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Welcome to Yaoi_icontest, an icon awards community for people who love yaoi and shounen ai. My name is Lin, and I am the founder and mod of this community.

What is yaoi and shounen ai? Quite simple - Japanese anime and manga about gay relationships. If the term 'gay relationship' offends you, I'll give you some time to leave now.

... okay then ^_^ Now, the term yaoi is an acronym derived from yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi , meaning "no climax, no resolution, no meaning.". Yaoi is therefore the graphic, mostly
NC17 counterpart, whereas shounen ai centers more on the romantic part of the relationship. The term 'shounen ai' literally means 'boy love' in Japanese. Most yaoi and shounen ai readers are female, as are most of the writers. It is a very popular genre, and increasing in popularity every day. The West has also been introduced to yaoi and shounen ai recently, with Tokyopop's endeavor to translate shounen ai mangas such as Gravitation, FAKE and Eerie Queerie.

I noticed that even though there were plenty of icontest communities about things in anime, there wasn't one about yaoi and shounen ai yet. And now there is ^_^

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1. Obviously the submitted icon must be made by you yourself, and preferably especially for this contest. It may not have been posted anywhere else before, this includes your own user icons.

2. No nc17 rated icons. This means no graphic sex. I'm sorry, but if I allow that I have to close the community off to underaged members according to Livejournal policy,and I dont want to do that. Sexual situations are fine, and I live for suggestive stuff, but dont submit anything graphic, 'kay. Icons that go over the nc17 rating will be disqualified. (oh and if now you say 'then why is it yaoi_icontest and not shounenai_icontest?',the answer to that is that shounenai_icontest is too long ^_^;;)

3. No racism, homophobia, or general unkindness to eachother.

4. Dont vote for your own icon. That's kinda pathetic.

5. Considering that this is a yaoi and shounen ai oriented community, your icon has to feature something to do with this. For guidelines concerning what you can and cannot submit to this community, you may refer to this post

6. Only members can submit icons and vote. You dont have to submit an icon in every contest. You dont have to enter a contest to vote.

7. You are allowed to use doujinshi images in your icon. You are also allowed to use fanart images, but only if you have permission from the artist and if you properly credit the artist.





I post a new challenge every Sunday, you then have until the next Sunday to submit your icon. I close the contest at midnight Central European Time. When submitting please do not only post the icon, but also the url to the icon. Makes it easier for me when I'm putting together the voting post ;)

You have to host your icon yourself, I will not do this for you. If you dont have any webspace of your own, there are plenty of free hosting sites out there, but you will have to get one which allows hotlinking. I can recommend photobucket.

Submissions are anonymous. This means that you cannot use or post your icon anywhere until after the contest is over, and you also cant show it to your friends and ask them to vote for you. That's rather lame, see.

Icons have to be able to be used on Livejournal. This means they have to be under 40 kb, no more than 100x100 pixels large and be .jpg, .gif or .png. Anything other than that will be disqualified.





Only members are allowed to vote. Every Sunday evening I post the icons submitted, along with a poll to vote on. You can then vote until Tuesday when the results are published.

Note: I am European. Therefore my Sunday evening may very well be your Sunday afternoon, but alas, very little can be done about that.




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I'm a very busy person, so sometimes I miss the comments where I am asked to affiliate with people. So if I dont respond to your request it doesnt mean I don't want to affiliate! If I don't respond in at least two days after your request, you can assume I've missed it, and are very much free to ask me again. I sometimes need an extra poke, yes ^_^;;


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