad.

As far as what to make, I can provide a few suggestions. By all means, though, keep in mind that these are only suggestions.
:bulletpink:The initial cover idea was something matching the style of Displaced's cover, perhaps a book like this sticking out of a sand dune.
:bulletpink:Another option might be the Goldenrod, Twilight, Scootaloo and Braeburn standing on a stone outcropping, overlooking something opposite of the image's perspective, clad in desert garb and goggles [see Additional Data].
:bulletpink:At the suggestion of one of my readers, another suggestion is the cast gathered around a campfire at night.

:iconderpyhooves::iconsays3plz:Appendices
1: Higher resolution images are encouraged, as your cover will also be an advertisement of your work, meaning if you're looking to commission work, this is the way to get attention. ;)
2: The primary cast includes Goldenrod, Scootaloo, Twilight Sparkle, Braeburn, Apple Bloom
3: Many ponies may take this for granted, but this contest is just as much for fun as it is for prizes and notoriety. We don't want you stressing yourself about this to the point where you can no longer enjoy yourself.



All submissions should be submitted to the "Fan-fiction Cover Contest" folder and in for August 31st, as judging will take place on the 2nd of September.

>Additional Data
For those who require, while a 'reference sheet' is not available for Goldenrod, there are these depictions available.

This occurs three years after the events of Displaced. All three of the original Cutie Mark Crusaders are well on their way to growing up, already having gotten their cutie marks. Scootaloo has earned an eagle  for her bravery in the end of Displaced. Apple Bloom has become an aspiring tinkerer and inventor, earning an apple-shaped beaker.
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Leddaq Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering... what if I've already submitted 3 drawings? can I still submit for the contest right? (look like a silly question, but I really don't know xD)
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DestinyProgenitor Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you still need to get a submission in, note me and I'll enter it in.
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:iconleddaq:
Leddaq Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no, i don't need to submit it xD i've already done it, i was just curious :P
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Eldwood Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Before I actually get into drawing for this contest, I believe I only have one more question: how would you describe the emotions of these characters as they appear in your story? Are there any emotions for any specific character you would like me to focus on in particular?
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DestinyProgenitor Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry about not getting to you before today. Been kind of busy with various things and I don't get notifications for this journal [despite writing it]. I never had any specific emotions in mind for the story, except maybe apprehension regarding the implications of their quest.
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Eldwood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Well, that's okay. When I was illustrating the cover, I decided to draw most of the main cast as having neutral facial expressions due to the lack of a description of said emotions. So it turns out, fortunately enough, that I didn't need one anyway. =D That was lucky.

You are forgiven for not replying to me sooner; :) I understand if you have other matters that need doing.
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Leddaq Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't know if someone already asked this, but... who's Goldenrod? (note: i'm new here, and i don't remember anypony called goldenrod, so i think it's an OC right?)
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Leddaq Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait... i saw goldenrod in additional data xD i didn't saw that xD
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Leddaq Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i forgot something: can i modify the book? ( [link] ) like adding a few things?
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DestinyProgenitor Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The book itself is only a suggestion, you're free to change the overall appearance, but the design itself on the cover is kind of important.
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