"I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble."
This month, our competition is about past civilizations! So, tell us about a civilization that greatly influenced your world and include a timeline or chronicle in the article!
Everything around us and within our cultures is the product of our ancestors. Architecture, clothing, art, politics, and pretty much anything you can think of would be completely different if it wasn't for those who came before us!
You must use the Ethnicity template in World Anvil AND link a timeline or chronicle into the article to be eligible!
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our blog for ideas!
How to Enter
All competitors need a World Anvil account
(don’t worry, it’s free!) to get started. Once you’ve logged in and created your first world, you’re ready to enter the competition!
- Write your entry using the Ethnicity template on World Anvil.
- Use a timeline or a chronicle and link it into the article (the timeline or chronicle doesn't need to be new).
- When ready to submit, make sure that your article is not a draft (i.e. published) and public (not private). Then click the button on the right-hand side of the edit interface to submit it to the challenge!
The experts at Norse Foundry will be choosing from a shortlist of the top 10 entries.
The winner will be announced by the World Anvil Team on Saturday October 22nd on the World Anvil Community Livestream
Entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including originality, presentation, and thoroughness.
For more information on how the judging process works, check out this blog post.
|September 3rd - September 24th
|Competition is opened and closed (both on livestream)!
|September 24th - September 29th
|Sharing period, give feedback, make minor edits.
|September 29th - October 22nd
|Adjudication and Judging
|Winner Announcement Date!
- Articles must be submitted before the closing time to be eligible (please note the competition will close during the World Anvil livestream)
- Only one article may be submitted per person (this does not mean one article per world, in cases where multiple authors work on a single world).
- Articles will have a 5 day-long period after the deadline to make small edits, share, and get feedback from the community. This period will end when the shortlist is compiled.
- Articles can be no longer than 2000 words in length! They must be new worldbuilding articles created during the writing challenge period. The wordcount does not include words in timelines and chronicles.
- Although the article must be new, the timeline and chronicle don't have to be—you can reuse them!
- Word Count will be counted by copying all words present in the article's body and sidebar into a word counter. Words in either Timelines or Chronicles WILL NOT be added to the word count! BBCode does not impact word count. Linked articles do not impact word count, and will also not be considered during adjudication.
- As always, World Anvil claims no ownership over your original work.
For any further questions or clarifications about this challenge, message the Community Team (@Community Team) on the World Anvil Discord or post to the World Anvil Facebook Group!
Social media sharing
Because community likes are an important metric in the competition, competitors may wish to share their entries on social media to garner more interest from the community.
Posts tagged with #WAHistory which mention @WorldAnvil may be shared by World Anvil's official social media accounts!
There are two leagues that will be independently judged, the Standard and the Premier League. The Premier League consists of all the authors who have previously won a World Anvil competition.
Winning a competition in the Standard League will promote you to the Premier League for future challenges.
Looking for inspiration or seeking some ideas?
Make sure to stop by the World Anvil Discord
, our Facebook Group
for worldbuilding conversation and inspiration!
We have created several resources to help you make the most out of this competition! Check out these posts on our blog
Five examples of fantasy history to inspire you
How to start worldbuilding history with timelines
We also have several videos on our YouTube channel
We also have a full podcast
episode on worldbuilding history with Eran Aviram, which you can listen to on Spotify: