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Fandemonium 2018 Writing Contest Rules
« on: August 13, 2011, 06:20:29 PM »
The role of the writer has changed over centuries but there is no form of fandom untouched by the pen of the writer. The scripts of TV shows, movies and even video game plots take shape under the hands of writers. Manga, anime, comics, are all formed first in the script and then given life by the hand of the animators. For that matter what has science done that wasn't first written by imaginative and creative minds? The science and amazing inventions of today were first the words of great writers of the past. Time progresses and the tools of the writers change but never the need for the great minds behind the stories. With this contest Fandemonium and the Fantasy Artists, Role-Players and Writers Guild join forces to honor the imagination and craft of writing.

You can submit right now and edit all you like until judging begins, you may also ask for inputs if you'd like as the critique of fellow writers is always handy. (Critiques will not be released to the public, only the names of the winners!)

Before the rules, you DO NOT have to register to the forum under your own name, but we need a valid email address. You'll need to let us know your real name in the process, but that's covered below.

Rules:

1. All contestants must be pre-registered Fandemonium attendees at the start of judging or we'll have to pass over your story, if you pay at the door, come see Tim in the Red Zone Photo Room so I can verify that you are an attendee .

2. To qualify for the Short Story Contest your story must meet the formatting requirements listed below. If your story fails to meet the following requirements it will be disqualified:
  • All submissions must be submitted by post here in this forum or by email, you may file attach your story to an email but only electronic submissions will be accepted. This is due to judges being spread across the northwest and the time involved in converting paper submissions to a transmittable format.
  • Word Limit: A minimum of no less than 1,000 words, and a maximum of no greater than 5,000 words.
  • Each story must be complete, a beginning, middle and end.
  • If you have any questions please contact Tim Boothby/Lord Palatine at guildmaster@farpwg.org or here in the forum.
3. Your short story must have at least some relation to one or more of the topics covered at this convention (for example: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Animation, Indie, Horror, Role-Playing Games, Video Games, Hong Kong Action, Comics, Fandom itself, etc...). We cover a lot of topics, so if you are not sure if your story qualifies then just e-mail us and ask. We are always happy to answer questions.

4. Submit only your own writing!

5. We accept story submissions in the following formats: a post here in the Guild (preferred), email, plain text (Notepad text file), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt), or PDF.

6. There is a limit of 3 Short Story entries per author, if you're dying to submit more ask and we'll see how submissions are progressing, anything over three will go on a waiting list.

7. Fandemonium core staff and Guild Staff are not prohibited from entering this contest, but they will not qualify to win prizes in any category - with the exception of Fan-Favorite. This, however, does not apply to Fandemonium volunteer staff who are permitted to enter this contest and qualify to win prizes in any category.

8. While you can still enter them in the contest, stories with excessive violence, gore, foul language, or sexual situations may not be publicly displayed. Stories not publicly displayed will still be eligible for all applicable prizes except Fan-Favorite.

9. While you retain ownership and all rights and privileges regarding your Stories(s), by submitting them to Fandemonium's Short Story Contest you grant Fandemonium and The Guild a non-exclusive license to display or publicly read them in whole or in part, and to use them for the promotion of Fandemonium, Short Story & FanFiction writing, and Fandom in General.

10. You must include the following information in your email (all information will remain confidential and even the judges will not see it) it is to verify eligibility.
  • Information to confirm eligibility must include the same information you used to register for Fandemonium: Real Name, AIM Code (from your confirmation email,) phone number and email. Submit by PM to Lord Palatine or guildmaster@farpwg.org to protect your privacy.
  • A list including the title of each story and the category/ies you are submitting it for, to help us keep track of which story belongs to whom.
  • A short bio about yourself that will become part of the entry when winner's stories are posted online.
  • At the beginning of each story list the title and category or categories it's being submitted toward (if you submit one story to three categories just list them at the top, you only have to submit each story once.)
All submissions must be in our inbox no later than March 15th, 2018, the judges need the time your work deserves to read and critique and gives the time needed to attach scoring sheets to each submission before sending them off to the judges. We no longer accept submissions at the convention due to time constraints.

Awards will be given for the Following Categories:
  • Best Theme Work, the theme for this category is Adventure Fantasy, selected by the 2017 Fan Favorite writer, Lucy Hary.
  • Best Original Work
  • Best Derivative Work (fan-fiction)
  • Best Cross-Genre Fiction
  • Best Humorous Work
  • Best Horror Work
  • Best Poetry
  • Most Creative Use of Cthulhu (may NOT include tentacle sex or anything related to erotic, or sexually oriented material)
  • Fan-Favorite
All awards will be presented during closing ceremonies.



Suggestions to participants:
Spell check, most browsers have it and so does the forum!
Read your story aloud to yourself to help find grammar and punctuation errors.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2017, 10:29:28 PM by Lord Palatine »

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Re: Fandemonium 2015 Writing Contest Rules
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 09:18:22 AM »
Changes for 2015:

  • Removed Gag Awards category, it wasn't serving any purpose.
  • Added Best Horror Story.

 

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