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Critique Contest: ALL Mediums!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 8, 2012, 6:17 AM


About


In my opinion, critique is commentary on art or literature aimed at giving direction for improvement, encouraging artistic growth, and promoting education. These three elements are vitally important to any artist, in any medium because they provide a cornerstone for advancement.

On deviantART, we see entire communities dedicated exclusively to giving and receiving critique because artists of all levels understand the benefits of critique. February's Solutions Sanctuary project is focused on critique because many, many people complain that there just is not enough of it on dA. Well, time to put your keyboards where your mouths are, my fellow deviants!

For this contest, I challenge you to give at least one other deviant a critique. You may use the critique feature or leave critiques in comments. You may critique work from a group, from your watchlist, from the critiquables section of dA, or anywhere else you happen to find it. The point is to go forth and critique!

The Details


:bulletblue: The contest opens today, February 8, 2012 and closes February 29, 2012. That gives you 3 weeks.
:bulletblue: Critiques can be left on any deviation.
:bulletblue: To be considered for this contest, Critiques MUST:
:pointr: Be at least 100 words.
:pointr: Include at least 1 piece of constructive criticism.
:pointr: Include at least 1 piece of encouragement.
:pointr: Be written on or after February 8, 2012.

:bulletblue: Critiques are ENCOURAGED to:
:pointr: Include links to further education, on or off dA.
:pointr: Be longer than 100 words.
:pointr: Contain more than the minimum qualifications.

:bulletblue: Unlimited entries, but each deviant may only win one prize.
:bulletblue: All entries should be noted :note: to me by February 29th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. (What time is that for me?) You note should be titled "Critique Contest" and contain a direct link to your comment or critique. FAQ #14: How do I create a link to a specific comment?

The Prizes


:trophy: First Place :trophy:
:bulletblue: 3-Month Premium Membership (or points equivalent)
:bulletblue: Journal Feature

:trophy: Second Place :trophy:
:bulletblue: 1-Month Premium Membership (or points equivalent)
:bulletblue: Journal Feature

:trophy: Runner Up :trophy:
:bulletblue: 250 points
:bulletblue: Journal Feature

If you would like to donate a prize to this contest (anything helps!) please just send me a note. I also have a donation widget at the top of my profile page. :heart:

Resources


The Critic's Toolkit: LitThe Critic's Toolkit: Literature Edition
Introduction
Critique, the examination or analysis of a work of art (in our case, a written work of course), can be an enjoyable, educational experience for both the critic and the author.  If that sounds like something a teacher would say to you about a subject that makes you alternately fall asleep or want to throw up, don't despair, because it can actually be a great experience.  You just need some tools to help you.
Technical
The main component to many critiques of beginner's work tends to be technical.  This can be as basic as misspellings and punctuation errors, which can be an easy thing for you to put in your critique in order to give it more substance, but the technical aspect can also take on a wider scope.  Technical critique can examine sentence structure in terms of general readability and how clearly an idea is portrayed, to even the metaphoric and the way imagery was used.
Wh
Guide to Giving Good Critiques by ThePhotoCritichow to critique professionally by whimsicalfancy

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I look forward to your entries! To promote this contest, please remember to :+fav: the article, and tell your friends!

Happy Critiquing!
:heart: Lili

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:iconautospy:
autospy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
How many entries are there as of now?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well there have been 15 people that entered, but some entered with multiple entries. :)
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:iconautospy:
autospy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I see. Is there only one day left?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. I need entries by midnight EST tonight! :)
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:iconcjwilde:
CJWilde Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Writer
I can't believe I missed this one until now. I love helping out fellow writers and I've just signed up to be a Peer Editor at #Love-Literature so this will be a good opportunity to stretch my critiquing muscles! I have a day free tomorrow so I might just go forth and spend it being insanely helpful (plus, a premium or points would be unbelievably helpful if I were to win!) Thank you for the opportunity. :aww:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Woohoo! :D I'll look forward to your entries then! :love:
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:iconcjwilde:
CJWilde Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Writer
One question; do I simply send you one note listing the links to the critiques I have made? :)
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, that would work just fine as long as all of the critiques are written between February 1 and February 29 :D
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:iconcjwilde:
CJWilde Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Writer
Brilliant! Thank you for your help and I shall warn you to expect my note of entry within the next two or three days. ;)
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I will keep you to that! ;)
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:iconcjwilde:
CJWilde Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Writer
After seeing your poll, I thought I should reply here in case it were easier for you. :)

