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This group is open to any artists who suffer from depression or bi-polar disorder, and anyone who wishes to support them. I envision it as a place where everyone can find support and advice from fellow sufferers. There's a lot of amazing art and literature dealing with the subject, and I hope to showcase it here. The only thing that will not be tolerated is being disrespectful of others. We gotta love each other, people.
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First off, I would like to apologize for this group being so quiet the last few months. I have been keeping busy with a new apartment, a new job, and a new school.

To make it up to you, I would like to introduce a string of contests starting on September 1st! I am very excited and hope you will be too:

School is starting, and for many children, this is their worst nightmare. Bullies seem to lurk everywhere in school hallways, and their words can stick forever. But for many other children, school is a safe haven, allowing them some support from their home life. The point of September's contest is to write/draw/paint/anything about your own experiences in school, supportive or negative, and to really give some insight about how those years have shaped you into who you are today. In the description, write about it more in depth, and give your opinion on how school can better protect against bullying in the hallways, classroom, or the child's home.

We would like to bring back last year's Face Your Fears contest. The point is to submit a deviation of any kind on what you are most afraid of. Then, in the description, write about how you or anyone else going through a similar fear, may be able to overcome it so that it no longer keeps a crippling hold on your happiness.

Everyone has some silver lining in their life, big or small. It could be the family you come home to, the friends who call you, the internet's forums, or the notebook you write in. Whatever it is, submit a deviation on how it has supported you. And in the description, write about how someone can find similar support in a similar situation. How can they find the small happiness you are so thankful for?

Everyone here at The Black Hole comes from a different religious perspective, from Muslim, to Catholic, to Atheistic. some people find support through God or church groups. Others find strength in themselves, or in education. The point of this contest is to write about how your own lifestyle/beliefs have helped you become a better person. You MAY NOT post offensive artwork against any faith or against a nonreligious lifestyle. Intolerance will not be condoned. We do not mind if you are Christian, Hindu, Satanist, Wicca, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Spiritual, Atheist, OR ANYTHING ELSE! All we want to know is how whatever you may identify as has helped you live your life in a positive manner and made you a happier person! In your description, write about the positive influence it has had on you. We all have something to learn from other walks of life! Let's embrace it!

Prizes for all the contests above include:

FIRST PRIZE: 12 Month Premium (or equivalent point value)
SECOND PRIZE: 3 Month Premium (or equivalent point value)
THIRD PRIZE: 1 Month premium (or equivalent point value)

The Deviations will be judged on:

1.) Overall quality of the piece
2.) How well it fits the prompt for each given month
3.) The advice given in the description
4.) Originality of the piece

Each contest begins on the first of each respective month and ends on the 25th. Winners are announced on the last day of each month. It officially begins on September 1st, and we are all looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with! So start thinking now! This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who see your work.

And as always, if any of you need anyone to speak to, we are all here for you. You may note us and we will listen.

Hugs and Cookies,
It was a hard choice. there were so many great works. Ultimately, the works were being judged by the quality of work, the creativity of the goals/plans, and how we, the judges, felt walking away from each work of art.
There were so many close choices.

1: Read Any Good Books Lately?I saw you yesterday
For the first time...
In a long time.
I saw you from far away
And my heart
Did that thing
That they talk about in Disney movies.
It fluttered.
Then when you came over
You smiled that smile
That makes me want to hate you
Because I know you can't be mine.
Not yet, anyway.
And when you hugged me
Like it was nothing
My dad's back was turned.
You didn't think anything of it
Because you didn't know
The clandestine conversations
That scared them and haunted me
From the last time I saw you.
But I made sure
His back was turned.
If it hadn't been,
I don't know what
I would've done.
Why did you risk it all?
But despite my father
And despite your father,
I want to plan a dream with you.
Let's plan a dream,
Much like you would plan
A road trip;
We are both well aware
Of the destination,
But the intricate back roads
That we will use
Are currently undefined.
The conversation won't lull,
I'm sure.
It never does with you.
When we aren't singing those songs
That nobody pays at

2:  Let's open the new world by MissisSmith :iconmississmith:

3: Planning Dreams by MirrorKey  :iconmirrorkey:

It was a hard decision, and I hope I made the right one. Once again, the prizes will be a bit late coming in (I'm sorry, this happens a lot with my contests ^_^), but will be in your accounts by the end of this week. You guys did awesome, ALL of you. In a week or so, we will be posting a feature for the greatest pieces in the contest. There were so many to choose from.

