Fall Photostory Competition (aka the Big Surprise): The Rules, What it is, & How to Enter!

Hey, marshmallows! I’m so excited that FPC is finally getting out there after half a year of planning and stalling on my part this awesome event. Ahh, I can’t wait!

Wait, back up. What is FPC, you ask?

  • FPC – Fall Photostory Competition – is exactly what it sounds like! It’s two-round competition hosted by Natalie from The AG Spot and me!
  • Here’s how it works:
  • In the first round, the Audition Round, you will write and photograph a 200-600 word photostory based on the two Audition Round prompt! (The Audition Round part of the contest is loosely inspired by this contest by foreveranddollways.)
  • We’ll have two weeks for everyone to put together and enter their photostories, and then Natalie and I will pick six (or more, depending on how many people enter!) photostories to continue to the Finals!
  • The finalists will write and photograph 400-800 word photostory based on the three new prompts!
  • The top 3 highest scoring winners will receive special prize packages!

Third place will receive: A winner graphic and their photostory featured on our blogs!

Second place will receive: All third place prizes and a guest post on each of our blogs!

First place will receive: All second and third place prizes, a doll trophy made by me, a TAGS t-shirt, and signed photos of our dolls! *Note: If the first place winner is not allowed to give their address to us so we can send the first place prizes, then the second place winner will receive the prizes, and if they can’t then third place, and so on.

Now that you’ve got a basic idea of the competition, let’s list the rules!

  • All photostories must be your own and original (no remakes of old photostories, books, movies, classic stories/fairytales, etc.)
  • You are allowed to edit your photos.
  • The Audition Round photostories must be 200-600 words long and include at least ten pictures. The Finals photostories must be 400-800 words long and include at least twelve pictures.
  • Although American Girl Dolls are the preferred subject for your photos, you can use stuffies, other dolls, clay figures, etc.
  • Please keep your photostory G-rated and God-honoring!
  • Your photostory will be judged in five categories based on a point system: Photo, props, doll, writing, and story.
  • Please, do not post your photostory on your blog until after the competition ends.
  • When you enter, you will have to give me and Natalie your email address. We will never use it for spam purposes, only to notify you if you have made it to the finals, answer or ask questions, and remind you of deadlines.
  • When you have entered, you will email us your finished audition photostory by December 1.
  • You do not need a blog to enter.
  • The deadline to sign up was originally November 22, then it was changed to November 29, and now is currently December 1.

What are you waiting for? Just enter with the sign-up form here!

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The audition round prompts are:

Feel free to take the prompts in any (appropriate) direction you’d like! Remember, try your best and be unique. Good luck!

During the audition round, we are looking for many things in your entry, most importantly; 

  • Quality photography
  • Nice ‘actors’ (your dolls)
  • An interesting storyline

And while we can’t give you instructions on exactly how to win, we can give you a few tips:

  • Dolls who look like they’re staring into space, are half-dressed, or have messy hair are a serious turnoff to us.
  • Lighting is key! Dark and/or grainy photography is always a no-no.
  • We LOVE fresh, compelling stories, so don’t be afraid to be creative or even slightly weird!
  • ANY plagiarism (a story very similar to another blogger’s photostory, past or present) we find will be automatically disqualified from the competition

Good luck and be creative! I can’t wait to see all your awesome photostories!

~Emmie

The Big Surprise Revealed: Part 1 (a Photostory)!

Note: Unfortunately, there’s been some confusion resulting in Natalie’s part being up before mine (all my fault)! This is Part 1 to her photostory ‘The Big Surprise Revealed’.

~Jade’s POV~

Laptop

Dozens of emails, ideas, and photos later, we’re here. Here with the big surprise, I’m holding in my hands (okay, theoretically holding in my hands), the big surprise I’m about to reveal. How long have I been promising this? Forever at least. But now, I think it’s finally time to reveal that the big surprise is-

*PHONE BEEPS LOUDLY*

Emmie pauses her typing, groaning in frustration at the interruption. “Jade, can you get that? I’m working on a really important post here…”

“Is it the big surprise thing? How much concentration do you need to type a gazillion dots for them to scroll through?” I ask.

“I’m NOT going to make them scroll through a million dots!” She protests, then adds quietly, “Just fifty or so.” She starts typing again, just when my phone emits another beep. “Seriously, can you get that?!”

“Fine,” It’s my turn to groan as I roll off of the couch to grab my teal iPhone off the desk. Before I even sit back down on the couch, I check my phone. A chat with Michelle fills the screen.

Text 1

Hey Jade! 👋 What’s up?? The message reads.

Text 2

Hey! Emmie was just making a blog post. About some sort of big surprise thingy?? 🤷 My fingers fly accross the digital keyboard as I type.

Text 3 Texts

I’ve heard about that. It’s supposed to be something about photo stories. And another blogger is involved too, but I’m not really sure.

The door opens and closes with a loud click! I look up from my phone to see Z holding a ginormous trophy.

FPC Trophy Reveal

“What’s that?” I point at the trophy

“Thanks for offering to help me, so nice,” Z says sarcastically, placing the trophy on the desk. “If the readers enter the Fall Photostory Competition that’s being hosted by American Girl World and The AG Spot, they could win this trophy.”

Without a word to Z, I bend over my phone, hurriedly replying to Michelle.

Text Final

Michelle, I think I know what the big surprise is…


Hey guys!

As you may have guessed from the title, photostory, and intro, today’s the day! At 4:00 p.m. CT, or 5:00 p.m. EST, Natalie’s part of the photostory is going up!

Yeah, that’s right! Remember when I hinted that another blogger is involved? Natalie is literally the other half of this project – or should I say collab? – and we’re so excited to reveal it together! In 1 hour, her post will be up at theamericangirlspot.com! Then, tomorrow we’ll post the rules and official stuff (yet another hint for you!) and the Big Surprise will be official!

I can’t wait for the Big Surprise to finally be revealed, along with another super awesome thing at the end! Make sure to check out Natalie’s post to find out what it is and what happens next!

Are YOU excited? Do you know what it is already cause I already kinda said it? Can you believe it’s finally here?
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