Exquisite Corpse Contest


Participants are free to begin posting their finished articles until June 21, 11:59 PM (EDT)! Remember to stop by our IRC Chat to have your article's coauthor credited!

If you did not enter the contest before Phase 1 but still wish to participate, then you may enter as a pinch hitter at any time until the contest ends. Simply comment in the discussion page that you are willing to be a pinch hitter. Please note: you will not get to pick what you pinch hit for; and pinch hitters will be assigned on an as-needed and a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Entries

SCP-5465 by christoffel
SCP-5250 by Popsioak
SCP-4764 by MalyceGraves

The Contest

According to Wikipedia, an exquisite corpse “is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule… or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.” In this case, we’re challenging you to write an exquisite SCorPse: you will enter an Object Class, then write Containment Procedures for someone else’s Object Class, and then write a Description for someone else’s Object Class bolted to yet someone else’s Containment Procedures.
And you won’t know what you’re getting until you get it.

The Rules

Phase 0

Phase 1

Phase 2

  1. In the second phase of the contest, you will be given someone else's Object Class & Containment Procedures to write a Description for.
    • For the second phase, the Object Class & Containment Procedures will be distributed to entrants by Wikidot PM.
    • You can solicit critique for this phase, and you can use the critique forums. Bear in mind that if you have never written anything before, you will be required to go through the greenlight process.
    • You may include images and other multimedia in your description. Localize them as well as any images sent in the Containment Procedures.
    • Addendums are considered to be part of the Description.
    • You may edit the Containment Procedures you receive, subject to the following restrictions:
      • You may edit the Containment Procedures freely for localizing images, adjusting Wikidot formatting and syntax, adding or removing CSS, and fixing spelling/grammar/punctuation. The Risk & Disruption classes from the ACS are still disallowed.
      • If you receive an image that is not compliant with our site license, you may replace it with a compliant image or remove the image outright.
      • If you wish to edit the Containment Procedures further, you must preserve the original contributor's intent. Removing extraneous bits and redundant information is okay, but the original contributor must be able to recognize the containment procedures as their own and they must still be able to receive coauthor credit.
      • If you feel that you received Containment Procedures which would be unusable without completely rewriting them, please reach out to a contest runner with details and we will decide whether or not you are allowed to do so.
    • If you recognize your containment procedures in someone’s draft, keep it a secret! Don’t tell them, or you’ll be disqualified. This does not, of course, extend to plagiarism. If you suspect someone is not your coauthor and has plagiarized your contribution, please contact a contest runner.
  2. To submit your Description, simply combine it with the containment procedures and post the entry as an SCP to the site. Upon posting, ask a contest runner for the name of your coauthor and have the author metadata updated accordingly.
  3. In addition to submitting your entry as a regular or -EX article (object class permitting), you may submit it as a -J article or an 001 Proposal.
  4. This is a solo contest. Although you will be coauthoring with someone, your contribution to the corpse must be done by yourself. No one entry will have more than 2 coauthors, and no one entrant will have no more than 2 coauthored entries.
  5. Only minor edits to entries are allowed after posting: spelling, grammar, image localization, etc. Major edits are prohibited until the contest ends.
    • The rule of thumb is that if you would not do it to another author’s article without their permission, you must wait till after the contest to do it to yours.
  6. If at any time you feel unable to finish your submission, please let the contest runners know ASAP so they can arrange a pinch hitter for your would-be coauthor!

In summary:

  • To enter the contest, post in the discussion page with an object class. Safe, Euclid, Keter, Thaumiel, Explained, Neutralized only.
  • In about two weeks, you'll get someone's object class. You'll have two weeks to write containment procedures for it, which you will submit to A Random DayA Random Day or ProcyonLotorProcyonLotor directly via Wikidot PM.
  • After all the containment procedures are submitted, you'll get someone's object class and someone else's containment procedures. You'll have three weeks to write a description for that and post it on the site as an article.

Important Dates (all times in EDT):

Again, if at any time you feel unable to finish your submission before the deadline, please let the contest runners know ASAP so they can arrange a substitute for your would-be coauthor!

  • May 1: Contest is announced! Enter at your leisure!
  • May 11, 11:59 PM: Contest entry is closed! Past this point you will be considered a pinch hitter.
  • May 14: Contest entrants will receive their object class and begin writing containment procedures for it!
  • May 28, 11:59 PM: Submission of containment procedures closes! Contest organizers will begin assigning people to an object class & containment procedures!
  • May 31: Contest entrants will receive their object class & containment procedures and can begin writing! Posting of entries will ONLY begin the next day.
  • June 1, 12:01 AM: Posting of entries begins! The voting period also begins at this time!
  • June 21, 11:59 PM: Posting of entries ends!
  • June 28, 11:59 PM: Voting period ends!
  • June 29: Winners are announced and contest ends!

Upon posting your entry, tag it with “co-authored” and “exquisite-corpse2020” (mind the spelling!). The winner will be determined by total upvotes. The first prize winners will each receive an article of their choice to be posted on the front page.

If you have any further questions, please PM either A Random DayA Random Day or ProcyonLotorProcyonLotor!

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