What about something that has had no public display before November 19 (either on-line or at any AFOL event)?
These creations are fine. We would like new creations, but if noone has seen them, then they are perfectly acceptable.
On the contest as a whole, wow! This looks like a great contest.
How did you get donations from LEGO? Did you approach them, or did they approach you? It's exciting that this web community is starting to build some direct ties with LEGO.
The CC admins had been thinking of having a contest for a while. Then we went donation hunting
and contacted LEGO and the Little Armory. Admins also donated old sets - the used sets.
We have been talking to LEGO since we started this site and hope to continue to have a good relationship with them. We were thrilled that they were very generous in donating sets. Thank you LEGO Direct!
In the future we would like to work with LEGO to set up local castle clubs (like ILTCO). Other special features given to theme specific websites would be nice too, but no guarantees on that yet.