Bards, questers, hopefuls, soulless rankwhores with an artistic fiber, people inspired by large sums of money, and the random passing bums... It is my great honor and pleasure to present:
The Slyph and Trymon music contest!
As all of you who haven't spent the last few years with your head under a rock or in another unpleasant place know, Slyph and I are engaged. Though the date has not yet been determined, the wedding grows closer by the hour. Of course, it would not do to have such an event without adequate music. This is your chance to write that music and celebrate our union.
So here it is: the most outrageous contest in history, the greatest musical event Puddleby has seen since the Slyphonics, and your chance to be a part of it!
Despite the lengthy rules below, the concept is simple: Write a lovely musical piece to honor Slyph and me and celebrate the wedding, then send it to me.
- No limitations are set on the style and tone of the submissions, but wedding-appropriate mood will be favored. One song, not necessarily the contest winner, will be used as the march during the ceremony. Other songs will be played during the celebrations. All songs must be written for Slyph and myself, and reflect that fact in their title.
- The wedding is not the contest! Contest prizes will be handed out as appropriate prior to the event, and winners announced with due fanfare, but the wedding itself is an event of greatest solemnity; rowdy cheering mobs will not be tolerated.
- All pieces must be original and written specifically for the event. They must not have been played before in the lands, and may not be played until the wedding. For anyone. Timing exceptions have been made for bards who have written songs for it prior to this announcement with express permission from the judges; all other contest rules apply. Plagiarism, renaming of existing pieces, or performing the song before the wedding will render the submission null and void.
- Submissions are limited to one per person, with an exception for collaborative work (you may submit one yourself, and a duo with another bard, for instance). Personal pieces submitted after the first will replace it, with the latest piece being the one entered in the contest. Do not attempt to abuse the generous prizes by having friends and family submit further pieces, as some of the best trained ears in the island will take part in the judging and see through such tricks (and really, how desperate can you be for just a few thousand coins?).
- Pieces must be sent to my personal box on the Sentinel, in usable format, including tempo, instrument(s), and the piece's name. DO NOT play it for me in town, or post it here in response to this invitation. Do not post the composition on your own scrolls or someone else's until the wedding. Pieces will be strictly kept under wraps until the event.
If necessary, submissions may be sent to puddlebox 2572. Given the high chance of corruption inherent in this method, sentinel messages are strongly encouraged.
- Neither I, nor the other judges, make claims to ownership of the pieces, nor will they be used for any purpose other than a) Offering them for the hired bards to play during the wedding, and b) Judging the quality of the pieces to determine the winners. After the wedding, you will be free to play your composition to your heart's content, or pass them along to bards for them to play if you aren't one yourself.
- Pieces unbefitting of the tone of the event or unworthy of its cachet may end up not being used during the celebration, especially if the contest sees a large number of responses. No explanations will be offered, nor should be asked for, of the choice of music played at the wedding. That said, every last submission deemed receivable will earn their author one of the prizes, and the honor of their piece being listed on the wedding program. Great leniency will be applied to the judging to make sure effort is compensated, even in the case of an utter lack of talent.
- This contest will end on Terrdi, day 9 of Winter, in the 586th year of the Ascendancy (OOC: Midnight PST on December 25th). At that date, the winners and runners-up will be selected and announced on the Sentinel and ThoomCare, and the prizes handed out. Still the pieces will not be played until the wedding, planned to happen "soon" after.
A mountain of coins and some rare items have been put aside for the purpose of this contest. More coins may be spent in the case of a large number of submissions.
- First prize - 10,000 coins, a Sea Horn, and a Thundercloud shirt (the latest carnival shirt)
Second prize - 7,000 coins, a Sea Horn and an orgaberry cluster
Third prize - 4,000 coins, a Sea Horn and a lilaberry cluster
Fourth prize - 3,000 coins and a Sea Horn
Fifth prize - 2,000 coins and a Sea Horn
"Consolation" prize for everyone else - 1,000 coins
This contest is provided with no warranty of any kind, including, but not limited to, the implied warranty of fairness, good-will, or clean prize money. Complaints will be received with a smirk, sardonic laughter, or demeaning comments. No second guessing of the winning choices will be acknowledged or received. Judging and prize allocation will be entirely arbitrary, based, among other concerns, on merit, talent, effort, bribes, mystic promotions offered, advances made that conventional moral may frown upon, political calculations, personal bias, revenge or other grudges, random dice throwing, or appeasing the voices in my head. No guarantee is offered that the entire contest isn't a money laundering operation or tax dodge. No Fen were harmed in the making of this contest, as monitored by the "habitats for fleas" foundation. No such assurances can be made regarding Halflings, as Slyph keeps her ribs recipe well guarded.