The PIXAR Competition

por , Terça-feira Fevereiro 16, 2016
The PIXAR Competition


Write a story to fit the Pixar Formula and win themed prizes!



Why do we all love Pixar films so much? ...Is it the stories that tug at our heartstrings and appeal to even the smallest of children? Is it the amazing animation and unforgettable characters that we've grown to know and love? Our answer would be: it's the magic. This kind of phenomenon is hard to describe, but "magical" is one good word for it. So where does all this magic come from then? It can be derived, quite simply, from what we'd like to call the Pixar Formula.


The Pixar Formula is a basic story-telling layout, but it's quite powerful in its own way. Every single Pixar movie can be placed quite neatly into it, so we thought it would be a great idea to have a competition where you all write your own Pixar-style stories!

This is the formula:

Once upon a time there was a ________________.

Every day, ________________.

One day _______________.

Because of that, _________________.

Until finally ________________.



How to Participate

There are no word limits here either - you can decide how you want to formulate your entry. It can be a poem, a oneshot, or a longer story!


Write a story that fits into the Pixar formulaEvery story entered into this competition must fit the formula - the wackier, the better! One example would be when Pete Docter (who directed a few Pixar movies) was thrown this formula by Jonathan Carlin, he came up with a bird who wanted to ride the subway.


The Prizes

Best story will receive a hardcover copy of Funny!: Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room 

2nd place will receive a paperback copy Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories

3rd place will receive a copy of Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films

Best cover will receive a copy of The Art of Pixar: 100 Collectible Postcards!




Open globally

Multiple entries allowed (limit - 3)

No co-author entries

You may not update your entry/movella once the competition deadline has passed.

You may not use the same movella in future competitions.

You may not use a movella that has already been published in other competitions.



A special thanks to @Sanguine for creating the banner and helping design this competition :-)



The competition ends April 13th, 2016 (20:00 PST)

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