The pixiv Novel's Writing Support Project is a contest that accepts novels under a theme that changes periodically.
The form of the content and genre aren't considered. Incomplete works and/or one-shots are both okay!
If you're interested, don't hesitate to pick up your pen!

The theme this round is "It’s Complicated".
We're accepting works featuring all kinds of hard-to-explain, thorny circumstances: hidden pasts, loves that must overcome all sorts of obstacles, or perhaps even stories of people moving in haunted houses. What comes to mind when you hear the words: "It's complicated..."?
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 prove a valuable ally in a variety of complicated situations (a choice of: a camping tent, a luxury sleeping bag, or a lantern). Amazon gift codes for 1000 JPY (approx. 10 USD) will be given to 20 runners-up.

* Only works posted after Monday, May 2nd, 2022, midnight JST will be considered for the lottery.
* Contest entries may receive comments and sticker reactions from the pixiv Novels Editorial team.





Lottery
1 winner
Lottery
20 winners
A choice of one of the following:
- A camping tent
- A luxury sleeping bag
- A lantern
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.
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pixiv Novels is holding a contest around the theme "It's Complicated"
One winning work posted to pixiv with the contest tag will be chosen via a lottery from among the contestants. They'll be able to receive an item that will prove a valuable ally in a variety of complicated situations (a choice of: a camping tent, a luxury sleeping bag, or a lantern). Amazon gift codes for 1000 JPY (approx. 10 USD) will be given to 20 runners-up.
Theme
Novels under the theme "It's Complicated" will be accepted. The form of the content, genre, and finer details are not considered.
Please post your work(s) to pixiv Novels with the project tag, 執筆応援PJ22May, and a sub-theme tag, which are: "It's complicated" (訳あり), "The past" (過去), "Secrets" (隠し事), "Growing apart" (すれ違い), and "Haunted mansions" (幽霊屋敷).
Period of event
5/2/2022〜6/30/2022 23:59
Uploading format
Please post your novel to pixiv and attach both the project tag "執筆応援PJ22May" 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):
執筆応援PJ22May

Sub-theme tags (select at least one):
It's complicated (Japanese tag: 訳あり)
The past (Japanese tag: 過去)
Secrets (Japanese tag: 隠し事)
Growing apart (Japanese tag: すれ違い)
Haunted mansions (Japanese tag: 幽霊屋敷)

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). Multiple submissions of the same work are not allowed.
* 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 Monday, May 2nd, 2022, midnight JST will be considered for the lottery.
Awards
Lottery
1 winner
A choice of one of the following:
- A camping tent
- A luxury sleeping bag
- A lantern
Lottery
20 winners
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.
pixiv Novels Writing Support Project ~ It's Complicated ~ is a work posting event looking for novels around the theme of "it's complicated".
Your submission will serve as an acceptance of the terms outlined throughout this entire document. Please be sure you have read them in their entirety before submitting your work (novel).

1. Definitions
・pixiv Inc.: the operator of this contest.
・pixiv: the service provided by pixiv Inc. https://www.pixiv.net/
・This contest: pixiv Novels Writing Support Project ~ It's Complicated ~

・Application Guidelines: pixiv Novels Writing Support Project ~ It's Complicated ~ Application Guidelines
・Terms of Use: pixiv Inc. Service Master Terms of Use https://policies.pixiv.net/
・Contestants: pixiv users participating in this contest
・Entry: Work posted for this contest

2. How to Participate
Create work(s) according to the theme of the contest and post them to pixiv with the contest tag attached within the contest period.

・Theme
Novels with the theme "It's Complicated" are accepted. The content, genre, and other finer details are not considered.


・Entry format/contest tag
Please post your novel to pixiv and attach both the project tag "執筆応援PJ22May" 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):
執筆応援PJ22May

Sub-theme tags (select at least one):
It's complicated (Japanese tag: 訳あり)
The past (Japanese tag: 過去)
Secrets (Japanese tag: 隠し事)
Growing apart (Japanese tag: すれ違い)
Haunted mansions (Japanese tag: 幽霊屋敷)


・Contest period
From Monday, May 2nd, 2022 to Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 11:59 pm JST

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

3. Prizes

Lottery (1 winner)
A choice of one of the following:
- A camping tent
- A luxury sleeping bag
- A lantern

Lottery (20 winners)
・A 1000 JPY Amazon gift code (approx. 10 USD)

・Lottery format
An impartial lottery will be carried out by pixiv to determine the winning works.

・Lottery results announcements
Lottery winners will be notified directly by pixiv Novel's official account after the contest has closed. 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.

* Contestants will not be informed directly when the lottery results are announced.
* There will be no public announcement of the winner.


4. Contest Terms
・Overseas contestants
(1) Contestants from outside of Japan are welcome to participate. Please make sure to read the Application Guidelines.
(2) Amazon gift cards will only be awarded to winners within Japan. Winners outside of Japan will be sent pixiv original merchandise instead of a gift code.

