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The Nightmare Before Christmas Contest

From the wicked minds of the Darkest Temptations and Jasper's Naughty Girls blogs we bring you one seriously twisted contest. Ho, Ho, Ho…

Deck the Halls… Edward and Bella kissing under the mistletoe… Rose and Emmett sipping hot chocolate by the old Tannenbaum. Can’t you just smell the chestnuts roasting?  No, well good, because you’re in the wrong place if that’s what you seek.

We want to explore the dark, nasty, grim side of the holiday season. We want your one shot to feature a Grinch-like Cullen. He should be sinister and evil; the darker the better. Oh, and let’s not forget the Femmes because we all know hell hath no fury like a woman scorned during the holiday season.



Please include the following header...

The Nightmare Before Christmas Contest





So, here's what we want:

1. A Twilight character must be included as the central character (human or vamp) and they should be dark. Absolutely no fluff in this one. Canon, non-canon pairings and slash are acceptable.

2. Length must be 2500+ words with no max limit.

3. Lemons are not mandatory, but encouraged. We'd also like to see a strong plot.

4. Collabs are welcome.

5. Enter as many times as you'd like.

6. 18 and up only - if you are under 18, you may not enter. Sorry!

7. Use your best grammar and punctuation; it will be screened for entry. We want your fic to have the best possible chance.

8. You may extend your story (and we'd love to see that), but please wait until the contest is over.

9. Fic must be a new o/s developed for this contest. Can be based off an existing fic, but must be able to stand alone.

10. Entries can only be posted to your account on twiwrite.net until after the contest is over.

Important Contest Dates:

Entries will be accepted starting October 20, 2010 with a deadline of December 15, 2010, 11:59 est.

Voting begins December 16 and ends December 23 with winners announced on December 24, 2010.

There will be two winning categories:

Public Voting Round

Blog Pick


Banner for contest winners

Author interview to be featured on both blogs (www.jaspersnaughtygirls.blogspot.com and www.darksper.blogspot.com) along with a review of your story.

How to submit your entry:

Post your story to your twiwrite.net account and then e-mail us the link at contests@twiwrite.net. We'll review your entry for grammar and punctuation. We'll provide constructive feedback if it does not meet requirements. You may resubmit your one shot after you make the corrections. We want you to have the best chance possible.

Once your o/s is accepted, it will be added to the TwiWrite Nightmare Before Christmas Contest page.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  contests@twiwrite.net

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The Torch Awards by MissAnnBlack





On February 12th, the Torch Awards will open to nominations. We are looking for your favorite fics. The ones that make you cry, laugh, or even say "Now that was well written!" We're also looking for those banners and fic videos that are amazing and those readers and betas that motivate you as an author.

In addition to showing our love to the artists and their stories, we want to know about those reviewers and betas that make writing easier, more fun. Those people that motivate you to keep going. Also the best banner and video makers for the stories.

Impassionate Magic wants to show those authors, readers, and betas that make that fire inside you burn hotter. We want to present them with a Torch to show our appreciation for shining some light on our worlds.


Please see http://thetorchawards.blogspot.com/?zx=86c05c7db83e8dd for more details

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The TwiWrite Twitter Challenge


We are having a challenge, being the ever competitive bunch that we are. We are in desperate need of a new twitter avi and background. We have been a bit busy with the goings on behind the scenes, so we are calling all graphics artists and asking for your help.


We are issuing a challenge to those of you who are into the fun world of graphics, and asking you to make us something EVIL!!! Bwahahahaha.

No, actually we're just looking for something fun and creative. We are having two different categories for the Twitter Challenge, and everyone is more than welcome to enter both.


On with the details!

Category One! The AVI challenge. We need a 200x200 avi of something awesomesauce. It can be sexy, snarky, funny, WTF is that, or simple. We just ask that it does not include anything offensive or full on nudity. We love the porn, (because along with being a competitive bunch, we're also pervy) but we want to keep the twitter account open and not banned for being too naughty.


Category Two! The Background Challenge. We need an awesome new background too. Same rules apply to the AVI Challenge, with the exception of the size of course. (we all know size matters) We are setting these two categories apart, but you are more than welcome to make your AVI and background match if you want. We don't guarantee we'll use them both, but you never know.


Important stuff to remember:



Because we know some of you are insane with Photoshop, Paintshop, etc. we'll start taking entries immediately.

All entries are due by Saturday, August 20th.

Winners will be announced Monday, August 22nd.

You may submit as many designs as you'd like.


Other information:

Please feel free to leave a small signature of yours on the background if so choose.


Please email us your background and/or avi (as attachments, not links) to contests@twiwrite.net, along with any special instructions that we might need such as tiled backgrounds or color palates if you used them. We will test each banner and background out on the twitter account before we post it to the contest page. We need to make sure your dimensions are correct. (see below for more details on the backgrounds sizes)


Please note: Do not send us an image simply taken off the internet. The whole point of this challenge is to have something original made for us by you. Feel free to use any open source images that you might find or have, but we don't want copyrighted images submitted. We do not need a lawsuit on our hands.


The TwiWrite Admin will then judge each entry and choose the winners. 


Since it seems rather silly of us to award banner makers with a banner for making a banner -   >_<   - we are willing to put your name on the site as the maker of our background, and everyone gets to see your lovely banner/avi on the twitter page. Trust! We will not take credit of your work - it will all go to you. In addition to this, each winner will also receive a $10.00 gift card to Amazon.com. (We're in no way affiliated with this site, we just like some of their stuff)


In submitting a banner/avi to the TwiWrite Twitter Challenge, you give us (twiwrite.net) rights to use your banner/avi for as long as we like. We will not sell or share your work. It will only be used on our twitter account @TwiWrite and @TwiWriteUpdates and no where else.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. contact@twiwrite.net. We'll be more than happy to help in any way we can.


We are very excited to see what all of you creative artists come up with. Remember, this challenge is for everyone with a graphic eye, whether beginners or pro's.


We hope you have fun with this, and good luck!


Below are instructions on making a background for twitter if you are interested in dimensions. This is just a useful tool for you to use if so wish. You do not have to follow these if you'd rather not.


There are a few points you need to keep in mind when designing or altering your Twitter background to fit into the new site:

  • The new design has a constant top toolbar that is 40 pixels tall and spans the entire length of the web page. For most designs, this shouldn't interfere with any of your elements, but be aware that this bar is always there. Also note that there is a 20 pixel tall space between the toolbar and the start of the two columns.
  • The spacing to the right and left of the columns is fluid and will vary based on the resolution and size of the browser window. The spacing is also significantly reduced from the previous design. As an example, in a 1280×800 browsing window, in the old design, there were approximately 251 pixels on each side of the Twitter columns. On the new design, that is reduced to 112 and 113 pixels respectively.
  • The Twitter sidebar on the right is now semi-opaque. The opacity is about 75%, which means that depending on what color you choose and the color or style of your background image, that can impact readability.
  • The timeline column on the left is always 540 pixels in width, but the sidebar can vary. After a certain resolution (about 1130 pixels), it becomes fixed at 500 pixels wide, but on smaller screens or in smaller browser windows, it can be as small as 380 pixels.
  • Because of the way the columns are now laid out, background images should probably only be tiled if they are patterns or seamless. Larger images are much better off transitioning to a solid color rather than repeating.

Information take from http://mashable.com/2010/10/06/new-twitter-background-customize/

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