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WELCOME TO THE OC CONTEST!


Hey there! It’s time for the contest you OC creators have all been waiting for! It’s the OC Contest. In this contest, you have a chance of getting your character a role in ‘Elementary’! So if you want to know what ‘Elementary’ is all about, here is the information:

THE BASE PLOT


Lovino Vargas is a new student that is in his Senior Year at Hetalia High School, having spent previous years at different schools due to his family moving around lots. While other students are looking forward to bright futures and amazing new opportunities, Lovino is rather fed up with the world around him. He feels like he's seen it all and nothing is worth getting excited over anymore. The only person he really knows at this school is his annoying classmate Gilbert Beilschmidt, his annoying little brothers Feliciano and Serafino Vargas, and the rather mysterious Kiku Honda. As he spends more time at this school, he hears of rumours of things here and there being taken from the school and the idea that there are 'little people' running around the school. However, no proof has been given to really support these rumours, and Lovino himself is quick to dismiss the rumours as nothing more than stupid ideas.

But one day, this changes. After cleaning up the classroom on his own at the end of the day, Lovino somehow falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he's nowhere near the size he used to be. He meets a girl named Maricela, who welcomes him as the newest 'Class Dweller' in the world of 'Elementary'. But this world he's been introduced to... it's his own high school! This time however, he's experiencing it from new heights. Lovino isn't wanting to stay like this forever though, so Maricela offers to help him return to being what she calls a 'Giant'.

Bullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red

So what about the OC characters? Here’s the lowdown:


- Your OC will be some kind of Dweller. This means your character will either be part of a Subject or a Mall Dweller.

- If your OC counts as a Latin American, then the specific Dweller your character will be is a Mall Dweller. Click here for more details on Mall Dwellers. Also click here to see the mini description of Catarina, the owner of the Mall.

- Otherwise, your OC is a part of the civilisation known as ‘Elementary’. Click here for more details on ‘What is Elementary?’

- Everyone in Elementary is part of a certain Subject. Different subjects play different roles that keep the society going. Each Dweller is in a subject that best uses their attributes and strengths. You must know about the different subjects in order to decide which one suits your OC best. Do not base it off ‘which other characters are in this subject’, base it on your character as the individual. Click here for more details on the different Subjects. Clicking the link will also tell you about which Subjects the canon characters and my (:iconmelonstyle:)’s OCs belong to AND what design to use for your character, depending on which subject they belong to!

- It is important to note that none of your Dweller OCs will be interacting with ordinary humans (known as giants), with the exception being Lovino once he transforms into a Dweller. Know who are ordinary humans here!

Bullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FOR MY ENTRY?


You must read through this section carefully, as well as the rules. They are vital to your success in this contest.

Another helpful link would be this: the events that occur before the beginning of the doujinshi

IF YOUR CHARACTER IS A MALL DWELLER


  • You must draw a full body reference of your character. Go to the journal about Mall Dwellers to see the sorts of designs the characters have. The Mall Dwellers have more freedom with what they wear, so there is room for creativity here.

  • You must draw a panel in your fanart of your character interacting with either Carmen, Elisa or Manuel (at least one of those three). You can find references for their designs via the journal on Mall Dwellers - and the descriptions should be useful to check too, in terms of their personalities and stuff.

  • In the description, you must include your character’s name, nicknames (in case of multiple Maria’s or other popular names, etc), country/city/state/region name, age, personality and relations. (feel free to put the description on the image itself if you feel it looks better that way. Otherwise, put it in the description).

  • Personality: Give some detail. Tell me your character's strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, quirks, talents, flaws, etc. The more fleshed out your character is, the better. I want to get to know your OC as an individual. Do not put any mental disorders to your character, I find that sort of thing offensive for an OC that represents a place in the world, be it country, city, whatever. Just no. Just uh, no Mary Sues or Gary Stus, please.

