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Elftown Creature Marathon



Greetings, and welcome to the main wiki of Elftown's first official contest marathon!
This is a series of competitions that aims to create the best possible informative wiki-pages on creature_list about different creatures.
These are the general rules for the image and text-producing contests, but the some contests might have special rules.


Current Session Open:

Nothing right now! Stay tuned!


The Image Rules:

The image must be yours to give to Elftown. It means that either you draw it or everyone that has made any part of the image agrees to submit it to the competition. Remember that there are 10,000 art-lovers here and we will always find out if you have edited someone else's image, instead of creating your own. Then we will be very, very angry.

Copied art is NOT permissible in Elftown's Official Contests. Please see: Copying vs Fanart & Referencing.

The goal of the competition is to get the best possible quality presentation of the creature in question. You're very welcome to try to enter, but if you're hoping that a funny, unique or personal image will give you the victory, then you are in the wrong competition. Here we just want the best and most typical image. (But the writers will be happy to link to your puking dragon kids-page if it's good!)

Drawings can be either new or previously made, but they have to fit the creature exactly. But, if you have a drawing that doesn't exactly fit (like a female orc, when the contest is about "orc"), it might still be greatly appreciated and needed as an illustration for the text.

Any entry that does not follow the above will be removed.

The title of the art is generally expected to be quite "boring" (Like "Dragon" or "Dragon on a cliff"). Again: If you want to draw something like a dragon dreaming about kissing a knight, then these competitions are the wrong place.

Exceptions might be offered if there is a valid reason for it. But if you do submit more than one image, you will greatly lower your chance of winning, as the votes for your style will be spread out on two entries.

To upload your image full-size you can use the feature 'Upload a folder of images' that is shown on your house.
This feature allows you to upload one, multiple images or zip-files in their original size to a wikipage.
Once you click this link you can follow the instructions. See also uploading images.

Since the winners will be featured on wikis, images that depict graphic violence, pornography or other disturbing actions will not be accepted. Only images that fit the theme will be allowed.

All mediums are be accepted, but no kids dressed as dragons or annoying GIF-animations! Make it a serious and informative image!

6. Permission
You don't lose the right to your art, but by submitting it in these competitions, you allow Elftown to use the art in its wikis.

Upload a great looking photograph of the typical creature being featured or a realistically looking photo-manipulation or a dressed up human in case you can't find the real creature being featured.

In regards to 'stock photos':

The stock image has to be that of an Elftown member and for a photo entry, there has to be a substantial amount added/done with it to enter it. - The Council.


Good writers needed! Please review:

The Writing Rules

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The Writing Rules:

This competition is open for: individuals and group work (collaborations).

Goal of the competition: To create a set of wiki-pages for the contest creature being featured, as informative, good and creative as possible, by any means that are not illegal.

Competition winner: The one that has contributed the most.

Any submitted work MUST be written by you or be texts that are free to use and rewrite. Wikipedia-texts for example are such texts. Do give credit to the original writer though! Don't pretend that you wrote the text if you didn't! Use links if it's better than copying the text. Linking to other submitters' work is encouraged.
If anyone is found to be stealing someone else's work, they will be disqualified from this and all future official writing contests.

The end result should be written in perfect English. If you have difficulty with correct spelling, grammar, and other usage of English, make sure that some proof readers edit your written piece correctly for you. (If you can't find any, try Editing Assistance - Elftown.)

To get started, you can write your own description from scratch. For the finishing touch, we additionally want to see images and links added. Include the texts others have written, too, if possible.

The description must be about the creature being featured.
No pornography or excessive violence please. Use your common sense as to what would be acceptable and what would not be; but the judges (the Competition Crew & Council) will make the final decision. 

The description consists of two parts:
- An introduction/summary: It must be no less than 50 words and no more than 300.
- An in-depth description: Here you can add the links of other web-pages, images, sub-wiki-pages, related info, and of course, a more in-depth description of the creature. It should be as short as possible, but still contain as much information as possible, and it must be divided in a constructive way.

