For the July contest, the theme is Sympathy for the Devil. All fanfics entered have to be about a villain.
A villain is an "evil" character in a story, whether an historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction. The villains are the bad guys, the characters who strive against the hero. Female villains are sometimes called villainesses.
It is the unmitigated evil nature which distinguishes the villain from an antagonist, like Javert in Les Miserables — a character who opposes the hero, but by such means or reasons as not to become entirely odious, and who may be even repent, be redeemed, or become a "good guy" in the end. The villain is also distinguished from an anti-hero — a character who violates the law or the prevailing social standards, but who nevertheless has the audience's sympathy, and is therefore the real hero of the story.
The contest opens Monday, July 10th and entries are due Friday, August 18th. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with [CONTEST] in the header. All fanfics must meet the usual submission guidelines. You may submit a fanfic you have already written that has not been archived on RPGamer yet. The judging method will be determined by the number of fics entered.