[Almost] Final pages are up! Well, unless you point out any further problems, that is 🙂 . And don’t tell me there are no topics and no deadline and what adress the entries should be sent to. I KNOW. I’m SORRY. They’ll be up within 2 days, I promise.
About the splitting into 2 pages thing: besides the fact that we (me and the guy who’s officially supposed to tell me if I’m screwing up, my QMS coordinator) thought it would be clearer this way, the idea was also to make sure that people who might not be coming to Shaastra at all and just browsing through the Online Events would also get to see that there is an online portion to this event. And since I’m not sure this is mentioned in the pages(coz, you know, it’s pretty obvious), you CAN participate for both. You can even send in as many entries for the online event as you want- and that IS mentioned.
Oh, soon-to-be-public secret for all my dear readers: The deadline for entries is September 21st. Topics, this deadline and other details will be put up August 21st. And we’re taking “open”, topic-less entries,too. So if you wanted a 2 day head start, this is it. Go!
All the details are there, although I must admit it looks a little incomplete. Anyone with any suggestions whatsoever, do comment, email or tap me on the shoulder when you see me on the street. As you’ll learn after you visit, there are 3 categories, conventional story writing, short sketch writing (it’s supposed to be like an extract; it is NOT supposed to be a summary) and fan fiction writing, which I must admit I am slightly concerned about implementing. I want to leave it open to as many different books and ideas and authors and genre-bending works as possible, but I would still like to give some sort of topic, as a “seed crystal” of sorts, especially for those who haven’t been very well acquainted with the whole business of fan fiction. All categories, by the way, accept stories of sufficient merit from topics other than the ones that are given.
Oh, and if I haven’t mentioned this yet: Cory Doctorow is judging!!! Only the “conventional” story category of the online contest, but still!!!
In other news, Tor.com is finally up. It looks interesting, although it might be a little over the top for those who aren’t hard core science fiction readers. It has tons of commentary and posts by several of the biggest names in the field, and free stories.
That’s all for now. Will keep posting later. Meanwhile, I really do want suggestions.