The amount of work submitted by an individual is not set in stone. You may submit an intro paragraph, a part of the description, or even an aspect of the creature will do. We do not expect you to come up with an entire info page with sub-pages, but if you do that would be awesome!

As for group partners, a little more work than that of an individual is expected. A fair distribution of the workload with each member is the best way to get it done properly.

If you're submitting a short story, the story must be no less than 500 words and no more than 5000 words.


If there is group work submitted, the group will vote on who did the most work within their group.
The Contest Crew and Council will vote on who did the most work in the final result.

Writing participants in this marathon will receive a bookworm badge, and winners will receive a coloured version of the same (or a green/coloured Masters of Building, if they are committed writing donors).

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How the competitions are run:

We will try to start up 1-3 competitions per month and they will run in parallel. We'll start up slow though.

The procedure is as follows:

1) An entrywiki will be opened, that focuses on a specific creature, for example, ECM pegasus.

2) The image-competition starts to accept submissions on, for example, ECM pegasus image.

3) The writers and anyone else that want to help start working on descriptions of the creature, generally collect information, links, and argue about how the final page should look like. They might use images from the image-contest, but the main image can't be finally decided until that competition is finished. They will put the page that later on will be put on pegasus on ECM pegasus text, but all the subpages like, for example, pegasus scifi can have the final name right from the start.

4) A contest will be open for entries until the deadline is reached (about 1-3 months) or the writers feel that their work is done for now. The deadlines might be extended, if needed to get a good winner.

Graphic participants to this marathon will receive a squirrel badge, and winners will receive a coloured version of the same (or a green/coloured Masters of Building if they are committed art donors) and they will be credited on the final version of the wiki-page. In rare cases, multiple winners might be selected.

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Instructions for non-crew helpers:

The marathon invites non-crew members to help maintaining the entry wikis and lead the writing-work. What we really want are people who say that they have prepared the wiki-pages and that the competitions are ready to start... But we also need people that have proven that they know how the competitions work and generally can help out. No "What can I do?"-people, please!

If you are helping in some way, write a comment on this page! (Like: "I created ECM foo monster, is it OK?" or "I think the rules suck, so I've written better rules")

Dedicated helpers will become Masters of Building
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Entrywikis: Elftown Creature Marathon Contest List

ECM Photo Sessions:

ECM Troll photo
ECM Fantasy warrior photo
ECM Fantasy dwarf photo
ECM Orc photo


The Elftown Creature Marathon Creature Pages
are always open for improvement!

For submissions of art, photos, poetry, and text that may be useful to improve the ECM pages of creatures already featured, go to:

ECM Closed Sessions' Submissions.


Go or return to:
- Creature_list
- Elftown Competition Ideas
- Elftown Creature Marathon Discussions

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2009-10-21 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: I can give you a story if you want..

2009-10-21 [nehirwen]: That would be great! :)

2010-03-07 [arthemis_]: If you make a ECM creature contest yourself (like suggested above) is it ok to copy past some of the stuff that is already been written by other contest-makers? Or do you have to write everything yourself? And is somebody already busy with Ghost or Mermaid? Because I think I can manage making a page.

2010-03-08 [SilverFire]: I think mermaid and ghost have both already been done, but you're more than welcome to make one yourself, if you do, of course you can copy everything from a previous session (that's what we do), just make sure you change all the 'centaur's to whatever creature you want to feature. :P Also, please only use the latest ECM session as a template, as the older contests are out of date due to rule changes, etc. 

2010-03-09 [arthemis_]: That's cool :D I'll see if I can manage to make a site this weekend. *writes it on her to-do list*

2010-03-09 [arthemis_]: That's cool :D I'll see if I can manage to make a site this weekend. *writes it on her to-do list*

Edit: I see that both pages are empty, I'll start with Ghost and Mermaid.

