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Just a reminder that even if you missed Phase One, you can still jump in and participate as an editor for Phase Two! Just comment or note me and I'll randomly assign you a story to edit!


My tenure as Community Volunteer of Fan Fiction ends tomorrow, and I want to go out with a bang. So here's one more competition with prizes so you'll all remember me fondly!

A writer's best friend is another writer. Sometimes you just cannot objectively look over your own work and fix all your mistakes. You need a fresh pair of eyes to help you, and who better than someone else who understands the labors of love you're undertaking? That is where editors come in. But for many people, finding a literary helpmate can be difficult.

What's this about?


This is a two-part contest for writers of fan fiction. Phase One: Write a fan fiction but don't bother to proofread it. Post it in its raw, unedited first draft (just make sure it's still legible--correct your typos, at the very least). Phase Two: We play musical chairs with the stories and assign each of you another entry to edit. Entries will be judged by two categories: Best Diamond in the Rough (premise of the story) and Best Revision (improvement over the original draft).

So how extensively can I rewrite?

Fix typos, add new sentences, tweak dialogue, rearrange paragraph structure... Do whatever it takes to make the story better, but stay true to the original draft.

What else should I know?

:bulletgreen: Entries must be fan fiction, newly-written specifically for this contest.

:bulletgreen: Maximum 3K word count for first drafts. Revisions can go over by a little, if necessary.

:bulletgreen: When you post your revision, don't forget to credit the original author.

:bulletgreen: Fancharacters are welcome, but canon characters must still be the focus of the story. If the beta reader isn't familiar with the canon, it should still be accessible to them.

:bulletgreen: All of deviantART's submission rules still apply. No graphic porn, etc.

:bulletgreen: Submissions must be entered into the "Contests > Beta Match-Making" gallery.

What are the Deadlines?

Phase One runs from June 11 - July 11. Submit your first-draft entries here.

Phase Two runs from July 13 - August 13, once I assign stories for you to edit. Submit your revised pieces here.

What's in it for me?

Winners of each category (Best Diamond in the Rough and Best Revision) will receive:

First Place

A One-Year Premium Membership

A Medium Art Print of their choice ($50 maximum value)

Second Place

A Six-Month Premium Membership

A Small Art Print of their choice ($25 maximum value)

Third Place

A Three-Month Premium Membership

Who shall sit in judgement over me?

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:new: Contestants, check your notes! You've all been sent your entries to revise. And remember, no taksies-backsies!



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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Totally forget to submit my edit. :facepalm: I thought I had more time to submit it. :shrug: Oh well. I wonder how many people actually submitted an edit.  There so much non-contest submissions in there that I can tell which ones are which.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry to hear! We only got about 5 or 6 entries in the second phase. :\
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah. ^^; I should have paid more attention to the deadline, but I figured that since I finished, I could wait on posting it until later. O.O Wow.  That's so little compared to Phase One.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Never a good idea. :evileye:
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:iconcas42:
cas42 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Question:

 I received  a notice saying that my beta-edited draft was moved from the submissions folder to the scraps folder because it didn't 'follow the rules'

Could you possibly clarify which rule listed above my edited entry was violating? Story link: fav.me/d6eu2t6

Thank you for your time.

-Cas
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Apologies! You didn't violate any rules. Our admin did a sweep of the gallery to remove actual miscats, and she must have taken yours out by mistake. I'll have someone move it back. :)
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:iconcas42:
cas42 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thanks... I was wondering what I could have messed up on... The rules were pretty straightforward.

-Cas
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We'll get it sorted out, don't worry. :)
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:icondestiny58:
Destiny58 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do I submit this??? I'm sorry; I've been awake for close to 29 hours, and I think I'm delirious. I do apologize if I seem rather... confused. But I don't understand where to submit this!

I'm so sorry. I really need to get to sleep. destiny58.deviantart.com/art/B… here is my entry for phase two...
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You need to submit it into the Contests > 2013 > Betamatch > Phase 2 gallery.
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:icondestiny58:
Destiny58 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't find the gallery...
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
www.deviantart.com/contests/20… Your entry made it in. :)
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:icondestiny58:
Destiny58 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thanks! ^^
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for entering!
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:iconareli10:
Areli10 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
jajajajaja xd yo no leo ingles xd para nada xd xd me voy a seguir riendo xd xd xd xd xd xd xd xd xd xd xd
Jajajajaja xd me muero de risa :)
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:iconhydrurgaleptonyx:
HydrurgaLeptonyx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Hello!  I'd also like to participate as an editor, if there are stories left.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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:iconreneestone:
ReneeStone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! If there's still time, I'd like to participate as an editor. :happybounce:
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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:iconangelic96:
Angelic96 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! Is it too late to participate in the second phase? :D 
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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:iconmjwitz:
Mjwitz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
SUP
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...Can I help you?
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:iconmjwitz:
Mjwitz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Um... No
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Screw off.
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:iconladysugarquill:
ladysugarquill Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't participate on the first round, but I'd like to jump in on Phase 2 :)
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Righto! Go ahead and take this one: dparparita.deviantart.com/art/...
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Hi! Quick question, which I didn't see answered in the comments anywhere (although dA limited the number of comments I could see, because of "excessive replies," and when I tried to click the link to browse in "flat view," it wouldn't let me :roll:). When we do our beta reading, do you actually want us to rewrite the parts we believe should be changed, or just copy and paste the original, and leave comments on it for what we noticed? I was expecting the latter, as that's what my beta does for me. She then leaves it up to me to make any changes on her input.

 

I ask this because many of my proposed changes are subtle or minor (the story I received was well written), and it may not be obvious what changes I did if I just posted a rewrite. I can link the Sta.sh copy of my notes, if you'd like to see what I'm talking about.

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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In this case you're doing a rewrite. :) If it helps, in the comments section you could list the changes you made.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, thanks for the clarification! :) I'll probably include the link to my changes in the comments or at the beginning of the piece.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. Good luck!
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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:icontiavon:
TiaVon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it still possible for me to jump into phase 2? >.<
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes it is! Here's your entry to edit: metarex12.deviantart.com/art/G...
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:iconqiirin:
Qiirin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Can I jump in to phase 2? Or am I too late?
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's not too late! Go ahead and take this one: fav.me/d69n891
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:iconseaplume:
SeaPlume Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
If it's not too late, I'd like to jump in and edit!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Knock yerself out! fav.me/d6cnwpa
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:iconseaplume:
SeaPlume Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome and good luck! :)
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:iconzooala:
Zooala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I'd love to jump into Phase 2 and edit a story!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay! You got...
fav.me/d6bzg25
Thanks for participating and good luck!
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I received the note? Either that or I must've accidently deleted it. :/ Can you please resend mine?
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Resent! :)
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did the revisions get assigned already?
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yep. But if you'd like to revise one of the stories, I can randomly assign you one!
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm interested in revision
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Alrighty! The randomly-selected story you got is... flamewarflipsides.deviantart.c...
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm gonna tear that thing to pieces (in the sense of it needs work)
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Go for it!
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