[META] X-Day Competition 2004, Nov 1-30
- I'm forwarding the attached message for Darren Duncan, X-Day
coordinator. Last year, X-Day had quite a few fanfic entries in
comparison to former years, so I think Darren's hoping to see the
same. Both comicverse and movieverse stories are eligible. Unlike
the CBFFAs, however, entries are restricted to X-Men or X-Men/Marvel
>> Some Pertinent Selections From the Rules <<SUBMISSION COMPLETENESS
Every work you submit must be separate and distinct. Please don't
submit multiple chapters of a novel as individual works in the Short
Stories fan fiction category and then also enter the entire work in
the Novella category. Use common sense - if you wrote a novel, enter
it as a novel unless you really feel some part of it works as a short
story. Likewise, do not enter multiple parts of a serial as separate
submissions; rather, submit all parts as a single serial submission.
When a fan fiction story comes in multiple chapters or parts, all
parts are submitted as a single entry and the total word length will
indicate in what category it's listed. The one exception to this is
serial fiction. A series is a plot arc composed of stories that are,
in themselves, complete works, and that depend on one another for
sense to a lesser degree than book chapters. In order to qualify as a
serial, the work should have at least four stories. Duologies or
trilogies should be treated as one story with two or three parts, and
submitted as a single work with a combined wordcount and entered in
the appropriate category.
As an exception to the above two rules, you may submit individual
parts of a serial or duology or trilogy, *instead* of the combinant
whole, if each submitted part will work as a separate story, and can
be wholly understood by someone who has not read any of the other
parts. This exception is given so that bias against multiple stories
that are separate but take place in the same continuity is avoided.
ALL fan fiction submissions must be complete. We can't judge a
half-finished story. There will be awards again next year (we hope),
so save your works-in-progress. The only exception to this is with
serial fiction (but not Round-Robins); even in those cases, you must
have at least 4 parts, and the end of the last one must be at a
logical pause (not a cliff-hanger).
FAN FICTION CATEGORIES
A piece of fan fiction is allowed to compete on its own in a fan
fiction category regardless of whether it is also used by a fan
website which is competing at the same time.
Every submission to a fan fiction category must be hosted on its own
page or set of pages which contain only that submission. Those same
pages may not contain any other fan fiction works which are not part
of the one being submitted. This rule is also true even when the
submitted work is quite short, such as a short poem or an original
character biography. It must be easy for a visitor to distinguish the
content of your submission from other things.
There used to be an obligatory rule for providing a summary with
longer fanfics so readers could effectively scan it and decide
whether to read the whole thing afterwards. This requirement no
longer exists. If you think it should, then give feedback in this to
the X-Day manager.
>> SerialsA series is a plot arc compsed of stories that are, in themselves,
complete works, and that depend on one another for sense to a lesser
degree than book chapters. In order to qualify as a serial, the work
should have at least four stories. Duologies or trilogies should be
treated as one story with two or three parts, and submitted as a
single work with a combined wordcount and entered in the appropriate
category, such as Novels or Novellas.
>> Round-RobinsThis is a serial where each part is written by a different author;
also the submission rules are different in that Round-Robins MUST be
complete, while other serials only need 4 or more installments.
>> NovelsThis is a standard format narrative which is equal to or greater than
70,000 words in length; it often comes in multiple chapters. This
category may be combined with Novellas if there aren't enough
submissions over 70,000 words.
>> NovellasThis is a standard format narrative which is 30,000 - 69,999 words in
length; it often comes in multiple chapters.
>> NovelettesThis is a standard format narrative which is 17,500 - 29,999 words in
>> Long ShortsThis is a standard format narrative which is 7500 - 17,499 words in
>> Short StoriesThis is a standard format narrative which is 3000 - 7499 words in
>> Tiny StoriesThis is an incredibly short narrative which is 500 - 2999 words in
>> Screen PlaysEach entry tells a story and is formatted like a script for a movie
or tv show or play. If there are a lot of these submissions, they may
be split into two categories based on word length.
>> PoetryEach entry is a poem, which for example may tell a short story or be
a set of disjointed thoughts. If there are enough submissions, this
category may be split into two based on length.
>> Song Lyrics: Original MusicThis is where entries fashioned as lyrics and intended to be sung
will go, if the submitter wrote them to music that they created
>> Song Lyrics: Adopted MusicThis is where entries fashioned as lyrics and intended to be sung
will go, if the submitter wrote them to pre-existing music that
someone else created; the submitter is taking someone else's music
and putting new words to it.
>> Original Character BiographiesThis category is set aside to showcase original characters, meaning
new characters created by a fan to exist in one of the X-Men
universes; it is not for Marvel-created characters. Each submission
to this category is a single biography-style page (or set of pages)
that describes one original character; it is *not* a narrative or
poem that uses the character. As with other Fan Fiction, this
biography can be either text-only or be text with accompanying
illustrations. Separate fan fiction narratives which use the same
character that this biography describes may compete independently in
X-Day. Fan art or or fan costumes or fan media or fan web sites
featuring the character may also compete separately. In the case of
the fan web sites, they have to be a lot larger than a simple bio to
compete as a website; if they are just a bio, they go here only.
The Medicine Wheel: X-Men Fanfic
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