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Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest

Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest

January 4, 2016, is the first day to submit entries to the Southern Oaks Library Fan-Fiction Fan-Art contest. Fan art may be any medium and contain original characters, but must contain copyrighted characters as the main theme. Similar rules apply to fan fiction. The last day to submit your work is Sunday, March 20 at 6:00pm, 2016. The announcement party is at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Ave. OKC 73139 on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30p.m.


Rules for Submitting Fan Art

  • Only one entry per contestant in the Fan Art category.
  • You may include original characters, but Fan Art must contain a copyrighted character as the main theme. If you have questions contact Southern Oaks Library.
  • Fan Art is not restricted to any age category or genre.
  • Contestant must be able to carry the Fan Art into the judging area.
  • Fan Art can be created in any medium.
  • Entries can be submitted at Southern Oaks Library or through email to jhilbert@ metrolibrary.org.
  • Use only your own work. You will be disqualified if you are found plagiarizing.
  • Fan Art must include a disclaimer. For a disclaimer form ask at the Southern Oaks information desk.


Rules for Submitting Fan Fiction

Additional Information

The contests are for participants of all ages and entries can be submitted through email to:  [email protected], or by dropping them off at Southern Oaks Library c/o John Hilbert.  Prizes include $50 Gift Cards, gift certificates, DVDs, plushies and more.

 The announcement party is at Southern Oaks Public Library, 6900 S. Walker Avenue, OKC, OK 73139 on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30pm.  The announcement party is open to all ages but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  You must be present to win.


Jennifer Jones

I earned a BA in Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. I enjoy writing about all of the great things the library system has to offer. When not penning articles and press releases about valuable library services, I hang out with my two creative children. We love to find interesting free things to do around Oklahoma and visit libraries and book stores wherever we go.


Hello, I was curious as to if you needed to finish the entire fanfiction in the submission or if you could submit a prologue/the first chapter?

   Anonymous,       Thursday, February 04, 2016,      ,    

Could I do the drawing digitally??

   Adele,       Saturday, February 06, 2016,      ,    

Could someone submit both fan art and fanfiction? What happens to the art and to the literature after the person submits it, do they get it back? What happens to the winners art? Will there be first, second, and third place?

   Remi Wile,       Monday, February 08, 2016,      ,    
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Hello! Thank you for these great questions.
There is 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. There will be categories like best digital art, etc. We ask to keep the art and writing for a short time, so we can scan it to possibly use it in the library magazine, on the website or Facebook. You do get it back.
You can definitely enter both fanart and fanfiction. If they go together that can help better your chance of winning in each category. If they are separate that is good too! If you have any other questions please email [email protected].

   Jennifer Jones,       Tuesday, February 09, 2016,      ,    

Does it have to be by tablet or can it be it by hand?

   Adrian Razo,       Tuesday, February 09, 2016,      ,    
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Hi! Thanks for your question. It can be electronic OR by hand.

   Jennifer Jones,       Wednesday, February 10, 2016,      ,    

Do you need to live in OK county to be eligible?

   pete sleeper,       Tuesday, February 16, 2016,      ,    

Do you need to live in OK county to be eligible?

   pete sleeper,       Tuesday, February 16, 2016,      ,    
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Hello! That's a great question. No, but you must be at the award party to claim your prize. The party is Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30p.m.

   Jennifer Jones,       Tuesday, February 16, 2016,      ,    

Is it okay to at least hint at a pairing when I'm writing or does it have to be a canon relationship if there is one? Are there any restrictions about that?

   Riza McClurkin,       Thursday, February 18, 2016,      ,    
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No restrictions at all. It's all about the writing. Technique, imagination, story, etc.

   Jennifer Jones,       Thursday, February 18, 2016,      ,    

Not sure if this is obvious or not, but should our stories avoid any type of violence or disturbing scene, or are we allowed to put in violence or disturbing images, bit keep it at a minimum level, like say pg-13 kind violence

   Ian Koelsch,       Friday, February 19, 2016,      ,    
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Hi Ian,
You may include violence. PG13 is best if you want your work posted on the website or published in the Southern Oaks Library teen zine. Inclusion of violent content that supports, enhances or is essential to the story is certainly not discouraged--John.

   Jennifer Jones,       Tuesday, February 23, 2016,      ,    

Does is matter if the fan fiction centers around a non-cannon (or even queer) pairing? I'm assuming that the rating should be kept to a minimum, but some clarification would be nice. Some contests care who you pair and how high the rating goes, some don't, so I thought I'd ask.

