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    May 2007

    Aprils Contest ~ Twisted Faerie Tales... The Worlds of Dreaming Madness

    This months contest takes us back down the rabbit hole as we're going to take a lot of your favorite faerie tales and twist them a little. Faerie tales are told to children as a way to entertain and bemuse them while possibly instilling within them a sense of moral right vs wrong. But, there has always been a darker side to the faerie tales we grew up with as children. The original tales were quite different, more violent and far more... bloody! DreamslayerArtworks is a dark fantasy site and we have many worlds for our members to experience and participate in. Within the Worlds of Shadow, there exists a world called Ozlandia, the World of Dreaming Madness wherein all your darkest faerie tale imaginings have all come true. It is a world ruled over by an Imperial Magistrate called the Queen of Broken Swords and where a Great Beast called Knightmare transformed this world into one of confusion and madness.

    This months contest doesn't require you to know about Ozlandia or the Worlds of Shadow as what we're after is to see our artists take traditional faerie tales and twist the heck out of them. Maybe you do something simple like having Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wind up in Wonderland instead. Maybe you decide to do an Oz vs Wonderland War image. Maybe it's Br'er Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty... there's a long list of faerie tales and characters to draw inspiration from. Faerie tales also take the form of nursery rhymes like Little Miss Muffet, limericks like Hickory Dickory Dock, fables like the boy who cried wolf, poetry like Two Little Kittens (who lost their mittens) and myths like Nuada of the Silver Arm.

    Or maybe, just maybe; you might take on the challenge of writing your own twisted faerie tale and illustrate it? If you're up to the challenge, just remember it must be done in a faerie tale style as if the judges don't understand your entry, it might get disqualified.

    How to define "twisted"? Does this mean dark and violent? It would be more fair to say it means devious and somewhat demented. It can be something graphic and horrific... it can just as easily be something wickedly fun. The idea is to take an existing faerie tale character or story and turn it on it's head. In regard to fables, some fables are considered part of modern day faerie tales while others aren't. Basically, just use your judgment on that one as any of them can be viewed as a faerie tale if done in a faerie tale style. What about modern faerie tales? If it's a faerie tale then sure... just make sure to provide a link or add details in your comments about it.

    Can you create your own? Yes, but you have to create a full faerie tale, limerick, nursery rhyme, fable or poem... but the characters must be somehow deviant or twisted in your art. Why can't you do a normal faerie tale image? That's the trick to this contest as you can... but it has to be the version where things are twisted either in their original form or afterwards. You might also do something a bit naughty like Pinnochios' nose growing for "ahem" other reasons or maybe Snow White is a gold dust snorting drug addict lol. Instead of the big bad wolf being killed in Little Red Riding Hood, the Hood instead masters the beast and becomes a vampire slayer?

    In this contest, the good guys go bad and the bad guys always win.


    IMPORTANT: ALL Prize lists MUST be in within TWO days after the contest is over. please remember to include prizes in order that you might like them along with links to the items you want unless its a gift card item, email address and usernames and for software/shippable items please include real names and home address thank you

    1) First and foremost, we want everyone to enter. If you do not wish a prize but want to participate in the spirit of showcasing your talent, we will be creating a list of those members who will officially receive a DSA No Prize. We've had trouble in the past where members enter who actually do not want to win. These members don't want to take anything away from members who are participating to win prizes and we've had issues in the past where we tried to accommodate these members but not every judge understood or read comments by the artist not to choose their image. When the official contest topic is posted, we would like any member who only wants to participate in the spirit of competition to contact us and we will officially add them to the No Prize list.

    2) Your images must follow the theme to the best of your ability. But how you do this is up to your individual creativity and imagination. So ask if you have questions about the theme.

    3) There is a post limit of one image a day... no reworks as all images must be original for this contest. Try adding different races and different cultures... explore the variety that makes up who and what we are.

    4) Images cannot be posted anywhere else for five days and must include links to this contest or statements that it is for this contest.