・About Eligibility for the Lottery
Any entries (including and not limited to the entry's title, caption, series description, tags, nicknames, etc.) that fall under any of the conditions outlined below will be considered ineligible for the lottery. Works that are ineligible for the lottery may be removed from any page related to the contest at pixiv's discretion. Furthermore, if a work is found to fall under any of the conditions outlined below after the contest has ended, it may be removed from the lottery and prizes may be returned.

① Entries that do not follow the posting procedure and conditions outlined in ""How to Participate""
(The following are select examples and do not represent the complete scope of these conditions)
・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 Sunday, May 1st, 2022.
・Works posted by companies or multiple creators
・Works posted by underage contestants without the consent of a guardian
・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”.

② Works that violate pixiv's Terms of Use, Article 14 "Prohibited Conduct"
(The following are examples and do not represent the complete scope of these conditions)
・Works and/or conduct that may infringe upon pixiv's, or third party's copyrights, design rights, intellectual property rights (as defined in the Terms of Use, Article 21, Subsection 1), or other rights.
・Works that contain obscenity, explicit sexual themes, and other elements that are potentially offensive.
・Works that unfairly discriminate or slander our company or third parties, promote unfair discrimination against third parties, or damage their credibility.
・Works that violate public order and morals.
・Works that are determined to violate any other conditions outlined in Article 14 of the Terms of Use.

* For works that fall under ②, pixiv Inc. may take measures outlined in the Terms of Use, Article 15. ""Responses to Violation etc. and Cancellation of Registration"" regardless of whether they are contest entries or not.

③ Others
・Multiple postings of the same work.
・Works created via third party commission, or via pixiv Requests (including request rewards).
・Any works based on existing work/goods, works/goods scheduled to be released, works/goods that have already been submitted for other contests, or works/goods that have already won other contests
・Works that violate the Application Guidelines
・When the contestant does not respond within a set time frame after being contacted by pixiv.
・Works that pixiv Inc. finds disagreeable with adequate reason may also be disqualified.

・Ownership rights
Copyrights of the posted work belong to the contestant who originally uploaded the entry.

・Handling of information
pixiv Inc. will use the contestant's information solely for the purpose of communicating with the contestants about the contest and during the selection process. pixiv Inc. will protect individual contestants' information according to pixiv's privacy policy.

5. Disclaimer
(1) Contestants assume responsibility for their own submissions.
(2) pixiv Inc. will not be responsible for any disputes that may happen between the contestants and other users, regardless of the reason.
(3) pixiv Inc. reserves the right to suspend or terminate the contest in case pixiv Inc. deems it necessary for any reason, including system maintenance.
(4) pixiv Inc. will not be liable for any damages incurred by the contestants, including, but not limited, to contest interruption, suspension, or cancellation.
(5) pixiv Inc. will not be responsible for any direct damages caused by willful misconduct or gross negligence caused during the contest period, regardless of immunity, as determined by the Application Guidelines and disclaimers.
(6) pixiv will not cover any expenses borne by contestants' participation in this contest.

6. Contest Related Support Issues
(1) If you have any questions or feedback about the contest, feel free to contact us here.
(2) Please include your email address, nickname, inquiry, and the subject “About the pixiv Novel's Writing Support Project"" before submitting your support request.
(3) Inquiries made by phone will not receive a response.
(4) Replies will not be given to questions regarding the lottery results.

7. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The contest and its terms shall be governed by Japanese law. Furthermore, the Tokyo District Court shall be the mutually-agreed court for any proceedings, with jurisdiction for the preliminary trial in the case of any disputes over contest terms or matters between the Company and the contestants.
1. Confirm your application
Entry conditions are different for each contest.
Make sure to read them carefully before planning your submission(s).
2. Create something along this theme
Novels under the theme "It's Complicated" will be accepted. The form of the content, genre, and finer details are not considered.
Please post your work(s) to pixiv Novels with the project tag, 執筆応援PJ22May, and a sub-theme tag, which are: "It's complicated" (訳あり), "The past" (過去), "Secrets" (隠し事), "Growing apart" (すれ違い), and "Haunted mansions" (幽霊屋敷).
Period of event:5/2/2022〜6/30/2022
Uploading format
Please post your novel to pixiv and attach both the project tag "執筆応援PJ22May" 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):
執筆応援PJ22May

Sub-theme tags (select at least one):
It's complicated (Japanese tag: 訳あり)
The past (Japanese tag: 過去)
Secrets (Japanese tag: 隠し事)
Growing apart (Japanese tag: すれ違い)
Haunted mansions (Japanese tag: 幽霊屋敷)

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). Multiple submissions of the same work are not allowed.
* 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 Monday, May 2nd, 2022, midnight JST will be considered for the lottery.
3. Use the tag "執筆応援PJ22May" on your illustration and post it!
Please check if your work meets the conditions required for application before uploading.
4. Applications complete!
Please wait till the judging is finished.
You will receive a notification regarding the contest results.
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