The Anthrofiction Network short story contest for summer 2008
is here at last. The theme
for this quarter is More than Skin Deep
.What is anthrofiction?
You could read my definition of anthrofiction
from the website. But I've since developed another:
You've heard of speculative fiction
(spec-fic). Spec-fic is a super-genre, or a genre that contains other major genres. All spec-fic contains the speculative element: that is something that could not possibly be true at this time (or in recorded history). With science fiction
that element is based on science or technology, such as faster-than-light travel, androids, etc. With fantasy
that element is based on magic or magical creatures such dragons. With horror
the speculative element is that ghosts and supernatural creatures like vampires exist. Well, with anthrofiction
the speculative element is the existence of the characters. So for example, if you anthropomorphize ferrets (give them human characteristics) then use them as characters in a story--well, humanized ferrets don't exist in reality so they are the speculative element.
I feel that reading science fiction where the author doesn't seem to have passed his high school science classes to be a disappointment. So to is reading anthrofiction where the author has made the non-humanness of her characters only skin deep. Therefore the theme: More than Skin Deep
is a labor of love. There is never an entry fee, membership is free, and I do not sell or rent your e-mail address to anyone, nor will I send you non-website related e-mails (in fact I hardly send out any e-mails now). When I get around to it, I've even been known to send trophies to the winners.
Your story, should you decide to enter the contest, will be kept behind a login system where people need an account on the website to view it. I have it on very good authority that most professional editors will accept this to mean the story has not been published. The contest rules
. The entry deadline
for the summer 2008 contest is September 7th
at the end of the day (midnight) GMT.Site status:
I'm in the process of rebuilding the site and some of the pages are not working, such as the create a new account, and pages for the past contests. Both of these functions should be working very soon (like before this weekend is over).