    A) Images posted late will be excluded from judging

    5) Artistic nudity is allowed but our rules on child nudity apply. No child nudity is allowed. This is defined as genitals and nip's so cover them up or risk violating our rules. A good alternative would be anime.

    6) The contest is open to any medium that you wish to use. You can enter with Computer generated images, phhand-drawnlated, hand drawn, painted, or any other type of medium you can think of. Make note of the prizes being offered as only rarely might they not be 3d oriented.

    7) We consider it trolling if criticism about content is made when images are within the rules.

    8) Unless otherwise specified, make sure to add an alternate prize selection should you want a bundle or partnered item. Some of our sponsors allow this, some do not and some may on certain items of which we have no way of knowing.

    9) Consider adding some written text to explain your illustrations to help others better understand your image and leave comments on the entries of fellow contestants to show your appreciation.

    10) Make sure to check and see if the prize you have won is a coupon or a gift certificate. If it clearly says it is a coupon, do not apply it as a gift certificate at the sponsors site or vice versa.

    11) The theme should focus on images inspired by any fairy tale as long as it gets a twisted version.

    12) Include the following information ~

    A) Username (for DSA and sponsors site)
    B) Email Address
    C) Real Name & Physical Mailing Address (for software and physical prizes)

    13) Beginning June 1st, 2015; At the end of the month contests will be judged within 7 business days. Winners will be contacted but are also expected to check back in to avoid oversights barring unforeseen circumstances.

    Again, please click the link at the top of the rules list to view the page set aside for this specific rule and discussion.

    14) Winners will provide a list including each sponsor in order that they would like to have the prizes. We will then choose what prizes you win on a first come, first serve basis. Our First Place winner will receive the first item on their list which will be removed from all other winners lists. Our Second Place winner will be given the first item remaining on their list and so forth. When each winner has been awarded a prize, we will begin again with the First Place winner until all prizes are awarded.

    A) Our normal monthly contests will have 5 winners. Our larger contests will have up to 31 winners. We will alert members should this change at any time or if the sponsors have alerted us to award items to runners up.

    B) You may provide a list to us at any time during the month. Providing the list does not guarantee a prize. Items given to runners up, if any, will come from these lists or be donated by prize winners.

    15) If you do not provide the items you would like where you have won a "choice" of items from the sponsor, on the list you provide to us, you will have 5 business days after notification to contact us. It is unfair that, in cases where a sponsor provides a prize to multiple winners, that winners who reply quickly must wait of winners who reply late.

    16) Remember, if you have any questions, please ask them in the contest topic so that staff or fellow members can explain and help you to understand rules or themes in our competition


    Prize: One DAZ Gift Certificate for $100.00

    Prize: One $30.00 Gift Certificate From Renderosity

    Prize: three items of choice from Mortem Vetus rendo or daz store


    $50.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $25.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    (New Rule ~ Forender Wants To Spread Things Around A Bit More. So If You Have Won From Them Recently, Please Choose A Participant That You Would Like To Donate This Prize Too)

    One Item of Choice From HinkyPunk

    One Item of Choice From Mercenary Studios

    One Item of Choice From AngellsGraphics

    DSA Lycan DreamslayerVisions

    One Item of Choice From Avros

    One Item of Choice From Spookielilone(NO DAZ ORIGINALS)

    One Item of Choice From Jepe
    (No bundles or partnered items)

    One Item of Choice From Hongyu from Renderosity or DAZ3D
    (No partnered items or bundles)

    One Item of Choice From Prae(no items partnered with Rpublishing)

    One Item of Choice From Darwins Mishap

    One Item of Choice From Sveva

    Last edited by Armorbeast; April 11th, 2019 at 12:17 AM.

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    Site Owner Armorbeast's Avatar
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    In what might be the ultimate twisted faerie tale, let's not forget the cult classic Legend where the Devils out to create a bit of faerie magic of his own.

    And remember, you can come up with your own ideas as long as you include a little faerie tale to explain it as a good faerie tale can be about almost anything.

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    Site Owner Armorbeast's Avatar
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    New Monthly sponsor added. Can you guess who it is?


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