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April will have 2 contests, One art, and one writing contest.
Art Contest: Design Omu pants!
If you'll notice in the banner of Month of Sakura
Sakura got Omu pants for her birthday, made by Tomoyo. Omu pants are a type of japanese cloth diaper. Normally the pant is used to hold multiple layers of cloth together, and they're a popular type of diaper used by legendary Japanese diaper artists like M2 and Atelier Sin. They can also just be worn over disposable diapers to add some flare. Since they're made of cloth and fabric you can basically have them look like anything or have any print, so here is your chance to design one!
Scroll through these galleries to get a good idea of what Omu pants are. They come in various styles, like using pop snaps in the front, velcro, wrapping around from front to back, or wrapping back to front like a diaper. Some have ribbon to hold it all together. Some are mono color, some have a patch, some are plaid. Seriously the possibilities are endless here.
diaperedanime.com/gallery/show… (Artist M2)
diaperedanime.com/gallery/show… (Artist called 9)
diaperedanime.com/gallery/show… (Atelier Sin)
Details: Design an omu pant for a boy or a girl, or unisex, or just whatever. You'll be judged on design and balance, maybe a bit of cuteness. You're encouraged to draw it on a character from Cardcaptor Sakura (doesn't have to be Sakura, but you know, it is her month after all) or you can use your own OC. No other types of fan art permitted though. Characters from other series in Omu pants won't be accepted.
Judging: Judging will be done with polls, but also by me. I reserve the right to override the poll results if I feel it's become nothing but a popularity contest.
Prizes: The top three designs will have their designs featured in Year of Sakura pieces through the year. The Top design will be in the hall of fame and get a 1 character commission.
Duration: You have from now 4/1 to 4/30 (as in all of April). Prizes announced May 3rd.
Writing Contest: Write a Story based on this!
Prompt: Sakura finds herself in her most humiliating situation yet, dressed in a thick diaper and bound in a baby harness. Worse yet, she's lost her wand. Write a 2500-7500* word short story (about 2 to 5 pages in msword) based on this picture, telling the lead up, the present, or the aftermath. Who did this to her? How or will she escape? Get creative. I don't know if I have to specify it but it's a Cardcaptor Sakura contest so yes, the story has to be about her, not just taking the situation and writing with your own characters. Knowledge of the show isn't strictly neccesary but a little research wouldn't hurt the quality.
*I won't exactly be counting but just keep it reasonable. I have to read them all after all and I don't have the time to be reading full novels.
Prizes: The top story will get a one character commission, a journal feature and a place in the hall of fame.
Special Notes: Unlike art contests where I'm not judging drawing ability, I will be somewhat critical of writing ability. It's ok if English not your first language, but I insist that you use SPELL CHECK and properly format your story. You know, have paragraphs and maybe some nice indents and such.
Submissions can be made to my note box with a subject "Year of Sakura: April Writing Contest". Simply post your story to your page and note me a link, or mention me in the description so I get the notification.
Duration: you have from now April 1st to April 30th to write a short story. I think that's pretty fair ^^ Prizes announced May 9th.
For both contests if you need some reference material, here is the Wiki devoted to Cardcaptor Sakura
Tamae does not endorse piracy....but the episodes are up on youtube. At least the animax dub is. Not a good quality english dub but it's technically a faithful translation (as in literally word for word translated with in house/low talent actors.) Just Search Cardcaptor Sakura