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Litmas: Results!
Christmas has come and gone but a pun as bad a Litmas will always live on forever in our hearts. Grudgingly. Even those who don't like Christmas are sad to see it go: there's no longer a reason to get away with acting like Scrooge, there are no more men dressed as Santa Claus to assault in the street when they get too close, and there are no more Salvation Army collectors on each corner to drop foreign currency into with a gigantic grin.
Luckily, here's some great reading to ease the transition from Cold-But-Festive, to just plain Cold.
:holly: Poetry: Your Holiday Landscape
You were asked to write a fixed form poem that details/expresses your local culture/landscape's traditions during high holidays. PoeticWar and StJoan judged, and here are your results:
3rd - Christmas Lights  by MaskedVengeance (3 month sub!)
2nd -
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DIY Ornament Contest Results
At long last, the results to the DIY Ornament Contest are here!
Your judges were:
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Congratulations to the winners!  :party:
Just a reminder:
If you are on this list, you must Wishlist the deviantART shop item so that we may send you your prize!*
In first place, we have X-Mas Bauble 2 by purple-whirlpool.

They've won a 1 Year Subscription and dA buttons!  :boogie:
In second place, here is Christmas Ornament by LadyLyonnesse.

They've won a 6 Month Subscription and
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MASSIVE SECRET LIT COMP
#underlit, in conjunction with 007-WriteOff are hosting a MASSIVE SECRET LIT COMP ,which is to be announced on January 10 (comp will commence Jan 15).
:community: :community: :community: :community: :community: :community:
This competition is open to ALL Lit categories ( Prose, Poetry and Visual Literature) and promises to be a lot of FUN.
:heart: A special submission category is being created for it, thanks to Moonbeam13 and KariAnnLax
:wtf: Anyways, the point of this news is:
:sun: WE NEED PRIZES!!! :sun:
We want this to be the MOST insanely huge, fun Lit competition ever, and a great way to kick off the New Year by inspiring some really great writing. So, here’s your chance to share something special with your fellow deviants, and donate to our prize pool.
It doesn’t have to be anything that costs money (we recognise that time is money, too!) though of course we’d be more than
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Great Prose Exposed: WordCount Feature #7
:holly: WordCount is looking for the Best of dA's Holiday Prose!  If you've read something on dA that you feel should be recognized, and it deals with the holidays, please feel free to post the link here!  Keep in mind that WordCount tries to be an equal-opportunity feature project; all beliefs and languages are welcome.
We appreciate your suggestions!  :heart:  Found a piece of prose that isn't holiday-related but stil think it's wonderful?  Drop the link in this thread, and we'll be sure to review it!
:typerhappy:  And now we are incredibly pleased to present our seventh prose feature.  We can hardly believe it's been seven months, and we thank you for coming along for the ride!  This month's collection includes compelling essays, inspiring imagery, and
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Spotlight on: youthculture
Welcome to this deviantoftheyear feature, this time putting the spotlight on secondmagpie.
secondmagpie is a deviant from the United States and is currently a volunteer on the site as a dAmn MN@ Operator. She is a Deviousness Award recipient and a large part of the literature community, having recieved multiple DDs for her lit.

secondmagpie has not left the community at large unaware of her presence. She has been involved with many site wide events as a part of volunteer staff on deviantART, and has also held many contests. She promotes awareness of Literature Gallry related news. Her shoutboard consists of a variety of literature related information. During the AIDS walk this year, she gave away a subscription to a random deviant that donate $5 or more to the cause and noted her about it. She also founded fotoFRIDAY

secondmagpie'
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Be Afraid WINNERS!!!!!!
The wait is finally over, I'm pleased to announce the winners of deviantART's Be Afraid Contests for 2007:
Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners:
the Judges: ohnojaylo, shell4art
3rd place: 3 month sub and a deviantART Keychain:
by 4NGEL5F4LLF1R5T
2nd place: 6mth sub and a deviantART Keychain:
by sugartwat
1st place: 1yr sub and a piece of devwear:
by PixelBlender
Costume Contest:
judges ohnojaylo
Runners up: 1 year sub to deviantART:
by xkiddo & by Idzit
1st place: 1yr sub and devWEAR
by missmonster

