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wow that's a lot of stars is a sci-fi setting about adventure, exploration, and discovery. Every person, place, and thing has a story to tell, if you listen closely.   Setting Intro | Visitor's Guide | Author's Intentions
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June 1-30 2024, any timezone
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Celebrate Pride Month by adding color to your Worlds! Show Your Colors is a month-long unofficial (community-run) challenge to think about how Pride-related topics show themselves in your Worlds, and make your articles better by adding those details.   This challenge is unjudged, everyone gets the same award just for participating. You can submit any kind of article, new or newly improved, and can submit multiple times.


Bonus Challenge

Try to divorce yourself from our modern day view and build from your civilization up. These concepts form a complex, intersectional web between society, family, biology, law, and more. They're often messy, difficult to define, and difficult to categorize. Our current methods are one of many that exist and have existed throughout history.   How would the cultures and peoples of your world approach such topics? What webs have formed as a result?
Celebrate Pride Month by writing a new article or updating an existing article to include LGBTQ+-related information and concepts as they appear in your World. Consider how these ideas manifest in your world, and how the world reacts to them.
  In the real world, Pride exists as a reaction to societal and legal condemnation of natural ways of existing, and has largely been pioneered by people of color. The concepts at the heart of Pride, however, have existed in different ways across history and cultures. They were not always condemned, and often were defined entirely different to how they are today. It's up to us to define how these concepts exist in our fictional Worlds, how they've changed throughout history, and how they intersect with other worldbuilding.  


  • Don't over-exert yourself! Save your energy for Summer Camp.
  • The challenge starts on June 1 in whichever timezone you're in and ends on June 30.
  • All articles are good:
      Any length
      New or updated old
      Non-English or art-focused
      Any template, including Prose
      NSFW or heavy topics (provided it's clearly marked)
  • You are not required to use any of the below prompts. They're provided only for inspiration.
  • Submissions don't have to be dedicated to the challenge topic, as long as part of it is relevant to the challenge.
    • Example: Updating an existing Ethnicity article to include a section on gender roles.
  • Submit by adding a comment here containing your article as either a bbcode link or article block. Add any commentary you'd like, such as if there's a specific section we should look at.
  • This challenge is unjudged, and there will be no winner. As such, you are free to submit as many articles if you like if the inspiration strikes.


You don't have to follow any of these prompts, but they are here if you're in need of ideas or inspiration. Hover over a template to read the prompt based on it.  
Someone whose exploration of gender/sexuality was/is a key part of their life
A sub-culture built around a specific gender or gender role
Sapient species with variable biological sex, or no sexual dimorphism
Tradition or ritual focused on announcing your gender role to the world
A country or other organization that has rules/laws around romantic pairings
An item that has symbolic meaning relating to gender or sexuality
A conflict fought because of incompatible cultural differences regarding gender/sexuality
A title or profession relegated only to specific gender(s)
A spell or technology that affects someone's sexual characteristics, and how it's perceived
A legal document that contains gender information and why it contains that
A language with specific terms and definitions relating to gender, sexuality, and similar topics
A location that provides medical assistance and advice when needed


General ideas to help get you started. This is not a comprehensive list, nor are these definitive descriptions of the concepts.
Defining who you're attracted to and what kind of attraction
How you define yourself, often (but not always) in relation to your role in society or how you want others to perceive you
Gender Roles
Societal expectations based on your perceived or actual gender
Biological Sex
Can refer to base DNA and chromosomes, as well as what organs you have, how they function, what chemicals your body produces, and more
Sexual Dimorphism
When a species has different physical characteristics depending on biological sex, often unrelated to reproductive needs


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Submissions are open throughout the month of June, in whichever time zone you're in. There are several ways to get the links needed to submit your article. The two easiest:
  1. While editing your article, Open Advanced Tools on the right and scroll down to Metadata. Copy either the block link or textual link as you prefer.
  2. On any page where you can see the left sidebar, click the magnifying glass (or press ctrl+k) and Search for your article. Copy either the bbcode link or bbcode block.
Paste this into a comment here with any commentary you'd like to add, and you're done!


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May 14, 2024 20:40 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Love this idea <3

May 18, 2024 23:01 by Dani

I cannot wait for this to start, already have ideaaaas <3

You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
Luridity: Where love is love and life is lived. Contains NSFW content.
Now with serialized fiction on Ream!!
May 28, 2024 13:29 by Rin Garnett
Jun 2, 2024 13:52 by Elspeth

I was really inspired by this challenge. Thank you so much for creating it! <3 Here's my entry:

Ethnicity | Jun 13, 2024

Jun 2, 2024 18:20 by Rin Garnett

I'm happy to have inspired such sweet little creatures!

Jun 10, 2024 18:35 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

I'm submitting two articles, but only as one entry! I differentiated between dragons as a species, and as a culture/ethnicity. Because while one cannot choose to be born a dragon, once can certainly choose to follow in their cultural traditions.   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/argentii-moonlight-bard/a/dragon-article (species, where we talk about ungendered sexual reproduction) https://www.worldanvil.com/w/argentii-moonlight-bard/a/dragon-ethnicity (ethnicity, where we talk about their lack of pronouns and why)

Jun 14, 2024 22:24 by Rin Garnett

Love me some dragons, and I love how their biology informed their language! Thank you for sharing, and I've added them both to the submissions list :D

Jun 10, 2024 18:48

Added some of this information to the Starting City of my new World of Asphodel project. Hope this link is correct meta as this is my first post like this. Still pretty new to World Anvil.   Fort Valiance

Jun 14, 2024 22:26 by Rin Garnett

Welcome to World Anvil! I'm honored you chose this little corner to visit at the start of your journey :) the link works great and I've added your article to the submission list! Thank you for sharing :D

Jun 14, 2024 18:26 by Mochi

Here's my entry! I do plan on writing more characters for this challenge, but who knows if I'll get around to it by the time June ends xD But I have one, so that's good for me!  

Casilla Maw
Character | Jun 15, 2024

An important asset to the Galanti League. Casilla's passion for building relationships between and within communities has made her an invaluable member of the organisation.

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Check out my plans for Summer Camp!
Jun 14, 2024 22:28 by Rin Garnett

Heck yes shark lady! Added to submissions list :D