We always try to find themes that give you as much freedom as possible concerning plot, genre and rating of your story. Still, a fanfiction contest can't do without a few rules. In the past, the contest was for stories about Aragorn and/or Legolas only, but based on the a results of a survey after lowered participation in the contest, we decided to open it to all stories from Tolkien's Middle-earth and change some other rules as well. These rules have been made permanent after another survey in July 2018.
- The contest runs in two separate cathegories - fanfiction anf fanart.
- Ratings may go up as far as M, but please keep in mind that our audience consists of different age groups.
- The entry must feature character mentioned by Tolkien in any of his works set in Middle-earth.
- You can only participate with one entry per challenge.
- The entries will be displayed on the website anonymously to give everyone a fair chance of winning. Therefore, you may only repost your entry elsewhere after the voting is over and the winners have been announced. The anonymity is one
of Teitho's unique features, don't spoil it!
- Of course you can use the Teitho theme as inspiration for a story or picture, even if you don't send it in as a submission. As a courtesy, we would ask you to not post your story until the contest is over as to not
- Please use only email@example.com to send in your entry. Entries sent elsewhere will not be eligible for the contest. Send your stories as an attachment in a text file (doc, docx or rtf) and pictures as jpg or png. (If we can't open it, we'll get back to you, don't worry.)
- The header information for stories must contain:
- story title
- penname (revealed only after the voting period)
- warnings (for slash, AU, violence, character death and other potentially disturbing elements to some readers)
- The header information for pictures must contain:
- picture title
- name or nickname of the artist (revealed only after the voting period)
- technique of creation
- optional: description of the depicted scene
- There is no minimum length for stories, or required form - you can write poems or drabbles, submit traditional and digital art, or even artisan crafts. The recommended maximum length for stories is appr. 20 doc-pages. It's for your own good to not write a story longer than that, because it might discourage some voters from reading it, but no story will be disqualified for length.
Types of challenges
- A new challenge is posted on the 1st of every month, and every challenge runs for two months (two challenges are always active at the same time).
- Regular challenges - a word or phrase
- Picture challenge - twice yearly, in March and September
- Joker challenge - in December, allows you to pick any of the past challenges and submit an entry inspired by it
- Other challenge - in June (music, a list of random words or some other type of prompt)
- Illustration for a Teitho story - a special artistic challenge running for the entire year (deadline is December 31st) to illustrate one of the stories posted in that year. Due to the long period of this challenge, the entries will not be anonymous and will be allowed to be posted elsewhere and one artist can participate with several entries.
- The voting period starts with posting of the entries. To enable the voters enough time to read all stories, the voting period will be two weeks for up to 5 stories, and an additional week for each 5 more stories (3 weeks for up to 10, 4 weeks for up to 15).
- If you would like your vote to be as objective as possible, please refer to our voting guide.
- Authors who compete in the challenge can vote, but they are not allowed to vote for their own stories and pictures. This might seem discouraging, as it feels like voting *against* your story. That's why, if your vote would have been a deciding one, pushing your story to a lower place, your story will not lose its position based on it. (It means that if you vote for a story that is in the same position as yours in the final score, your story will be given the same number of bonus points.) For more in-depth explanation of the system, look here (and scroll down a little)
- The voting is done through a poll, separately for the writing and artistic cathegory. You can vote for 3 entries, ordering them from 1st to 3rd place.
- Please do not ask your family and friends for sympathy votes.
Teitho is about creativity and displaying a wide array of entries for
a given theme. It is not first and foremost about a hard race to the
first place. We would like to keep this contest fun for everyone.
- Please note that despite the voting guide, the voting might still sometimes reflect the voter's favourite characters and story genre rather than quality of writing or art. We would just like to emphasize that it's more important to participate than to win, and all participant will receive a banner for their entry, unique for every challenge.
If you still have questions about anything, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to answer!