ANIME CONTEST! Guidelines

ANIME CONTEST! Guidelines

The Cub Reporter is going to host a writing competition. But not just any writing competition! An ANIME one. Here’s how to participate in it:

 

Step 1 – Pick an anime trope to write about.

 

  1. Shoujo Category – “girl” anime
    1. Reverse Harem
      1. This includes a female protagonist who has two or more guys (usually bad boy vs good boy) vying for her affection! Here comes drama!
    2. Cliche Girl-falls-in-love-with-popular-crush
      1. Exactly what it sounds like. Write about a female protagonist who’s crush is super popular. It is up to you whether the crush falls in love with her though!
    3. Cheesy “I’ll be by your side”
      1. Usually has a conflict that has arose between a couple (ex. insecure girl sees BF with other girl and thinks he doesn’t like her anymore) that is resolved once the boy reassures her that he loves her and he’ll always be by her side. AWWWW (aka puke)
    4. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the shoujo section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  2. Shounen Category – “boy” anime
    1. Battle and Combat
      1. This usually has two protagonists fighting using martial arts or some sort of “energy” that they have. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!
    2. Character Growth
      1. Features a male protagonist that was an outcast in his younger years, then worked hard and trained to become a better person/fighter/etc. You’ll notice a lot of fighting and training going on in shounen anime.

 

    1. Cool Mentor
      1. For some reason, a lot of shounen anime feature young boys learning from some form of a really awesome mentor, such as a fighting (here we go with the fighting again) teacher, school teacher, or guardian that has taught the boy everything (or something along those lines).
    2. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the shounen section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  1. Slice of Life
    1. School Life
      1. Can be silly or serious, whatever you choose. Usually just has a protagonist (either gender) going through the struggles of school. May have a bit of romance and school drama in there too, your choice.
    2. Workplace
      1. This trope navigates through the struggles of adult life in a boring workplace. Pretty basic and go-to. Can be silly (featuring antics of some sort, etc.) or serious (struggling to meet deadlines, etc.)
    3. Family Life
      1. Focuses on day-to-day familial relations. For example, you might write some fluff between a parent and child working together to maintain a successful and healthy family relationship.
    4. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the slice of life section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  2. Horror
    1. Psychological
      1. Psychological horror in anime usually includes some sort of traumatizing event, a mysterious protagonist, and a really big secret that is kept from the mysterious protagonist. Don’t ask why, that’s just usually how it is.
    2. Gory
      1. Gory anime has lots of detailed descriptions of dismemberment (duh) and it may or may not have a good plot, your choice. Some popular elements include supernatural beings, yakuzas, and EVEN MORE SECRETS! YAY!
    3. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the horror section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  3. Sports
    1. Hot guys
      1. Hot guys. Playing sports. Is that enough information for you?
    2. Okay, actual legit sports drama?
      1. Rarely ever happens, but sure!
    3. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the sports section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  4. Maturity
    1. After a defining point in their lives, they suddenly become very serious and determined.
      1. Exactly what it sounds like. This anime trope is sooooo common, and it is also used as a side element for other tropes, too.
    2. Changing their bad behavior for a cause
      1. Again, this is often used as a side element for other tropes, but it definitely is able to qualify as its own! Usually, the protagonist wants to commit themselves to a cause, but has bad habits such as rude behavior, frequent stealing, etc. that get in the way.
    3. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the maturity section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Harem
      1. This has a male protagonist being crushed on by multiple female characters. The trope reverse harem is the exact opposite (hence its name).
    2. Friendship
      1. Friendship. Do you really need more explanation?
    3. Comedy
      1. Usually a side element in lots of tropes, but as its own trope, you can write about funny situations in typical settings, like school, home, or at a grocery store. Yes. A grocery store. Comedy ties in a lot with the Slice of Life genre/trope.
    4. Other
      1. If you have another idea that you think would fit into the miscellaneous section, submit it to Daisy K. at her email [email protected] and get it approved.

 

Step 2: Write about it! (and maybe draw a picture)

 

  1. Get to work right now! Start writing about your trope. Be sure to use your own characters for your original story, we are not accepting fanfictions. (we may or may not have another contest for that, hehe)
  2. If you draw a picture to accompany your story, it must be in anime style (it IS an anime contest, after all). Drawing a picture will increase your chances of winning, but it is your choice if you want to do it or not.

Step 3: Submit it.

 

  1. If you wrote your story on a Google Doc, then share it with [email protected] (Daisy K) and [email protected] (Ms. Smith). If you wrote your story on another platform, such as Microsoft Word, please include an attachment file for it in an email, or send a PDF version.
  2. To submit your picture, please take a picture of it, and then upload it onto your Google Drive. Then send it to [email protected] (Daisy K) and [email protected] (Ms. Smith).
  3. Done! Wait for the results. They will most likely be announced on January 20th, and the top 5 winners will have their story featured on the Cub Reporter website (kmscubreporter.com).

 

RULES

 

  1. Story must be PG.
    1. This means no cuss words, no explicit scenes, etc.
  2. Story must be between 400 and 2000 words.
  3. NO co-writing stories with other people, even your friends. You MUST have your own original story done by you and you only.
    1. WE ARE WILLING TO RUN ALL STORIES THROUGH PLAGIARISM CHECKERS!
  4. NO texting language.
    1. No “k”, no “brb”, no “lol”, etc. Please use complete and correct spellings.
  5. Deadline is January 13th.
    1. We will not be accepting any more submissions after that date. No exceptions.
  6. NO SONGFICS!
    1. This means that you may NOT have your characters sing a song for the majority of your work, or interpose major parts of a song into your work.
  7. Have fun and try your best! がんばろう! (That means “good luck” in Japanese! (/◕ヮ◕)/

 

If you have any questions, please ask [email protected] (Daisy K) and [email protected] (Ms. Smith).
STORIES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO [email protected] NO LATER THAN JANUARY 13TH