08 April 2008

Yes, I know. It's a fanfic contest. Don't ask.


Hi guys! Between Season 1 and Season 2 of Buffy Between the Lines we have a couple months off, but we didn't want our fans to be wanting so we've devised the first Buffy Between the Lines fanfic contest! All accepted submissions will be recorded and featured on the Buffy Between the Lines podcast and the winner will receive a SIGNED copy of "Infected" by Scott Sigler, as well as a limited edition SugarShock poster and some other goodies we have tucked away in the Between the Lines Studios vault.

If you're interested in participating here's the rules:

  1. Fanfic must be based on Buffy Between the Lines Season 1 and remain true to the TV and audio drama (this rules out non-canonical pairings and AU, we'll save that for the April Fool's episodes)

  2. Fanfic must not be posted elsewhere until after the contest.

  3. Fanfic must be between 1,500 - 3,000 words and must have a clear story (beginning, middle/climax, end)

  4. Entries must be received by May 10th, 2008. Winner will be announced at the start of Season 2 (in August).

  5. Please email your entry to buffybetweenthelines[at]gmail.com with "Fanfic Contest Submission" as the subject line. Entries can be within the email or attached text/Word files. Please no .docx files.

Winner will be judged on originality, writing skills, capturing the voices of the characters and general "awesomeness". Please make sure your entry has been proofed before submitting. If you need a beta reader check out: http://community.livejournal.com/beta_search


Kari said...

I don't know -- a lot of it by nature is crap (although I haven't read any Buffy), but if people are looking for a way to start plotting and writing dialogue before moving into script format (which can be foreign and intimidating), I think it can be a useful exercise.

(Do I get extra credit for the AWESOME overuse of punctuation in this sentence? You can put extra cupholders in my new BSG car!)

R.A. Porter said...

You get the William Faulkner Medal for Excellence in Punctuation for the day!

Cupholders in a Mini? TheWife got a Mini recently...she, uh, spills out of the big one quite frequently. Just a little heads up.

As for the fanfic thing...I felt like doing something a little different and auditioned for season two. Ended up cast as a redshirt, so I'm pimping the site. I feel so dirty.

NotNits said...

If I entered without ever having seen an episode of Buffy, would that be cool or lame?

R.A. Porter said...

Well, I suspect you wouldn't do very well in the contest, but it probably wouldn't be lame. Just very odd.

NotNits said...

(LIGHTS UP on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, a 7-foot-tall half-dog half-girl, having just slain a VAMPIRE. Her pal WILLOW, a talking hummingbird, hovers nearby.)

Gee Buffy! That's 15 vampires in one night! A new record! You'll win this weekend's contest for sure!

No time to rest on our laurels, my flitting friend! I sense more vampires still coming! Look, one is cresting the Hot Fudge Sundae Mountains!


Screw your courage to the sticking place, Willow!
(They lock fists.)
Vammmmm-piiiiiire-slayerrrrrrrs! ACTIVATE!

This is going to be easy.

R.A. Porter said...

Hmm. That's a pretty good start, but if I might offer a small criticism...

You've neglected to insert a character who is a thinly veiled version of yourself. This character, of course, should be the smartest, bestest, most awesomest person in the script. But keep it up, you'll get there!

NotNits said...

I'm the dead vampire.

R.A. Porter said...

Wow. Wow! I never saw it coming!!!