Here we are, all set for the Second Annual outrageous, alarming, courageous, charming Fan Fiction Competition!!!
That's right, it's time again for you to grab your pens, sit yourself down and write an amazing piece of fiction to be judged by a bunch of unsuspecting volunteers! (That is, I
This year's fan-fiction theme is 'ONE HOUR'
You must write an Oddworld-themed short story. It can be anything you like; comedy, action, drama, whatever floats your boat!
Your story can be up to 5000 words long; it must be equal to or shorter than this limit! If your story goes over this, any excess words will quite simply be deleted. It can be as short as you like but it cannot go over this limit.
You can use original characters and settings and/or characters and settings from the games, but you may not use any settings or characters that you have used in another fan-story. You may only use official Oddworld species.
Your story must be totally new; it must not have been posted anywhere on the internet before, but written specifically for this competition! It must not tie into any other stories you have previously posted.
Finally, your story must be based on a specific theme; the theme for this competition is 'ONE HOUR'
, so your story must somehow relate to this theme.
What you have to do:
Write an original story set in the Oddworld universe and based on the theme of ‘ONE HOUR’
Give it a title.
PM it to me. DO NOT POST IT IN THIS OR ANY OTHER THREAD OR IT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!
You may say that you have given me your entry, but you must not tell anyone else it’s title or anything about its plot; this is to ensure that our judges do not know who wrote which story, as this may affect their decisions!
The closing date for the competition will be September the first
; I must have received your entry by this date! extensions may be given but they will be cruel and unusual, so don't depend on it!
A select team of judges will read all of the stories anonymously (they will not be told who wrote which story) and will score each story on the following criteria:
- Character and plot – How believable are the characters? How well is the story structured?
- Quality of writing – How easy is it to read?
- Oddness – How well does your story match the atmosphere of Oddworld?
- Use of the ‘ONE HOUR’ theme – How well do you incorporate the theme into your story?
- Reader’s enjoyment – How much pleasure did the judges get from reading it?
They will give 10 points for each of these themes, making a potential total of 50 points per judge!
When all the results are in, they will be posted in Fan Corner along with the stories, and the winner will be recognised forever in a Fan Corner Hall of Fame!
You have until the first of September
to get your story written! So pick up your pens, grab your keyboards, tune up your creativity and get writing!