Platonic: A Family and Friendship One-Shot Contest
Hosted by AmericanPi
Results are now posted!
Relationships have always been a huge part of Pokemon fanfiction. Shipping fics about romantic relationships between canon characters have always been popular, but equally important to the spirit of Pokemon is other, non-romantic relationships. These platonic relationships, such as the bonds between trainers and Pokemon, have been explored by fanfiction writers since the dawn of the fandom.
This contest's theme is friendships and familial relationships - basically what are known as platonic relationships. For this contest, your goal is to write about and explore platonic relationships in Pokemon. Whether you're writing a slice-of-life story about a gym leader's family or an epic adventure that tests the bond between a trainer and her Pokemon or a hurt/comfort fic about two trainers who are best friends, the possibilities for this contest are endless.
- As always, all General SPPf rules and Fan Fiction forum rules apply.
- All entries must be one-shots written specifically for the contest. Please do not submit material you’ve written previously that happens to coincide with the theme.
- While it’s okay (and encouraged!) to find yourself a beta reader and share your story privately with them, please do not post your story publicly before the results are up. Yes, this includes posting your fic elsewhere.
- Entries should not exceed 10,000 words. As always, we realize that different word counters will produce different results, so if you’re over by a little, we won’t mind. However, if it’s very obvious and clear that you’ve exceeded the limit by quite a lot, we’ll contact you and ask you to trim it down.
- If, at any time, you have questions about what is and isn’t kosher or if you have any concerns whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to post in this thread or shoot the judges a PM!
When your entry is ready for submission, either PM it to AmericanPi or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before 23:59 UTC on September 30th, 2017. (Click the link to find a timezone converter.) If you make edits to your entry before the deadline passes, you may resubmit it by email or PM.
The judges for this contest are AmericanPi, Bay, Chibi Pika, and Dragonfree. Once the deadline passes, we will each read all the entries, write reviews for them, and rank them according to our individual opinions. When everyone is done, the reviews will be compiled, the entries will be given points according to their placing with each judge, and their final ranking will go by this combined score. Note that none of us will be privy to anyone else’s reviews or rankings before the final reveal, so none of us will be influenced by each other’s opinions.
Also note that there is always a possibility that the deadline mentioned above will be extended, and judges may ask for extensions on their reviews if need be. However, the judging team will do its best to get the results up within two months. Once the results are ready, every story (or an excerpt thereof) will be posted here, from lowest- to highest-scoring, along with their rankings and reviews from each of the judges. If you would like us not to post your entry with the results, please contact us and let us know before the results are posted.
- Grammar, spelling, and other basic mechanics will most definitely be considered by each judge. Do your best to proofread before submitting, but if you have a friend who’s willing to beta for you, even better! Don’t hesitate to send your work off to your friend for a second opinion.
- As tempting as it may be with this theme to write an epic, remember that you have only so many words to do it—and that plot and execution will also be things your judges will consider. Make sure your entry is self-contained and can stand on its own as an enjoyable story.
- Even though we’ve only mentioned a handful of plot ideas in the contest description, don’t feel that you need to limit yourself to just those! Creativity in applying the theme is also something we’re looking for, so if you feel like you’ve got a great way to address the theme of platonic relationships, go for it!
- Most importantly, have fun!
Good luck, writers!