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Critmas is here! (Last Day!)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:53 AM
:new: Today is the LAST DAY for you to get your 12 critiques in! Make sure you leave a comment in this journal linking all your pieces. There's plenty of prizes up for grabs :) Remember you have until  11:59 PM pst TODAY to complete your critiques!

:holly: On the first day of Critmas, a deviant gave to me. :holly:

Back by popular demand, I bring you...

The 12 days of CRITMAS challenge!


Now most of you are relaxing and chilling out on your Christmas vacations; some of you have time off work/school and will be staying at home in the warm over the next week or so. So why don't we make use of that hermit time and do something productive? Get your onesie on, warm up a mince pie, pour yourself a Baileys and let’s get comfortable around our computers!

The Challenge

The challenge is a simple one. Write 12 critiques over the next 12 days. That's only one a day- or spread them as you will (You could even do all 12 today!). 

Anyone can write a critique, you don't need to have qualifications to do so. If you don't know where to start, look at a piece and think about which qualities you do and don't like in it and maybe offer ideas on how the piece can be improved. 

Critiques are about keeping things positive; always make sure you are offering it as a subject of improvement of the piece, not a criticism of why you dislike it.

PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.

Before you start
:bulletblue: READ the piece all the way through.
:bulletblue: Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
:bulletblue: Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
The Tips!
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
:bulletpink: A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that

The Rules

:star: It doesn't matter who you give the critiques to, but don't critique the same deviant 12 times! (The idea is to spread the joy!)

:star: Please only critique pieces from deviantART using the critique function or posting in the comments of the deviation.

:star: Once you have written your 12 critiques, leave a comment in this journal, linking your 12 critiques to me. (Click on the timestamp of your post to get direct comment link).

:star: Past critiques CANNOT be included, only critiques given after the 24th December will be accepted.

:star: You do not have to critique just literature; you can pick any art form, as long as you write 12. However at LEAST 4 must be literature. (Why? Because I’m a lit CV and therefore want this to be slightly bias towards literature :p)

:star: Deadline for submissions: Sunday 6th January 2013, by 11:59 PM pst.:star:




The prize pool for this is huge, and if more people want to add more prizes, please let me know and I will add to the list! The prizes for this will be given to multiple winners, so everyone who participates has a chance to win!

1000 points from
500 points from NicBelroque*
500 points from TheSkaBoss*
500 points from TheGalleryOfEve*
400 points from Memnalar*
200 points from GrimFace242*
200 points from Rainbowonders*
200 points from LadyLincoln*
150 points from wyldhoney*
100 points from xlntwtch*
100 points from thorns*
100 points from thetaoofchaos*
50 points from LionSchool*
50 points from Creativity-Squared
10 points from DrippingWords*

*Donated via prize pool

2 X 3 month subs from SRSmith
1 month sub from OfOneSoul
3 x detailed critique on a deviation of choice from OfOneSoul
3 x detailed critique on a deviation of choice from neurotype
3 x detailed critique on a deviation of choice from TheFS
2 x detailed critique on a deviation of choice from WorldWar-Tori
2 x detailed critique on a deviation of choice from :devang-jojoi:

Journal features from Beccalicious, SadisticIceCream,  CRLiterature, theWrittenRevolution

So are you in? :iconeagerpee:



HINT: Stuck where to start giving your critiques? Why not visit the December Critique Thread in the lit forums? :D


A fantastic critique contest for all- multiple winners, lots of points, and festive cheer!
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bubblemoon66 Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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This was harder than I thought...but I hope they're all okay :hmm:
Beccalicious Jan 9, 2013  Professional Writer
:star: Critiques have been verified, you are in the prize pool
thetaoofchaos Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I did one, and I certainly don't expect a prize for effort. ;) [link]

But seriously, this is a cool idea. :thumbsup:
Beccalicious Jan 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Yay one, is more than none though!
thetaoofchaos Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Math wins again! :D
Creativity-Squared Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a great event and I love the idea! I got my critiques in just in time for the deadline!

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Beccalicious Jan 9, 2013  Professional Writer
:star: Critiques have been verified, you are in the prize pool
This was a really worthwhile event! ^^; I'm afraid some of my critiques probably don't go into much more detail than my regular comments--I didn't want to go looking for problems--but on the bright side I've finally got around to going through (about two thirds of) the deviations in my message centre.

Holiday Tableau II: [link]
Two for Tea: [link]
Burning Rabbits—WIP 2: [link]
Mess With The Best: [link]
Alone with the Beast: [link]
Self Preservation: [link]
All Sewed Up: [link]
DIY: [link]
Biscuits and You: [link]
Baby on Board: [link]
The Trials and Tribulations of Clan Podeski: [link]
Kelpie location shot: [link]
Beccalicious Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
:star: Critiques have been verified, you are into the prize pool!
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