  • Relations: Must include Cuba/Carlos, Colombia/Carmen, Venezuela/Elisa and Ecuador/Manuel. Feel free to use real life country relations to determine how well your OC would get along with these characters. Also feel free to include other Latin American country relations as I may get entries for other Latin American OCs. Also look up relations between your character and Portugal, as female Portugal Catarina owns the mall and knows all of the Mall Dwellers. Otherwise these Dwellers have no relations with humans. See the journal about humans/giants here.

  • OPTIONAL: Do you have any shippings you support for your OC? This can include shipping with other OCs, or with Canons. Just note that putting this doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get the ship you want happening in the doujinshi, but I’m just curious to know.

IF YOUR CHARACTER IS A CLASS DWELLER


  • You must draw a full body reference of your character. Go to the journal about the Subjects to find out which uniform your character would wear. (eg. England/Arthur is a member of Science, so his uniform colours would be the Science uniform’s colours).

  • You must draw a panel in your fanart with your character interacting with Maricela, my Philippines OC. Her reference is here. As she is in the Reception Subject, she can visit any of the other Subjects to do deliveries/passing on messages/etc.

  • In the description, you must include your character’s name, nicknames (in case of multiple Maria’s or other popular names, etc), country/city/state/region name, age, subject, personality and relations. (feel free to put the description on the image itself if you feel it looks better that way. Otherwise, put it in the description).

  • Personality: Give some detail. Tell me your character's strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, quirks, talents, flaws, etc. The more fleshed out your character is, the better. I want to get to know your OC as an individual. Do not put any mental disorders to your character, I find that sort of thing offensive for an OC that represents a place in the world, be it country, city, whatever. Just no. Just uh, no Mary Sues or Gary Stus, please.

  • The Subject: Pick the subject based on your character's strengths/weaknesses. Do not choose subjects based off the canon characters present in said subject, especially since Mel will easily detect the shipping bias you might be trying to pull, lol. Also, your character's uniform colour will depend on the subject chosen, so please see the journal on the Subjects to know which uniform colour to go with. You cannot apply for your character to be in the Geography subject.

  • Extra Subject: See the Subjects' page. It is optional for your character to do an extra Subject, which is essentially the 'extra curriculum', the jobs less necessary to fill.

  • Relations: Include the relations your character would have. Bear in mind what other characters are in the subject your character is a part of. Research real life country relations if it helps you work those out. Feel free to include relations with characters from other Subjects. By the way uh, cuz I know popular Canons are featured among the Class Dwellers, such as America and England, I don’t want to hear anything like ‘AMG ENGLAND IS IN LOVE WITH MAI OC!!!!111’ because otherwise I will burn your bedroom to the ground. 8I Aside from a few already decided exceptions, the Dwellers will not interact with humans - Lovino is the only 'human' they will end up meeting.

    (( USE THIS LINK TO HELP WITH YOUR CHARACTER'S RELATIONS ))

  • OPTIONAL: On the other hand, you are allowed to say something like ‘My OC has a crush on _____’ or ‘I like the shipping of my OC/Canon’. That doesn’t automatically mean your shipping will happen. Maybe onesided at the most? Also you can include OC/OC shippings, even make reference to my own OCs, seeing as they’re among the established cast.

RULES OF ENTRY


  • You have a maximum of three entries. And yes, twin OCs count as two separate characters.
  • Only one entry per deviation. So if you enter three characters, you do a separate deviation for each, no chucking it all together.
  • YOU MUST FAVE THIS JOURNAL AND MAKE A JOURNAL THAT ADVERTISES THIS CONTEST. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
  • You must make sure your entry is fully coloured!
  • You mustn’t enter other people’s OCs. Only your own characters!
  • Country OCs are allowed
  • City OCs are allowed
  • Region/State OCs are allowed
  • Fictional Places are not allowed! This is because people may try to just make up OCs and slap on a random name to pretend it's an APH OC, and I would rather be more definitive in these OCs being suited to Hetalia.
  • I refuse any OCs that have some kind of mental disorder. My personal belief is that it’s a really offensive trait to include. All other triggering traits in bios are to be avoided. Feel free to ask about this for further explanation.
  • Follow the guidelines for what you need to do for your entry. You can ask me if your entry has followed the guidelines.
  • IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, PLEASE ASK ME, I URGE YOU.

