Thursday, January 14, 2016
2016 Call for Valentine's Stories
We skipped over this one in 2015, but we're bringing it back because I think we could all use it. You can check out other stories from challenges in past years from the link on the sidebar. So what is the Valentine's story challenge? They don't really have Valentine's Day in Star Wars, I'm sure. It is really more just a call for fun, romantic Han and Leia stories. Anything that showcases their love for each other. Although it probably doesn't even have to take place after they are "together" if you have an idea for something that takes place before that but still shows that they care for one another.
Since the blog is getting a lot more traffic lately, I'll just lay out some guidelines here. For these challenge stories, they should be relatively short. No specific word count, but just think about if you were reading stories on a blog, you probably wouldn't want to sit down to something that is going to take you a long time to get through. One-shot is what we are looking for here. More than one submission from the same author is also acceptable. I request that whatever you send in hasn't been posted anywhere else yet. That's not so much for exclusivity rights, just because to me it doesn't really make sense to be posting stories here people have already read in other places. Once posted here, you can post it somewhere else but I'd recommend that you wait at least a few weeks if not months to do that. As a writer I notice a big overlap in audiences, so that is more for your own sake, you'll get more reviews if you wait to post something later when people have had time to have forgotten about it and then be reminded! Adult material is ok, we've posted R-rated stories on here before, just make sure you add a little warning at the top. If you have a specific photo you wish to have included you can either attach it or send a link or describe it so we can easily find it and post it with the story. If you don't we will probably just pick something, because who doesn't want more pictures of Han and Leia? Also please send your stories edited and ready to be posted. We don't want to have to spend extra time editing for grammar, etc. Also as for comments on these stories, first, please comment if you like something. People love hearing that people read and liked something you wrote. Second, try and keep the comments on the posted stories just about the story and not wandering off on tangents about the new movies or what JJ said or anything. You can do that in the comments on THIS post if you want, just try and be respectful to the authors of whatever we post for these challenge responses.
I think that about covers it. We could all use some good happy Han and Leia stuff. If you have something you want us to post, email myself or Push and we will get it posted at some point. We do try to space them out a bit, so not like daily postings so that nobody gets buried too quickly, so just be patient if you send us something. Let us know if you have any questions, too.