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pixiv Novels is holding the contest, "Writing Support Project ~ Japanese Festivals ~"!

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The pixiv Novel's Writing Support Project ~ Japanese Festivals ~ starts on August 3rd, 2021 (Tue).
This contest accepts novels under a theme that changes periodically.
The theme this round is "Japanese Festivals". Works featuring any kind of festival are accepted. It can be a memory about a visit to a Japanese shrine festival, going alone to a festival or together with an unrequited love crush, or even being spirited to another realm while attending a festival.

The winner of the top prize will be chosen via a lottery from among the contestants. They'll be able to receive an item to boost their motivation (a choice of: a cordless vacuum cleaner, a carbonated water maker, or a countertop steam oven-microwave combo). Amazon gift codes will be given to 20 runners-up.

Entry Period:
From August 3rd, 2021 (Tue) to September 30th, 2021 (Thu), 11:59 pm JST

Novels under the theme "Japanese Festivals" will be accepted. The content, genre, and finer details are up to you.

How to Participate:
Please post your novel to pixiv and attach both the project tag "執筆応援PJ21Aug" and at least one sub-theme tag to your novel. You can pick whichever of these tags you like (original text in parenthesis).

Project tag (required):

Sub-theme tags (select at least one):
Japanese Festivals (Japanese tag: 祭り)
Fireworks (Japanese tag: 花火)
Marketstall (Japanese tag: 屋台)
Summervacation (Japanese tag: 夏休み)
Shrine (Japanese tag: 神社)
Spiritaway (Japanese tag: 神隠し)

There isn't a required format (such as short stories or long forms) on the novel you submit (referred to as "contest entries"). The only requirement is that they be over 500 characters.

* You can enter a series into the contest, but please note that one series will only be one entry in the lottery.
* You can submit as many entries as you like, but understand that one post is one work (including series).
* Incomplete stories are okay.
* If your entry includes content unsuitable for those under 18, please make sure the age restriction is set as R-18 or R-18G.
* Only works posted after August 3rd, 2021 (Tue), 12 midnight JST will be considered for the lottery.
* Contest entries may receive comments and stickers from the pixiv Novels Editorial team's account.

Eligible Participants:
This contest is open to all registered pixiv users who have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.
* Entries from companies and multiple creators will not be accepted.
* Underage contestants should obtain the consent of a guardian before entering.

Contest Terms:
Works that follow under the conditions listed below may be disqualified.
・Not matching the theme of the contest.
・Not having the contest tag attached.
・Setting the privacy level of your entry to “My pixiv”, “Private”, or "URL restricted".
・Reposting a previous illustration or not submitting your entry within the time frame of the contest.
・Posting your entry before 11:59:59 pm JST on August 2nd, 2021 (Mon)
・Entering the work in other novel-based projects (including contests) on services run by pixiv and by other companies at the same time.
・Violating any of the rules listed in “Contest Terms”.

Contest prizes:
One winner will have a
choice of one of the following:
- a cordless vacuum cleaner
- a carbonated water maker
- a countertop steam oven-microwave combo
* Brands and colors are negotiable.

20 runners-up
- a 1000 JPY Amazon gift code (approx. 10 USD)

While we're accepting applicants from abroad, Amazon gift cards are limited to use with Amazon.co.jp. Winners outside of Japan will be given the option to use another service to receive their 1000 JPY, with any remittance fees deducted. However, the currency will be limited to JPY.

** Only winners will be informed of their victory after the contest period has ended by the official account of the pixiv Novels Editorial Team. Please note that if winners do not respond within a certain period of time after being contacted, they may not be able to receive their prizes.

Please read the Application Guidelines on the contest works page for more details.
We look forward to seeing all your entries!

◆Contest Overview
◆Contest page
◆The pixiv Novels Editorial team's Twitter
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