Stock and Resource Contest of Doom Winners
:
3rd place: by puppet-soul
2nd place: by fear-is-spreading
1st place
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Journalfav's Journals of the Month: November
How many times have you said, “If only I could fave this journal…?”
Well, now you can!
journalfav is a project that aims to highlight the great journals that can be found around dA.
:sun: If you’d like to know how to submit a journal to us, so you can fave it, please read our guidelines here.
:spotlight-right: Our November Favourite Faves! :spotlight-left:
It wasn’t easy picking just a few of the journals people have sent in to feature here. We received some remarkable suggestions, and it was a pleasure to read and feature them all. However, these are the ones we’d like to give special attention to this month:
:sun: queenhrosie : You Heard The Man You Love
featured by Negated :
Heartrending. A woman who doesn't 'like the way I can't find the right kind of "I'm sorry" that would really matter' bu
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^PoeticWar's Workshop: Ekphrasis!
In this news article: Results of GunShyMartyr's Workshop on Twisted Stories | :star: PoeticWar's Workshop: Ekphrasis :star: | First time you've heard of Writers-Workshop? This section is for you.</i>
:postit: Results of GunShyMartyr's Workshop on Twisted Stories
Writers-Workshop: This was our first workshop and it turned out beautifully: thank you GunShyMartyr for doing this with us. Another thank you to our participants, watchers and other supporters. :)
BeccaJS: "A lot of the twists seemed to revolve around murderous acts (including my own) There was great potential that with some of the comments taken on board could be developed into some really strong prose pieces.The first workshop has highlighted some elements of prose that were a consistent issue and ones I hope future prose workshops may focus on. The first workshop has highlighted some elements of prose that were a consistent issue and ones I hope future pr
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Letters to Santa (A Litmas Contest)
:star: Don't know who Santa Claus is?  Check this Wiki link!
Again: all beliefs welcome--religious, philosophical, political or otherwise.  This contest is open to Prose, Poetry, and Visual Poetry in any language.  You need not be a literary genius, a Christian, or a primary English speaker to enter.  This contest is open to ANYONE and EVERYONE.
It's all about having fun.
:santa: Contest Objective: Write a letter to Santa
I want you to write a letter to Santa Claus.  You don't have to believe in Santa Claus, be a Christian, or even celebrate the holidays to know that "Santa" represents something a little different to each of us (and nothing at all to some of us).  The letter doesn't have to be cheesy or strive for something deep (unless you want it to); it can be silly, tongue-in-cheek, angry, humorous, a commentary on the state of holidays in g
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Litmas is here!
Litmas is here!
This year Litmas is having FOUR separate contests!
Yes, you heard right! And that's just the start! Stay tuned for events in the official AR channel #dAmnLit!
But right now- let's work on the booty!
Prose:
:bulletred: Christmas Prose:
The word count max is 3000 words and must be Christmas themed!  Simple as that!
MUST be a NEW deviation
Judges:  GunShyMartyr
Deadline: Dec 25th at Midnight
Prizes
First place: 1 devWear Hoody, or 1 year sub.
Second place: 1 devWear shirt, or 6 month sub.
Third place: 3 month sub.
*******
:bulletred: Winter Flash!
What's this? Lit has a new category and it's Flash Fiction! That means a max of 600 words! This year we're going to kick it off with a winter themed flash piece.
MUST be a NEW deviation
Judges: GunShyMartyr and StJoan
Deadline: Dec 25th at Midnight
Prizes:
First place: 1 devWear shirt, or 6 month sub.
Second place: 3 month sub.
Third place: 1 month sub.
*******
Poetry!
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The Ugly Contest: Ugly winners
Ugly Weiners
I've got a massive hangover from a big night of drinking, I just had the worst pot of instant coffee I've ever experienced, my mouth feels like the inside of a bird cage, and my eyes are crusted up like the rusty edges of my Nissan Pintara's bonnet. I can't think of a much more appropriate time to write the news article announcing the winners of the Ugly Contest.
Yes, you read right, winners. When this contest was announced, it was intended to be a winner-takes-all kind of contest. One where only the best of the best would take home the prize. But that decision was made based on the idea that there would be a clear-cut winner, one piece to rule them all, so to speak. But when my notes inbox flooded with piece after high quality piece of ugly-arse poetry and prose, I had to rethink my prize scheme. As a result, we've got three winners; one from prose, one from poetry, and one other. So without further ado (with the exception of the occasional real-life swaying trip t
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Mini-Comic Competition Winners Announced!
:postit: Good things come in small packages! :postit:
Apologies for the delay in getting these results out, what with the Australian election and getting ready for a trip to the eastern states, I was really busy this weekend! So without further ado (or any more of my lame excuses) here are the winners of the Mini-comic competition!
:trophy: First prize and a one year dA subscription: :trophy:

by megilp
:trophy: Second prize and a three month dA subscription: :trophy:

by PixiePaints
:trophy: Third prize and a one month dA subscription: :trophy:

by akairisu
Congratulations to all the winners! you'll soon receive your subscriptions from the wonderful jeriweaver in the mail (:
:postit: Make sure you check out the other entries as well! :postit:

by BadangoMaster

by DasBilligeAlien

by Yuujin

by Epika

by :de
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Gallery v2 Launches at deviantART
We've got some exciting news regarding your Galleries today, check out the short video below for a demo of the new features and some hilarity.

Gallery v2 In review:

 Featured Gallery, Everything Gallery, and Category Drop-Down

By default your Gallery will now default to the "Featured Gallery".  This is where you can present the art works that best define your Gallery.  The "Everything Gallery" shows off every deviation you have ever submitted.  And the NEW  Category Drop-down Menu displays only categories and sub-categories of deviantART that are relevant to your work!

