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New Contest: Mea Culpa

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 30, 2012, 9:34 AM
Mea culpa - the fault is mine. Throughout the history of humankind, we have defined our morality of the day with help from many sources, both extraneous and internal, experiencially and symbolically.  Some use religious text.  Some use the example and teachings of their parents.  Some find heroes in history or in their lives to emulate.  Some will determine what is wrong (and right) from what has been criminalized. And still others will find new means, isolated from traditional sources, in a vacuum of their own personal intellect and empathy. It has been postulated that the backbone of societal behavior is guilt, i.e. having a conscience and being influenced by it. And this guilt should keep us in line, keep us good, lest we suffer from our own self-disgrace in the eyes of our internal and external juries.  But, does this work?  As most everyone would agree, we are not perfect beings.  Throughout the centuries, we have displayed every conceivable erroneous trait imaginable, committed every heinous act possible, and added dark chapters, one after the other, to the human story.   And as some of us still believe, the good in us will continue to strive to break through.  

Because of our perceived inherent imperfection, we may live a good portion of our lives feeling guilty about something we've done, something we didn't do, something we've thought of doing, or something we never considered.  There may be a faction of people who believe that this is OK, that it is perfectly normal to go through life with this dreadful sinkhole in our soul, perhaps to keep us "good".  But I think many people feel that forgiveness is possible, and that it represents the best part of our humanity. Throughout my time on dA, I have read many poems that have asked for, or offered forgiveness.  And they typically are the most real, relatable, and poignant poems.  This type of art can heal two parties: the one being offered an apology or forgiveness, and the one who is offering it.  The latter is important as it relates to the goal of vicious-verse - catharsis and/or re-forming our dark side into our entire being through artistic expression.  

To coincide with the 1 year anniversary of the literature group :iconvicious-verse: (which also happens to fall on my birthday ;)) I am hosting my very first contest. :D  The rules are very simple:

:bulletblack: Write a new (or enter a previously written) poem or piece of creative prose (i.e. non-expository) literature that either offers or contains a theme of offering an apology to or a request for forgiveness  from someone, something, or oneself.  There is a new contest folder in the vicious-verse gallery called Mea culpa.  

:bulletblack: Any deviant may submit a piece to the folder, which will enter them into the contest.  

:bulletblack: There is no limit to the number of entries.  

:bulletblack: You may submit a new piece, or a previously published piece to the contest.  

:bulletblack: The only requirement is that you state in the artist's comments that the piece is intended for the contest.  You can link to this journal or just reference the contest and group.

:bulletblack: Submissions begin today, December 30th, and will end on April 1st, 2013.

:bulletblack: Entries will be judged on emotional persuasion, artistic mastery, and the usual: syntax, spelling and semantics.

:bulletblack:  Judges are needed.  I would prefer that judges be members of the group, so I can make you a contributor (if you aren't already).  Also, judges would be exempt from entering the contest.  Anyone who would like to donate your time for this, please note me.  Judging will commence on April 2nd, 2013 and I would expect to have results tallied by April 21st at the latest.  I will discuss the voting criteria with the judges.

:bulletblack: Donations of points, features, etc. are appreciated.  I have the donation widget up on my page: thetaoofchaos.  

Here are the current prize offerings:

:iconthetaoofchaos:

1st place - 500 points
2nd place - 100 points
3rd place - 50 points

Will feature the winners in my journal

:bulletblack:

:iconriparii:

1st place - 50 points

:bulletblack:

:iconleyghan:

1st place - 20 points

:bulletblack:

:iconxlntwtch:

1st place - 100 points

:bulletblack:

:iconjade-pandora:

1st place - 60 points

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:iconrockgem:

Will feature the winners in her journal.

:bulletblack:

:iconscarlettletters:

500 points, a feature and three month subscription for the winner

:bulletblack:

:iconbark:

1st place - 100 points

:bulletblack:

:icondr-vergissmeinnicht:

1st place - 200 points
2nd place - 150 points
3rd place - 100 points

Journal feature for the winners.

