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DFC 2015 FAQs

1. What is DFC?

DFC is a poetic form challenge called the December Form Challenge that runs annually for the entirety of December. It features one poetic form for each day of December. They are weird and difficult and fun.

2. What is DFC going to involve this year and how do I know what forms to use?

The key to DFC is the form chart, a pdf document made about a week before the challenge starts. It maps out what forms are being featured and gives an explanation and example of each so that you can easily write your pieces. The form chart for this year is in the thumbnail below.

DFC Form Chart 2015 by kiwi-damnation

3. I can see it has world regions. Do I choose which one to write and can I use one more than once?

This year is about world regions, with 5 major regions with 6 forms each and a wild card with 1. That totals 31. When a day is allocated to a region, for example "The Middle East", you can choose from the 6 presented. Once you have used that form though, you can't use it again.

4. Where do I upload my pieces and how to I participate as part of the group?

Submit your pieces as normal, but also submit them to our DFC 2015 Gallery Folder. There we will collect your pieces to showcase and to feature for future years of challenges.

5. Can I do DFC outside of December?

Yep. Use it as a resource for inspiration. Our challenge parameters and any prizes allocated in December don't apply but it still serves as something healthy to do.

6. So it starts on the 1st?

12am GMT Dec 1st to the same time Jan 1st.

Drop it like it's hot, guys. Drop it like it's hot.

Gallery Folders

AAA Amazing Alphabetic April
FFF February Form Fiesta 2012
DFC 2012
May Mixup Madness
Rondeaus in juillet
Another Refrain August ARA
Send A Sonnet September SASS
DFC 2014
February Form Fiesta 2015
Octacula 2015
DFC 2015
February Form Fiesta 2016
Middle Eastern March
DFC Paraphenalia - Stamps










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MMM 2009 Contest Stamp by MistRaven    MMM 2009 Contest Stamp by MistRaven    MMM 2009 Contest Stamp by MistRaven
Ignore the fact that is says 2009 - this shiz is happening now yo'

Ok, so...about eight days ago kiwi-damnation asked me to write up the May Mixup Madness journal on the's now the 29th and I've yet to do it...blame it on teaching and planning lessons, blame it on procrastination (I'm the queen and you are all my subjects), blame it on the weather...whatever you blame it on, this journal is now here!

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Ok, so what is this magic that appears before your eyes? This magic, brought to you from the ProjectDFC desk of Oreos and Caek, is the wonderful:

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In which you will be choosing it, finding it and stitching it.
Now before you complain, "Oh mighty and wonderful Queen MagicalJoey, stitching is hard and needles are pointy, pricky and sharp," let me tell you that no pointy things are needed for this challenge...unless you count pencils!

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What is this shiz oh Mighty Queen Jo?

:bulletred: May Mixup Madness follows a similar structure to the Cento poetic form.
:bulletorange: You choose ONE musician/poet/band and use lines from various pieces of theirs.

:bulletyellow: You can't use more than one line from each piece.
:bulletgreen: So if you're creating an eight line poem, you will need eight different songs/poems to draw from. A ten line poem will need ten different songs/poems to find lines in.

:bulletblue: Once you have your musician/band/poet and your chosen lines, all you have to do is stitch them together to create something new and amazing!

Choose it, Find it, Stitch it!

:bulletred: Choose ONE poet/musician/band.
:bulletorange: Find ONE line per piece of their work from as many pieces as you like/need.
:bulletyellow: Stitch it together.

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Well, not really - this challenge has been running for a few years now

Stipulations/Rulses/Things That Are Sneaky

:bulletred: Please :note: either the group, or kiwi-damnation , or MagicalJoey with a nice linky to your piece (if you are not a member that is - but why not become a's free and you get a life-long subscription to cool challenges like this)
:bulletorange: Entries please must be submitted to This Lovely Folder Here so we can collect your entries and maybe use them as examples in future challenges.
:bulletyellow: Artist's comments must please contain the following:
:bulletgreen: A nice clicky link to this journal (for referencing and promotion)
:bulletblue: The list of poems/songs you retrieved your lines from in order
:bulletpurple: The name of the artist you borrowed your lines from

:bulletpink: Have fun creating wonderful Cento-like poetry for May Mix-Up Madness 2016
:bulletblack: This challenge runs from May 1st 12:00 GMT until June 1st 12:00 GMT

Now, don't say you're like Maleficent in the following gif...because consider this YOUR INVITATION to a whole month of wonderful writing fun and games. Shenanigans! Tomfoolery! Joy and wonder!

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Examples and Pretty Things For You to Look at

Here are some examples from the May Mixup Madness Folder right here in the Wonderfully Entertaining Gallery of ProjectDFC .

hopeburnsblue wrote this wonderful piece for the 2014 challenge.
New LoveIn the sea of lovers without ships,
I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown,
but I must learn trust.

Clevina wrote this exceptional piece for the 2013 challenge.
Another WeekendIn the fog of perpetual dawn
we drift alone in semi-conscious days;
We change like lights on a busy street,
winding through this lonely journey,
the last in a long line.
Lit by a fading sun,
love’s enormous wings fly down
in the glory of pink communal skies,
But our hearts burn like damp matches
in the fading light of wintertime.

lion-essrampant used some of our very own SilverInkblot 's pieces to write this gem in 2013.
Killing Us SlowlyYou lost your voice one day.
Poised on tiptoes, a
good night’s sleep bleeds
like melting icicles.
Let’s get lost in a photo booth,
your clockwork appendages
clinking like an abacus.
You exist in the
morning rain, thunder;
looking for the thumbprint
to his blue eyes.
Your fingers are scythes,
bygone photographs;
they gently take your life
like rice grains at a wedding.

Who's up for a challenge? Me? You? Definitely the person sitting at your desk right now!

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What Can I Do With This Wunnerful Stuffs I Have Just Learned?

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That's right...tell everyone that you know about this awesome challenge happening this May at ProjectDFC . Tell your friends, make journals advertising it, tell your family...promote, promote, promote! This challenge only works because of you people. We can come up with all the ideas we want, if people don't participate the challenge gets sucky.

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Ciao for now minions!
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We are crazy people who love fixed form poetry and all that it can teach us... We run The December Form Challenge every December from 12am GMT Dec 1st to 12am GMT Jan 1st.

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Death-For-One Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Hi, it won't let me submit to February2016 folder.
kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   Writer
Maybe become a member? It's been working for everyone else :(.
Death-For-One Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
I am a member, but when I go to submit the only folders that'll allow to submit anything is SASS and DFC 2015
kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016   Writer
Odd. I will do whatever I can to fix this.
Death-For-One Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Sorry, turns out I wasn't a member, which is weird cause I never watch groups with joining them.
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Psst… kiwi-damnation — this is for you! Excited about ProjectDFC's upcoming challenge!

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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016   Writer
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
W00T!!!!! :w00t:
kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016   Writer
NelehGrimm Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student Writer
I don't know if I ever knew for this group: What is the maximum amount of submissions for one day? (Cause I have a bit of catching up to do. I already submitted two, but I still have two to go. Would that be too much?)
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