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

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The pixiv Novel's Writing Support Project ~ Mystery ~ starts on October 5th, 2021 (Tue).
This contest accepts novels under a theme that changes periodically.

The theme this round is "mystery".
Works featuring any kind of mystery are accepted. It can be about the small mysteries people encounter in their everyday lives or even a criminal case full of tricks that has to be solved by a great detective.

The winner of the top prize will be chosen via a lottery from among the contestants. They'll be able to receive an item that will help clear their head after a long day of solving puzzles. (a choice of: electric eye massager, trampoline, hairdryer). Amazon gift codes will be given to 20 runners-up.

Entry Period:
October 5th, 2021 (Tue) ~ November 30th, 2021 (Tue), 11:59 pm JST

Novels under the theme "Mystery" 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PJ21Oct" 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):
Mystery (Japanese tag: 謎)
Crime (Japanese tag: 事件)
Detective (Japanese tag: 探偵)
Amnesia (Japanese tag: 記憶喪失)
Strange (Japanese tag: 不思議)

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 October 5th, 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.

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 October 4th, 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:
- An Electric eye massager
- A trampoline
- A hairdryer
* Brands and type are negotiable.

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

* While we're accepting applicants from abroad, Amazon gift cards will only be awarded to applicants within Japan.
* Applicants outside of Japan will be sent pixiv original merchandise instead of a gift code.
* 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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