Well I've talked with my judges, and I've thought hard on the submissions myself, and the winner is...Orion487
with his story "Day Off"! fav.me/d7w0mvp
Reason for selection: The author dedicated himself to writing the characters as true to their proper selves as their owners (myself and Wilshirewolf) could have. Over a month and a half he talked with me on several occasions, asking many questions and really digging into what makes the relationship between Promise and Trick work. I could feel he was passionate about making a story that would be something Trick and I would enjoy, and in doing so he made the most perfect story of the two ponies I've ever read. It made both me and Trick smile and marvel at how in-character our ponies were, as if we'd been the ones writing them. For a short story, it was beautiful and a product of proper passion. Orion, you win the 1:4 scale plushie of your choosing. Thank you so much for entering my contest.
Now that the grand prize has been given out, I've got three first-place prizes to award: Pictures draw'd by me! ...Yes I know most the art entries in the contest were of a higher caliber than what I'm capable of. But I'm still gonna show my appreciation to the passionate, dang it! So for our drawring winners we have...
"Precious Memories" by TakShadoWing fav.me/d7ttqr0
This piece is brilliantly done traditionally, and demonstrates an excellent understanding of the relationship between Double Backstitch and Latent Promise. The image doesn't stand alone, as it is accompanied by a story that acts as an excerpt from Backstitch's early life. It's one thing to see a reference and draw a pony, but it's another entirely to care enough to understand that pony, to ask questions, and to put time and effort into applying that understanding and information. This work is beautiful, truly the work of not only talent but passion. Thank you.
"Double Backstitch" by Mellifluence24 soundcloud.com/sikm824/double-…
Yes, that's a soundcloud link. This is a rap song. Its title is simple, but the lyrics cover much. The artist asked a lot of questions, and put a lot of work into creating a set of flowing words that describe my pony in the most charming way possible. The subject matter moves from carefree to serious and back again fluidly, not simply focusing on one aspect of my pony, but her as a whole. All I can say is thanks, and Mellifluence, you can call her Dubby anytime ^ ,^
"Nice to Meet You" by mr-tiaa fav.me/d7vc8c7
This piece was another that really amazed me. It wasn't that it's very finely drawn, so much as the moment in time it's showing. Something that represents a lot of things to me personally, but also something in the characters' lives that means a lot. The image is a still from a memory with a great mix of emotions. The characters are portrayed excellently, and also the thing that amazed me the most is how perfectly my Double Backstitch was drawn. It's very much the her that I had in my mind, I just wasn't able to draw her like I saw her. It's the undersanding of the characters and their dynamics that really make this picture more than excellently drawn. Thank you very, very much.
So those are the winning entries! It was so hard picking who won and why, and I just wish I could have made plushies for everyone who entered. But there will be more contests. And the point is to say thank you for a thousand watches, and I hope to be around for another thousand. And thank you to everyone who entered! I truly loved every single entry, and I'll be contacting each of you to ask permission to make a collage of submissions to show everyone how wonderful you and your entries all are!