We are currently looking for admins. Requirements: Admins must be awesome artists or writers, who can give constructive criticism and devote about 30 minutes/week to the group. Perks: After you've been accepted feel free to: INVITE NEW MEMBERS!!!, submit deviations freely, vote on gallery submissions, add art and lit of others to the group's 'favourites' and galleries, suggest a blog, host or judge a theme, challenge or contest. Note the group or msklystron if you would like to apply.
Got something to say? Marthfador will be hosting The Controversy's 'Blog Forums'. Stop by to discuss controversial topics selected by the host once a month.
If this is the type of group you'd be interested in, Membership is currently on auto-approve for members, so feel free to join and submit art right away.
Okay, you'’ve just put the finishing touches on your creation and your cursor is hovering over the “submit to a group” button. Procrastinate immediately! Please take a few moments to read The Controversy's guidelines and Philosophy below:
The Controvery's Philosophy
The Controversy accepts only work that is thought-provoking and has artistic merit. Not just thought-provoking and not just artistic, but BOTH together. (Please see our definitions of ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘artistic merit’ below.) In short, we only accept aritistic visual art or literature that leaves viewers and readers with a novel message to ponder.
The Controversy does not reject submissions just because they deal with controversial themes or subject matter. We do not, however, accept work just because it is controversial. It must also have 'artistic merit'.
The Controversy does not reject submissions just because they differ from the personal beliefs or views of the group’s admins. All viewpoints are welcome. We do, however, adhere to dA's standards for pornography, Hate and plagiarism, which may be found in ‘Help’ FAQ. Submissions must be labelled ‘mature’ or ‘sensitive’ where appropriate.
Submitting to Galleries
The Featured Gallery: Do not submit here. It is for admin use only. This gallery is to showcase the best art and lit selected from blog discussions, seasonal galleries or themes, challenges and contests.
Visual Art and Literature galleries: Submit your artistic and thought-provoking art or lit to the appropriate gallery. Members may submit once a day. Contributors may submit their work and the work of outstanding dA artists freely.
No plagiarism! We accept only original work, or work that takes the artwork or writing of others in a new, artistic and thought-provoking direction. Artists, especially demotivationalists, stock and copyrighted material must be used in accordance with dA’s standards and properly cited in your artist’s comments. Non-fiction writers, please refer to and follow Wikipedia's standards for proper citation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi…
Getting Declined: You may argue for the inclusion of your piece in the group’s gallery. The admins will listen. We would like to think we’'re fair and open-minded. If your piece is still deemed unacceptable, by all means re-read the guidelines and try re-submitting your edited piece or try submitting something new.
Lengthy Prose/Chaptered Stories: Writers, we feel for you, with your mole-like pallor and rumpled pyjama bottoms, spending endless nights in a metaphoric word-haze... but not enough to allow you to submit your entire screenplay or novel. All literary submissions must be readable in one sitting (under 7500 words). Since the main purpose of this group is provoking thought and discussion, choose one scene, the prologue or the first chapter, which best introduces the main theme of your magnum opus. Link to the remaining scenes or chapters in your artist’s comments.
Critique Gallery: If you want a critique, it's polite to give a critique. Always give criticism that is respectful and constructive and receive criticism with grace.
Guides and Resources Gallery: Giving back is appreciated. Please submit your well-written and helpful guides and other resources.
How Do We Define Art?
Art, whether visual or literary, adapts and evolves. It pushes aesthetic and intellectual boundaries. The Admins are kind of hoping you'’ll show us what artistic merit can be. However, for the purposes of submitting to this group, it will be defined as a form of communication that makes a novel and bold or subtle comment about the human condition, human nature or art itself, in an original, imaginative, expressive, experimental and intelligent way through a medium, such as pixels, paint, pen or prose. Art and lit submissions must also exhibit sufficient technical skill to convey their theme.
How do we define ‘Thought-provoking’?
Poke us in the brain with your art or lit stick! Again, we are looking to members to show us what provokes thought. In general, we are looking for work that has a message, theme or deals with subject matter that is novel, controversial or pushes boundaries, artistically and intellectually. Your submissions should be memorable and leave the viewer or reader with something brainspace-worthy to ponder.
Themes, Challenges & Contests
Submit your art, photos or lit to group themes, challenges and contests regularly. Put your brilliant entries into the dedicated gallery (unless otherwise instructed). Members may also suggest theme or challenge ideas on the group blog or in a note to TheControversy. Admins will select the entries that examine theme in the most original and interesting way and feature them in the... ‘Featured’ gallery. Be sure to contest blogs and tell all of your friends as well. All competitions are open to members and non-members alike unless otherwise stated.
Members whose work earns a DD or a DLD, should please let us know and we’'ll feature them in a blog and in our 'Featured' gallery. If you have any other news that would somehow make this group seem more awesome by your presence, like, say, you know Johnny Depp personally, don’t hesitate to tell us.
-- Written by msklystron and edited by QyJx and re-edited ad infinitum by msklystron...