So, due to past financial troubles I have not been able to keep my annual Halloween Costume Contest going in past years. This year, however I would like to get back holding this contest every year in October to celebrate my favorite time of the year. ^_^
Currently, things are going fine with work, so I feel comfortable with doing this again. Fingers crossed that nothing happens suddenly to change that.
But before I started it up, I want to get some feed back from all of you how to do it.
In the past it would go like this:
-Until the specified deadline, anyone could enter in a drawing of someone dressed in costume as if they're going to a Halloween party or a costume contest
-Could be any character, whether it's their OC, someone else's OC, or a character from some known IP (Marvel, Star Wars, etc.)
-Could be any costume, whether a traditional Halloween costume (Vampire, Zombie, Mummy, etc.) or a known character (Iron Man, Samus Aran, Doctor Who, etc.)
-Picture could be drawn by you or drawn by someone else (with credit given to the artist)
-Picture doesn't have to depict a party or contest, it could depict a scene or just a pose, so long as it shows off the costume pretty clearly
-Theme or subject of the picture can be anything, but preferably something Halloween themed like trick-or-treating, a party, a spooky mansion, etc.
-Image must be no more than PG-13 in terms of maturity. In other words, no explicit sex or sexual content or explicit violence or violent content. For example, if you want to hint towards something sinister happening like a villain brandishing a knife and threatiening a damsel in distress, that's fine, but no actual depiction of said damsel being cut up or shown dead. Same applies to sexual content. No nudity and no depiction of sexual intercoure of any kind. Hinting towards or suggesting of characters wanting to or engaging in said behavior is fine. For example, if you want your character to be dressed as tin Powers in the nude, standing in front of fruit basket that covers up his junk like in the movies, that would be fine. Showing a couple having sex, but not showing off any private parts is not fine. It's not that I'm against any of these things, I just want to keep the contest more about the costumes and having fun and celebrating the holiday than showing off mature imagery. K?
-Collaborating with someone is okay, but that means if you win you'll have to split the prize.This includes if an artist you have draw your entry wants in on as well, but that would be their entry as well. (may not have ever come up in the past
-Art can be color or B&W or even just a sketch. just keep in mind the more that's put into the picture, the better odds you might have of winning. What really matters is the costumes themselves, but presentation of said costumes, may have an effect on how people vote. For example, depicting the costume wearer in a scene might sway voters or having an attractive character wearing the costume might sway voters too.
-Stories can be entered in with the same sort of theme, but will voted on separately from pictures with separate prizes. Same rules apply in terms of maturity with perhaps a bit more leniency, but preferred to be no more than PG-13.
-Depictions of bondage and BDSM are fine.
-A comic is fine so long as it's no more than a few panels
-Entries must be new, made specifically for the contest. An exception could be made, but under certain circumstances, such as the image being very recent and not posted anywhere
-All entries will be analyzed by me before being excepted and entered into the contest
-Prizes include money, money towards a commission from the artist of your choice, or a story written by me.
-Prizes were rewarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both picture and story categories
-Winners are decided via votes. Anyone can vote, but participants must vote for someone else's entry. Votes are sent to me via Notes. Obviously, people can only vote once.
I may have missed a few things, but that was pretty much the format. I plan to stick with that format, but I'd like ideas and insights on anything that should be changed or added. I do plan to hold the contest, but as to the prizes and including stories will be decided upon as we go, but preferably before the contest begins in October.
So feel free to comment or note me with ideas. Comments are preferred so they can be discussed by everyone. ^_^