If you would kindly take a look on my deviant page for a custom widget entitled The 50 Critique Challenge, you will find my (currently ongoing) entry to your competition. I will still note you on the 29th with my finished efforts but as you can see I am currently in the thick of it and have a lot more to do. Although of course, I hope to complete my own challenge before then so I might be able to break my own record; and a challenge it is certainly proving to be! As I am keeping to your rules and making sure that I offer honest, helpful critique and encouragement to each deviant, those one hundred words are often turning into a few hundred and I feel I've been writing for two solid days. But I've had a lot of thanks and huggles in the process which makes it all worth it. :aww:

I hope that you like my entry (so far, at least) and in entering your competition, I am not only hoping to help myself by extending my premium (and then hopefully hosting a competition of my own), but also helping a lot of unappreciated and unseen literary deviants in the process. :dance:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. My. God. You are AMAZING! :wow: I cannot wait to see how you do with these, and I'm sure every one of the deviants you leave critique for appreciate it very much! :heart:
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:iconmeganlawler94:
MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Writer
This is *meganwayxo from #AnotherContestGroup, and I'd like to inform you that we've found and added your contest to our listing! The group also features results and offers prizes so note #AnotherContestGroup if interested in more information.

=missimoinsane does a monthly news article, which contains all current contests each month. You can find these listings in our main journal, “Welcome & Contest Information.” We try to post this information in our poll once the news article is up so our watchers are notified of this – perhaps join the group if you're not already a member for this and more information.

Note us if the deadline changes, or if you would like another contest featured.

I hope your contest is a success!

*meganwayxo

:iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh very cool! :D Thanks so much! I'll go join now. :heart:
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:icongrauweiss:
GrauWeiss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I would surely like to participate in this contest. Such initiatives should definitely be encouraged.

Proper comments and critiques are hard to find and definitely valuable in becoming a better artist. :D
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:w00t: I'll look forward to your entry then! :D
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:iconpiercingemeralds2:
piercingemeralds2 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I'm definitely participating! But I can't enter any of my critiques from before? :(
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nope! I want new critiques only for this one. :)
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:iconpiercingemeralds2:
piercingemeralds2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Okay, then I better get writing! =P
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like this is right up my alley, since I love con-critting! :la:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! :D And actually I hope hats do participate. That's why I put the points equivalent thing instead of a premium ;)
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally: I wouldn't participate to win.
So if I should be "the lucky winner", I'd rather the prize would go to someone who could use them more. :giggle:
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's very generous of you! :heart:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not like I need them to buy an extra membership or so. :giggle:
Which reminds me: I got point-donations recently to hand out memberships to people as a part of the acts of random kindness, but I can't find people who deserve one.

That being said: I want to donate some to the contest, to have more of an incentive for people to participate, if that's okay?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That would be WONDERFUL! :D Just shoot me a note with details. :heart: Thank you so much!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Note sent. c:
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:iconart-n-coffee:
Art-n-Coffee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   General Artist
I like this idea. I've yet to give a formal critique on here.. Just might have to. ;)
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you do! :D
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice it would be doing the community some good!
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:D That's the idea!
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:iconladykylin:
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This is a contest I approve of.
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:highfive:
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:iconladykylin:
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Also your signature makes so much sense.
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Right? When I came across that quote I just knew I had to share it. :D
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:iconladykylin:
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I just wish I knew how to define my work after it's done. I often really don't know how to say what genre stuff is.
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Then it sounds like you need to think up a name for your personal genre ;)
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:iconladykylin:
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
agreed, only comeing up wiht good names is hard.
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:iconlit-twitter:
Lit-Twitter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Chirp, it's been twittered. [link] :)
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If we don't have the critique feature available to us because we're not premium members, are we still expected to do a star rating at all, like for originality and all?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not at all. The stars feature is retaaaaaaaaaaawded anyway. :P
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:iconprojecttiger:
projectTiGER Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I support this lol. I'd love to have an option to turn those damn stars off.
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Me too!
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats not true :d
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well maybe not for other mediums, but the stars are wholly inadequate for literature.
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Yeah, I don't like rating things by stars anyway... I can't rate things on those terms.
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:iconmarzarret:
Marzarret Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So we will just critique any deviation that we see and then post a link here?
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, send me a note with the link please. :)
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:iconmarzarret:
Marzarret Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wokay. ^^
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