A HEAD’S UP FOR CHARACTER ACCEPTANCE


I am only accepting a maximum of three characters per country! This means that because I have some of my own OCs in the project, there will be certain slots already full. The following character slots available are:

Albania: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Colombia: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Ecuador: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Kosovo: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Luxembourg: TWO SLOTS LEFT
North Korea: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Philippines: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Portugal: ONE SLOT LEFT
San Marino: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Serbia: TWO SLOTS LEFT
Venezuela: TWO SLOTS LEFT

However, when it comes to city/region/state OCs, I will only accept one OC from each... so you better make your entries good. This means only one Alaska, one California, one London, etc etc, you catch my drift?

ALSO

I really want the characters to be dynamic - so if your OC has a really interesting personality that could create interesting relationship dynamics with other characters (good or bad), then I will be taking more interest in those sorts of characters.

Bullet; RedBullet; RedBullet; Red

THE PRIZES


Here’s the lowdown. If your entry is great and the character is set to my standards enough, they will be accepted into the doujinshi. However, because of the Character Acceptance slots as described above, your character may miss out purely because other OCs of that nation had a better made entry. If I feel your character is problematic and therefore not the right fit for the doujinshi, I will not include them. So that means you really want to put effort into your entry.

Read the rules to make sure about certain things, like if your character is mentioned to have a disorder or whatever, because those characters will not be accepted.

Now, there are extra prizes to be won! You see, I will be choosing the top five entries to get the following prize:

- A starring role in the doujinshi! (aka your character will get more of a significant role for sure)
- 20 deviantArt points (could increase to a higher number if I get more cash to freely spend on points, ahaha)

NOW FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION


The deadline for your contest entry is 31st December 2013. That means you have from now to the end of the year to complete your entry. Submit all entries to the 'OC Contest Entries' folder!


ALSO A CONGRATS TO :iconspinny-chair-hero: FOR COMING UP WITH THE UNIFORM DESIGN! <3

A huge thanks to all who entered, it was a really tough choice. But I felt these designs allowed me to get a pair and show similarities between the male and female designs, they're unique without being too complicated, and for the dwellers who'll be moving around a lot I think they'd work well with it. Also I can alternate between different uniform colours easily! CB
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:iconaph-slovenija:
APH-Slovenija Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
((just going to ask, could I submit my entry for the contest on this account, because it's the account of the OC I'm entering? I faved and advertised it on my other account ~What-Words-Can-Mean so do I need to do so again on this account if I want to submit the entry on this account? Thank you!))
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lupang-hinirang Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
(( Why don't you submit from the account you advertised on? Thanks for letting me know that the accounts are linked though. ^^ ))
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APH-Slovenija Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
((I guess I could but I've been very inactive on that account and I'm considering giving the account to someone else. Thanks for replying though!))
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:iconlupang-hinirang:
lupang-hinirang Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
(( ok well, in that case - if you submit it off this account, please link me the journal where you advertised in the other account! :D ))
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HetaliaEuropeLover Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
i really didn't get it...but I wanna join SOSOSO badly.I think i'll be entering Manila and London...eh.I'll be sure that I won't win.
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lupang-hinirang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
(( well, if you have any questions, just ask! And the best of luck to you! ^^ ))
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kamillyanna Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
//whispers working on my entry
Question: Characters from different Dwellings (Mall and Class) interact, right? I need to know for the relations-
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lupang-hinirang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
(( so far in the story... no. They don't know of one another at all. that'll change in the storyline though, bwahaha-- ))
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Choclate-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Yo~!
I didn't quite understood with the A HEAD’S UP FOR CHARACTER ACCEPTANCE
So there are already two PH oc entries submitted,mine's already finished but not yet submitted,does that mean I can no longer enter with my Piri?Is that it?
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lupang-hinirang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
(( no, there are an unlimited amount of entries for any country OC. What the limit means is that not all of them will be chosen as winners to be in the doujinshi, that's what it means. ^^ The limit is three per country/etc, but because I have my Philippines OC involved, the limit of other PH OCs is now two. ))
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