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Literature Contest

This form will open on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM MST until March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM MST.

Are you a writer? Do you have an idea or topic that you feel strongly about regarding Otafest, anime, or anime conventions? This is your chance to get your voice heard within the Otafest community. We are calling for all our interested Otafest peeps to write brief pieces of literature in the format of stories, how-to guides, poems, articles, or any other form of creative writing. All entries will be published on the main website. And if selected, some of them will be published in the guidebook for 2014!

For a look at past contest submissions and winners please click here.

If you are interested in entering our contest please read the information contained below, if you have any further questions please feel free to email community@otafest.com.

Contest and File Specifications

  • Due to space limitations in the guidebook publishable length is limited to around 250-1000 words to fit a few pages in the guidebook. Articles that exceed this amount, such as fan fiction, will still have a chance of being in the guidebook in an excerpt format with full article information being located on our website.
  • Content must be appropriate for all ages as Otafest is a family friendly convention.
  • All entries must be original, which means they cannot be posted anywhere else prior to the contest’s end.
  • Otafest staff members are NOT allowed to enter this contest.
  • Entries should be in either text or word document format.
  • Your entry must be saved in the format Firstname_Lastname_Otafest_2014_Literature_Contest.docx (or .txt).
  • All entries need to be submitted online on the form found at the bottom of this page.


Deadlines and Grading

The official deadline for Otafest Aurora's mascot contest is March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM MST.

  • Entries will be judged on content and relevance, clarity of voice, and word and language choice. There will be a scoring rubric to make sure all scoring is as objective as possible.
  • All winning entries will be contacted via email/phone, upon multiple failed contact attempts alternative winners will be selected.


Prizes

There will be three winners, with a prize for first place, runner-up, and honourable mention.

  1. First place will win a VIP pass, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, an Otafest 2014 lanyard, and a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest Vendor Room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.
  2. The runner-up will win a weekend admission, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, an Otafest 2014 lanyard, and a $50 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest Vendor Room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.
  3. The honorable mention will win a weekend admission, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, and an Otafest 2014 lanyard.

Please note any submission will be the property of Otafest, Otafest reserves the right to use or not use entries based on space constraints in the Otafest guidebook, and Otafest may make slight grammatical modifications of submissions before publication.

Optional, and will be used in place of your real name if provided
Accepted formats are: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, and docx. Maximum file size: 5MB.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.