FanFiction Competition Guidelines
Great news for all writers of FanFiction: The 2017 SMASH! Fanfiction Competition is now open!
Come and join in the fun of SMASH! by participating in our FanFiction competition. Have fun twisting the canon or possibly disregarding it entirely. This competition is open to anyone of any age and any skill level - you don’t have to be a professional author to become a FanFiction writer!
All participants will receive detailed feedback for their entries from experienced writers!
To be in on the action write a ficlet (<1000 words) or a short story (1001-7500 words) inspired by one of the prompts below. A winner will be announced in both categories - Prizes are to be announced!
Never heard of FanFiction?
Are you someone who wonders “what if?” when you think about your favourite anime? Do you read manga and think “if only the creators had changed this…”?
Why not try writing your own version of your favourite story by rewriting the ending of an episode or forcing two manga characters into an unusual situation? The possibilities are endless in the world of FanFiction!
Please use one of the following prompts:
The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.
- Barack Obama
“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.
- George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic
Terror made me cruel.
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
- Haruki Murakami
FanFiction Competition Guidelines
Who can enter?
The competition is open to both Australian and International participants.
SMASH! Staff and Volunteers can submit entries for judging. Unfortunately, these will not be eligible for prizes
Entries must be submitted in English.
Entries must be submitted to email@example.com by 11:59PM (AEST) on Friday the 18th of August 2017
All entries must be entirely the author(s) own work.
Fanfics must have a maximum rating of “PG”, as defined in the guidelines set by the Australian Classification Board. Entries that are considered to be rated above “PG” will not be eligible for judging.
Entries must incorporate one or more anime, manga or Japanese game fandoms’ characters and/or story. Crossovers of Japanese fandoms with non-Japanese fandoms are permitted.
Authors may submit a maximum of 3 entries.
If an entry is a collaborative effort between two or more authors, it will be considered as one entry for each author.
Authors must fill out a submission form for each entry entered in the competition.
Categories for submission of entries are:
Ficlet 500-1000 words
Short Story 1001-7500 words
In the event that a category does not have enough submissions, that category will be removed.
Stories that are less than the minimum ficlet word limit or more than the maximum short story word limit may be penalised by the judges if they are excessively outside the word limit.
Author(s) must use one of the prompts supplied to inspire their story.
Author(s) must only list one of the prompts on the submission form. The prompt listed by the author will be used for judging purposes. If the story was inspired by more than one prompt the author should list the prompt that is most relatable to their story.
Authors will need to provide a short summary of their story for the general audience and for judging purposes. The fanfic summary should be no more than 50 words and is not included in the word count for the entry submitted.
Entries will be anonymous for judging purposes, so stories submitted to the competition should not be put up on other websites before the competition results are announced.
It is a condition of entry that all eligible entries will be displayed on the SMASH! Fanfic Competition Archive (smashcon.dreamwidth.org) for judging purposes.
Entries can incorporate any pairing dynamics (gen, het, boys love and girls love) as long as the content of the fanfic remains PG.
SMASH! reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with these rules. SMASH! takes no responsibility for the entrant's use of copyrighted material.
Entries should be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries should be submitted as .txt .doc or .docx
A dreamwidth html formatted document is preferred, but we will accept non-html entries. See dreamwidth tags for a list of html tags that you can use. For example: <b>Example</b> <u>Example </u> <i>Example</i>
Entries that are not html formatted documents should have simple formatting so that conversion to html by our coordinator is a quick and simple process.
All entries will be made anonymous for judging purposes so elaborate formatting and references to the author will be removed.
Authors must use the following submission form when submitting each entry to the competition:
Current fanfic archive: (please supply link, e.g. fanfc.net/rachellom)
Rating: i.e. G or PG
Disclaimer: I do not, in any way, profit from the story and all creative rights to the characters belong to their original creator(s).
Each entry will be displayed to the general public on smashcon.dreamwidth.org. Online voting forms will be available to the general public. Voting for entries will be based on the following criteria:
How well the prompt is used.
Authors are encouraged to promote the competition and judging by the public audience on the provision that they do not reveal which entry or entries they submitted.
Each entry will also be evaluated by the panel of judges on the following criteria:
How well the prompt is used
Quality of fanfic summary.
Quality of writing
The Judging Panel will provide feedback for each entry.
Winners will be determined by a combination of the results from the general public and the judges. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of SMASH! and entrants contacted shortly after the event.
A prize will be awarded to the author(s) of the winning entry of the ficlet category and the short story category.
If winners have not replied within a month after the event their prize will be forfeit.
Note: The prizes for this competition are to be decided.
If you have any questions about the guidelines or anything about the competition in general, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com