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:iconlombregrise:

1st place - 30 points

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(total points so far:  1560 for 1st place!  250 for 2nd.  150 for 3rd.)


the judges so far:

:iconthetaoofchaos: :iconjade-pandora: :iconscarlettletters: :icondr-vergissmeinnicht:




Cheers.

Shane


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New contest at #vicious-verse : Mea culpa (apology) poetry.
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:iconselimeia:
Selimeia Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry if I'm putting any pressure on you, just curious - how far have you come yet in judging? :giggle:
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Writer
The results of the contest will be anounced by May 14th. :)
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:iconselimeia:
Selimeia Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, thanks. :)
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I dropped something a little creepy in here for you last night. If it doesn't work, I'm sorry ;) :giggle:
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
Creepy is good. ;)
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:icongoose-fat:
goose-fat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013   Writer
I just submitted my entry :D
This is a very interesting contest - thanks for giving me the opportunity to write about something this fun and important (although I may have strayed a bit from the theme).
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
Good luck!
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:iconbeeinthebottle:
beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Writer
I didn't realize that you could enter previously written pieces. Hmmm....
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Writer
:D
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:iconpianocanival:
Pianocanival Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
So interested....

Will see if I can come up with something from now to the date limit.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Writer
Great! I look forward to your entry.
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:iconeitvys200:
Eitvys200 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :aww:
We listed your contest in our contest list. We do this because we want to help people to get more attention.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck. :la:
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Writer
Hey, thanks! That reminds me, I need to send out a poll or something, as there's only about a week left for submissions.
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:icontheglassiris:
TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is there a word limit to poetry or prose?
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Writer
No limit. Though, if you submit a novel or 100 page epic poem, it had better be good. ;)
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:icontheglassiris:
TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, thanks. I was only wondering since I have three things submitted well beyond 1000 words.
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:icontheglassiris:
TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Can we submit something and edit the text later before the deadline?
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Writer
Yes. You can do whatever you want to it prior to the deadline. :)
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:iconthedorsai:
TheDorsai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Entered!
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Writer
Great! :)
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:iconriseandbe:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Working on a proper entry now.
Also, I will gladly feature the winners in my Journal.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Writer
Excellent! Thanks. :)
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:iconriseandbe:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! =D
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:iconiamoret:
iAmoret Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Question- does a song count? (she asks after she completes it :roll:)
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Writer
A song definitely counts. :)
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MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Writer
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Writer
Hey thanks! I'll be sure and check out the group.
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ooh count me in if i have time - i'll also feature your winners in my journal if thats any help
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Writer
Cool! I'll put you down as donating a feature. Hopefully you'll find the time to enter. You have three full months. :D
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou. & hopefully there will be time but if the past 3 months are anything to go by i've got no chance :faint:
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Writer
It can also be a previously written piece. :)
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hmm there is that but where i can i try to make something new. something old i guess can be my back-up plan if all else fails
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:icontheglassiris:
TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay, I'd love to know more about this kind of poetry. "Mea culpa" Is that Latin?
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Writer
Mean culpa is Latin. I believe it is generally translated as "my fault". This is not so much a special form of poetry as a theme of apology and forgiveness for the contest.
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:icontheglassiris:
TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's as much a kind of poetry as a protest poem, a mantra, or even philosophical rambling though, right?
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Writer
Yeah, when you put it like that. :)
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Writer
:icondownarrowplz: *Means "My fault, my fault, my most terrible [grievious] fault." Sheesh.
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Writer
"Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa..." as said in the "old-time" Catholic confessionals, back when Latin was used all the time.
Right when I became an ex-Catholic. Too many confessions! Too many crimes by that church itself.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Writer
And what I find important about this prompt is that it presumes the power of forgiveness is contained inside each of us, and not within some extraneous deity.
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Writer
I think the same thing.
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