Writers and artists can put their own spin on the fandom world and enter the FanFiction and FanArt Contest at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, on February 1-March 15. Entries can contain art or stories about any copyrighted character, and may also include original characters as well.
“People can get attached to their favorite characters and hate to see their stories end. Fan fiction is a great way to keep their stories going, or come up with alternate endings or new plots,” said Southern Oaks librarian, John Hilbert. “The stories spark the imaginations of many fans and they create art and stories based on these favorite characters.”
Entries will be accepted in person or via email through March 15 at 6 P.M. For complete rules and more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org/fan/. The contest is open to all ages. The winners will be announced at the Southern Oaks Library on March 22 at 1:30 P.M. Speeding Bullet Comics and Atomik Pop are providing prizes for contest winners.
Fan fiction has a huge online presence. Fans pen tales with their own twists about characters in anime, cartoons, movies, plays, TV shows, and many popular books and can interact with other fans in internet forums. Based on the popularity of fan fiction online, it would seem that it was a modern phenomenon; however, the first fan fiction is fabled to have been The Testament of Cresseid, a poem written by Scottish author Robert Henryson in the 15th century, an unauthorized sequel to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, a literal Greek tragedy.