Custom of the Week: Lothlorien (and announcing #PonyFest12!)

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Hello Aledans! The day is finally here – the announcement of #PonyFest12! If you remember #PonyFest11 we had a great time designing ponies based on our novels and voting on our favorite, and this year is going to be even BIGGER! First, to tempt you to join, a beautiful custom by our very own Kalavista:

Lothlorien, by Kalavista

Kal has graciously agreed to customize this year’s winning pony as well. And based on her beautiful work, I think you’ll be happy with the results (click through to go to her DA page and see all her beautiful customs).

And now for #PonyFest12!

The Rules:

-either draw your own pony or use a template or the pony creator to make a pony based on your novel. Choose colors for the body, mane/tail, and eyes, as well as a symbol. Ponies can be earthers, unicorns or pegasi (no alicorns/unipegs please).

-all ponies must come from a full-length, original work (no fanfics). Unpublished novels are OK. Feel free to plug your published novel in the post if you are that lucky!

-it can be a pony based on a character, setting, or theme from your novel. You can make more than one pony, but they must be voted on as a whole, from the same book, and only ONE of those ponies will be customized.

-write up a short description of your pony(s), and a one sentence tag-line for the book.

-post the pony(s) on your blog by Sunday September 30th and reply here with the link to that post (please don’t link to your home page, the contest runs for a long time and you don’t want to make people scroll).

-from October 5th through 13th visit the other blogs and vote for your favorite pony!

-winner will be announced on October 14th!

The Prize: The winner (based on popular vote) will have their pony made into a real custom pony by Kalavista, plus receive a copy of her book, The Secret of Shadow! And this year the prize is even bigger, because the winner will also receive a copy of Spookygirl, by Jill Baguchinsky, and Angelfire, by Courtney A Moulton (also pony friends of mine).

EDIT: Beth Revis has donated a signed copy of her book A Million Suns to the prize pack!

Restrictions: The custom pony will not have clothes or accessories (no sculpty/clay will be used), so make a representation of the character, rather than a carbon-copy right down to their underwear. No Twice-As-Fancy symbols (symbols that cover the entire body), alicorns/unipegs, or sitting poses. Open to US/Canada residents only (you can still play, but only US/C residents can win the prize, sorry!).

Good luck everyone – I can’t wait to see all your beautiful designs!


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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

46 thoughts on “Custom of the Week: Lothlorien (and announcing #PonyFest12!)”

  1. I love ponies (just posted about them last week)! The pony creator link is fabulous. I won’t have time to enter, but I’ll make some ponies and print them for novel inspiration. 🙂

  2. Okay. I’m super psyched and pretty much feeling this is the best contest ever. haha. It’s just such a fun idea. I’m a new follower to your blog and I’m off to create my ponies. (I have two books) Yay! I’ll be back.

  3. Ummm…haha. I think I misunderstood the rules the first time I read this. I can only enter one book, right? I can’t enter two books with two different ponies–one from each manuscript I’ve written–with a blog post, tagline for each? Just wondering cause my daughter LOVES horses and she already drew them up and we painted them together. It was fun either way, so no big deal. But I don’t want to inadvertently break any rules by putting them both on my blog, so could you let me know for sure about this?

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