2010-03-09 [SilverFire]: You see the part where I said that mermaid and ghost have already been done? That means they've already been done. ;) You're more than welcome to make a session for a creature we don't have set up yet, but there's really no point in doing those two again. And it would be a waste of time and effort on your part. :(

2010-03-12 [arthemis_]: You thought they had been done, and the pages are empty. But I probably cannot see them, because they haven't been put up yet? How can I - we - know which pages are already done / are being done? Is there a list?

2010-03-13 [SilverFire]: No, I KNOW they've been done, because I can see them - YOU just happened to look for a different spelling of the page name or something. Perhaps you tried "mermaid" instead of "merfolk" or something like that.

"How can I - we - know which pages are already done / are being done?"
You can ask, and we can tell you - but that only works if you believe us when we answer you. ;) :P

2010-03-13 [arthemis_]: Don't get offended, look at your own post and see how I got confused :) Anyways, I'm busy with ECM Angel, I hope that's ok :)

2010-03-13 [SilverFire]: ... *blank stare* what part of my post makes you think I'm offended? Please, please tell me, because I'm getting slightly fed up of people thinking I'm offended when I'm not, and I just can't see myself what it is I write that makes them think that. I even put smilies in to show I'm not annoyed, and it still doesn't work! >_< (NO, no, don't worry, I'm still not offended, annoyed or otherwise upset, see -->> :D :P ;) :) :3) You people just baffle me. X_x

2010-03-13 [arthemis_]: Wait, I'll explain to you in a message :) Otherwise we are spamming this page full and that isn't the point of this page. And sorry, I do not deal well with capitals, then I think people are shouting at me :) Sowwy

2010-03-13 [SilverFire]: I use them because I'm too lazy to use the italics tag. ;) *glances at huge number of unread messages* Yeaaaaaah. 4 comments isn't a spam problem (since before that you're asking questions it's good for everyone to see the answer to). ;)

2010-03-13 [arthemis_]: Done with ECM Angel, who can I make happy with it?
Ok: I got confused because you said: 'I think Mermaids and Ghosts haven't been done'. And when I looked, I saw an empty page, so I thought: hey, they haven't been done yet. Sorry for that. It's not that I don't believed you, it's because you said: 'I think' and not 'I'm sure' or 'Mermaids and Ghosts have already been done'. See what I mean?
Second: I thought because you use capitals that you were annoyed with me, I'm not very good dealing with annoyance, because I'm a sucker like that.
Third: I don't think anyone is interested in my explanation of why I got confused, so I thought I was better of telling you in a message. *sigh* So long for initiative.
Anyway: ECM Angel is done. There. Hope I could help.

2010-03-13 [SilverFire]: 1. Links would be helpful, but I'm sure I can figure out how to get there. ;) I'll go check them now to see if they're fine, and if they are I'll put them on the page we have for listing future ECM contests. :)
2. You said the second point already. :P
3. Oh don't be so melodramatic, no one is criticising your initiative. :P

2010-03-13 [arthemis_]: I like being dramatic, I'm brutally honest in writing down my emotions. And I guess I'm completely stubborn now, but where can I see the ECM Ghost? There is nothing under ECM Ghost or ECM Ghosts or do I have to look for ECM Dead people? (just kidding).
Found ECM Merfolk so I believe you on that (inserted sarcasm).

2010-03-13 [SilverFire]: It's under spectre or something like that (I can't remember the exact link, and I'm too lazy/busy to go check, sorry <_<). We had a discussion about whether certain creatures (ghosts, spectres, etc.) really needed to each have their own session, and decided that they're too similar to run separate contests for each of them, so we stuck them together. 

2010-03-13 [arthemis_]: No idea what spectres are :P Guess I didn't watch enough Ghostwisperer :D *time for wikipedia!*

2011-03-21 [kians mummy]: Opened: 16th June 2010 - Finish: 1st October 2010!

it should be closed by now

2011-05-13 [pegasus1000]: Has anyone though of doing an annual ecm reference. eg: the yearly ecm dragon?

2011-06-29 [Cillamoon]: Shouldn't the closed ECM Photo sessions be moved to the ECM Closed Sessions' Submissions or is that just the archived spot where it is?

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