Fan Fiction Challenge: First Day of School, Sept-Oct 2010

UPDATE:  GO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ENTRY FOR THE ONE FINE SUMMER DAY CHALLENGE! Click here to see the entries and the link for voting!

Everyone has a “first day at a new school” — whether it’s because you move to a new town or because you graduate from junior high or middle school to high school.  But for the Cullen kids, there are a lot of first days at a new school.  Your challenge for September and October is to write a story about one of those first days of school for one of the Cullens.  You can choose to write about any of the seven Cullen kids — Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, Jasper, Edward, Bella, or Renesmee — in any location, at any time frame…as long as it fits in canon. You could write about the first time he or she attends high school with humans as a vampire, or the 100th time.  It just has to be the first day at a different   school.

But wait — you’re not getting out of doing your homework on this one!  The location and time period you choose must makes sense for the character you’ve chosen.  For example, it’s very unlikely any of the Cullens started attending high school within the first year of their transformation.  Also, it’s not likely that the Cullens will still be in Forks when Bella and/or Renesmee attend high school.

Besides the books themselves, a great place to research where the Cullens might be at any given time period is the Twilight Lexicon website.  There you will find a timeline of known events in the Cullens’ lives, character bios, andinterviews with Stephenie Meyer where she gives more details about the Cullens.  We don’t know the Cullens’ complete history, so you have quite a bit of flexibility, but be sure you’re not having them living in Alaska at the same time Rosalie is supposed to be finding Emmett in Tennessee, for example.

In addition to keeping your story within the canon Twilight universe, you also have to consider the time period you are writing about.  What were schools like at that time?  What did people wear?  How did they speak?  How were women treated differently, if at all, than men?

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Stories must use proper grammar & spelling; any story with frequent grammatical & spelling errors will be automatically disqualified. (I’ve let several entries slide in the past, but I’m going to start enforcing this rule now!  Please see the next guideline if you need help with grammar.)
  • Please use a beta. A beta is a person who helps you edit and improve your story.  One place to find a qualified beta is Project Team Beta.  Fill out their Story Application to get started. Be sure to give yourself ample time if you choose to use a beta. It can take up to a week to go through the beta process.  Include the contest deadline in your story application so the betas are aware.
  • Entries should be at least 500 words long.
  • Please keep the content of your story to PG-13 or lower rating.
  • You may submit as many stories as you like, but only one will be eligible to win judge’s choice.

How to Enter:

After you have written your story and edited and perfected it, upload it to fanfiction.net using the directions on the website.  Then send us a Private Message (PM) to our fanfiction.net account with the link to your story.  If for any reason you are unable to send a PM to our account, you can email christie.novelnovice@gmail.com.

No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.  PLEASE do not wait until the last minute.  Sign up for your fanfiction.net account early if you don’t already have one — it’s OK to have an account without any stories right away.

If you have problems signing up for an account or submitting your story on fanfiction.net, please email me at christie.novelnovice@gmail.com so we can work it out.  Again, please don’t wait until the last minute.

Novel Novice Twilight’s fanfiction.net profile is here: http://www.fanfiction.net/~novelnovicetwilight

Any questions please leave a comment here or send an email.

Deadline:

All entries are due by 11:59PM (PST) on Sunday, October 31.

The winning entries will be featured here on NNT, and the winners will receive a graphic banner to post with their stories.

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See our past winners here!

You can also find all sorts of Twilight fan fiction on one of our affiliate websites: Twilight Archives.

 

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9 Responses

  1. When will voting on the previous challenge start?

  2. Why can’t i just copy and paste it or write it on thier, i don’t know how to upload and i have it written on my dsi… i went 2 the site, but i didn’t see a contest or any thing…..?????????

  3. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create an account on fanfiction.net. There is a 3-day (I think? maybe less?) waiting period before you can actually upload stories.

    When you’re ready to post it on FF.net, log in to
    FF.net, click on Publish, then Document Manager (upload). For label, put in
    whatever (such as your story title), click choose file and select your saved
    word document. Use the story format, NOT docX. Click submit document.

    You’ll see you now have a document in your list. Then click on New Story.
    You’ll have to agree to their content guidelines if you haven’t already.
    For Story Type, choose Normal. Press Select/Change Category. Choose Books
    and then Twilight. CLick continue.

    Put in your title, summary, language, etc. Select the document of the story
    you uploaded and then Publish New Story.

  4. Can I upload a oneshot that I already had written and posted to my page? It fits perfectly for this contest. Please, please, please!!!!

  5. When will voting on the last challenge start?

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