 Gallery Folders

Organize your art and your gallery based on your o
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Writers Workshop Launched! + Our First Workshop!
Welcome to Writers-Workshop! Some of you must’ve already heard a thing or two about us. For those who haven’t, here’s a short introduction. Then read ahead for details about our first workshop.
In this news article: What is Writers-Workshop? | So, who's hosting our first workshop? | :star: THE FIRST WORKSHOP :star: | How do I join?
:postit: What is Writers-Workshop?
Writers-Workshop is a brand new literature community that focuses on the development of a writer. We intend to provide a non-competitive workshop environment on dA, as well as to push good, polished writing over winning prizes or "networking".
Workshops will be conducted every fortnight; prose, poetry and free-for-all sessions will be rotated.
Here’s the interesting bit:
Each workshop will be conducted by a respected member of deviantART’s literature community or by an established writer from the outside world.
What do I get if I win?
Well, :dev
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The Courage Competition
:postit:The Courage Competition::postit:
2007 has been the year for compelling literature competitions, we've had the ugly, the beautiful, the haunted, and the Thank You Contest currently being run by GeneratingHype, and now, I'm spinning another your way.
Your next stop? Courage.
What is courage?
Dictionary.com dictates that courage is defined by the following:
Cour.age
Pronunciation: [kur-ji, kuhr-]
1. The quality of mind/spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.
3. Have the courage of one's convictions, to act in accordance with one's beliefs, esp. in spite of criticism.
But this competition isn’t just about a dictionary definition, I want to know what Courage means to you, or how you interpret it.
Is courage about the BIG things such as an exam or dumping your partner? Getting married or confronting a lying lover? Can you un-cliché the clichés
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GunShyMartyr
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My partner in crime StJoan and I are the Literature Gallery Directors here on deviantART. Along with PoeticWar, we feature Literature on the site with the Daily Deviation feature. We also handle submissions placed in the wrong categories, community relations, contests, and general inquiries about the gallery. Among a handful of other things. Feel free to send any questions via notes to either of us.

My real name is Thomas. I am twenty-one years old and a Brit; however, I am currently living in Toronto, Canada. I would love to get Daily Deviation suggestions from you, and I am more than open to feedback if you think something could be improved.
Christmas has come and gone but a pun as bad a Litmas will always live on forever in our hearts. Grudgingly. Even those who don't like Christmas are sad to see it go: there's no longer a reason to get away with acting like Scrooge, there are no more men dressed as Santa Claus to assault in the street when they get too close, and there are no more Salvation Army collectors on each corner to drop foreign currency into with a gigantic grin.

Luckily, here's some great reading to ease the transition from Cold-But-Festive, to just plain Cold.



:holly: Poetry: Your Holiday Landscape

You were asked to write a fixed form poem that details/expresses your local culture/landscape's traditions during high holidays. PoeticWar and StJoan judged, and here are your results:

3rd - Christmas Lights  by MaskedVengeance (3 month sub!)


2nd - The Shamas Candle  by WineWriter (1 devWear shirt, or 6 month sub!)


1st - The Student December  by ThornyEnglishRose (1 devWear Hoody, or 1 year sub!)



:holly: Prose: Winter Flash

To celebrate the new Flash-Fiction category in the wide wild world of prose, we asked people for Flash-Fiction with a winter theme. StJoan and GunShyMartyr were responsible for this one:


3rd - Freezing by JessaMar (1 month sub!)


2nd - The Getaway House  by ThornyEnglishRose (3 month sub!)


1st - melting by IfrozenspiritI (1 devWear shirt, or 6 month sub!)



:holly: Prose: Christmas Prose

Lastly, a very simple and sweet contest: write a story with a Christmas theme. GunShyMartyr wrestled with this one and here's what fought back:


3rd - Old Nick  by fyoot (3 month sub!)


2nd - Charlie the Christmas Cat  by Terri-Wilson (1 devWear shirt, or 6 month sub!)


1st - Christmas Eve, 1887  by Zhinggibiis (1 devWear Hoody, or 1 year sub!)



:holly: Cross-Genre Contest: Letters to Santa

The infamous GeneratingHype also joined the Litmas party with a charming contest that asked for Letters to be written to Mr. Claus. The winning entry winning entry has been announced (Congratulations ConcreteSins), but be sure to watch this space for the remaining winners and news article.



:holly: So that's it for me, Christmas, and Litmas for another year. I'd like to thank all of the participants who sent in bribes of chocolate and vodka. We didn't allow them to influence our decisions of course (well the vodka may have a little), but we enjoyed them. Thank you to everyone who entered. There were several entries that made some of these decisions very difficult.

Until next year, Merry Litmas.

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salshep Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
"away 1 week"

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Though I hear saying hi CAN cause serious bladder leakage. In some people.
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fyoot Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   Writer
bugger
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ohnoes... gone? :( bummer.
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ndifference Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Writer
Oh poop. Another one gone?
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berty17 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
I wrote something called Dear Grandmother... but i wasnt really sure what category it would go under so i just guessed. So i was wondering if you could look at it and tell me what category it should be in? i would really appreciate it :)
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[sad face]
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I miss you.
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well where the hell did you go? come back!
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Where O where have you gone?
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