Fanfiction (or fanfic for short) is a phenomenon close to my heart. The first stories I ever wrote, before the Internet even reached the shores of the Philippines, were stories about my original characters running around other people’s worlds, whether it be the halls of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters or the or the End of Time. While fanfic and doujin productions seem to be embraced in Japan, the West has had a much more ambiguous relationship with it, which makes this new contest from Harper Collins and Angry Robot Books so interesting: they’re encouraging people to write short stories set in the universe of Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland novel, and up to three winners will have their stories published in Beukes’ next book, Zoo City, coming in May 2010. The contest ends on midnight 11 September 2009 (which I suppose means that 10 September is the last day). The announcement can be found here, the terms and conditions here, and some more information here. For the duration of the contest, you can read Moxyland at Authonomy or you can virtually browse the book. Of course you can also buy the book from Play.com, and for express delivery it is also available in ebook formats.
A few things prospective entrants should note: (a) you need to post your entries on the Authonomy page for Moxyland here (you can also see any entries already submitted which… seems kind of a strange way to run things) and that requires registration at Authonomy; (b) note that you don’t get monetary compensation if you win–the prize is publication and 5 copies of Zoo City; and (c) your story will be published under a Creative Commons 3 License.
Absence of royalties/monetary compensation aside, I have to admit it’s a very interesting promotion. Best of luck to everyone who intends to join!
Yes I know it hardly feels like summer now (was it really only a few weeks ago that we were complaining about the Arakis level heat?) but for those looking to hone their creative talents–or vicariously perfect them through their children–there are a still a few summer workshops which have yet to begin, so here are a few that I haven’t seen publicized much, as well as some new details on the Fully Booked Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing workshop.
First up we have three workshops at the Lopez Memorial Museum (found through Pinoycentric and PEZSEUM, the museum’s blog). These workshops are part of the Book Matters festival, celebrating books and reading:
Fan Fiction with Anna Ishikawa
Date: May 30 and June 6 (Saturdays)
Time: 9 am to 12noon
Fee: P700 inclusive of materials
This is something I find very intriguing, as I know that we have a horde of active fanfic writers in the Philippines, quite a few of whom are very good, or very popular–and on rare occasions: both. I think that fanfic is modern the gateway drug to writing–it certainly was in my case.
The workshop is to be given by Anna Felicia C. Sanchez Ishikawa (link is to her bio at Panitikan.com as I can’t find a blog or website) an award winning writer and published author in books such as Nine Supernatural Stories (2005), Pinoy Amazing Adventures (2006) and Loyola High: Freshman Diaries (2006).
Here’s the blurb from PEZSEUM: (Although I sort of wish they’d link to any fanfics she’s got online–I’d find it very cool if a Palanca winner pointed us to, say, her Naruto AU fanfic ^_^)
Are you a fan? What does it mean to be a fan? The modern phenomenon of fan fiction as an expression of fandom and fan interaction was popularized and defined via the Star Trek fandom and fanzines published in the 1960s. Author Anna Felicia Sanchez Ishikawa will explore fandom through a workshop on May 30 and June 6 from 9am to 12 noon. She will discuss its history, the characteristics and diversity of fan writing, and the challenges faced by a fan writer. Workshop fee is P700. Continue reading