   Kathleen,       Friday, February 19, 2016,      ,    
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Hi Kathleen!
Here is the answer to your question from librarian John, facilitator of this contest:

It certainly does NOT matter if your fan fiction centers on a non-canon (or even queer) pairing. Any fan fiction beyond a 'teen' rating will probably not be uploaded to the website or published in "Argh Zine!" (the Southern Oaks Library Zine) but I would never discriminate or hamper your creativity in any way. You are allowed to submit anything you wish. In fact I would add that there is classic literature that contains what, even by todays standards, would be considered to have fairly extreme sexual themes.

"Brave New World," "The Canterbury Tales," "A Clockwork Orange," all have sexual content that would be considered at least R rated by todays standards and yet I have seen them all assigned as required reading in public high schools. In these books the inclusion of sexual content is not extraneous to the story but is relevant, sometimes crucial to the plot. As a librarian I would never hamper anyone's creativity. That is what the library is all about, free speech, so that people and societies can grow and develop in the best way possible. Even if I disagree with what you write or feel it is in bad taste, I would defend your right to say it. Thank you for the excellent question. I hope this helps.

“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”

Noam Chomsky"

John Hilbert, Librarian/Young Adult Services

   Jennifer Jones,       Tuesday, February 23, 2016,      ,    

are we allowed to use clay as a medium?

   cristal kimer,       Tuesday, February 23, 2016,      ,    
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Hi Cristal,
Yes, the only restriction on mediums is that you must be able to carry your submission into the judging area.
Thank you!

   Jennifer Jones,       Wednesday, February 24, 2016,      ,    

Hi! I was wondering if crossover fanfiction is eligible? I have a Harry Potter/Marvel Universe one that I'd love to submit, but I thought I'd make sure that's ok first.

   Anonymous,       Sunday, March 06, 2016,      ,    
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Yes, that is acceptable.
Thank you for your question!

   Jennifer Jones,       Wednesday, March 09, 2016,      ,    

how exactly can I submit my work?

   Anonymous,       Tuesday, March 08, 2016,      ,    

how exactly can I submit my work?

   Anonymous,       Tuesday, March 08, 2016,      ,    

If we are submitting Fan Art do we need to submit the original work or do we need to submit a copied version of it?

   Aubry ,       Monday, March 14, 2016,      ,    
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Hello Aubry,
Here is the answer from John: It can be a copy but the original will have a better chance of winning.
Thank you!

   Jennifer Jones,       Monday, March 14, 2016,      ,    

I just submitted my Fan Fiction. I had fun writing. Indeed it is difficult to try and tell an entire story in 3000 words or less but, it is possible. I know because I did it. While reading the comments above, it never occurred to me that I could create a first chapter. If you run this contest again next year I might give that angle a go. I am dyslexic which makes writing a chore. I would like to know if you judge the work by creativity alone or also by proficiency in grammar and punctuation? Is there a list available that describes what you look for as you critique? Thank you.

   Doug Koehler,       Wednesday, March 16, 2016,      ,    
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Hi Doug, here is the answer from John.

Hello! Good question. I always have at least 3 judges. Their criteria varies depending on each judges perspective. However, all of them take into account accuracy of writing, creativity and knowledge of the material. I would guess that creativity is probably more important to them than structure but it really depends on their perspective. It is entirely left up to their discretion. Judging is not a perfect science obviously, but I am sure that a very creative, imaginative entry would score very highly even if it did not have perfect spelling or grammar. Thank you for the question, it is a very good one and I hope my answer helps. Look forward to reading your piece, appreciate your work, good luck, and thank you so much!

   Jennifer Jones,       Friday, March 18, 2016,      ,    

Writing the story is the joy. Trying to discover errors with a dyslexic mind is the chore. With that said has the Library ever offered courses in writing?

Thank you


   Doug Koehler,       Wednesday, March 16, 2016,      ,    
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Hello Doug,
Yes, we do often have courses on writing as well as writing groups that meet on a regular basis at some of our libraries. You can use a keyword search on our event calendar, www.metrolibrary.org/events, and find writing related courses and activities.
Thank you!

   Jennifer Jones,       Friday, March 18, 2016,      ,    

I was wondering if you have to be winner announcement party at 1:30pm

   Mariana,       Saturday, March 26, 2016,      ,    

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