Octobernomicon is our yearly frenzy of monsters & creatures you can use in your games. They are taken from pulp culture, folklore, urban myth, or simply just made up. We try to get at least one new beastie per day. To facilitate this; we run a large contest for artists & game writers.
Here are the official rules of the OctoberNomicon Contest! All the details are worked out, the T’s dotted and the I’s crossed. The contest runs until October 30th, although admittedly the earlier & more often you enter, the better your chances of getting illustration, and the better your chances of winning. If any other companies are reading this, and would also like to contribute, please contact us immediately and we will get you credited here! Remember, to compete you have to create an account on Shoggoth.net!
|Writing Contest||Art Contest|
|1st Prize||Chaosium||Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition PDF||Chaosium||Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition PDF|
|Golden Goblin Press||De Horrore Cosmico||Golden Goblin Press||De Horrore Cosmico|
|Shoggoth.net||$30 Amazon Gift Certificate||Shoggoth.net||$30 Amazon Gift Certificate|
|2nd Prize||Chaosium||Cthulhu Dark Ages 2nd Edition PDF||Chaosium||Cthulhu Dark Ages 2nd Edition PDF|
|Golden Goblin Press||Tales of the Crescent City||Golden Goblin Press||Tales of the Crescent City|
|Shoggoth.net||$20 Amazon Gift Certificate||Shoggoth.net||$20 Amazon Gift Certificate|
|3rd Prize||Chaosium||Alone Against the Flames PDF||Chaosium||Alone Against the Flames PDF|
|Golden Goblin Press||Island of Ignorance||Golden Goblin Press||Island of Ignorance|
|Shoggoth.net||$10 Amazon Gift Certificate||Shoggoth.net||$10 Amazon Gift Certificate|
|All participants||All submitters get tagged with our special OctoberNomicon icon () on their accounts so all future posts by them will proudly show that they are an OctoberNomicon Submitter!|
Each Friday we will be having a celebrity write us up a beastie. We couldn’t be more stoked about this. Fear not though, Celebrities are barred from competing in the contest.
Entries should be at least 250 words, and start with a paragraph or so of what we affectionally refer to as “flavor text”. Flavor text should consist of a quote from someone who’s encountered the creature, or something out of context concerning the beast. The entry must contain the name of the creature, flavor text, body text telling us about the history, attack style, culture and any other pertinent information about the creature. It must also contain a paragraph or so, that is not counted against your word count, to give a physical description to the artist illustrating your piece. Try to be as helpful as possibly, as good art can really help your chances of winning beyond the imaginativeness of your submission. If you are interested in competing, claim your horrible monster by mailing the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Author: Your name
- Beastie: It’s name
- Description for Artist: A short paragraph describing it for the artist
- Definitions: A short paragraph telling the rest of us what you’re up to so two folks don’t cover the same angle.
The art contest is slightly different, in that you have to ask (by mailing us) to participate. UPDATE: Any entry displaying the Enter the Contest graphic is fair game. Simply email your submission to us at email@example.com. You still have the option of requesting the monster list though. All art contest contestants will receive a list of submitted monsters containing it’s name as well as it’s general description for the artist. You should submit your name, your website (your profile on Shoggoth.net can be used in the interim), and any other attribution information. All art posted on Shoggoth.net has to meet by our Image Hosting Guidelines.
All winners are decided via a vote. All users on shoggoth.net can sign up and vote for the best monsters, with the voting stopping on November 1st. Users are encouraged to vote for multiple entries.
All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions asked about this contest will appear here.
- Are these the final rules/prizes?
No, the rules are subject to change without warning, although we will endeavor to keep these changes minimal, save for the possibility of adding prizes.
- *ANYTHING* we want?
Nothing above a PG-13, nothing with a political agenda please.
- Do you have an example of the finished product?
Sure, just imagine generating some description for the artist along with anything you see here.