I hope this contest brought you one step closer to realizing your goals of happiness. Make sure to note :iconthe-black-hole: if there is anything we can do for you!
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Wordeea Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for this request ...
Sserenita Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
:heart: Thank you for affiliating with The-Feature-Showcase! We love our affiliates, so if you have any news or you ever need anything promoted please don't hesitate to ask! :heart:
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HigherSeeking Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hi there! Thank you for the add to this group, it was suggested by a good friend of mine as I am currently working on a series of photography that is expressing my emotions from being abused as a child, and I am putting this out on DA and trying to draw awareness to it in the hopes that others will relate or be inspired to use their own emotions in a more positive way and outlet, such as drawing, photography, or any art really. 

I have created my first image in the series I'm simply naming 'Cracks' and I'd like to introduce it here along with the journal entry that I wrote for it that included my thought process and the 'why' I am creating this. It is my hope that even just one person can read this and relate and that it helps them! Thank you! 

Cracks to our Past by HigherSeeking   "Cracks to our Past"   and the Journal Entry to go along with it.....
Introducing my New Series ~ Cracks ~What do you think about when I say “Door”. Do you think of your front door? A bright red door with a gold handle as my husband first said?  What if I asked you to think BEYOND the physical part of the door, and asked you METAPHORICALLY about a door?
I’m creating a new series and I am going to let you in to my ‘inner thoughts’, the thought process so to speak (literally looking at my notes and words and sketches I used when forming this idea) that I used to form this concept…..
When I get an idea, its normally at night when I’m laying in bed, that moment right before you drift to sleep when your thoughts seem to almost be dreamlike. Well that is when I first got to thinking about doors. Physically we use them to keep things inside, or keep things outside; the weather, elements, people, animals, privacy, security. But when I started thinking beyond that I started to come up with ideas such as; DOORS: Different portals, God opens doors t
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creampuffluvr Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for featuring my poem. It means a lot. I'm glad you liked it!! :D
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Achille1996 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thanks so much for the feature on my poem up there ^ It really means a lot!! To be listed first is nice, too. :D Thank you!!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for including me in your feature! :)
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Fly-Up-High Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the invite? xD 
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Achille1996 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Thank you for the invite~Heart 
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Wordeea Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for the request :)
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NerdyDinosaurShank Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
sorry i meant poems
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NerdyDinosaurShank Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
hey am new to this site could you support by reading my poms?
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Bark Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Writer
We're not dead, just sleeping off a drunk.
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HappyAsASam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Writer
I just submitted something to "visual art", and I meant to submit it to literature....oops :(
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musetta30 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks, so much! :rose:
SurrealGrotesque77 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Artist
Hi. I run a magazine called Surreal Grotesque, we bring bizarre art and surreal fiction. I put together an anthology about mental illness not too long ago and I have a Master's in Psychology myself. I find that people who have dealt with real mental illness create the most honest art and fiction. While our audience is primarily interested in "horror writing", we like strangeness and surrealism in all forms. As anyone who has dealt with true mental illness knows, the horror of real life is often more frightening than any monster. If you think you might have something to contribute, email me at: and check out our magazine at
jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
We have 19 entries now..........anyone else?
Hugs to you all
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have just posted it for you all. It helps me to read these sayings and I hope it helps you too.
Love you all
mazblondie Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for the invite..:)
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proudeyesneverlie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
thank you so much for requesting my poem. ♥
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rd2recovery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature!!
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey barky.............why didn't you tell me about this?
I am not new to depression!
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for requesting "blind." :heart:
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Writer
sorry for the post in "hope" - but with an english translation I have think it will be ok. :#1:
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for accepting my poem. :heart:
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