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Next Issue: Fan Fiction

Submissions open February 27th 2021 – March 14th 2021
For release May 2021

Fan fiction (also known as fanfiction or fan fic) is classified as writing written by fans based on currently published work. The foundation of fan fiction is built on working off an existing piece of work by another writer. Due to the foundation of this genre, copyright can get a bit murky. How faithful (or distant) a piece of fan fiction is to the original source is up to the discretion of the fan fiction writer.

In the past (and I’ll confess the present), fan fiction has suffered a bad reputation. Some even refuse to acknowledge fan fiction writing, but if you look back, a lot of work—past and present—can be classified as fan fiction. I dare you to read up on Shakespeare’s plays. That’s right! Shakespeare wrote fan fiction. I won’t harp on about the past because we have many modern examples of fan fiction: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Both Grahame-Smith and Meyer produced commercially successful novels that received a fair few nose turns due to the “fan fiction” label. It’s time to challenge the perception that “fan fiction writing is not writing” because it is based off of someone else’s work.  

Follow Grahame-Smith’s lead and set a period piece within a world of zombies or follow Meyer’s weaving of classic elements in her modern love story. In this issue, we are going to set you a challenge. Create a piece of fan fiction based off an Australian piece of literature, script, movie, or other art form. Remain as faithful or courageously deceitful to the source. At the end of your story or poem, include a concise description of what your work is based on and how you were inspired. The description should not go over 200 words and will not be included in the word count of your creative piece.

Examples of Australian fan fiction include March by Geraldine Brooks which uses Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as its foundation, Macbeth and Son by Jackie French which uses Macbeth by William Shakespeare as its foundation, Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which retells the battle of Troy from the perspective of Patroclus.

Upcoming themes:

Graphic Narratives – more details coming soon
Submissions open 29th May 2021 – 13th June 2021
For August release

Revenge – more details coming soon
Submissions open 28th August 2021 – 12th September 2021
For November release